studied English and has a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a focus on animal behavior, neuropsychology, and psychotherapy. She shares two pit bulls (adopted from the SPCA Serving Erie County) with her family, as well as three adopted cats with her fiance. She takes pride in being a grammar Nazi and advocating for animals, the environment, equal rights, and humanitarianism. She loves camping, cooking, taking photos, listening to psychedelic rock and indie music, and making all sorts of crafty things - from charm bracelets to kitty condos! Melanie was sharing this profile with Fred, who is new to the Life With Dogs family, so many stories that were written by Fred will appear under Melanie's name.

Labrador Saves Owner from Bear Attack

This dog may not be very big, but he had enough courage to take on an angry mother bear all by himself! Read more

Honey and Muesli: Evolution of a Friendship

8.22.14 - Honey and Muesli

See the blossoming relationship between Great Dane Honey and Muesli the kitten, as well as what Honey was like as a big playful puppy with Lemon, another of the family’s cats.

“Honey the Great Dane gets a new kitty sister, named Muesli! Things were a bit tense to start with but they are slowly becoming friends… Hopefully, this is the start of another beautiful friendship and Muesli will walk in Lemon’s footsteps.”



15 Amazing World Record-Holding Dogs

You won’t believe some of these records! Read more

Vicious Pit Bull "Attacks" Baby Girl

Macey had a reputation with other children before this happened… Read more

14 of the Funniest Dog Shaming Photos Ever

Some dogs just might not be crazy about getting photos taken. They don’t know they’re being shamed, because they can’t read. But we do! Read more

Dog Almost Plays Catch with WWII Grenade

“There’s probably people thinking, ‘how can she pick up a grenade and think it’s a stone?’ But it was so corroded that it was completely brown. The pin was embedded in the sand.” Read more

Mangy, Motor Oil-Coated Dog Rescued & Recovering

“Diego stood right up with his tail wagging. He immediately went into spa mode, receiving numerous baths to remove the motor oil that was drenched all over his coat and skin.” Read more

Heroic Dog Saves Her Mom from a Deadly House Fire

“They’re my heroes. Today I love them even more. They’re amazing. I can’t believe they did this. They saved my life,” Lorie said. Read more

Kids Rescue Dog Locked in Garbage Can

“He’s so outgoing and he’s so friendly,” said OSCPA investigator Tracy Laraway. “Thankfully those boys called it in.” Read more

4 Dogs Taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you haven’t already taken the challenge, consider yourself nominated! Read more

Bird Serenades Dog During Dinner

Who doesn’t like a little music with dinner? Read more

Mr. Pepper's First Time Being Allowed on the Bed

“I bet if Mr. Pepper could smile and say ‘thank you,’ that’s what he would do!” Read more

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