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 husband, Fred. She takes pride in being a grammar enthusiast 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 and paper rose bouquets to kitty condos and feral cat houses! Melanie was sharing this profile with Fred, who is new to the Life With Dogs family, so many stories that were written by Fred from April 2014 - June 2014 will appear under Melanie's name.

5 Things You Know if You Own a Pit Bull

What thing do you know to be true of your pit bull? Read more

When Your Best Friends Won’t Stop Fighting…

“Hey guys, I know you both like this ball, and you both like playing tug-of-war. But enough already!” Read more

Woman Fights Off Raccoon While Treading Water to Save Dog

“I can’t believe what I did to save my dog,” Simmonds said. “My mama bear instincts kicked in… it was an epic battle in the pond.” Read more

Extremely Neglected & Sickly Dog Rescued from the Side of the Road

“The next morning, we took her to the vet, and even she was amazed that Mia was still alive in her condition.” Read more

Australian Shepherd Puppy Adopts Orphaned Fawn

“The two of them get along really well. Hansi sees Lia and the other dogs she is being brought up with as family.” Read more

Annoyed Dog Cleverly Tricks Her Sister

“Indy being the gentle giant with boo, who wanted every toy that Indy was playing with. So Indy plays the old bait and switch,” Justin Tokarsky said. Read more

Rescued Egyptian Dog with Cancer Makes Miraculous Recovery

“With a few more treatments of chemo he will be cancer free and able to go to a new home.” Read more

Dog Tries to Become First Dog-Snake Hybrid

This dog wants to make some waves in the world of science, by becoming the first dog to successfully turn himself into a completely different animal. Read more

New Bill Would Allow Owners to Have Deceased Pets Buried with Them

“As a pet owner, you want dignity and respect for your pet because they’re part of the family. Are we ready to allow them to be in the same grave together?” Read more

Woman Faces Jail Time for Heroically Saving Dog on Tracks

Metro de Lima administrators say that going on the tracks for any reason whatsoever is illegal and punishable by jail time ranging from six months to six years. Read more

The Bizarre Truth About Purebred Dogs (and Why Mutts Are Better)

“Our arbitrary standards (are) causing them to get sick and die. As much as you love the bulldog, the fact that it exists at all is borderline animal abuse.” Read more

Rookie Cop Turns in Animal-Abusing Officers

“Me knowing about it and not doing anything is allowing it to happen, and I can’t be a party to that,” Officer Jermaine Down declared. Read more

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