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.

Jane Lynch & Hilary Swank to Host Thanksgiving Dog-a-thon

“Rescue dogs are not broken animals,” Levitt said. “They are the victims of bad circumstances, but most are loving and most grateful creatures.” Read more

Dogs Suffering at Atrocious Shelter Finally Receiving Help

Nearly two dozen dogs have been rescued from a squalid shelter where they were living 2-4 to a kennel that fills with sewage. They are sick, emaciated, and fighting each other for food. They are finally getting help from Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, and need all the donations they can get! Read more

1427 Days in a Kennel

Young, athletic, smart, ginger male, ISO loving companion to share my life with. I enjoy long walks, spontaneous road trips, and the occasional wrestling match. Best feature? My smile. Read more

16 Best Doggie Thanksgiving Photos

What are you and your pups thankful for? Show us in the comments section! Read more

Dogs vs. Turkeys

Dogs and turkeys – equally mystified by each other! Read more

10 Reasons to Invite Dogs Over for Thanksgiving

Some dogs are even better guests than your relatives might be! Read more

How to Make Thanksgiving Dog Treats

There’s also a video on dessert! Read more

Gatsby: Corgi or Turtle?

Gatsby also enjoys getting into interesting staring contests. Read more

Buffalo Dogs Battling the Blizzard

Some love to play in it, but most would much rather snooze on the couch! Read more

The Moment that an Abandoned Pit Bull's Life Was Completely Changed

“His head popped up and like he had been waiting for me for his whole life, he came running to me….so excited to see a human,” Rockdale said. Read more

Dogs Wearing Cat Hats

Dogs = cats’ transportation. Cats = dogs’ ear warmers. Win win! Read more

Golden Retriever Hilariously Fails at Dog Competition

This competitor knows what a winner really is – the one who gets the most food! Read more

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