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.

The Hidden Life of Wolves

Wolves don’t just form packs – they make families. Read more

This Dog Has the Right Idea!

Nothing like a nice, cool waterbed on a hot day! Read more

Theo and Beau Are STILL the Cutest Nappers Ever!

To see more of the charming Shyba clan, follow them on Instagram under mommasgonecity. Read more

State Representative Aims to End Breed-Specific Insurance Clauses

“There are people who literally will have their insurance dropped because they have a certain breed of dog, which I think is ridiculous,” Rep. Kupchick said. Read more

Students Build Dog Houses for Low-Income Families

“It teaches the kids the importance of giving animals shelter, rather than tying the dog to a pole outside without protection from the weather.” Read more

28 Very Naughty – But Incredibly Funny – Dogs

It is highly doubtful any of these dogs have gone on to suffer from irreparable psychological damage because a sign was held in front of them. Read more

Woman Leaves $1.5 Million to Her Dog

“Prior to [changing my will] I discussed having Bella Mia included in the trust fund with my sons and they totally understood.” Read more

Dog Gnaws Foot Off to Save Herself

“Her favorite thing is giving kisses to everybody. She’s not angry… She’s just the happiest dog in the world.” Read more

Specialized Animal Terminal Coming to JFK Airport

“Air travel can be stressful and confusing. Our design team sought to create a comfortable, healthy environment for them all.” Read more

The Transformation of These Neglected Dogs Will Shock You

“I couldn’t tell if they were sheep or dogs. You couldn’t see their faces. They looked so badly matted and injured. I have never seen an animal in that state.” Read more

Dog Has a Brilliant Time with Her New Toy

Would your dog love this, eat this, or pee on it? Read more

Sometimes a Rescued Dog Rescues You Back

“I never felt scared to go anywhere at night when he was with me, or to live alone in my first apartment. We kept each other safe.” Read more

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