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.

Dog Uses Heimlich Maneuver to Save Man’s Life

“She just jumped straight up in the air & landed right in the middle of my back.” Read more

Puppy Wants to Watch Over Baby, But...

Naps are best taken with a buddy! Read more

Bull Terriers Make a Snuggle Sandwich

*Yawn* …. who’s ready for a nap? Read more

Monkey Meets Puppies for the First Time

What an excellent puppy-sitter! Read more

How Letting One Dog Get Away Saved a Dozen Others, Part 3

“My first words to the Prince were: ‘Oh, how do you do — do I stink of fish?’” Read more

How Letting One Dog Get Away Saved a Dozen Others, Part 2

“You came back for your dog, but refused to come back for me,” Sewell’s mum said. Read more

How Letting One Dog Get Away Saved a Dozen Others

“My companions have been other people’s cast-offs, found tied to park railings.” Read more

Dog Who Beat All Odds Is Now the Happiest in the World

Because of her never-ending smile, she is called the “happiest dog in the world.” Read more

Adopted Dog Saves Two People from Drowing in Riptide

Heroic Nico wasn’t known to have ever been in the ocean. Read more

Pit Bull Is Inseparable from the Kitten Whose Life She Saved

“Each morning and when I go to get Kitty she is usually snuggled with Pittie.” Read more

It's Doggie Sleepover Time!

If you have cute pics of your furkids having a sleepover, we want to see ‘em! Read more

Dog with Jug Stuck on Head for Three Weeks Rescued

“He didn’t have much time left. Someone would’ve walked up and found him dead.” Read more

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