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.

Math Teacher Catches Gigantic Dog-Eating Anaconda

“At first I was not scared because I thought it was smaller. But I was very surprised by his strength and his length — more than 5 meters,” Bascoules said. Read more

Runaway Rescue Dog Found Swimming in Neighbor's Pool

Well, that’s one way to introduce yourself to the neighbors! Read more

Goofiest Photos of Dogs with Their Faces Squashed Against Windows

For your information, my windows aren’t dirty… that’s my dog’s nose art! Read more

Miracles Help Save Family’s Tortured Dog

“I just lost it. I started crying and had to walk away,” Kirk Knisely said. “They were like two angels there to help us.” Read more

The Little Black Dog in the Corner

“I knew right then that this scared & battered dog would need to come home. She was so happy to be out of that kennel – she was full of life.” Read more

Driver of Van that Struck Dog Sentenced to Two Years

“Gordo is a doing wonderfully. He was a rock star under anesthesia,” said Dr. Annie Lo. Read more

Shot in the Head and Left for Dead, but Still Smiling

“Dogs are resilient, and if there’s any proof to that, Timber is that proof. He faced certain death, and is shining through,” his foster mom said. Read more

Badly Abused Dog Rescued from Serbian Highway

“We are obliged to give him another chance, Zoran said. “He showed that he has a bigger heart than all of us!” Read more

See How Charlie Says Goodbye

You see it all the time, but you never expect it from a dog! Read more

Bonded Pair Rescued from a Life on the Streets

“Monica adores having Chandler constantly by her side and looking out for her. And Chandler takes this job quite seriously,” Hart said. Read more

Shocking Billboard Aims to End Kill Shelters

“The point of the billboard is to raise awareness,” Bruder said. “Most people don’t have any idea that thousands of animals are being euthanized every year.” Read more

Abused, Unwanted Dog Finally Gets a Home

“My friends asked me if I really wanted to keep him and I said yes. I wasn’t about to throw him away – once is too much.” Read more

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