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 Wakes Up from a Nap to Sing His Favorite Song

And it’s not just a fluke… Oakley’s mom puts the other song back on, and he’s ready to resume his nap. Read more

Dr. Laura Says On Air that All Pit Bulls Should Be Killed

Janet Goree took to Twitter and asked followers to tweet photos of their pit bulls to Dr. Laura with the tag #whydoyouwantmedead. Read more

Dog Disabled from Life in a Cage Is Finally Free!

“Sadly, we cannot spare him the pain he’s already lived, but we can get him the medical attention he urgently needs and help him have the best future possible!” Read more

Over $35,000 Raised for Man Who Walks 5 Miles a Day to See Dog

“I can’t thank everyone enough,” Pete said. “The words ‘thank you’ aren’t big enough. Buster and I are going to be together again.” Read more

Heartless Owner Looks for Younger Dog Moments After Dumping Senior

Hopefully Carson did not allow the man to adopt a dog who doubtlessly would end up back in a shelter once they got too old. Read more

She Sits in Her Cage, Waiting...

She gets up and stands at the bars wagging her tail, but as people pass her by, she goes and sits back on her bed and waits. Read more

So You Can't Adopt... But Maybe You Can Foster for the Holidays!

“People ask me why I do this. I do this for the dogs. I do it for dogs like Ridley. And Ridley and so many others need your help.” Read more

Three Reasons You DON’T Want to Adopt Eddie the Terrible

“He’s super loyal, easy in the house and a lot of fun, but he’s a little rough around the edges. Actually, he’s kind of a jerk. But he’s a jerk we believe in.” Read more

My Dog Ate My Homework – and It Wasn’t Just a Paper!

“Don’t put anything past your dog,” Dr. Southern said. “We always say, ‘my dog would never eat that,’ and that’s the main thing he’ll eat.” Read more

Maymo Gets 210 Bottles for Christmas

Just be careful with these around your dogs. Though some will just try to get the cap off, others may cut themselves on sharp edges or eat the plastic. Read more

Funny Pit Bull Will Answer Your Questions

And everyone thinks Collies are so smart! Read more

Lucy and Ethel - Rescued from a Life on the Streets

These girls will receive all the medical care they need, then they will join our friends at Pickle Pants Rescue to begin looking for their forever homes. Read more

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