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.

This Dog REALLY Hated Winter

This is one dog who probably wouldn’t object to wearing boots! Read more

Pets Who Are Brilliant at Hiding in Plain Sight

These camouflaged cats and dogs have probably been sat or trod upon a time or twelve! Read more

Complete Strangers Unite to Keep a Dog from Dying in a Tar Pit

“Everybody came and brought something and tried to help, and everybody had ideas, and there were 20 people out here trying to get this little dog out.” Read more

Gus REALLY Wants an Indoor Pool

And why shouldn’t we all have an indoor pool? Read more

Disabled Man Needs a Miracle to Save His Beloved Dog

“I am hoping someone can help me with the vet bill, as without the funding, I will have no choice but to put her to sleep.” Read more

This Has to Be the Laziest Dog Ever

Maybe he’s not lazy, but an incredibly clever guard who is keeping intruders out… Read more

This Kangaroo Is Just One of the Dogs

“He’s a very placid creature… he comes up and wants a pat and a scratch. He even puts his arms up and wraps them around you like he’s giving you a cuddle.” Read more

How Medical Marijuana Saved a Dog’s Life

“The best way to gauge your dog is to watch them. With my involvement with my dog, my vet feels comfortable with my decision,” Mansfield said. Read more

Teen and His Dog Save Little Girl from Rabid Fox

“He’s always been a good dog, always been protective and loves kids. He just did what he would always do,” Ricky said. Read more

German Shepherds Being Big Goofballs

Not all dogs love the garden hose this much! If you have a silly shepherd, show us in the comments section. Read more

11-Year-Old Boy Uses His Allowance to Save Shelter Animals

“Congratulations to Flurry and Pumpkin on their sponsorship, and a huge THANK YOU to this amazing young man,” the shelter said. Read more

Animal Rescuer Turns Personal Tragedy into an Amazing Cause

Misseri should be putting his life back together, but instead he is trying to help prevent other families from losing their animals to smoke inhalation. Read more

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