Melanie

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.

Unfixable Puppy Mill Survivor Finally Finds Love

It took a long time, but Jazzy finally learned to love being a lapdog. Read more

Ignored, Badly Injured Dog Gets the Rescue of a Lifetime

“Dogs are not the mud beside the road – they have hearts like ours. They would never leave a man by the road to die, and because of that I cannot tell them no!” Read more

Dog Hit by Train Makes an Awe-Inspiring Recovery

Learning to walk without his front legs would be difficult. But Joy was full of spirit, and he was determined to get around on his own. Read more

Deputy Chief Charged for Vengeance Shooting of Dog

“He was not vicious or dangerous. He was a puppy,” Bryan said. “He would be more likely to run up and lick you and run away than do anything else.” Read more

25 Pets with Hilarious Facial Hair

Some of these are quite obviously fake, but with others it’s really hard to tell if they’re real or not! Read more

Dogs and Cats Who REALLY Love Taking Baths

Don’t you wish you had one like this? Read more

Dog Believed Dead Is Found During Her Memorial Service

“We were just hysterically crying. We were all just devastated,” Simmons said. “We thought we’d all just witnessed the worst thing: your dog falling off a cliff.” Read more

USDA Helping Puppy Mill Breeders by Ignoring Violations

The USDA has instructed inspectors not to cite breeders for “minor” violations, and says they will help breeders whose businesses are being negatively affected. Read more

Abused Dog Failed by the SPCA Needs Our Help!

They swore they would protect Bentley from cruelty… and instead, they throw him to the wolves. Read more

Rescued Senior Dog Saves Dogsitters from Deadly House Fire

“Five to ten minutes later, it was a ball of flames,” William explained. “We just got out of there on time.” Read more

These Pets Are Great at Playing Dead

These dogs must be a blast at parties! Read more

Corgi Puppy Takes on Terrifying Spoon

“Scout sees a spoon for the first time. She is not a fan,” says mom Melissa. Read more

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