began her journey into the world of canine safety in 2002, after
adopting the world's most thrill-seeking, accident-prone Labrador
puppy, Taiga. Since then, she's become a certified pet first aid
instructor and canine safety lecturer to countless dog parents,
canine professionals and humane organizations.
A dedicated dog
lover, Melanie has been a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for
Independence, a grooming crewmember for SPCA-LA, and volunteer for
several other L.A. area rescue organizations. In her quest to help
dogs lead safe, healthy lives, she has trained with the Emergency
Care and Safety Institute, The American Red Cross and the Companion
Animal Sciences Institute, where she earned a certificate in canine
In her past life,
Melanie was an award-winning advertising writer in Los Angeles.
During her twenty-year career, she created campaigns for many
national brands including PetSmart and Pedigree, which provided the
foundation for her unique insight into the concerns of pet
An L.A. native,
Melanie currently lives in Sisters, Oregon, with her husband Mark,
the infamous Labrador Taiga, and a constantly revolving guest
roster of dogs.