About: No Dog About It Blog
My name is Mel (Melissa) and I am a former pet sitter and dog walker from St Paul, Minnesota.
This blog was started as a way to share pet information with my clients, but over time it has become a venue in which to share my ponderings, thoughts, pet knowledge and experience on a wide variety of pet-related topics and issues. I invite you to share your own thoughts, comments, questions and experiences. I am always excited to learn from others, and I value the opinions of those who may have a different perspective.
A little more about me:
Before becoming a pet sitter, I was a volunteer at the Minnesota Valley Humane Society (MVHS) for 8 years as a dog walker and Star program trainer. In my time at MVHS, I fostered 4 dogs, failing with two – Daisy and Jasper (my dogs). I also have a cat, named Nick.
Daisy, my Labrador Retriever, was a former breeding dog in a puppy mill. I adopted her after fostering her for a short time through MVHS. She is an amazing dog who has overcome many obstacles, including fears of: people, strange noises, cars, new places, and new experiences. Everything I learned about rehabilitating a puppy mill dog I learned from her. You can read more about Daisy, and her search for her “Inner Lab” here.
Jasper, my Shetland Sheepdog, was purchased (along with his sister and a cat) from a pet store by a woman who wanted to rescue them from deplorable conditions. He had been in the pet store window for about 8 months, had fleas, was missing fur and was covered in feces when he was surrendered to MVHS. I fostered both he and his sister before she was adopted. Jasper ended up staying on with us and both Daisy and I are very happy about that! He and Daisy are the very best of friends.
Nick, has been with me for over 13 years. He was 6 when I adopted him. He was a surrender from a family who’s child developed severe allergies. He is a well-seasoned boy who manages to keep everyone in line despite any previous attempts to tell him he is not in charge.
I am a passionate advocate for shelter pets, pet adoption and stopping puppy mills. As a result, you will find that many of my posts reflect these topics. However, I also happen to love to laugh, so you will also find funny pet stories and videos posted on a frequent basis.
I also welcome pet products for review, since I am always looking for new products and information that I can share with my clients and my readers. You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, welcome to No Dog About It Blog. I hope you will come back to share your thoughts, comments and experiences.