- Director, Behavioral Consultant & Animal Caretaker -
Melody is one of the original founders of The Pet Connection, Inc. She has been training dogs for over 15 years. After completing a 3 month internship with Anne Mackey in 1993, she completed a one year internship with Westwood Animal Hospital and was hired as one of the primary dog trainers for their clinic. She has trained in various animal hospitals and provided educational seminars for organizations including Animal Haven, Companion Animals, Johnson County Community College, Johnson County Mental Health, Longview Community College, and Ranchmart.
In 1996, she operated a day care, pet sitting, and dog training service for a little over a year before she closed the doors to become the executive director of Animal Haven. Through her work with Heart of America Humane Society, Abandoned Animal Rescue, Border Collie Rescue and Animal Haven, she has fostered hundreds of dogs. Many dogs rescued by Melody are considered special needs and require work with aggression, separation anxiety, fears, basic training, deaf, blind, and other medical or behavioral issues.
Melody is the proud owner of Sasha, a Chow/Shep champion & former abuse/neglect dog; Hannah, trained to be herself; and McD, a former feral. Some of her past dogs who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge include Herd, certified to work with the elderly and children; Diamond, a local Frisbee champion; and Ali, a brain damaged dog who was trained to herd and play Frisbee.
President of the Board/Manager/Foster Care/Obedience Training
Involved in rescue since 1993