More on Melanie

Lisa Eiser, human companion of Melanie, our Oct. Friend of the Month, has kindly sent in a little about Melanie – and in her own voice! (You, too could be an FOM. Check out the FB page for details.)

As pups go, I lead a pretty charmed life. I came to my parents by way of their son, before he went into the US Navy as a Nuclear Electrician. As a pup, I was quite the sprinter, so my mom decided that I needed to learn how to run alongside her bike while she rode. I had so much energy, she often didn’t pedal for almost a mile. Eventually I learned how to pace myself so walks were far more enjoyable. My breed is a Belgian Shepherd or Sheepdog called a Groenendael. They called me a “Throwback” because I am a bit more sturdy than breed standards, but my parents like that better. My mom “Gram Cracker” and my dad “Grumpy” are my entire world. We walk, pick berries, play stick, walk, guard my chickens, throw stick and enjoy campfires and did I mention walks? I love walking. My 2 cat friends have recently crossed the rainbow bridge and I do miss them terribly. I love my chickens and will defend them against any strangers, animal or human that tries to come into my yard.
My parents wanted to help dogs in the military, so after looking into programs, they began to volunteer with a group called Military Working Dog Team Support Association ( This group of humans take care of our military working dog teams serving all over the world! They send boxes 4 times a year to 200 deployed MWD Teams. I have been part of 3 of those packs. Did you know that some of Chet and Bernie’s adventures made it into some of those boxes in a pack in 2018? The sure did. We ( my parents and I ) will be hosting another pack in February 2020 in our home town of Bourbon Indiana. You can visit the MWDTSA website if you would like to help support us. We also have been on Kennel Visits to Military K-9 kennels at stateside bases. I have been to one, but my parents have been to 5 and are planning on 2 more later this year. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the photos of the kennels receiving goodies for their handlers and pups. We love to see the photos of our deployed MWD teams when they receive the boxes from home, too.
Im sure you are wondering about my nose. Some people have suggested it’s “Collie Nose” but our vet says not so much. Its because I like to scoop snow and I got a bit frost bit a few years ago. I’m ten years old but still pretty active. I have a crew I walk with. 3 Collies and often 2 mini dachshunds. We are known as “Mel and Collies, Baby”. I love to walk… have I mentioned that? Oh and sticks, I love sticks.
I am grateful the random back up generator chose me this month. Thanks Chet, Bernie and Spencer for making us all “Dog gone proud”.


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16 Responses to “More on Melanie”

  1. B. Stover
    9:57 am on October 9th, 2019

    Interesting story.

    Good morning all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:22 am on October 9th, 2019


    You are quite the girl, Melanie! I love your story, especially the name of your walking crew! :^)

    HRH,B: I hope that you are doing well.

    RIO! “At Eternities Gate.” I will have to look for that film. I love Vincent Van Gogh’s art!

    Good day to all!

  3. B. Stover
    12:08 pm on October 9th, 2019

    Rose: I’m still having radiation treatment. It should end on November 18. Thanks for asking.

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    12:43 pm on October 9th, 2019

    HRH,B: Good thoughts always going out to you.

  5. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    5:17 pm on October 9th, 2019

    First of all, joining Rose in sending good wishes to HRHB.

    Also, I really loved Melanie’s story. I take it that she really likes walkies at lot. She is quite the girl and I am sure Teddy would fall in love with her if they ever met. Also, the tilt of her head ia a lot like Wyatt’s, which is why I think the Thieves said that Wyatt was enchanted by her. She also has a sharp sense of humor, from her crew name to being “dog gone proud” of her selection. The random back up generator clearly outdid itself this month.

  6. dawson
    7:41 pm on October 9th, 2019

    HRHB: Sending love and hopes for best possible outcome.

    Melanie and Gram Cracker: I love your back story. I understand the nose because mine got frostbitten once. It turned solid white but then went back to flesh colored. It’s great you send care packages to support MWD teams. LOL at the “Mel and Collie, baby” group.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:26 pm on October 9th, 2019

    Story!…Wot a great Friend of The Month Story!…snort!snort!…Very very interesting!

    Rose!…I’m disappointed you did not mention that I mentioned Pablo Picasso last night instead of Vincent Van Gogh….sniff!

  8. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:59 pm on October 9th, 2019

    RIO! I didn’t know the film was about VVG until I Googled it this morning.

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on October 9th, 2019

    Vincent!…I was trying to see if anyone actually reads my posts….gurgle!…Apparently, only you do Rose….sniff!

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on October 9th, 2019

    Baseball!….The Nats are on the west coast battling those Dodgers!…grunt!…We have recorded the game and are just starting to watch now….snort!…Spoilers are welcome as we will catch up quick with all the commercials and wot-not!…guh!

    GO NATS!!

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on October 9th, 2019

    Stover!…I hope you know that we here are also thinking about you and Beau is sending prayers for youse…sniffle!…Keep us informed please.

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:30 pm on October 9th, 2019

    Baseball!…We are well and good caught up!..snort!…Score is 3 ta Nuthin’ Dodgers…grunt!…This will definitely change as we really really know the Nats have it in them to win this game!…snort!snort! …Bottom of the 5th!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on October 9th, 2019

    October!…Baseball is the only thing that makes October so special….heh!…When the Rockies were winning – a long long long time ago – October was called Rocktober!…heh!heh!…ohhhh the memories…sniff!

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on October 9th, 2019

    Wookies Paw!…Where are youse???…snort!

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:13 pm on October 9th, 2019

    Wow!…A scary Knock to The Head of a Nat player….yeeepp!sob!… We here have to hit our warm soft beds as I have nothing to do tomorrow but my friend has to go and do real work at the Library…grunt!

  16. Beau - The Black Pug
    11:19 pm on October 9th, 2019

    Word!…Can I have a word in here pleeze. I have prayers going out for Maura da Opera Singer who is very sick right before a performance. An for our own beloved Rebecca who is traveling for her works who is sicker than a dawg….grunt! … All of youse please take deeze peoples in yer heart an pray for der health along wiff me….snorkel!

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