Mel has become a writer & published author.  Her first children’s book: “The Perils of Isabella the Great Dane” published by Simon & Schuster Archway Publishing House, can be purchased on and Barnes & Noble and carries a 5 star rating.

Her book is written in English and Spanish in order to reach as many children around the world as she possibly can, in bringing them a solution and positive outlook on this terrible disorder, a subject matter she knows well, understands and has lived with for over 20 years.

Mel’s hope is to help many children, something so unfamiliar to her because she has never had children of her own, yet has written something so real for them to identify with (due to her own experiences) that branding her dog Isabella undoubtedly had to happen.

This particular great Dane helped Mel for 11 years with unconditional love, daily therapy and comfort during her battle with anxiety and panic attacks.

Their special bond started when Mel adopted Isabella as a rescue 3 month old puppy in Brazil, training her and teaching her how to deal when the panic attacks that came out of nowhere.

R.I.P.       “Isabella”

June 8, 2009  ~ February 5, 2020