About Me

I entered the service dog community about 16 years ago when I applied to my first service dog program. Since that time I have been a dedicated member of the international service dog movement as well as the national movement. I am currently waiting to be partnered with my third service dog.
Shilo, Summit Assistance Dogs October 11, 2008- August 17, 2014
Retired with my mom!
Shilo is a shepherd/cattle dog mix. She is tri-color with beautiful butterfly black and tan mask.
Go From Shiloh, Summit Assistance Dog
who was trained for my by Summit Assistance Dogs in Anacortes, WA. We have been a team for over five years.My previous service dog, Bastien was owner raised and trained. He work for me from age 18months until he was seven. He passed away at almost 12 of a very aggressive cancer September 22, 2012.
I am also co-founder of the Willamette Valley Assistance Dog Club (WVADC) with my roommate and friend Leslie Weilbacher. I have raised and trained 16 potential service dog candidate puppies, with 2 of the 16 becoming service dogs and 3 becoming therapy dogs. the other 11 were placed as family pets. I am also an approved evaluator (#88155) for the Canine Good Citizen Test and the Canine Good Citizen Advanced test.

Writer/Speaker/Advocate

1. Learning What It Means to be American-My AmeriCorps Experience
2. Guide Dogs and Service Animals
3. Self Assessment: Are Your International Exchange Programs Inclusive?
4.Worlds Apart? Disability and Foreign Language Learning Ch. 11 Co-written by Michele Scheib and Melissa Mitchell
5. LDA Interview: Melissa Mitchell, Mobility International | Odeo ... (audio)
6. New Mobility Magazine "Train Your Own Service Dog" Interview and cover photo
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Physical Disabilities: The Ultimate Teen Guide
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