Melanie was born at Greenville General Hospital in Greenville, SC, first child and only daughter of Betsy Ann Langford (Travis) and Charles Farrell Travis. She had a short-lived marriage to Robert Stanley (Stan) Stine in 1973. In 1977 she married James Ellis (Jimmy) Babb from Gray Court, SC. In June of 1988 she married her current husband, Eric Alan (Rick) Schlaginhaufen, Jr. at her in-laws vacation home in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. In October of1989 she had her only child, Eric A. Schlaginhaufen, III. Rick and Melanie Travis Schlaginhaufen founded and owned Best Friends Bed & Biscuit, an upscale pet care facility in Greensboro, NC in1990. In 2006, they sold Bed & Biscuit and founded Schlaginhaufen Construction, Inc. Melanie has shown dogs since the late 1970s, is an accomplished dog trainer and canine behaviorist and has been published in over a dozen dog breed magazines. Her professional bio can be found on her website, www.knowingdogs.com. She is now semi-retired due to health reasons, but still enjoys hobbies of freelance writing, and researching her ancestors!
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