Eric Melvin is a passionate and engaging inspirational speaker and the innovative trainer of “Angelyne the Amazing DEAF Cattle Dog.”   Aligned with his canine companion and for decades prior,  Eric is an enthusiastic advocate for people and animals with disabilities.   Overcoming adversity with resilience and compassion is in Eric’s DNA. When he was 14 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The lifelong chronic illness became the catalyst for the success and influence he and Angelyne are known for today.   Eric and Angelyne are a unique and shining example of calling and commitment.  

  

Eric and Angelyne (born completely deaf) created a unique and influential deaf dog inspirational and training program.  Since their start in 2007,  they have given  over 500 inspiring public presentations and traveled over 200,000 miles together.  In the peak of Angelyne’s performing years she responded to over 60 cues including hand signals, touch, scent, lights, body language, facial expressions and vibrations.   Angelyne was also born with the gene for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).  She began showing the signs around 2014 and is now going blind. 


Eric and Angelyne are revered for their work in character building and compassion development in schools and youth programs as well as motivation for corporations and non-profit organizations.   Eric and Angelyne career highlights include 11 dog talent show victories (12 entered), features in 4 books, TV appearances, an audition for “America’s Got Talent” and speaking engagements nationwide.  Eric & Angelyne have shared the stage with celebrities and other influential  and inspirational people such as Erik Weihenmayer, Kyle Maynard, Amy Purdy as well as animal advocates Joel Silverman, Shorty Rossi, Guy Gilchrist, Wendy Francisco and more.  In 2015 Eric & Angelyne were finalists in the Subaru Pet Hall of Fame contest.  Angelyne was also a featured model for Sierra Trading Post pet products.  Eric and Angelyne have been featured in numerous places including at Barnes & Noble, national pet expos and more. Eric and Angelyne are ranked #1 on Google for “Dog Inspirational Presentations.” 


Eric lives life to the fullest despite his challenges with type 1 diabetes and he strives to inspire others to overcome!  Eric and Angelyne’s bond, story and presentation is unique and unforgettable.   It will melt your heart and inspire your soul!  


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