The name Mel has a few instant associations for me. Foremost is probably the corrupt cop from Scarface, who Tony does in with the 286th most quotable line of the movie, "Manny, choot dat peesh a chit." Then, of course there's the crusty proprietor of Mel's Diner in Alice, played by the late Vic Tayback, who will forever live in my memory angrily telling Vera to, "Stow it." And there's Mel Torme, whom I once had the pleasure of seeing perform at Michael's Pub.
Now, too, there is Mel the dog. He was one of the group that initially went to Best Friends. He was in pretty bad shape emotionally when he arrived but he progressed well and was eventually adopted. I think this story contains a bit of hyperbole in some of the assertions about Mel's past (the only people who know for sure aren't talking), but all-in-all it's a good piece and it brings us up to date on what's happening with Mel today.