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{ For The Love oF peTs } A Dog Named Dracula Story By DyLAN GAMEZ | Photo By roB WILKErSoN He won't suck your blood, but he might steal your heart. Dressed in his Transylvanian best, Dracula has dropped into The Villages. Pat Egan, of the Village Santiago, is the human slave to her Halloween hound, Dracula, a Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix. Egan's grandson saved Dracula from a kill-shelter in Texas when the spooky stray had only 48 hours left to live. "He was rescued on Halloween," Egan said. "I've always loved Halloween and he had two little pointy teeth." With the holiday, and two canine teeth as sharp as fangs, Dracula seemed like the only logical name. Egan's grandson gave her the frightfully fun Fido as a holiday gift three years ago. "It was the best Christmas present I could have ever received," Egan said. "We are inseparable." While Dracula does live up to his namesake, sinking his teeth into his favorite treats, he also loves a good trick. Egan and Dracula are active members of the Santiago Villas Social Club. Dracula and Egan also work as a therapy team with the Dynamic Dog Club, proving Dracula's bark is just as innocent as his bite. "Whenever we visit assisted-living facilities or hospitals, everyone always remembers Dracula," Egan said. "I don't know what it is about him, but he has a way with people. They love him." This tail-wagging Transylvanian loves to strut his stuff in his vampire outfit, whether it is Halloween or not. The eerie ensemble gives Dracula an air of confidence, unless he sees a ferocious squirrel, a scaly gecko or the ever-terrorizing "Boulder of Death" - which is really just any toy ball that dares roll across Dracula's path. "Dracula loves people and other dogs, but he is terrified of just about everything else," Egan said. "If he sees one of those tiny lizards on a walk, he takes off in the other direction." Often, Egan will match her mystical mate, donning a black cape and a shirt that promotes donating blood. The devilish duo are ready to take a bite out of their favorite time of year. 50 OCTOBER 2016

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