Happy Tails | Dragon

Every single animal that comes through our shelter has a story. Some are complex, many are sad, but all of them get better the minute they arrive at the Virginia Beach SPCA. Dragon was one of 33 dogs taken in by the VBSPCA from a hoarding situation on the Eastern Shore in October 2021. The dogs were frightened, filthy, and covered in fleas. Dragon had never been outside or been introduced to new people, and he was used to living with dozens of other canine companions. Because of his background, he was extremely shy and would need time and patience to adjust to a new environment.

A woman named Renee happened to come across Dragon’s picture and knew she had to meet him. On December 17, 2021, Dragon got his second chance. We recently caught up with Renee for the full story and an update on Dragon.

How did you find Dragon?

I’m the general manager at My Vegan Sweet Tooth (a long-time supporter of the VBSPCA). Every Christmas, we do an SPCA angel tree and his photo was hanging on the tree. I saw that little face and immediately knew.

How is Dragon doing in the home?

He’s acclimated well! He’s still very scared of new people, but we’ve formed an inseparable bond. He loves to snuggle and play with [my dog] Muffin. He loves running around in the backyard.

What sort of activities do you and Dragon do together?

We play in the yard, snuggle and watch movies, lots of petting time. We’re working our way up to walks outside the comfort of the house still, but every day he’s better and better.

Does Dragon have any funny quirks?

He’s so clumsy and when he runs in the backyard, it’s more like a new pony trying to gallop for the first time. He does this cute little thing with his tongue whenever I’m petting him and hit the right spot.

How has Dragon enriched your life so far?

This dog is so loving and kind and mellow. He reminds me every day that nothing is a lost cause. His friendship with Muffin has allowed her to be more open with new dogs.

Why do you think people should consider adopting a shelter pet?

Seeing Dragon’s transformation from a scared, shaking, peeing mess in the shelter to a happy-go-lucky goofball will hopefully inspire everyone to give shelter pets a chance. You’re not just saving a life but bringing joy into your own life. You’ll never know the same kind of love you receive from a rescued animal.

We still have lots of work ahead of us, but Dragon is already a completely different dog than the day I brought him home. I’m so lucky to have found him and so grateful for everything the SPCA does.