Border Collie Sylar Lives Lives In Her Own $650,000 Beijing Mansion

Border collie Sylar lives in a $650,000 Beijing Mansion. Sylar is a star. Sylar did tricks and they went viral. And Sylar made his owner rich

Border collie Sylar lives in a $650,000 Beijing Mansion.

Sylar is a star.

Sylar did tricks and they went viral.

And Sylar made his owner rich.

Sylar is named after a character from the TV show – Heroes.

And Sylar has millions of followers on social media.

The story of Sylar is one of happenstance and good luck.

But Sylar also came on the scene when dogs became a cultural phenomenon in China.

“Before I had Sylar, I had nothing to live for,” said owner Zhou Tianxiao, 31, scratching his dog’s ears. “He gave me a purpose.”

Over the past year, builders have transformed a two-acre lot into Sylar’s mansion.

The mansion consists of a spa,  a trampoline, an indoor pool, two murals of Sylar’s face and a party room with chalkboard walls, where someone has scrawled: “I love you.”

Sylar also is a symbol of love, economic progress and the Internet’s unique power to make you famous – sometimes overnight.

Five decades after Chairman Mao’s Red Guards were known to kill pet dogs — a “bourgeois” accessory the communist leader sought to quash during his purge of Western values — China’s youths are increasingly lavishing money on animals.

But that has changed drastically.

Today furry friends are seen as substitute children by the Chinese.

And they will spend a fortune on them, a number that keeps growing exponentially.

The Chinese are projected to spend the equivalent of $7 billion on furry friends by 2022, a surge from $2.6 billion last year, according  to a German market research firm,  Euromonitor.

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