You heard that right: this dog has his own mansion. Oh, and it’s worth $500,000.
Sylar's owner, Zhou Tianxiao, 31, turned an abandoned warehouse into a doggie dream house with everything from air-conditioned rooms to an indoor pool to a giant backyard for Sylar and his furry friends to run around in. There are even murals of Sylar painted on the walls throughout the house.
Tianxiao told "GMA" that he built this home for Sylar because the dog turned his entire life around.
“Before I had Sylar, my life was a mess,” Tianxiao said. "My parents divorced, and I was living with my grandmother since I was little. I dropped out of school at age 15. I had no family bond, so I just played video games all the time to hide from the real world...until I found Sylar. He gave me hope.”
It immediately became Tianxiao’s mission to give Sylar the best life possible. He invested his time into researching how to train his dog and how to communicate with him. He used his phone to film his dog doing adorable tricks to pop music, posting them to a video site called Meipai, the Chinese version of YouTube. People shared his videos online and soon they had millions of views.
"We would train under a bridge everyday and there were about a dozen people watching us,” Tianxiao said. “The crowd got bigger and people continued to watch us train. I felt so good at that moment and I started to record our lives, so the people who like us can watch us on the internet without leaving their homes."
Sylar quickly became internet famous, gaining over 750,000 followers. Tianxiao's videos also started to get a lot of attention from dog owners, who reached out to him for advice on dog training.
This inspired Tianxiao to open an online store on China's popular online shopping platform, Taobao, where he sells dog toys, food and other pet essentials.
The immediate success of the store helped him afford his mansion in the countryside with Sylar.
“Before we opened the store, life was hard, there was no heat in winter, no AC in summer, no take out,” he said. “After we opened the store, we were able to survive.”
Now, they live happily together in what Tianxiao calls his "paradise" where their friends and fans come to relax and play.
"Sylar changed my life, he is like a gift from God,” Tianxiao said. “I hope more people can read my story and find their bond with a dog.”