Silky and Mystic may live together, but personality wise, the could not be more different. Mystic is a healthy Border Collie/Australian Shepherd firecracker while Silky is a Leonberger/Poodle/Shepherd mix that likes to nap more than anything else and suffers from food and skin allergies in dogs. They get along, but only insofar as Mystic lets Silky be when she has finally had enough.
True to her breed(s), Mystic is full of energy and smart as a whip. She can open doors, knows to wait before crossing the street, and is especially aware of her surroundings in general. She just learns incredibly fast.
Silky, while still clever, has none of the energy that her sister does. “She doesn’t like to play ball. She doesn’t like to play with toys. She doesn’t like to do any dog things,” says her mommy, Julie, “Silky is 100% lay-on-the-bed, don’t-bother-me most of the day.”
Another stark difference between the two — Mystic is healthy as a horse, while Silky suffers from a slew of life-threatening allergies.
From the moment she was adopted, Silky was not well. At first her intestines were twisted and gangrenous, which required immediate treatment. It was then that her owners discovered that she suffered from skin allergies in dogs, reacting to a wide array of irritants; everything from grass and fleas to many different kinds of food.
So while Mystic is your standard “go-anywhere, do-anything” kind of dog, Silky needs to be well looked after and requires a lot of special care. Everything from monthly allergy shots to hand-crafted, allergen free food are essential to keep Silky healthy.
How They Are The Same
While Silky and Mystic have drastically different health requirements, they are both covered by PetPlus, saving their owners a lot in pet health care. Everything from discounts on Silky’s booster shots to their flea and tick medication are helping Julie cut down on her pet care costs.