Puffy is a pure bred Australian Silky Terrier just over 6 years old. She’s our precious little darling (just a bit spoiled). We got her from a Rescue shelter when she was about 10 months old. Her hair was longer than her legs, but not pretty and silky. It was a matted mess. It reminded me of an old fashion powder puff, and that’s where she got her name. We couldn’t tell what she looked like, but she was so lovable and pitiful looking that we adopted her. We thought she was just a mangy mutt. A trip to the groomer’s showed us what a cutie pie was hiding under that mop. A trip to the vet’s and we found out she was a pure bred.
She was terribly underweight, but we took care of that real fast. She probably didn’t have enough calcium in her early diet and that could explain why her ears are floppy. We call her “Queen of the Garden.” She loves exploring it every single day.
She likes to hunt down trespassing critters. She’s found toads, box turtles, garter snakes and bunny rabbits. Silky’s were bred to kill snakes and rodents. Puffy doesn’t harm them, but she does aggravate them to death. The bunnies run away, and we transport the reptiles to a creek down the street. This is why I don’t let her hair grow long. All the ‘stuff’ that she’d collect in her hair would just make her miserable.
Australian Silky’s have the same ancestors as Yorkies and Australian Terriers. They originated in Australia and there aren’t many in the States. Although she has Terrier in her, she doesn’t bark at people or get all nervous like they typically do. Silky’s are very lovable, easy going and always want to cuddle. Perfect for me! We both enjoy our cuddle time.
All that hunting in the garden left Puffy hot and tired. She made sure that the garden was critter free. Time for a rest on the cool tile.