Kimberly Chia lets us in on the story behind Precious the Chihuahua
Making her way carefully into the tent, Kimberly Chia let out a little gasp of surprise at the sight before her: a canopy bed decorated with fluffy cushions, a picnic basket filled with goodies and a bottle of bubbly accompanied by wine glasses. “I have heard so much about glamping from my friends, but I have yet to give it a go – this is beautiful,” smiled the actress.
With a bubbly personality and contagious smile, it is of little wonder how twentythree-year-old Kimberly has managed to garner a huge following on social media.
The local actress started modelling when she was three years old before eventually making her television debut at the age of thirteen, where her works include C.L.I.F, Don’t Stop Believin’ and Tanglin.
Prancing around the bed, Precious, the long hair Chihuahua, is all smiles and ready for the camera.
She may be slightly reserved, but the ten-year-old Chihuahua is anything but unfriendly. Propping herself up on the bed, Kimberly proceeds to smoothen the wrinkles on her dress while gently holding Precious in position. Given the close relationship between Kimberly and the Chihuahua, little can anyone guess that Kimberly was once allergic to dogs.
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“My house was like a zoo,” laughed Kimberly. “I had hamsters, guinea pigs and chinchillas – all at once!” Despite her love for dogs, the actress had only gotten Precious after she outgrew her asthma. “My memory is a little hazy, but I first met Precious in the pet shop and had fallen in love with her since,” Kimberly recalled.
On the stone tables, Precious waited impatiently as
Kimberly left to change her outfit. Walking around in circles, the Chihuahua jumped into the actress’ arms immediately upon her return – a gesture the artiste adores. “My favourite thing about Precious is how she would wait for my return every day.” As such, leaving the Chihuahua for work has never been easy for the actress.
“The longest I was away from Precious was twelve days. This was during my days as an air stewardess and Precious actually climbed into my luggage as I was packing. It was as if she knew I was leaving. I used to have my family members send me photos of Precious as I would miss her so much.”
At the outskirts of the tent, an eager Precious explored the grounds as Kimberly followed closely behind. As frequent visitors of Pasir Ris Park, the actress explained how the location is like the Chihuahua’s natural element. “She does not like to be on the leash,” Kimberly smiled. An obedient canine that is responsive to Kimberly’s commands, it does not look like Precious will be needing one either.
Unlike the majority’s perception of Chihuahuas, Precious is no bark and no bite. In fact, she is a quiet companion who loves being pampered by Kimberly. At home, Precious can be spotted seated next to Kimberly as her owner busies herself with work. She may take some time to warm up to strangers, but once acquainted, the Chihuahua is as friendly as can be. As someone who prefers small dogs, it came as little surprise when Kimberly gave her answer to her favourite dog breed. Kimberly exclaimed, “I really like Chihuahuas! There was a time when I had a preference for Corgis, but that was only until I have seen the size of adult Corgis. For me, smaller dogs seem easier to manage.”
While being a dog owner has brought her a lot of joy, Kimberly admitted that it can be tough – especially when she is often away. “There is a quote that really made an impression on me. It goes along the line of your dog may just be a part of your world, but for your dog, you are its world. This is probably why today is one of my most memorable days with Precious because I rarely have the luxury of spending the full day with her. I really encourage pet owners to spend more time with their furry friends because after all, you are all they have.”