My Pre­cious

Kim­berly Chia lets us in on the story be­hind Pre­cious the Chi­huahua

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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.”

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