Name: Kimberly de Silva
Where you and your dog live: San Diego, California
Your current age: 24
Your age when you got your dog: 23
What do you do?: I work as a Content Manager at a tech company.
Dog’s name: Bagel de Silva
Dog’s age: Almost 2 years old (born March 8, 2016)
I had been researching for months but was waiting for the perfect time to adopt a dog. When I finally graduated from my Master’s degree, the time had come! I adopted Bagel at 4 months old from the Helen Woodward Animal Center. They told us she was part Chihuahua, part Terrier, but I think there is some Italian Greyhound in her genes too! As cheesy as it sounds, adopting Bagel was fate (you can read about the adoption story on our blog).
Why did you want a dog?
I have always wanted my own dog because I knew it would add so much unconditional love and joy to my life. But I wanted to make sure I was ready to take on the responsibility of caring for another living being.
How has having a dog changed your life?
We do so many dog-related activities that we would have never done if we didn’t have Bagel. For example, we go on pack hikes (walks with about 20 other dogs), we meet so many other dog owners, we hang out at dog beach, we do dog agility training, and so much more.
How do/did you deal with having a dog in your twenties, may it be now or previously? What is/was your daily routine? Any hard times? Unique characteristics about your dog?:
I waited until I graduated from my master’s to adopt a dog because I knew it would take a lot of time and dedication to take care of a young puppy. My plan was to take the whole summer off before finding/starting a new job, and boy am I glad I did. The first month of having Bagel was definitely a reality check to the responsibilities of having a dog - especially in your 20s. While I did a lot of research into dog habits and training prior, it was only until we had Bagel that I realized it was almost like taking care of a child (the potty training, the crate training, the socializing, the vet bills, the worrying etc.). I was so happy that I planned everything out before the adoption, like buying puppy supplies and reading up on positive reinforcement training.
Bagel was also a special little pup, as she was extremely shy and scared. I don’t know what happened before we adopted her, maybe she had a bad experience or just didn’t get any socialization, but we had to take very small steps with Bagel. The first week after coming home, she didn’t even dare to leave the bedroom. We had to carry her outside so she could go potty. Then slowly we encouraged her to explore new things, first the living room, then the hallway, then the pool area (that one was so scary!)... She was scared of other people, other dogs, and other places. With lots of treats, positive words and time, she slowly started to adapt to her new life. Bagel is still a shy doggy, she’ll never be one to run in the dog park with other dogs or be a fan of loud noises - but that’s okay! Bagel now loves to explore new places, sniffing everything along the way. And once she gets to know you, she will love you unconditionally.
Our daily routine consists of waking up in the morning, snuggling in bed, and getting ready for work. Bagel loves all my coworkers (she does have some favorites), so arriving at work is her favorite time of day. She’ll do morning zoomies and greet everyone, before settling down in her nook to chew her bone. Bagel will sleep next to my desk for most of the day while I work. During lunch, we walk a couple of blocks to stretch our legs - it’s almost always sunny in San Diego. At the end of the workday, we go home together and wait for Dad to finish work too. Then we all huddle on the couch for a relaxing evening together.
What are some of your favorite things to do with your dog?
My boyfriend and I like to take Bagel everywhere we go! San Diego is very dog-friendly, so we bring her along to the mall, to get coffee and to go for dinner. We also love hiking with her; even though she’s a tiny dog (of only 6 lbs) with small legs, she can hike further than we can!
Does anyone help you take care of your dog while at work or school?
Bagel comes to work with me every day! She has become the office mascot, providing kisses for people who need a break from work. Most of the day she sleeps in her little cocoon or chews on her bones (occasionally she barks at the UPS guy).
If you are in a relationship, how does your partner feel about your dog?
My boyfriend and I adopted Bagel together (but she is still my doggy ;)) and he adores her as much as I do. Our lives basically revolve around Bagel and we both love it.
Tell us about your blog:
I started Bagelbitsdog.blog shortly after we adopted Bagel. I wanted to share all the funny experiences and adventures of a shy rescue puppy living in California with her humans. I share anecdotes, arts & crafts, and training tips. For the time being though, I’ve taken a break from my blog, because I want to focus on a new creative outlet: Instagram. My boyfriend and I love taking, editing and organizing pictures and I want to grow Bagel’s account into an influencer in the dog niche. @bagelbitsdog tells the story of me & Bagel, partners in crime, attached at the hip.
Follow Kimberly and Bagel on Instagram: @bagelbitsdog