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Today we got the honor of interviewing Mercedes (Sully & Benny's Human). You can find a direct link to their Instagram here.
Here is their story:
Can you tell us about your journey to becoming a dog influencer? What inspired you to start sharing your dog's adventures on social media?
DeCarli: I started this account to have a place to keep memories of Sully growing up and then to watch Sully's and Benny's furiendship blossom over the years. As the account grew, I realized how many other people felt happiness from seeing and watching silly photos or videos of the dogs.
What do you think sets your dog apart from other dogs on social media? What makes them unique or particularly interesting to your followers?
DeCarli: Sully and Benny are very animated and not shy about it. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and you can just feel the emotions through a photo or video. We very rarely stage things and just create content based on what they do naturally. They are also both very large Labradors which usually stops people on social media and in person.
How do you come up with ideas for your dog's posts and content? Do you have a specific creative process?
DeCarli: I usually try to think of what would make me smile or laugh and we go from there as long as the dogs are willing to participate!
Have you ever faced any challenges or negativity on social media, and how have you dealt with it?
DeCarli: Definitely. There are always people who feel like it's okay to leave negative comments. I usually ignore them unless they say something negative about the way we take care of the dogs and then I will politely reply stating the comment is not true. The other times, I just laugh at the fact that the account has grown to the point of receiving negative comments.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own dog influencer account or share their dog on social media?
DeCarli: Have fun with it and don't overthink it! Each dog has their own personality and you just have to roll with how much the dog is willing to participate. There's no right or wrong way to show how much you love your dog to the world!
How has your dog influenced your life outside of social media?
DeCarli: My dogs have helped me more than words could ever explain. I have a few chronic illnesses and at the time we got Sully, I was struggling. The dogs have helped me with simple tasks and have lessened my anxiety. Benny taught himself to alert me to an array of symptoms and is my at-home service dog. Both dogs have been so crucial in helping me live with these chronic illnesses and have helped me live a more "normal" life again.
Can you tell us about a particularly memorable or funny moment you've had with your dog during one of your photo shoots or adventures?
DeCarli: When Sully was about 6 month old, we took him and his littermate for a hike. Little did I know that my now-husband was going to propose halfway. Sully and Oonagh (Sully's sister) were so happy to be included in that milestone event. I, of course, said yes!
What is your favorite thing about being a dog influencer?
DeCarli: My favorite thing about being a dog influencer has been the other people that we've met - in person and via social media. Seeing comments about making other people smile makes me feel like we're doing the tiniest thing to combat some of the negativity out there.
Lastly, what's next for you and your dog on social media? Any exciting plans or projects in the works?
DeCarli: The plan for now is to just keep doing what we're doing. We'll see where 2024 takes us!