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Today we got the honor of interviewing Melissa (Hank'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?

Zoghby: I began sharing Hudson's adventures (my previous golden) on social media to spread positivity and brighten people’s days. I am very passionate about dogs and love seeing other people share their experiences with their furry friends. However, over the summer, Hudson was diagnosed with late stage lymphoma, and crossed over the rainbow bridge in a mere 6 days. The outpouring of love from the dog community was overwhelming. And I felt so connected to these people, who I only know through social media. When I brought home baby Hank, I received more love and support from these strangers who saw the pain and grief I had been enduring. Hank has brought so much joy and happiness to my home, and I wanted to share this with others. He lifts my spirits daily, and I wanted to spread this positivity. Also, social media provides a space to find like-minded people who appreciate the true companionship and love of dogs. We have built such a strong community through these platforms.

What do you think sets your dog apart from other dogs on social media? What makes them unique or particularly interesting to your followers?

Zoghby: Hank is so full of personality. He is fluffy and adorable, but he also has a face that gives off serious mood vibes. He has endless energy, loves to get into trouble, and always has a fun time doing it. He is hilarious.


How do you come up with ideas for your dog's posts and content? Do you have a specific creative process?

Zoghby: Mostly, I just let Hank tell his own story. He has so much personality and is always getting into fun trouble! I have a voice in my head that I use for him, and I try to narrate based on how I believe he talks and thinks! I also use a mix of inspiration that I’ve seen online before.

Have you ever faced any challenges or negativity on social media, and how have you dealt with it?

Zoghby: The dog community is incredibly kind and supportive. But occasionally I will receive a comment from a stranger that is slightly negative. I just try to respond positively to reassure people that Hank is happy, is loved more than most humans, is well taken care of, and the videos are just meant to be funny.


What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own dog influencer account or share their dog on social media?

Zoghby: Take as many pictures and videos as you can! I genuinely try to focus on telling the story of Hank's life! I want it to be an accurate depiction of a puppy growing up that brings laughter and joy! And can be a bit trying at times!

How has your dog influenced your life outside of social media?

Zoghby: Hank came to me at a very difficult time in my life, after losing my precious boy, Hudson. He is my best friend and brings so much warmth and laughter to home. He comes with me (almost) everywhere and has become quite the celebrity at work, my building, in the neighborhood and on social media.

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?

Zoghby: In all seriousness, every moment with Hank is memorable. He is a 13 week old golden retriever, so he is wild! We recently took the bus to Central Park. Since he is not fully vaccinated, the long 10 min walk full of street treats and dogs is ruff ;). He made friends with the bus driver (and everyone else on the bus). When taking the bus home, we got the same bus driver. At the last stop the driver announces everyone must exit, but also made an announcement to Hank. That he was the cutest boy and he hopes Hank has a wonderful Christmas!


What is your favorite thing about being a dog influencer?

Zoghby: I love spreading laughter with Hank's videos, but my favorite part about this journey is the community that we have built. The support and love from strangers has been overwhelming, and it has restored my faith in humanity.

Lastly, what's next for you and your dog on social media? Any exciting plans or projects in the works?

Zoghby: We are very excited to be partnering with Fi! Hank has his last round of vaccines coming up, and I am very excited to see his personality come alive (and not just inside my apartment and from a bag when I carry him around)! I can't wait to share with everyone Hank doing all of his firsts: swim (in the fountain like his big brother), jump fences in Central Park, and create fun chaos!