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Today we got the honor of interviewing Itzel (Mia Jinkies Marshall'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?

Soto: My husband and I would DM each other dachshund videos everyday and would sometimes spend the first hour of our mornings looking at dachshunds videos. Basically our social media algorithm included dachshunds.

Mia’s journey to becoming a dog influencer started before we ever brought her home. I knew that I wanted to share her with the world and not flood my Instagram account with her pictures (which sometimes my account does accidentally become her second Instagram account). I wanted her to have her online journal!

Mia’s online presence flourished first via Instagram (December 2021). I then created a TikTok shortly after which significantly gained followers. I enjoy posting more of her dachshund content on TikTok because there are more ways to be creative and can reach a bigger audience.

We also started attending different dachshund meetups and formed an online community on local Facebook dog groups.

Mia has also participated in a couple of dachshund derbies. But the one we are most proud of was when she was invited to race in the first dachshund race at the Titans stadium in October 2023. Unfortunately, she lost but we couldn’t have been more proud seeing her on the big screen.

Now, her foray into product reviews marks a new chapter in her influencing career, promising even more growth and opportunities ahead.

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

Soto: Mia definitely has various quirks that set her apart from other dogs in general. My favorite thing about her is how friendly and exciting she gets when she meets new people (or sees her favorite humans) and she happy pees.

Secondly, she loves to dress up and do OOTD’s or Try on hauls! (fun fact: she won a dog costume 2 years in a row)

Also, she loves to jump in baskets and hang out there, it is her recent quirk and it’s the cutest thing ever!

Mia will also let you know when she wants to be held because she will growl at you (yes she sometimes can be needy)

She is also a stubborn girl and if she sees that it’s time to go for a walk (yes even if she sees you grabbing the leash) she will IMMEDIATELY hide underneath the couch and the only way to get her out is to bribe her with a treat.

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

Soto: We don’t really have a posting schedule or method. I always make sure my phone is close to me and I have a portable ring light to catch anything cute or relatable she is doing. I do have a tab in my notes of potential content ideas to film.

I do always try to capture the dachshund meetups that we attend. Because who wouldn’t want to see a video full of little wieners.

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

Soto: Yes, we have had a few instances where some of our audience does not agree and says negative things about the way we discipline our dog. Which is okay, everyone is entitled to have their own opinions. We like to always keep a positive attitude and respect others' opinions in the online world.

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

Soto: Just do it! Don’t be afraid of what people think for creating a social media presence for your dog! At the end of the day, it is something special to look back and see literally how fast your dog has grown and reminisce on all the fun times you’ve had with your dog!

Also, don’t take it too seriously or have high expectations. Just have fun with it and capture all the pupper content for the world to see! It’s so rewarding when strangers on the internet also love on your dog!

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

Soto: Mia seems to have separation anxiety whenever I leave the room. But I also have separation anxiety when I am not with her. Whenever I am having a long workday and need a break, I take Mia on a walk and it helps me clear my head and also helps me get my steps in!

We are also going to look into making her a therapy dog for my husband’s dental practice! It will be rewarding to see how it can improve patients' dental appointments with a loving dog by their side!

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?

Soto: Too many to count, but my favorite memory was during a Thanksgiving trip back home in Nebraska. My father-in-law had served himself some chili and set it on the table. He forgot to push in the chair and there goes Mia eating his food when he had turned around to get some silverware.

What is your favorite thing about being a dog influencer?

Soto: My favorite thing is seeing all the love Mia receives online. It’s nice to create online friendships with other dog influencers and have meetups in real life!

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

Soto: We have a lot of family trips (my husband, Mia, and I) in the books for this year! We are planning to visit Ashville, NC this spring! Hoping to check out all the dog-friendly spots and perhaps collaborating with dog-friendly hotels/ Airbnbs.

It is also our dream for Mia to visit the beach and see how she enjoys it through her eyes!

We also can’t wait to continue participating in dachshund races, meetups, and all the dog events in Nashville! Also, stay tuned to see if Mia gets promoted to an office therapy dog at her Dad’s dental office!

PS one of our future goals is to be invited to participate in Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala! Dolly Parton if you are reading this, hey girl let’s chat! :)