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Today we got the honor of interviewing Grace (Millie & Nova'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?
Crabtree: After our old golden passed away from cancer, we got Millie to keep Nova company. I wanted to document Millie's life on Instagram to bring joy to others, as she brings us so much joy. After getting the hang of it, I continued to create fun, silly videos to share with the world and they have done pretty well!
What do you think sets your dog apart from other dogs on social media? What makes them unique or particularly interesting to your followers?
Crabtree: Millie is a red golden retriever, which is more rare than the typical "gold" colored dog. She has funny quirks like "dancing" (itching) against the couch or sitting in weird positions. She lets me dress her up, wear glasses, things on her head, feet, etc. She also does skits with me and her big sister, Nova.
How do you come up with ideas for your dog's posts and content? Do you have a specific creative process?
Crabtree: It is a mixture of popular videos that I make my own, or I come up with original content. Sometimes it will start with a song or audio that I like, or I will think of ideas based on my own experiences with my dogs. I try to aim to have relatable posts, since those create the best traffic!
Have you ever faced any challenges or negativity on social media, and how have you dealt with it?
Crabtree: With any viral video, I have had several negative comments on videos. If I choose to respond, I do my best to be respectful and not argue with anyone. Most of the time, however, I simply don't respond. Sometimes I will delete comments if they are too harsh.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own dog influencer account or share their dog on social media?
Crabtree: The biggest thing I've learned is to stay consistent. Make friends on whatever social account you are posting on, comment a lot, message people, respond to stories, etc. Try to be original but also make it fun.
How has your dog influenced your life outside of social media?
Crabtree: My dogs are some of my best friends. I try to take them everywhere with me if I can. As someone with anxiety, they are really helpful for me. I don't know what I would do without my dogs!
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?
Crabtree: One of my favorite memories is going canoeing with my dogs last summer. I got them both life jackets and we all got in a canoe together. It was really chaotic but so much fun. My dogs both love to swim and they had the time of their life. Another one of my favorite memories was taking my dogs to a pool party downtown with another pet influencer.
What is your favorite thing about being a dog influencer?
Crabtree: I love the community. I've made a lot of friends and we all support each other. I love being able to support businesses as well, as I've done a few collaborations.
Lastly, what's next for you and your dog on social media? Any exciting plans or projects in the works?
Crabtree: I want to keep working hard to continue to build my community. One day I would really love to work with a company that I can stay with. I would love to be part of something bigger!