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Today we got the honor of interviewing Emily (Chinook'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?
Racenet:A friend who I had begun handling for in conformation had an instagram account for her great danes and standard poodles, I was inspired by her to start one for my dogs. I enjoy sharing our adventures and view it as an excellent place to practice photography and to share our dog sport & training journey.
What do you think sets your dog apart from other dogs on social media? What makes them unique or particularly interesting to your followers?
Racenet:We do it all I feel like, but I do view her instagram as more of an art form than a blog of her activities. The combination of storytelling and photography is I think what makes our account interesting.
How do you come up with ideas for your dog's posts and content? Do you have a specific creative process?
Racenet: Typically I will hike with her or we will be participating in a sport and I'll bring my camera. Anytime I see something nice I'll try to remember it to come back for pictures if I don't have her or my camera. If I'm out of ideas I'll try to scroll through my feed or pinterest to inspire myself.
Have you ever faced any challenges or negativity on social media, and how have you dealt with it?
Racenet: I have, I typically deal with it by limiting comments to those who follow Chinook and regulating how often I check message requests. Additionally, I try to allow myself breaks from social media any time it feels overwhelmingly negative.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own dog influencer account or share their dog on social media?
Racenet: Starting is the hardest part, but there's no better time than now. As an added bonus (despite how sad it may be), the more you document the more memories you've got saved after they're gone.
How has your dog influenced your life outside of social media?
Racenet: My life just about revolves around Chinook, my university and work schedules are set to allow me as much time to train and exercise her as possible. She may very well be the greatest source of joy in my life.
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?
Racenet: Over the summer, while hiking with a friend, we found a bridge about 5 feet above a shallow creek. Chinook and my friend's dog ran to the edge of it to get a drink and Chinook tried to collect rocks (one of her favorite activities is grabbing rocks from bodies of water), they ran back up onto the bridge with a stick. I took the stick and the dogs both backed up off the bridge and stood near the path to the creek. I tossed it and Chinook, who is hesitant to jump off the dock at the pool with an audience despite dock diving being her favorite sport, ran back onto the bridge and jumped off into the creek after the stick. She was unscathed but my friend and I were quite scared.
What is your favorite thing about being a dog influencer?
Racenet: Being able to share moments in our life, big and small.
Lastly, what's next for you and your dog on social media? Any exciting plans or projects in the works?
Racenet: I have been working a substantial amount (60 hours/week) while taking a full credit load at my university and running a club, so Chinook's account has been set aside some. However, this semester I've set myself up to be able to make a return for a few posts per week. (This isn't something that would get in the way of helping to provide content for Fi given my new schedule for the semester being far more flexible)