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Today we got the honor of interviewing Kaitlin (Sophie & Junie'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?
Morris: Like every Millennial dog parent - I started our social media accounts the moment Sophie was brought home. It as a way to document all the fun things we do, and watch my pup grow up. Now with Junie added to our pack we get to watch both girls grow up together. I like to use their account as a way to ‘scrapbook’ all the adventures they get to go on!
What do you think sets your dog apart from other dogs on social media? What makes them unique or particularly interesting to your followers?
Morris: I try to be authentic when posting content. Sometimes not every post is ‘instagram worthy’, but it’s a moment in time this dog mom doesn’t want to forget! I do try to throw in some of the funny things the pups do as well. I think showing the ‘imperfect’ part of being a dog parent is extremely relatable to other pet parents!
How do you come up with ideas for your dog's posts and content? Do you have a specific creative process?
Morris: I am constantly taking pictures and videos of the pups every day. I then will look for trending sounds or music that might go with any videos I may have. From there it’s just being creative with a caption or catchphrase. I’m not perfect at it, and learning tips and tricks everyday. Also take inspiration from other accounts (but don’t outright copy!) and mold it into something that is your own.
Have you ever faced any challenges or negativity on social media, and how have you dealt with it?
Morris: I feel like anytime you post anything on the internet it’s going to offend someone! While we have not ran into any specific negativity ourselves - it’s always good to remember that these are just dog accounts! They are supposed to be a fun way to share our pups - and if anyone gives you a negative vibe/comment it’s nothing to take personal!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own dog influencer account or share their dog on social media?
Morris: Remember to interact with other accounts! That’s the best and easiest way to grow yours. If you see someone liking or commenting on your posts/videos, why not do the same on theirs? I have created awesome relationships with other dog parents just by being open, messaging them, liking their content, and being supportive! Everyone wants their pet to be famous, but actually having a dog community to actively interact with - I think is even better. :)
How has your dog influenced your life outside of social media?
Morris: I think it’s no surprise to anyone that knows me that I absolutely love my dogs! They have helped me during tough times, and ‘forced’ me to be more adventurous. They have taught me patience through the puppy phase, and forgiveness for chewing my shoes during that teenage rebellious phase. I would love one day for both my dogs to get to the point to be therapy dogs. We are not there just yet, but maybe one day we’ll get there.
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?
Morris: For Sophie‘s first birthday in November of 22’ - I took her on a walk along a river nearby us. One thing you should know about Sophie is she loves water. She was so excited and she ripped the leash out of my hand and decided to go for a swim. I had my phone out taking pictures of her already, and even though I was not happy, I took more as she played in the water. There was nothing else I could do at that point. I just let her keep playing as I snapped away. She for sure had fun, but was not thrilled of the bath she took once we got home.
What is your favorite thing about being a dog influencer?
Morris: The community! I have met and talked to people from all over the world.
Lastly, what's next for you and your dog on social media? Any exciting plans or projects in the works?
Morris: Keep on growing our account! This upcoming summer I hope to go on more journeys and explore more with my pups. So stay tuned for more outdoor adventures and laughs in the future months!