Today I am ridiculously excited to welcome Leslie Mosier to the blog along with my favourite internet pooch Doug the Pug. The pair recently toured the UK as part of the launch of their debut book, Doug the Pug: King of the Internet. This gorgeous little book is an instant mood-booster and would make the perfect Christmas present for anyone who loves dogs.
Welcome, Leslie! Where did you get the idea for Doug the Pug?
I had always wanted a pug named Doug, so when I was in college and met Doug, I began posting photos of him on my personal account. The internet definitely took charge and decided they wanted to make him famous!
You quit your full time PR job to manage Doug. Did you ever doubt that decision?
It was a scary decision, but ultimately it was the best decision I ever made for the brand and for my personal goals.
What’s a typical day like for you and Doug?
There is no typical day, with so many things going on we might be traveling one day, or all cozy in our home office prepping the next. Doug gets lots of rest though, and sleeps over 10 hours everyday, not including the full 8+ hours at night!
How do you get the perfect photo? How much preparation goes on behind the scenes?
Our inspiration comes from the internet or what we see in our daily lives. Some videos take a lot of preparation, and same goes with a few more intricate photos. Sometimes we’ll have an idea that hits us and we can make it happen in less than 2 minutes.
Is Doug ever a bit of a diva now he’s one of the most famous dogs on the internet?
Never! Doug is one of the most chill and patient dogs ever. He loves people, ask anyone that has met him!
What’s been the highlight of this journey for you so far?
The highlight would definitely be the impact we’re able to make on millions of people by a simple photo or a video. It’s amazing to hear from fans just how important Doug has been in their daily lives.
What’s next for you and Doug?
2017 is bound to be one of the busiest, and best years so far! We’re so excited for a few different opportunities in the works already, and welcome more things as we transition into the new year!
Do you have any tips for people looking to build or improve their brand on social media?
Stay consistent and always try to be innovative!
And now, the little man himself. Welcome Doug! You’ve met a heap of celebrities Doug, who was your favourite? Anyone you’d particularly love to meet?
I can’t pick a favourite, because they all have been so good to me! But I would love to meet the President, Barack Obama.
When you’re not modelling, what are you doing in your spare time?
Sleeping, begging for treats or hanging out with my best friend Penelope Pearl.
It’s a given that your my favourite puppy on social media, but I’d love to know who’s your favourite?
Penelope Pearl! She’s my best friend, and there are lots of internet rumours that we’re dating now 😉
Does fame ever get hard? What do you do to stay grounded?
Being cute isn’t easy, so when I get to come back to my Nashville home and relax and meditate in my backyard, it’s like a reality check!
Thanks to Pan MacMillan Australia for providing a copy of the book for review.