Let’s All Admire This Amazing Dog Who Keeps Ruining Photoshoots

Some dogs just march to the beat of their own drummer

Photos: Yokokikuchi_ks via Instagram

Let me introduce you to a Shiba Inu named Hina. She lives with her best friends, Kikko, Sasha, and Momo, in Hong Kong, and she is constantly ruining their photoshoots. Her older sisters are professional and versatile models, and they’ve mastered all of the important skills required to be relevant on Instagram—smiling, smizing, simpering, and looking extremely serious when the situation calls for it.

But no matter how hard she tries (which by all accounts, is actually not very hard at all), Hina can’t get on the same page. She’s just not a joiner.

There was, of course, the time when she fell asleep during the photograph.

Four shiba inus pose together on steps — three have alert faces, and then Hina is closing her eyes and seems to be smiling
Four shiba inus pose together on steps — three have alert faces, and then Hina is closing her eyes and seems to be smiling

And the other time she fell asleep during the photograph.

Four shiba inus pose together under some flowers — Hina’s eyes are closed
Four shiba inus pose together under some flowers — Hina’s eyes are closed

The time when she was definitely awake for the photograph but forgot to open her eyes.

Four shiba inus pose together on a beach with the ocean behind them — all are bright and smiley but Hina’s eyes are closed
Four shiba inus pose together on a beach with the ocean behind them — all are bright and smiley but Hina’s eyes are closed

The time when she was way too excited during the photoshoot where they were supposed to be acting cool.

Shiba inus line up indoors, with their mouths closed. In the back, Hina, sits more relaxed with a wide open smile
Shiba inus line up indoors, with their mouths closed. In the back, Hina, sits more relaxed with a wide open smile

And then there was the big shoot for Momo’s fifth birthday. We don’t talk about that one.

Four shiba inu dogs pose in front of a birthday cake. Three are crowded together alert, while Hina licks her own face
Four shiba inu dogs pose in front of a birthday cake. Three are crowded together alert, while Hina licks her own face

There was the dramatic yawn in front of the beautiful hedge.

The shiba inu dogs pose in front of a flowering bush — and Hina lets out a biiiiiig yawn right in the middle of the photo
The shiba inu dogs pose in front of a flowering bush — and Hina lets out a biiiiiig yawn right in the middle of the photo

The dramatic yawn down by the docks.

The four shiba inu dogs pose on a boat dock, and Hina is letting out a big yawn in the middle of the photo
The four shiba inu dogs pose on a boat dock, and Hina is letting out a big yawn in the middle of the photo

The dramatic yawn that ruined the otherwise perfectly staged brick-wall shoot.

Four shiba inus pose on a ledge. Three of the dogs are smiling towards the camera, but Hina is yawning up towards the sky
Four shiba inus pose on a ledge. Three of the dogs are smiling towards the camera, but Hina is yawning up towards the sky

And the reasonably subdued yawn that still kind of ruined the shoot at the harbor.

With a beautiful harbor backdrop, three of four posing dogs are smiling wide eyed at the camera, while Hina squints and yawns
With a beautiful harbor backdrop, three of four posing dogs are smiling wide eyed at the camera, while Hina squints and yawns

There was the time when she smiled a little bit too big.

Four dogs pose on red brick. Three of the dogs are smiling towards the camera, while all-white Hina yawns/smiles much larger
Four dogs pose on red brick. Three of the dogs are smiling towards the camera, while all-white Hina yawns/smiles much larger

The time when she smiled a little bit too scary.

Four dogs pose in various positions on a staircase. Hina, on the left, is baring her teeth in a v slightly ferocious way
Four dogs pose in various positions on a staircase. Hina, on the left, is baring her teeth in a v slightly ferocious way

And the time when, unbelievably, she smiled, yawned, and fell asleep at exactly the same moment.

The four dogs pose in front of a body of water. Three are sitting together smiling, while Hina is standing, squinting, yawns
The four dogs pose in front of a body of water. Three are sitting together smiling, while Hina is standing, squinting, yawns

And let’s not forget about the pouncing incident.

Two shiba inu dogs with matching coloring pose together, but are interrupted by a backwards bear-hugging Hina puppy
Two shiba inu dogs with matching coloring pose together, but are interrupted by a backwards bear-hugging Hina puppy

Or the one where she pretended to be a statue?

Three shiba inu dogs lay together on the floor, while Hina sits next to them with her eyes firmly closed shut
Three shiba inu dogs lay together on the floor, while Hina sits next to them with her eyes firmly closed shut

The time she got everything right except the direction of the camera.

Three shiba inu dogs pose laying on the floor, one stacked next to the other, and Hina lays facing them, turned the other way
Three shiba inu dogs pose laying on the floor, one stacked next to the other, and Hina lays facing them, turned the other way

That big miscommunication about tongue direction.

The dogs pose on a hiking trail with their tongues out in the sun, but Hina’s tongue is rolling out of the side of her mouth
The dogs pose on a hiking trail with their tongues out in the sun, but Hina’s tongue is rolling out of the side of her mouth

“Tongue placement” has actually been kind of an ongoing issue for Hina.

The dog’s pose in different cute poses on a set of stairs, but Hina is captured mid-tongue-on-nose
The dog’s pose in different cute poses on a set of stairs, but Hina is captured mid-tongue-on-nose

“Focus” is another big problem area.

Four dogs pose together, three smiling directly at the camera, but Hina is looking off to the side
Four dogs pose together, three smiling directly at the camera, but Hina is looking off to the side

And then sometimes you’ll get a “tongue placement” and “focus” issue at the same time.

The four dogs pose together on a dock, Hina is to the left looking off into the distance with her tongue out in a funny way
The four dogs pose together on a dock, Hina is to the left looking off into the distance with her tongue out in a funny way

And of course sometimes there’s TOO MUCH focus.

The four dogs pose together in front of greenery. Hina is in the middle with her mouth really, really wide in a big yawn
The four dogs pose together in front of greenery. Hina is in the middle with her mouth really, really wide in a big yawn

Or too much sunglasses.

The dogs pose together on a dock — three are laying down and smiling, while Hina is sitting up with green sunglasses on!
The dogs pose together on a dock — three are laying down and smiling, while Hina is sitting up with green sunglasses on!

But every now and then, when you’re least expecting it, everything just falls into place.

The four shiba inu dogs pose together, two with their arms slung over the others shoulders, and everyone is smiling at camera
The four shiba inu dogs pose together, two with their arms slung over the others shoulders, and everyone is smiling at camera

To keep up with Hina and her incredibly patient sisters, be sure to follow them on Instagram.

Formerly editorial director @BuzzFeed. Currently editor @Tenderly and writer at large. Email: JackAShepherd at gmail

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