This Precious Dog Is ‘Broken’ in the Most Adorable Way

Kiko is happy to be in your photo as long as it is clearly *about* her

All photos: Kaya the Shepherd via Instagram

Kiko is a 10-month-old Finnish Spitz puppy who insists on doing things her own way—especially when it comes to posing for her person’s Instagram photos. She lives with her sister Tofu and a wise, patient, and long-suffering White Swiss Shepherd named Kaya who acts as the mother of the group.

Kaya, making sure everyone is taken care of.

She also has some very close friends who are cats, and her person, Ashleigh, thinks it’s this feline influence that has caused her to have such an individualistic streak. While her sister Tofu is committed to sensible, thoughtful canine pursuits, like showing everyone her favorite toy…

…posing artfully with flowers…

…or showing off her abstract body paint art…

…Kiko has a fundamentally different view of the right way to show off when someone’s taking your photo.

Specifically, she thinks it’s better if she’s backwards.

The world, Kiko believes, looks better upside-down and in the rearview mirror.

Or, put another way, Kiko is challenging you (respectfully) to consider whether it mightn’t be the case that you are the one who is backwards and upside-down. Have you ever thought of that?

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment,” says Kiko—a sentiment she expresses with just the positioning of her face, so it’s even more impressive than Ralph Waldo Emerson, who had to write it down.

At this point, the family just kind of tolerates it—doing their very best to bring the group photo back to a semblance of decorum by looking as solemn and disapproving as they can. It doesn’t work.

Kiko just firmly believes that taking yourself too seriously is always a bad thing, and that every portrait looks better with a little bit of self-expression—just a dash of creative flair and, yes, silliness.

And you have to admit, she’s not wrong.

So, next time someone wants to take a photo of you, consider, like Kiko, the best way to truly express the truth of who you are.

And if that’s backwards and upside-down, then by all means … let your light shine.

And know that somewhere, Kiko is smiling with approval.

You can, and indeed must, follow the adventures of Kiko and her friends on Instagram at Kaya the Shepherd.

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

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