In the normal course of things, if I photograph a dog, it’s an actor dog, on a stage, in a theatre. Today was a bit different, having been commissioned to do a non-acting dog portrait (or ‘Doge’ portrait, for those of you in on the meme) outside, in the sunshine, on a bit of urban beach near the Tate Modern.

Stage dog

London, UK. 12.03.2014. Pilobolus presents SHADOWLAND at the Peacock Theatre. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

The subject, a Shiba Inu, was blissfully unaware of being the star of a portrait shoot as she excitedly galloped up and down the strip of sand, either pursuing a tennis ball, or digging herself a hole, which filled with water for her to lap up (creative Doge, making a dog bowl!).

London, UK. 06.07.2015. Kiko Braithwaite, a Shiba Inu, on the river beach by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

London, UK. 06.07.2015. A Shiba Inu, on the river beach by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

London, UK. 06.07.2015. Kiko Braithwaite, a Shiba Inu, on the river beach by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

London, UK. 06.07.2015. A Shiba Inu, on the river beach by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

London, UK. 06.07.2015. Kiko Braithwaite, a Shiba Inu, on the river beach by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

London, UK. 06.07.2015. A Shiba Inu, on the river beach by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

London, UK. 06.07.2015. Kiko Braithwaite, a Shiba Inu, on the river beach by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

London, UK. 06.07.2015. A Shiba Inu, on the river beach by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Suitably tired from her exertions, we repaired to the area outside the Tate Modern, to continue at a more sedate pace, where, in exchange for treats, politely offered a paw for shaking and posed with her owner.

London, UK. 06.07.2015. Kiko Braithwaite, a Shiba Inu, by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

London, UK. 06.07.2015. A Shiba Inu, by the Tate Modern, Bankside. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

She may not be an actor, but she certainly has star quality. Adults and children alike came over to ask about her and stroke her – having a Shiba as a pet must be a bit like being a WAG if they all create this much awe and appreciation in public!

© Jane Hobson. Kiko the Star Doge, outside the Tate Modern, Bankside, London, UK.

© Jane Hobson. A Shiba Inu, the Star Doge, outside the Tate Modern, Bankside, London, UK.

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