September 2, 2020
The original Shiba Inu from the Doge meme, Kabosu, is on the patch after an incapacitating illness.
The celebrity dog from the incredibly popular meme “Doge” and its derivative, joke cryptocurrency Dogecoin, Kabosu, is getting better from vestibular disease. This condition affects balance and coordination and possibly fatal.
Now 14 years old, Kabosu was a rescue dog – she was one of 19 Shiba Inus abandoned when a Japanese puppy mill was closed down. Others were killed, but Kabosu was lucky to be taken home by a 58-year-old Atsuko Sato, a kinder teacher in Japan. She dotes on the courageous dog and is now nursing her back to health, giving daily updates on Kabosu’s recovery on her famous blog.
Sato posted on Sunday that the dog had barked for the first time since her recovery, and early this month, she posted videos of Kabosu relishing a walk, but still appeared shaky while walking.
Kabosu’s internet fame propelled with the help of Sato’s blog. It started in June 2009; she used pictures of her rescue animals to awareness the dangers of puppy mills and adopted pets. Quickly, it found an audience among pet lovers; however, Kabosu hit international fame as the Doge meme’s face and the parody cryptocurrency Dogecoin.
According to reports, it started with a post on Reddit entitled an image of a corgi with “LMBO LOOK @ THIS FUKKIN DOGE.” But the name rapidly became identical with silly dog photos and cracked phrases, for example, “So. Much. Wow,” which was written in multicolored Comic Sans Script. It was initially meant to be a spoof on the dog’s interior monologue and changed from Tumblr Shiba Confessions launched in September 2012.
In ten years, the meme has been used by everyone from politicians to Elon Musk. It has been chosen as the top meme of the last decade. It’s been seen all over the Internet, and everywhere.
For their joke cryptocurrency Dogecoin, Jackson Palmer and Billy Markus adopted Doge in 2013. Elaborating their reason for choosing the meme, Palmer noted that he’d been influenced by a post commending the meme as a prominent example of what makes internet nation awesome: “it’s nonsensical, illogical, inexplicable, and yet totally hilarious and addictive,” Gawker said.
“I’d always loved the doge meme, and had just read an article by Adrian Chen about it actually being a good meme,” he told the International Business Times in 2014. “Combined with my interest in cryptocurrency at the time, I put the two together and laughed to myself. Thankfully I decided to share my personal joke with the world.”
But then again, not long after, Palmer became disheartened with the project. The deciding factor that led to him turning his back on the project was his lack of support for the trademarking of “Dogecoin” and Doge image.
Notwithstanding Palmer’s departure, Dogecoin has flourished. Like many cryptos, it has seen summits and gutters during recent years, but late in July, a viral video and tweet by Elon Musk set has made it going again.
Kabosu, on the other hand, is being nursed back to health lovingly by Sato; she is also thriving as well