Shiba Inu Dog Behind Popular Doge Meme, Kabosu, Passes Away at 18

Shiba Inu Dog Behind Popular Doge Meme, Kabosu, Passes Away at 18
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Kabo¬≠su, the Shi¬≠ba Inu whose pic¬≠ture became the instant¬≠ly rec¬≠og¬≠niz¬≠able ‚ÄúDoge‚ÄĚ meme, has died at 18. Her own¬≠er, Atsuko Sato, announced the news on social media, stat¬≠ing Kabo¬≠su passed away peace¬≠ful¬≠ly on May 24th.

The Birth of the Doge Meme

Kabo¬≠su‚Äôs inter¬≠net fame began in 2010 when a pho¬≠to of her sit¬≠ting with crossed paws and a tilt¬≠ed head was post¬≠ed on Red¬≠dit. The image quick¬≠ly gained trac¬≠tion with users adding cap¬≠tions in bro¬≠ken Eng¬≠lish con¬≠vey¬≠ing amuse¬≠ment and won¬≠der, such as ‚ÄúWow‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúSo scare.‚ÄĚ This twist birthed the now-icon¬≠ic Doge meme. Over the next decade, Kabo¬≠su‚Äôs face became one of the most wide¬≠ly used and rec¬≠og¬≠niz¬≠able memes worldwide.

Dogecoin Cryptocurrency Mascot

Beyond memes, Kabo­su became the mas­cot and inspi­ra­tion for the Doge­coin cryp­tocur­ren­cy. Launched in 2013 as a humor­ous take on Bit­coin, Doge­coin gained sig­nif­i­cant pop­u­lar­i­ty, part­ly due to endorse­ments from Tes­la’s Elon Musk. At its peak, Doge­coin boast­ed a mar­ket cap exceed­ing $90 bil­lion. Even as the meme’s pop­u­lar­i­ty waned, Kabo­su’s lega­cy endured through Dogecoin.

A Beloved Companion and Legacy

Sato adopt¬≠ed Kabo¬≠su from an ani¬≠mal shel¬≠ter in 2008. Despite Kabo¬≠su‚Äôs declin¬≠ing health in recent years due to leukemia and liv¬≠er dis¬≠ease, Sato pro¬≠vid¬≠ed her lov¬≠ing care. Kabo¬≠su passed away peace¬≠ful¬≠ly at 18 in Sato‚Äôs arms on May 24th. She is remem¬≠bered not just as a viral meme but for the joy she brought to mil¬≠lions as the face behind a beloved inter¬≠net icon.

Kabosu’s Enduring Legacy

Kabo­su’s pass­ing marks a sig­nif­i­cant moment. Though she is gone, her lega­cy as the Shi­ba Inu who launched count­less memes will for­ev­er live on in inter­net his­to­ry and through Dogecoin.

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