The owner of Kabosu, the Shiba Inu that served as the model for the famous “doge” meme and cryptocurrency Dogecoin, reported on Instagram that the dog has leukemia and liver sickness and is in critical condition.
According to a series of Instagram photos by its owner Atsuko Sato, the 17-year-old dog stopped “eating and drinking voluntarily” on Christmas Eve and has been identified as having acute cholangiohepatitis and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Kabosu appeared to have jaundice, and Ms. Sato noted that she was taking antibiotics.
The owner stated in a different post that after Kabosu had blood work done, her doctor had told her that Kabosu “was in a dire situation.” Kabosu is shown trying to drink water from a bottle while resting under a blanket in photos and videos that Ms. Sato has uploaded online.
In one of her posts, she said, “To those of you who are worried, Thank you very much.”
In 2010, a photo of the dog sitting with its paws crossed and a slight grin on its face became viral on the internet. The picture was posted on numerous social media platforms, such as Tumblr and Reddit, and it quickly gained popularity as the “Doge” meme template.
Kabosu’s image was used in marketing campaigns by brands and iconic landmarks after being photo-shopped onto them. The Kabosu graphic inspired Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer’s logo for Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency they developed in 2013.
Elon Musk endorsed the currency, claiming that its value was “going to the moon,” which caused its value to rise. The legendary “Doge” became the most expensive meme non-fungible token (NFT) ever sold when it was sold for a whopping $4 million last year.
Users hurried to the comment area of Ms. Sato’s post to wish the Shiba Inu a swift recovery, and the post got an outpouring of love and support in the interim. One user said, “It’s going to be okay. You have the world praying for you, stray strong Kabosu.
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