Kabosu, the dog superstar behind the incredibly popular internet meme “Doge” and its spin-off, the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, is recovering from a vestibular disease – a debilitating condition that affects balance and coordination and can be fatal.
The fourteen-year-old dog is one of 19 abandoned Shiba Inu after the Japanese breeding plant closed. Some were killed, but Kabosu was lucky to be adopted by 58-year-old Atsuko Sato, a kindergarten teacher in Japan. She chose a brave puppy and cared for him, and published daily updates on Kabos’s recovery on her blog.
Dogecoin dog Kabosu and a lot of fame
It was her blog that led Kabos to Internet fame. It started in June 2009 with the publication of pictures of its rescued animals to raise awareness of the dangers to puppies and adopted animals. He quickly found an audience among pet lovers, but Kabosu actually achieved worldwide fame in 2013 as the face of the doge meme and cryptocurrency Dogecoin.
Allegedly, it all started with a post on Reddit, which published a picture of Corgi with the caption “LMBO LOOK @ THIS FUKKIN DOGE”. But the headline quickly became synonymous with photos of dogs and phrases like “So. Much. Wow, ”written in a multicolored Comic Sans script. The words are supposed to be a parody of the dog’s inner monologue.
In the last ten years, the meme has been adopted by everyone from politicians to Elon Musk and he was voted the best meme of the last decade. It was all over the internet, on the cover of Twinkie, a giant rock, a Canadian landscape, a Christmas sweater … whatever you can think of.
Jackson Palmer and Billy Markus created their humorous cryptocurrency Dogecoin in 2013. Asked why he chose a meme, Palmer said he was influenced by posts that were a prime example of what makes Internet culture so amazing: “It’s pointless, illogical, inexplicable and yet absolutely cheerful and addictive. “
“I decided to share my personal joke with the world.”
But soon after, Palmer was disillusioned with the project. One of the decisive factors in turning his back on this was the lack of support for the ‘Dogecoin’ trademark and its image.
Despite Palmer’s departure, the dogecoin was successful. Like many cryptocurrencies, there have been highs and lows in recent years, but in July he was pumped again by a viral video on a tick flow and a tweet from Elon Musk.
And Kabosu? Nursed lovingly back to health by Sato, she’s thriving again too.