Kabosu, the dog that inspired digital currency icon Dogecoin, is battling cancer and acute liver failure.
Kabosu-chan is in critical condition after being diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and a urinary tract infection, according to a recent Instagram post by Atsuko Sato, owner of the famous Shiba Inu uncle. Urine. Acute biliary infection, leading to hepatitis.
“His liver function was poor and he even showed signs of jaundice. But the antibiotics took effect quickly and he got better,” Sato said.
On December 26, she said the 17-year-old dog hadn’t eaten or drunk since Christmas. In a recent video, though, Kabosu-chan’s appetite returned and she began eating and resting with the cat. Sato wrote: “Kabosu regained his appetite and can take medicine.
Kabosu is a female Shiba Inu who was adopted by Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato in 2010. At that time, Kabosu was lying on a chair, staring at the camera with a critical expression. . This has attracted a lot of attention.
In the early 2010s, the photo went viral on sites like Tumblr and Reddit. The meme was born after a Reddit user referred to an image of Kabosu as the “Governor”.
The name “Doge” comes from the animated movie “Homestar Runner”, when the protagonist Homestar misnamed another character “Dog” (dog) as “Doge”. After circulating on blogs and small websites for a while, the keyword “Doge” for Kabosu’s avatar became an Internet craze in 2013.
Owner Atsuko Sato said she didn’t expect her pet to become so popular. “I was surprised when I discovered Kabosu’s Doge meme. I couldn’t help but be surprised to learn that the photos posted on the blog every day are all over the world, even to places I didn’t know were there,” Sato shared.
The Shiba Inu’s influence doesn’t stop there. The “governor” craze even spread to cryptocurrency exchanges. In 2013, two software engineers, Jackson Palmer and Billy Markus, launched Dogecoin — a cryptocurrency with Kabosu’s signature “judgmental” face.
“It took me about 3 hours to turn Dogecoin from a fun idea to reality. Creating a new cryptocurrency really wasn’t that hard. At the time we thought it was just another joke that would soon be forgotten ,” Marcus and Palmer shared. Dogecoin has become the famous and beloved meme coin of billionaire Elon Musk.
In 2021, a Shiba Inu meme was auctioned as an NFT token on the Zora website for nearly $4 million. “Doge” became the most expensive NFT meme at the time.