Original Shiba Inu Dog Behind Dogecoin Is Dangerously Ill

According to her owner, Kabosu, the Shiba Inu dog who serves as the face of Dogecoin and the “doge” meme, is in a “dangerous position” physically.

Atsuko Sat, a Japanese kindergarten teacher and Kabosu’s owner, wrote on Instagram on December 26 that the rescue dog was in a “dangerous” situation but assured her followers that the animal will be “absolutely fine” and is “getting power from all over the world” from supporters. The Instagram post was later shared on Twitter.

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Shiba Inu and Dogecoin community show support

There was a flood of sympathy following the news of the situation of the Shiba Inu. As a gesture of goodwill, one Twitter user offered to pay for “any expenses needed to make sure she gets the best treatment” in full.

In a tweet on December 26, Dogecoin co-creator Billy Markus urged his two million followers to send Sat and Kabosu “[love] and [prayers] and good vibes.”

In a previous post, Sat stated that Kabosu has been sick since Christmas Eve and has been refusing to eat or drink. However, Sat did not specify what medical issues Kabosu is dealing with.

It should be noted that Kabosu celebrated her 17th birthday earlier in 2022, whereas Shiba Inu dogs typically live between 12 and 15 years. A photo of Kabosu from Sat’s blog in 2010 served as the model for the popular “doge” meme style.

Eventually, the meme’s success led to Billy Markus and Jackson Palmer’s 2013 invention of Dogecoin, widely regarded as the first “meme coin,” which they claimed to have done as a joke.

Kabosu is well-known in the cryptocurrency community; in 2018, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin paid Kabosu and Sat a visit at their Tokyo apartment.

Nearly ten years after its creation, Dogecoin, despite being made as a joke, is still incredibly well-liked in the cryptocurrency community.

According to data from CoinGecko, DOGE is the eighth-largest coin with a market cap of just under $10.4 billion and a volume of more than $332 million over the previous day.

With an average of 5.85 million monthly searches across the globe in 2022, Dogecoin was the second-most searched cryptocurrency on Google after Bitcoin.

Many Dogecoin users believed that Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter would result in the integration of DOGE on the social media platform, which would drive up the price of DOGE as a result of the news.