Kabosu: Japanese dog who inspired 'doge-meme' diagnosed with leukemia and cholangiohepatitis
The internet sensation, Kabosu, who turned into a meme-fest has been diagnosed with a deadly disease updated its owner. Atsuko Sato shared in a series of social media posts about the deteriorating health of the dog who became the viral face of the ‘doge’ meme and dogecoin. In the video post, Kabosu can be seen laying on the floor of their home, eating and drinking while being wrapped in a blanket. The 17-year-old dog can be seen walking with a slight limp too in their living room. It ends with Sato relaxing alongside Kabosu and her cat. She captioned the video on her Instagram, "Kabosu's disease names are acute cholangiohepatitis and chronic lymphoma leukemia. Right now, the liver level is very bad and jaundice appears."
Sato added, “But antibiotics will definitely improve. Kabosu has an appetite. She can also drink water. To all of you who are worried, Thank you very much.” In her earlier post, Sato mentioned that Kabosu was taken to the hospital for a checkup after she refused to eat and drink on Christmas Eve. It was in 2010 when Sato posted an image of Kabosu laying on her stomach and her paws crossed while glaring at the camera with a look suggesting she was ‘plotting a conspiracy of some kind. The image went viral on the internet, especially on websites like Reddit and Tumblr. People also started writing a text on the image suggesting what was going on inside her head and inner monologues, according to People.
A few years later, the meme led to the creation of the cryptocurrency called ‘Dogecoin,’ which had Kabosu’s viral image as its representative image. The news site, CNN called it the first ‘meme coin’ of cryptocurrency. Shocked by the internet meltdown Satu posted on Instagram, "Never in a million years would I have imagined the impact that my photoshoot of Kabosu would have on the internet."
The post on Kabosu’s health received a lot of reaction with thousands of fans commenting, one wrote, “Doge has lived a long life. As sad as it may be she has enriched mine and billions of people's. Thank you Doge. Kabosu forever. Hope for the best from Austin, Texas USA. Very legendary.” Second wrote, Oh no…I’m sorry Kabosu and Kabosu mama, please stay strong, I don’t know what I’d do in a world without doge. I love you doge! Get well soon! 💖❤️” The other follower of Kabosu said, “The fact that she is still eating and drinking is a good sign. When they give up and stop that’s when you know they’re close.” “This is the hardest part of owning a dog. 18 years of having a best friend is an extremely fortunate amount of time. I wish the family strength and a pain-free process for Kabosu. We love you Doge. You defined an entire era and generation on the internet. Good luck!” wished another.