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Kabosu, Beloved Shiba Inu Behind Dogecoin Meme, Dies at 17


Kabosu, the shiba inu who inspired the viral “doge” meme and cryptocurrency Dogecoin, died on Friday.

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“Today Kabosu, our community’s shared friend and inspiration, peacefully passed in the arms of her person,” the official cryptocurrency account wrote on X. “She was a being who knew only happiness and limitless love,” announced by Dogecoin on X

They talked about the popularity of Kabosu, saying that the impact she made “across the world is immeasurable,” urging people to carry forward her legacy and to “keep her spirit and her family in your heart.”

“We are all fortunate for hers to have touched and shaped ours,” the post concluded.

Kabosu made a lasting impression on fans all over the world with the “Doge” meme, which went viral and eventually inspired the creation of Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that was initially thought to be a joke. Other dog-themed tokens like Shiba Inu (SHIB) and Floki (FLOKI) were later created as a result of Dogecoin’s success, and they have since grown to be a significant market in the cryptocurrency space.


The owner of Kabosu announced on their blog that they would be hosting a “farewell party for Kabo-chan” on Sunday, May 26 from 1pm to 4pm at Flower Kaori in Kotsu no Mori, Narita City.

The owner also revealed that the night before she died, Kabosu “ate her rice and drank plenty of water, as usual.” She died peacefully and “quietly” in her sleep the next day, as her owner stroked her.

The owner said in the blog that they were the “happiest person to have her” and that Kabosu “was the happiest dog in the world.” Kabosu’s owner thinks that “she is smiling, wagging her tail and staying close to them” even at this moment.

In 2022, Kabosu received a diagnosis of liver disease and leukemia.

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