- Kabosu, the face behind Dogecoin, has fallen sick.
- Members of the cryptocurrency community came forward in support.
- Kabosu-inspired Dogecoin remains the 8th largest crypto in the world.
Atsuko Sat, a Japanese kindergarten teacher and Kabosu’s owner, posted on Instagram on December 26 and shared the post on Twitter, saying in Japanese that the Shiba Inu dog behind the face of Dogecoin was in a “dangerous” state, adding that the dog would be “absolutely fine” thanks to the “power from all over the world” from his fans.
Upon hearing the news, people showed their solidarity in large numbers. One Twitter user who wished her well promised to cover “any expenses” for Kabosu’s recovery. Even Billy Markus, Dogecoin’s co-creator, tweeted on December 26, asking his two million followers to send “[love] and [prayers] and good vibes” to Sat and Kabosu.
Sat did not say what exactly was wrong with Kabosu, but she did say that he had not been eating or drinking since Christmas Eve. Considering that the usual lifespan of a Shiba Inu is 12–15 years, it is remarkable that Kabosu celebrated her 17th birthday in early 2022.
Originally published on Sat’s blog in 2010, the image of Kabosu was the catalyst for the “doge” meme genre. Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, also paid a visit to Kabosu and Sat’s Tokyo flat in 2018.
Dogecoin has been around for about 10 years, and despite its comedic origins, it has found widespread adoption in the cryptocurrency community. According to data compiled by Coinmarketcap, Dogecoin (DOGE) is the eighth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, with a valuation of approximately $10.4 billion.
Dogecoin’s value increased on the announcement that Elon Musk had acquired Twitter due to the optimism of its followers that he would implement DOGE on the social media network. To reduce fraudulent postings on Twitter, Musk, a longtime supporter of Dogecoin, once proposed charging users 0.1 DOGE to post before realizing it was impractical.
Many other canine-themed digital currencies have emerged as a result of Dogecoin’s success, including Shiba Inu (SHIB), Dogelon Mars (ELON), and Floki (FLOKI), named after Musk’s Shiba Inu.