Kapuso, Shiba Inu who inspired ‘Doggie’ meme, dies at 18

Posted: 5:46 PM PDT, May 24, 2024

Kapuso, a Shiba Inu who inspired the viral “doge” meme and later became the face of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, has died. She was 18 years old.

The beloved dog owner, Atsuko Sato, Shared on her blog Kapuso died peacefully in her sleep on Friday morning. according to Letters of NewsKapuso died at 7:50 a.m. after falling into a “deep sleep.” The dog’s mother added: “She passed very peacefully without suffering, as if she was sleeping while feeling the warmth of my hand caressing her.”

Sato added that she will hold a “farewell” party in Kapuso’s honor on Sunday.

Kapuso gained global fame in 2013 after her face became the face of cryptocurrency. So much so that Kapuso inspired the launch of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin later that year. Then, in 2021, an NFT (non-fungible token) featuring Kapuso’s face sold for $4 million.

Sato, a kindergarten teacher in Japan who referred to her puppy as Kabuu-chan, previously said Kapusu was 2 years old when she rescued her. she told the Japanese outlet Asahi Shimbun Earlier this year, Kapuso, who was on the verge of death before being rescued, touched her life in many ways.

Atsuko Sato pays tribute to Kabusu, the Shiba Inu who inspired the famous Doji meme.GT
Kapusu, the dog that inspired the famous Doji meme, is pictured on March 19, 2024 in Tokyo, Japan.GT

“Since Kapuso came to my home, a series of miraculous things have happened, enriching my life and giving me a treasure trove of priceless moments,” she told the outlet. NBC News.

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Kapuso’s death comes four years after she was diagnosed with leukemia and liver disease. Sato documented Kapuso’s health journey on Instagram. Last December, Sato shared that amid the diagnosis, Kapuso’s “liver level is very bad.”

Sato also shared on her blog, “Thank you all so much for loving Kapuso all these years. I’m sure Kapuso was the happiest dog in the world. That makes me the happiest owner in the world.”

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