Kabosu, the beloved Doge who became one of the internet's most famous memes, is ill with acute cholangiohepatitis — a liver disease that inflames an animal's bile ducts and liver tissue — and chronic lymphoma leukemia, according to an Instagram post from her owner, Atsuko Sato.
Sato stated that Kabosu's liver is in poor condition and she has begun to show signs of jaundice. For now, she still has an appetite and can drink water. Kabosu is believed to have turned 17 years old this year.
It cannot be overstated how critical Kabosu has been in shaping the internet as we know it today, spawning a seemingly endless supply of memes and online communities with her adorable face. The concerning news prompted well wishes from all over the world, as Kabosu has become an integral part of many lives in the online and cryptocurrency space.
doge (kabosu) is sick :( please send her and @kabosumama your ❤️ and 🙏 and good vibes ~ pic.twitter.com/8IqnYWFhWN
— Shibetoshi Nakamoto (@BillyM2k) December 26, 2022
Our dear Kabosu is unwell, let us all pray for her good health and speedy recovery🙏 pic.twitter.com/vq8kbJmVYW
— The Doge NFT 🐶🖼 (@ownthedoge) December 27, 2022
Get well soon, Kabosu! | u/ThatsPurttyGood101 | https://t.co/rIM98n7qAy pic.twitter.com/mBhGsouuIb
rDogeLore (rDogeLore) December 27, 2022
In 2020, Sato chatted with us about owning arguably the most famous dog in the world. At the time, she discussed how it still felt surreal, but was happy that Kabosu was the face of a lot of good in the world.
"Seeing [people] so moved to pet her, I started to feel grateful towards all of the fans of Kabosu as Doge in the world," she said. "I'm pleased that the life of a dog who was on the verge of being put down could be saved and she could be remembered forever, in an unexpected turn of events, as a dog who is loved by people all around the world."
"In Japan, there are many people who found out about Kabosu through my blog, became interested in rescue dogs, and [then] welcomed them to their own families. I think Kabosu must have been born with that mission."
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