The dog Kabosu became famous as an internet meme. Now she has died. Her owner knew nothing about her pet’s fame for a long time.

The dog “Kabosu” is dead. She has become known as an Internet meme. Even a digital currency used her image for its logo.

“On the morning of May 24th, Kabosu crossed the Rainbow Bridge,” the owner of the Japanese Shiba Inu dog wrote in an Instagram post on Friday. The dog fell asleep peacefully without suffering. “Thank you all for loving Kabosu all these years. I’m sure Kabosu was the happiest dog in the world.”

Kabosu’s owner, a kindergarten teacher from Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo, adopted the dog from the animal shelter in 2008, reported the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. “Since Kabosu came to my home, a number of wonderful things have happened,” she told the newspaper. Two years later, she published a photo showing Kabosu with her front paws crossed and a “skeptical expression on her face.” It was only years later that she learned from a friend that the picture had become a worldwide meme on the Internet.

The digital currency Dogecoin even used the dog’s image for its logo. “The impact this one dog has had across the world is immeasurable,” said a post on the Dogecoin account. “We were all lucky that her story touched and shaped ours.” Kabosu was around 18 years old, reported the newspaper “Asahi Shimbun” – that corresponds to almost 90 years in human years.

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