Kabosu, the Shiba Inu dog behind the doge meme coin, celebrated her 16th birthday on Tuesday.
Kabosu is an internet legend, even if you don’t know who she is. The Shiba Inu inspired various cryptocurrencies, including Dogecoin and Shiba Inu, which are now worth over $70 billion.
Kabosu has her own Instagram account, where her owner posted in celebration of her special day. “Today is Kabosu’s birthday🎂 She is 16 years old😊“, her owner wrote.
Kabosu, a rescue dog who was adopted in 2008, rose to fame in 2010 when she was a sprightly 5-year-old. Kabosu’s owner blogged about her, including photos of the Shiba Inu. Kabosu is laying on a couch with her paws crossed and a worried expression on her face in one. From there, the internet took over, adding the doge talk you’re now familiar with. The doge meme was created.
Three years after that fateful photograph, two software engineers decided to have some fun. They mocked Bitcoin’s absurdity by inventing Dogecoin, a digital currency with an infinite supply (compared with Bitcoin, which has a maximum supply of 21 million). Dogecoin took off unexpectedly, eventually becoming a meme in its own right. In fact, it gave rise to a new type of cryptocurrency known as “meme coins.”
Dogecoin now has a market cap of $35 billion thanks to Elon Musk’s assistance. Shiba Inu, which was inspired by Dogecoin, has become the hottest new coin, with a market cap that has surpassed Dogecoins. The two meme coins have a market cap of more than $70 billion combined, and they are far from the only coins inspired by the Original Doge.