Rescue Dog Becomes a Surprise Internet Sensation

doge_ogWhen Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato rescued her Shiba Inu, Kabosu, from a puppy mill bust several years ago, she never imagined that the dog would rise to internet stardom. In fact, she had nothing to do with it. Sato posted pictures of Kabosu and her cats on her blog, which she has dedicated to raising awareness about the terrible reality of puppy mills. She was shocked to see her photos of Kabosu become the face of "Doge," an internet phenomenon centered around silly photos of dogs.

For those who are well-versed in the realm of internet trends, you will likely recognize Sato's photos scattered around the web. The pictures generally include a Shiba Inu with phrases written from the perspective of a dog's inner monologue, and are usually written in colorful Comic Sans font. Sato and Kabosu are well-known figures throughout Japan, but their photos are recognized and adored around the world.scarfdoge_meme

While Kabosu is a sweet and friendly Shiba Inu, the breed is not for everyone. Shibas are known for being somewhat aloof and highly independent. While they may look like cute and cuddly teddy bears, anyone interested in the breed should do their research before deciding to purchase or adopt one.

Sato plans to use this unexpected fame and popularity to educate the public about puppy mills and to encourage people to adopt a dog from a shelter. After all, Sato's decision to adopt Kabosu was life-changing for both her and her four-legged friend. After all, surely there are others whose decision to adopt will change their lives in ways they never imagined possible.

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2 thoughts on “Rescue Dog Becomes a Surprise Internet Sensation

  1. Steve Howe

    I rescued a pup from a no kill shelter the day before Christmas. She was in pretty bad shape, probably too young to leave her mom and she was scared at every little noise. It's a little over a week later, she is looking healthy, is very playful and not scared at very much anymore. She likes chasing the cats and chickens around.

    She just got back from the Vet for her first checkup and shots. I talked the shelter into letting me take her to my Vet instead of the one they used. He said it would be 3 to 4 months before she was old enough to be fixed. He thinks she is part Lab, part Blue Heeler.

    After reading this, I will have to start taking more pics of her. My daughter is always putting scarfs or sunglasses or something on her. Still trying to think of a name for her.

  2. Linda

    My boy Andy was "surrendered" from a puppy mill to a Humane Society over five years ago. It is amazing the resilience of these dogs. He loves everyone and everyone loves him. He has earned his Canine Good citizen certificate and is the joy of my life. In spite of a bad start in life. he has triumphed.

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