Everything you need to know about Doge and Shiba Inus proliferating on the internet and social media sites. 

According to knowyourmeme.com (also the source of this image), “On February 23rd, 2010, Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato posted several photos of her rescue-adopted Shiba Inu dog Kabosu to her personal blog. Among the photos included a peculiar shot of Kabosu sitting on a couch while glaring sideways at the camera with raised eyebrows.”

Doge (most commonly pronounced ‘DOHZH’ or ‘DOHG’) is a popular internet meme that consists of a picture of a Shiba Inu (often referred to as a ‘Shibe’) accompanied by multicolored text that represents a sort of inner monologue in deliberately broken English. This became popular in 2013, and even spawned a cryptocurrency named after it, the Dogecoin.

It’s become such a popular internet meme that even real life announcements are patterned after it.

Interested in making your own Doge memes? Pair your Shibe picture with two-word phrases written in colorful Comic Sans, and start these phrases with one of five words: So, Such, Many, Much, and Very. Keep in mind that you need to use them to modify words that they cannot normally modify properly in correct English.

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For example: “Very Fluffy, Such Poise” is incorrect, because the modifiers are used properly, and is written is proper English. In contrast, “Such Fluffy, Very Poise” is textbook Doge-speak. Finally, remember to end your meme with “Wow,” “Excite,” or “Amaze.”

This story appeared in Animal Scene’s December 2017 issue.