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Usually, when someone says the words bitcoin or cryptocurrency, all I hear after that is blah, blah, blah, billionaire, blah, blah — much like the adults speaking in the old Charlie Brown cartoons.
But when someone makes a digital currency called Dogecoin, based on a popular smiling Shiba Inu meme, it got our attention. What started out as a joke by a couple of software engineers is now widely traded, with 131 billion “coins” in circulation. It’s also been touted by Tesla founder and billionaire celebrity Elon Musk, boosting its popularity. Musk’s company SpaceX even announced a rideshare mission to the Moon completely funded by Dogecoin, thus becoming the first space mission funded by a cryptocurrency.
This made us think if this pet-themed cryptocurrency trend continues, what other coins would we like to see.
So, we created some coins based on internet-famous pets from memes or social media. No guarantees they will make you rich, but hopefully, they make you smile.
Grumpy Cat, the internet sensation known for the permanent appearance of a scowl on her face, crossed the rainbow bridge in 2020 after a life in the limelight in which her angry visage inspired countless memes and parodies. Tardar Sauce (her real name) developed her appearance because of an underbite and feline dwarfism. Her legacy lives on with her website where all kinds of Grumpy Cat merchandise can still be purchased.
Charlie the golden
Charlie gained fame for his active social media accounts featuring retriever shenanigans with his dog and cat siblings, his food “reviews”, his human-like, but slightly off language subtitles, like “Hey frens! I has a ball, dats all,” and fake cursing “Oh, for fluff’s sake.” Sadly, Charlie passed in 2020, but he lives on in the hundreds of videos he left behind.
I can has cheezburger catThis is the one that started it all way back in 2007. I’m sure the founders never dreamed that the silly, hungry cat would spawn a meme empire and make them millionaires, not to mention starting the pets-who-misspell phenomena and popularity of cat memes that continues to this day.
We’re not sure of the origin of this meme, but this dog’s expression is memorable and versatile, whether it's disgust, questioning, or just unhappy. It’s often paired with the word REALLY? And sometimes a nod indicating “NO.”
“Demon” chihuahua, aka Prancer
Prancer became internet famous last spring when his foster parent posted an exasperated but hilarious ad online trying to find him a new home. The ad contained such gems as “There’s not a very big market for neurotic, man hating, animal hating, children hating dogs that look like gremlins” and “I am convinced at this point he is not a real dog, but more like a vessel for a traumatized Victorian child that now haunts our home.” Because of all the publicity, the happy postscript to this story is that Prancer did find a perfect home – with a woman who lives alone and who loves him for who he is.
Pomeranians are so cute and diminutive that they can sometimes look like wind-up toys. Perhaps that’s why this furious-looking Pomeranian is so humorous and gained traction as a meme.
The wild-eyed husky
Huskies are known for their beauty, spooky eyes, mischievousness and outgoing personalities, all qualities that make them the perfect breed subject for memes. While they have a wide variety of facial expressions, the wild-eyed, open-mouth look captures their weirdness and vocality perhaps best of all.