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Cheems, the Viral Meme Shiba Inu, Passes Away

By Xueyang
Aug. 20, 2023 updated 02:41

Balltze, the 12-year-old Shiba Inu better known as Cheems, the dog that became a sensation through viral memes, has passed away, according to the dog's owners. They confirmed the news on Instagram, announcing that the beloved canine died on Friday during a surgery called thoracentesis.

The dog had been undergoing treatment for cancer in recent months, and the owners were planning further treatment options such as chemotherapy. However, they said, "it is too late now."

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The Instagram post was filled with gratitude and a request for people to remember the joy that Balltze spread. "Don't be sad, please remember the joy that Balltze brought to the world. A Shiba Inu with a round smiling face connecting you and me, he has helped many people during the pandemic and brought a lot of joy to many of you, but now his mission has completed," the heartfelt message read.

The owners also mentioned that the funds collected for Balltze's treatment would be donated to local animal charities. The Cheems memes, featuring Balltze in various humorous situations, were part of the 'Ironic Doge Memes' and became wildly popular, providing comfort and laughter to many.

Social media users have been paying tribute to Balltze, thanking the dog for the laughter and happiness he brought into their lives. The owners expressed their thanks to the fans, assuring them that Balltze knew how much he was loved by all. The memory of Cheems, the smiling Shiba Inu, will undoubtedly live on, a testament to the power of joy and connection in the digital age.

Source: Instagram