Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: February 15, 2021 at 6:47 PM PHT (GMT+8)
"Forever and will be, Gen!"
The Instagram page of the viral meme dog "Gen the Corgi" (@GentheCorgi) has announced early Monday through a post that the adorable corgi dog 'Gen' from Japan has passed away at the age of 5.
The caption reads,
"We are still so heartbroken but it is truly comforting to know that he is so loved. Please do not remember him with sadness, but with joy."
"He was always up for an adventure and could make us smile on the worst of days. His pure heart touched so many, from near and far".
"We would like to thank each of you for your love and support throughout the years".
The caption accompanied a a photo of Gen with his back turned to the camera, a yellow leaf blowing by his side. "This is how we will always remember him. Fearless, free, and uninhibited".
The post is written by his owner Chikomaru and is flocked by thousands of people expressing their mournful comments as well as hopes for both the two great buddies.
Gensaku, known as Gen, became a viral sensation worldwide for his hilarious and stress-relieving expressions. His Instagram account started since 2015 but when the pandemic hit a year ago, he then became a certified viral sensation putting up smiles on people's faces whenever he is made into a meme.
According to BoredPanda, Gen's owner shared that the dog was born with hereditary chronic renal failure that cannot be cured.
"This disease causes Gen to experience polyuria (urinating more than usual), polydipsia (being thirsty all the time), anemia, malaise, and high blood pressure. To make things even worse, Gen was also born with other convulsive seizures prostatic hyperplasia."
As of last year, Gen has become a frequent clinic visitor, receiving dialysis treatment thrice a week, "gets 4 injections, and receives 6 types of medicine" on top of monthly blood and echo tests. (via GMA News)
Looking through his poses, expressions, and looks, it's hardly unlikely to believe that Gen is suffering from the said disease.
Thank you for the laughter, Gen! You will be forever in our hearts! Forever and will be!