However, the use of the intentionally misspelled "doge" dates back to June 2005, when it was mentioned in an episode of Homestar Runner’s puppet series.In August 2013, images of the meme were spammed on Reddit's r/MURICA subreddit by 4chan's random imageboard, /b/. A search of the term doge on Google Trends shows an explosion of popularity occurring in October 2013, and more so in the following month. By November 2013, the meme had become widespread on the internet. Google later created a Doge Easter egg: when doge meme was entered into the YouTube search bar, all of the site's text would be displayed in colorful Comic Sans, similar to the kind used by the meme.
The meme was ranked #12 on MTV's list of "50 Things Pop Culture Had Us Giving Thanks For" in 2013. Io9 compared the internal dialog of the Shiba Inu dogs to lolcat-speak. The image most commonly associated with the meme is of a female Shiba Inu named Kabosu, taken from a Japanese blog documenting the dog's daily activities. The spelling of doge has several variants, leading to debate on its actual pronunciation.
On December 13, Doge was named the "top meme" of 2013 by Know Your Meme. In December, the Dogecoin was introduced as a new cryptocurrency, making it the first cryptocurrency to be based on an Internet meme;the viral phenomenon, along with usage of the Comic Sans MS typeface, gave it "the Internet density of a large star" according to Medium writer Quinn Norton.In late December 2013, members of the U.S. Congress produced material in the meme's style. Huffington Post commented that Doge was "killed" because of the Congress members' usage of the meme. In February 2014, the United States Department of Health and Human Services used the meme in a Facebook post.