Doge-style attendant charms shoppers

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 15:16 06/08/2014
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AT WORK: No surprises that as well as serving regulars, this cute dog attracts tourists from all over Japan.

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Few people may smoke any more, but it would be worth paying a visit to a small shop in Japan to be served by such a charming attendant.

The shiba inu opens the window for customers at a small cigarette shop in Tokyo called Suzuki, where he lives with his owner.

No surprises that as well as serving regulars, this cute dog attracts tourists from all over Japan.

When not serving the clientele, the dog likes to chew on cucumbers in his resting place below the counter.

His rise to fame has delighted fans of the internet meme Doge which, as Gawker explains, consists of a picture of an adorable shiba inu photoshopped onto a scene, then surrounded by a cloud of multi-coloured words and phrases. 

"The words are supposed to be the dog's internal monologue, and the dog is astonished, it seems, by the very fact that it is having an internal monologue. (Dogs aren't supposed to have monologues, see.) The text consists of short, ungrammatical exclamations of surprise about the situation the dog is in and of which it finds itself suddenly, unnaturally aware."

For example, a picture of Doge with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted smoking crack cocaine, is accompanied by the words "much crack" and "very mayor". Or Doge dressed in a jacket and bowtie in a large clothes shop has the words "such dapper" and "so style".

Someone clever at BuzzFeed wrote of the cigarette shop dog: "Basically, he is the most very so much many worker, ever."

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