Crusoe is a local celebrity where we lives (or at least he thinks he is). He is one lucky dog because all he has to do for his blog is explore and look cute. He has a manager that does his writing for him and a personal assistant who follows him around documenting his antics with photos.
Crusoe really caught our eye in his recent blog post, A Winter Weinerland, about his snowy adventure with his entourage. We recently launched a Snowshoeing with Your Small Dog 101 series and we noticed that Crusoe’s snow experiences are very much in line with our own and demonstrate what most small dogs can expect when snowshoeing.
According to Crusoe, “the good thing about being a 11 pound Dachshund in the winter is that can easily stay ‘afloat’ on the snow without falling through like people or bigger dogs. Yet, there have been times where after a fresh snowfall, I just can’t make it through. My [manager and personal assistant] lead the way [with their snowshoes]”.
Crusoe’s manager recently took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us about him. I hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as we have.
- Tell me a little about Crusoe
Crusoe is a young, strapping 2-year-old Dachshund born in Montreal, Quebec. Crusoe hired us, his manager and personal assistant, early in his career when he was living near the ski mountain of Mont Tremblant, about an hour north of Montreal. There, in the country, is where Crusoe nurtured his image as an outdoor explorer. I am very nature-oriented myself, and took him on as many excursions as I could.
Being a celebrity is Crusoe’s full time job and it allows him a lot of flexibility. He loves to take walks throughout his day to clear his head. This last September, when Crusoe’s career started to really take off, it was necessary for him (and me) to relocate to the big City of Ottawa. He is still getting used to the concept of ‘neighbors’ and that he must now share his a territory with others. He escapes to the country for adventures as often as he can.
- How does Crusoe break the small dog stereotype?
His fans are always amazed by how in-shape Crusoe is, which is from all the outdoor exercise he gets (He got more when he lived Quebec though). His doctors and physical trainers are always surprised by how strong he is. One even commented he was the strongest wiener dog he had seen. When big dogs chase him at the dog park, people are often impressed at how fast and agile he is.
- What has been Crusoe’s favorite outdoor adventure?
There’s quite a few.
He loves his walks, which he calls ‘expeditions’. There’s lots of hiking trails around his place in Quebec, so he goes hiking often.
He likes kayaking and boating a lot as well. He lived on a lake in Quebec where he earned his ‘sea legs’. One of his favorite kayaking trips was in Florida.
- What is Crusoe’s next big planned adventure?
He has a big vacation planned in May but he hasn’t decided where he will go yet. He is waiting for the very last minute to decide so the Paparazzi can’t follow him.
- What at is Crusoe’s must-have piece of outdoor gear?
All of his snow adventures wouldn’t be possible without his jackets. He is used to the cold, but at the same time does not enjoy it. He is so used to wearing a jacket when it is cold out, he sometimes won’t go outside unless he has one on.
- Does Crusoe have a blog?
Absolutely! Crusoe started his blog last October so his fans could follow him on adventures. Don’t tell Crusoe I said this but his blog is actually a comedic take on how he thinks he is more famous than he actually is (from his perspective). He is a little naive and doesn’t realize that he is not widely known and loved yet.
- What is your favorite post of his?
My favorite is his post on “Attention-Getting Tactics“.
- Are there any insider secrets you can share with us about Crusoe?
He was the last puppy of his litter to leave home, and was a little quiet from the start. He’s a cute guy, but is a little shy. He takes some time to warm up to other people and dogs.