I’m back! As you know, Mum and Dad recently took a two week vacation without me, where in the meantime I stayed with my brother Oakley in Toronto where I took somewhat of my own vacation from blogging and social media.
So, I’m sorry to deprive you, but I’m back now and with some amazing news! But before I tell you all about that, let me explain how it happened.
Once Mum and Dad arrived back from their vacation, they informed me that we were to take a quick little trip to New York City! So the very next day we boarded a plane and took off to the Big Apple!
I’ve never been in such a big city before!
Admittedly, I was a bit overwhelmed at first by all the people, smells, noises (loud noises), and concrete. Walking down the street I had to dodge and weave through the mass of legs, careful not to get stepped on. I kept looking up to make sure I was still next to Mum and Dad.
I was also impressed with our hotel suite, which for once was [almost] up to my standards. I made sure to ask the man at the front desk if dogs were allowed jumping on the bed. He said yes!
However, the most challenging part was all the concrete! Being a country dog at heart, I just can’t bring myself to go to bathroom on concrete. It has to be dirt or grass- and let me tell you, in New York City that’s hard to come by!
But the big city isn’t short of incredibly beautiful sights, and tons of character. In that regard, I fit in well.
Mum and Dad also had a nice ‘I’m sorry for leaving you while we went on vacation’ gift, which was my face on a billboard in Times Square! (Read my little message on the left).
(…A nice gesture on their part, yet still doesn’t make up for leaving me behind for two weeks).
While in Times Square, we also had to visit the Cake Boss Cafe, something Mum’s wanted to do for a long time!
It smelled delicious in there…
“I’ll have one of everything, please!”
And what’s New York in December if you don’t visit the big Christmas tree at the Rockefeller center?
While walking the streets, I immediately noticed this incredible bombshell of a chick step – er, roll out of her apartment!
For once, I didn’t feel like the biggest celebrity in the vicinity! (I also later told Mum that that’s how I’d like to be chauffeured around from now on).
Anyway, she was beautiful, and I knew I caught her eye right away as well, because she gestured me over and then whispered her digits in my ear – followed by a quick peck on the cheek.
I tried to strike up a conversation, but Mum and Dad were in a rush to get me somewhere. Perhaps they were just in the New York mindset, but I had a feeling we were headed somewhere important!
And to get there we had to take the subway!
I was a little skeptical as you can tell.
I would have preferred a private limo or something, but as Mum so blatantly told me after I said I didn’t want to ride with the common folk, “Crusoe, we are common folk! Perhaps you’re not quite the celebrity you think you are just yet!”
Although harsh, she helped to ground my ego a little.
So I decided to strike up a conversation with a fellow passenger, you know, to engage with my fellow peoples.
“Excuse me fellow rider of the subway. Beautiful tunnel today isn’t it? Sorry to disturb your nap, but I couldn’t help wonder what that wonderful aroma is irradiating from that paper bag of yours?”
The guy looked at me straight and said “it’s a hot dog“, and then gave me a creepy wink. My eyes widened in terrified shock! I quickly said “oh” and turned away.
I knew I was right to be skeptical of the subway!
I made sure to watch him out of the corner of my eye for the rest of the ride.
Anyway, before I knew it I was back atop the safety of the street. Phew!
And when I looked up I noticed a beautifully majestic building!
Mum said this was the prestigious Flatiron Building – built in 1902, which at the time was one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city! This was in fact exactly where we were headed!
So, time to spill the beans! The reason Mum, Dad, and I were invited to this building was to meet the team of St. Martin’s Press (a subsidiary of Macmillan) to sign my book deal!!
That’s right, I got a book deal! Whoohoo!
I was greeted by an enthusiastic group of staff in their boardroom, where after many introductions I was promptly offered a pen by my editor to sign the contract!
“Thanks”, I said. “but I sign by pawtograph – not pen.”
So that’s my big news folks! Come Fall of next year, you’ll see my beautiful face in all your major bookstores. It’ll be a coffee table book featuring some all-new never-before-seen photos and stories (which you’re going to love!), including brand new recipes by Chef Crusoe and some amazing new adventures. But don’t worry, the book will also include the classics as well. In fact, to be honest I’ve known about this a while, and it’s actually the reason I’ve been on the quieter side for the past month or so.
Hope you’re as excited as I am! I know a lot of you have supported the idea of a book for a long time!
And not to get too far ahead of myself, but I’ve also been exploring the idea of a nationwide book signing tour once the book is released! (Hence the reason I’ll be coming back to New York!). Meaning, my fans will finally have the chance to meet me!! 🙂
So I guess you could say there’s a lot to look forward to!
But while I’m up here, I have to appreciate the rare view from a Flatiron Building corner office.
So maybe I am the celebrity I always thought I was.
Either way, I’ll still take the subway. If Jerry Seinfield can do it, so can I.
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