Southern Sunshine – New Orleans & Tampa

Today was the day I was supposed to fly home from Florida, but guess what? I said heck with that, so I slipped Dad’s credit card out of his wallet, called up the airline, and extended our stay for another week.

Because I haven’t finished my tan yet, of course.

Crusoe Suntanning

That, and I’m not really looking forward to going home to the snow right now.

My “presumed” girlfriend Paisley even posted this picture today.

Paisley Dachshund

“Come play in the snow with me”, she said.

That’s when I sent her back this selfie and replied, “do I look like I’m ready for snow?”

Crusoe Selfie Florida

But I had to clarify, “you do look stunning in it, though! 😉 ”

Seriously though, I’ve been having a lot of fun here. I spent a week in New Orleans where I explored the city and met the local fans, and am now spending the rest of my vacation at our Florida home, where I also met with my Tampa fans for my biggest event turnout yet!

It was my first time to New Orleans, and even after reading and seeing so much about it, it was still better than I imagined.

The very first thing we did was undoubtedly try one of their famous “beignets” at the equally famous Cafe du Monde.

Crusoe Beignet Cafe du Monde New Orleans

I don’t know what the heck kind of service they offer though, because this beignet was served to Mum with two huge bites already taken out of it! I’ve never seen anything like it in my life! Not only that, but Mum had the nerve to say it was I who did it!

So you bet your butt I had a strong word to say to the waiter next time he came around…

Out front the cafe, a local saxophone player was entertaining the guests with his jazzy tunes. I also noticed people were giving him money for it! So I figured, heck, I’ll join him for a couple minutes and it’ll pay for my beignet!

Crusoe Saxophone Player New Orleans

Luckily, I always keep my saxophone with me for such occasions.

For our week there, we pretty much did everything all the New Orleans tourists do. Eat, drink, eat some more, and walk around.

I visited the Bulldog beer tavern for some tasty local brews…

Bulldog Beer Tavern New Orleans

Had a hot dog at Dat Dog

Crusoe at Dat Dog

Was a “naughty” dog on Bourbon Street…

Crusoe Dachshund on Bourbon Street

And was a regular dog in the beautiful City Park!

Crusoe in City Park New Orleans

Which is also where I happened upon a particularly enticing squirrel… In fact, I don’t think I’ve even chased a squirrel since my surgery!

I gave chase to the creature until it cowardly fled up a large oak tree. I subsequently began to scale the tree until I heard the “click” of my leash being attached to my harness. I turned to see Mum with a grasp on the leash, yielding me from ascending further.

What on Earth are you doing, woman?” I exclaimed. “I was about to climb this tree and catch that squirrel! Now you’ve embarrassed me by throwing me off my hunt!”

Crusoe Dachshund in City Park New Orleans

And worse, she seemed to find the whole situation comical.

Hardly. But oh well, “Mums will be mums.

I went on a dog-friendly walking tour of the beautiful Garden District with Historic New Orleans Tours, who were so kind as to show me some real estate I might consider purchasing one day, such as that of Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio.

dog-friendly-walking-tour-new-orleans

Our guide also pointed out a lot of interesting historic facts, such as how these old concrete blocks were designed to help wiener dogs step into horse-drawn carriages.

Historic Concrete Blocks Steps to Get into Carriage

Fascinating.

While in New Orleans, I also teamed up with the infamous ‘Wild Bill’ for an interview on ABC’s WGNO, which you can watch here:

Everyone was so impressed I spoke French, but I’m just like, how did you expect anything less? How could I not speak the language of love?!

I also received some special permission to take a ride on the enchanting Creole Queen paddleboat tour down the Mississippi River.

creole-queen-paddleboat-tour

I was so excited I skipped all the way up the gangway.

Creole Queen Crusoe Dachshund

It was one of my favorite things we did there!

Then it was time for my New Orleans book & calendar signing.

Luckily, a few people turned out to meet me.

Crusoe Book Signing Event

And by that I mean a few hundred! 😉

But from New Orleans, it was back to Florida to enjoy my “official” vacation – almost.

Before I could start my vacation clock, I had to do one last interview. This one was with Good Day Tampa Bay and lovely host, Jennifer Epstein who happened to be a big Crusoe Fan herself!

She even let me take over the news desk for one segment…

Crusoe News Caster

“This is your anchor, Crusoe, with some breaking news: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, the adorable mini wiener dog who looks sensational in a tropical shirt, will be taking over the role as news anchor for this segment during his visit to Fox 13 in Tampa this morning… That is all. Back to you Jennifer”.

I was on such a role that I even hopped over to the weather desk.

Crusoe Your Weather Dog

“Crusoe your WeatherDog here… who cares what these maps say, I’m the weatherman and I say everyday is going to be a sunny day!”

But my question to you is – why would all the weathermen of the world ever consider NOT making it sunny all the time?! Seems stupid to me…

[Edit: as Mum informed me, plants need water occasionally. You win this time weatherman.]

Then it was time for my Tampa book signing! And guess what, this turned out to be my BIGGEST event yet! We had an estimated 700 people! Some people were even camped out on lawn chairs outside the store since the early AM.

I can’t believe people would go to such lengths just to meet little ol’ me! 😉

“New Orleans & Tampa. So many wonderful fans. Thank you for coming out. Always more travels to come, and I’ll be sure to…

Posted by Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund on Tuesday, November 22, 2016


But, then I was FREE! Time for my official vacation time. So what did I do?

A whole lot of nothing, that’s what.

Crusoe Relaxing

Actually, that’s not entirely true.

I did go fishing, which I documented through real-time “Story” videos on Instagram. So if you’re not already, follow me here!

Notice that huge fish at the end?! Wish I could have caught that one…

Then I also went to the beach, where it was clearly indicated by signage that this is a “sand castle-free zone”.

So when I noticed a bunch of insolent children everywhere building castles, I took it upon myself to be the sand castle police.

“Nope nope nope!”

Crusoe Sand Castle Destroyer

(You may notice that on this beach, sand castles are prohibited but nudity is graciously encouraged).

You can see a video of my sand castle destruction here.

But as I kept digging and digging, I noticed I had created a cool little bed for myself. So I flipped over onto my back, brushed some sand back over my body to keep me cool, and just “chilled”.

Crusoe the Wiener Dog Buried in Sand at Beach

Now if only someone would bring me a margarita and hold the straw to my mouth, I’d be all set.

After a while, I need to stretch my legs and wash off the sand though. And what better way to do so than to try some surfing!

I just need to wait for that perfect wave…

Crusoe the Surfer Dog

I’m about to Hang 10! Er – would it be Hang 8? Maybe Hang 16? I dunno

And what would a day at the beach be without a little strategic product placement?!

Crusoe Beach Bag

Now that’s a beach bag! Find yours & more in my store.

Anyway, that’s pretty much been my vacation; fishing, beach, suntanning, nap, and repeat. Perfect.

So if you’ll excuse me, “nap time” is next on the list.

Cute Mini Dachshund Crusoe Sleeping

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Keep policin’ sand castles,

~ Crusoe


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17 Responses to Southern Sunshine – New Orleans & Tampa

  1. You be rockin’ NOLA and the Tampa beach! Congrats on your great turnouts, Crusoe. You are a worldwide superstar!! Your resume grows – another news anchor gig, weatherman, beach castle destroyer, and jazz musician, just to mention a few. How can Hollywood resist?!?! Love you, Cru!

  2. What a Marvelous, Fun vacation and Meet&Greet!! Beautiful and also adorable pictures as always, Cru! (I felt a little choked-up at the picture of you being held in Mum’s arms in your little blue & white shirt as you were preparing to board the Creole Queen; what a precious little guy you are, Crusoe?). I always enjoy reading your wonderfully funny and informative narratives! By the way, Crusoe-Love, I hear that your (‘presumed’ ) lovely, little girlfriend, Paisley, has a special Song that reminds her of You! She is really hoping, you see, that you will “take her away’, someday, to PARADISE” (BY THE RONETTES, 1965)? Seems that she misses you! I hear she did laugh, though, when she got your selfie! You are such a confident guy, Cru – and even trying out a stint as a Weatherman there in Tampa and joining in with your Sax in New Orleans! Wow! No wonder Paisley feels you’re her Prince Charming! So glad your Mum caught up with you just in time when you were pursuing that Squirrel, you little tree-climber,( too!). Love that you got to lounge like a little froggy by your nice, big window at home in Fl. and Love that stunningly beautiful !picture,too, of you in Doggy Dreamland. I have to caution you, Cru: Please be very, very careful here in Florida anywhere that there is so much as even a Small pond of water because Alligators here can be in ANY body of water, plus they can even leap up and snatch a Doggy off a dock or even the edge of a boat! Not desiring to frighten you, just warn you – because it has happened here, Little One, and I want you to be very safe around the waters of the American South. Keep up your good deed of tearing down those darn sand-castles that pop up on the beaches! I think that you are a Police-Dog at heart! Thank you for helping us all to police those sand castles! Don’t forget your beach umbrella for a bit of cooling shade when you need escape from the hot sun here, Officer Crusoe! Thank You for all the fun and beauty you and your Mum & Dad bring to so many. Wishing you Peace, Love, Joy. ???

  3. Cru, I forgot to ask you: Did you have to pawtograph hundreds of books & calendars at the Meet&Greet in Tampa?! Gee, hope not! (Poor little leg and paw?!).???

    • We handed out pawtographed bookplates to everyone like the ones that can be bought in my store. I still pawtograph all those myself, but doing it at home “assembly line”-style is sooo much easier and quicker than doing it one-by-one at an event. So, a good compromise! 🙂

  4. Crusoe, you might just be the hardest working wiener dog on the Internet. Or the most adorable slacker, either way we loved this incredible photo montage of your vacation. Keep up the good work spreading the word of your awesomeness…and if you ever find yourself in North Dakota, we’ll be first in line to shake your paw!

  5. Hey Crusoe, My little sister was the 3rd crazy fan in line early in the morning in Tampa and she had a ball making friends and is still talking about how cute you were and how much fun she had!!
    I think you should come to Chattanooga, TN sometime…you could see the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Rock City, The Incline, the Tenn. River (we have big fish)and ME and my girls. We’ll even be your tour guide.

  6. Crusoe, you always make my day!!!! I’m so very happy that you have completely recovered from back surgery. You are just as sleek & sexy as you were before surgery. Your Mum & Dad are such loving parents. Can’t wait until you grace us with your presence in Toronto again.
    Keep ballin’ Crusoe!
    Tracy, Heidi & Dory

  7. Chasing those squirrels is a never ending challenge, let me know if you ever catch one Crusoe, my dachsie’s have not caught one yet either. You’re a QT, keep those videos coming!!

  8. Singing praises that you are doing well, Crusoe!! So glad you had a splendid time in New Orleans and at the beach in Florida and at your book-signing gatherings! (Congratulations!). You are enchanting in your Mardi Gras mask and beads. Wonder what you were sippin’ there on Bourbon Street! You made me laugh when trump’s wiglet flew off; hilarious!! Love your stories & pictures & videos. That selfie you sent to Paisley is a hoot!! Love it! You make our day, you little comedian. Whether you’re happy or sad, being a naughty boy or the angel that you are, we all love you, Crusoe. Enjoy the walks in the rain and the blankets of snow – or sand – but most of all, keep ballin’! XOXOX

  9. We here are so glad to see you getting back into life! I hope you loved NOLA! Go back, because you missed an opportunity as the champion for bettering dog lives, and that’s Villalobos, and their companion fund raiser/business The Tahyo Tavern. I don’t drink alcohol but hey, a great burger is another story. We eat, they eat, you see. Great pic of you getting on the boat; one of the best I’ve seen yet. You’re as handsome as ever. (By the way I believe your mum saved you from scandal. Who knows what would have happened if you’d caught that squirrel? Is hunting even legal in that part of town?)

  10. Wow!!! That is amazing! Looks like you had an awesome trip, filled with lots of activities and different adventures. Safe to say that I am a tab bit jealous of all the beach pictures heheh, I definitely miss the warm weather!

    Also, I am loving all your outfit changes heheh. You are too adorable!
    Very cute pictures and thank you for sharing with us.

    Enjoy the rest of your day & Happy Holidays!

    Mandy

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