The Bees & The Book!

Although it’s perhaps seemed like things have been quiet with me on the surface recently, there’s been a lot going on! For one thing, Mum and Dad just started a beehive, officially making me a “backyard beekeeper”; another esteemed credential for my already mountainous resume. Not only that, but I just announced that I officially have a SECOND BOOK coming out! I recently asked all of you – the fans, to contribute ideas for what the direction of the second book should be, so I’m announcing the theme of book #2 lower down in this post!

crusoe book two

But first, let’s find out what all this buzz has been about.

When I heard Mum and Dad wanted to start a beehive, I wasn’t so sure. I’ve seen plenty dogs on the internet who ended up looking like a chipmunk because of a sting or two. However, Mum and Dad promised me they would take the utmost care in ensuring my safety, even if it meant taking a bullet sting for me. And so, I decided to allow it.

In fact, I figured I might as well give them some practice if they’re going to do this right.

dog bumble bee costume

I decided to help them the best way I knew how – I cut up some of Mum and Dad’s towels around the house to make myself a bee costume, and told Dad I’d perform a “run-through”.

Let’s take a look at how it went here.

“Pretty easy!” Dad exclaimed at the end of the routine.

“Well that’s only because I decided to go easy on you”, I replied sharply. “Just watch, tomorrow I’m going to bite sting you in the ankles!”

crusoe the honey bee dachshund

That tempered him a little.

About a week later I noticed Mum and Dad put on these full-body, all-white suits and hats, and for a brief moment I worried there might be another outbreak of Hamster Fever or something, but then I remembered it was for the bees!

crusoe dachshund beekeepers

*Phew*

I had to wait inside for their installation into the hive, but Dad says he’ll soon make me my own beekeeper suit!

crusoe beekeeper

We were all pleased to see the bees bringing in their first loads of pollen strapped to their legs. Can’t wait to taste some of my very own backyard honey!

I’ll keep you guys updated on how it all goes, which is hopefully smoothly.


Book #2 – What’s it gunna be?!?!

Thanks to everyone who contributed their input in my survey! And if you missed the first one, don’t worry, I’ll seek more of your feedback on some of the more specifics to come! Make sure to enter your email below to be notified of surveys, results, and other uber-important updates!

 

First, let’s take a quick look at some of the collective feedback you all provided!

I asked everyone who has read my first book what their favorite type of chapter/content was. This was the answer breakdown:

favorite chapter from first book

So, the travel and adventure part seemed to be a favorite, but followed very closely by “day in the life” stuff at home, with Oakley or goofing around in a costume, etc.

Then I asked everyone, including those who haven’t read the first book, what they enjoy most about my antics, what they would like to see in a new book, etc. Essentially, all the questions boiled down to this:

  • People enjoy the adventures and travels.
  • But they also really enjoy life as a “regular” dog at home, goofing around and having fun.
  • They like the costumes and outfits, but of course not all the time.
  • People really, really like Oakley.

In fact, I had to be sure just how much Oakley should be included. So I asked that question!

brother oakley involvement

“Well Oakley, the polls are in, and your approval rating is at a record 72%!”

I’m kidding, but I promise I will include him as much as possible! However, I can’t include Oakley in everything because he doesn’t live with me, nor does he travel.

And *drumrolllll*

So, book #2, what’s the verdict? Well, here’s the gist of it:

My second book will highlight my all-around “worldliness” in every sense of the word, meaning a prominent feature of the book will be my travels and adventures abroad, including my vacations to exotic places and my adventures on tour! But “worldly” doesn’t always mean travel; it can also mean living life with an experienced, sophisticated, and diverse outlook. So the book will also feature “life in between” the travels, including goofing around with my brother Oakley and revelations at home, but also some of the starker parts of life, such as my experience in going through my surgery and recovery, and the loss of my best friend, Laffie, and maybe a mid-life crisis or two!  

I think it’s going to be great, and I am so thrilled that I can say this concept was helped developed by my fans!

So, what’s next?

crusoe book survey thumb

Well, the book will come out in Fall 2018, which seems far away but it’ll come quick. I only have 2017 to write it and put it all together though, so the next step – and the next thing I need YOUR help for, is deciding what to include in the book, such as what new places I should travel to this year! So stay tuned for that! 😉

But there’s no time to wait. In just a couple weeks I’ll be off one very special trip to be included in the book. This will be the one and only trip that I do with my brother Oakley! He doesn’t really travel, so this is going to be one heck of a time! We’re going to Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains for a week!

If you’re in the relative area, yes, we will be giving the fans an opportunity to come see the both of us, which will be at Knoxville’s Barnes and Noble on Saturday, June 17th from 1-3pm. Make sure to RSVP on Facebook if you’re thinking of coming!

crusoe and oakley knoxville book signing

In the meantime, I need to get crackin’ here.

“Now, where do I start?..”crusoe writing his second book

“Well, maybe a good place to start would be investing in a better pair of glasses, because I can’t see a dang thing!”

Thanks to all the fans making this happen! Hope to see lots of you in Knoxville! I know it’s a smaller town, but hey, why not just rent a camper and drive cross-country to see me?! 😉

Keep writin’,

~ Crusoe

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13 Responses to The Bees & The Book!

  1. Chicago needs you Crusoe !! You make so many people smile everyday Honey!!
    I’m a nurse and I have been singing ” Lumberjack Weiner Dog ” to the babies for days!!!
    Thankyou!!!!

  2. Darlin’ Crusoe, I’m so looking forward to your next book. It would be swell if you have a nod in it to “Cops And Robbers” with Oakley. You see, Cru, my Human Love, who recently and suddenly went to Heaven, and I especially enjoyed your police videos. We have loved everything and anything you have generously given us to read and to see. You’ve always been so special to us, too. He is now with our beloved fur-babies and protecting them there, too; i know this because he has already showed me this in a very comforting, vivid dream soon after he was called Home this past month of May. It has been always just fine with us when you can’t post quickly. We just always want you and your dear family to be always safe and as happy as you all can be in this world here. So, be careful always, look out for each other and enjoy watching the bee hive at a safe distance; ok, Sweetheart? (I’m very allergic to bee and wasp stings. I swell up!). I wish i had your Pawrents’ ability to juggle and manage a variety of tasks and interests; people who can do that simply amaze me, Cru ). I love your little Honey-Bee persona and your tiny, Tri-corner hat in your Bahamas videos; you are quite a handsome Pirate. ( Now, don’t ingest too much sand when on the beach, my little treasure-hunting friend!). Love, Peace, Many miracles of Joy to you and yours and all of your loving fans. Keep Ballin’, Master Crusoe. You are a Beautiful Light in the lives of so many of we poor Humans! You are fulfilling your mission by just doing your own best — which is really all we can do for each other here on Earth. Thank You, Luv. <3

  3. You should come to Kansas City. We have the Nelson Atkins Museum with Giant Shuttlecocks in the yard, The WWI museum, Steamboat Arabia that would all be great photo ops. We are also a great dachshund town. Heck, there are 8 on my street. Granted four are mine. We also have a great local bookstore, Rainy Day books that I am sure would love to host you. You could also stop in at Three Dog Bakery for a little snack.

  4. I checked Barnes & Noble’s website and you and Oakley are not listed on the Events page. Are they worried about crowd control??

  5. HI Honey(Bee), Don’t have access to my shared email right now, but, in case you have time to read comments here, I hope it’s ok with you that I add here that I really like it when you have pictures to share with us of your Mum and Dad snuggling and kissing you. i also really like the short, older video with the soulful Barry White singing and you demonstrated your suave and cool ‘ladies’ man’ look. As for travels and adventures, I’d be happy just seeing any places right there in Canada, so you don’t have to be stuck in an airplane too often! 🙁 I must say that I did love your European Adventure. That and your Sherlock Bones Bark Box search around the house were the first two videos I saw when I discovered you existed. I was a bit of a late-comer, but still look back to see what I missed whenever I can. Love it ALL and YOU, Cru !

  6. Dear Crusoe, here is a tip for a travel destination for your next book: welcome to Finland, I’m sure you would feel like home! with love, Hilma the H(o)und from Helsinki

  7. Would love for you to home to St Louis Missouri in the Midwest!!! We have the Arch and World Famous Cardinal Baseball Team along with many other Fabulous Plzces. Our Zoo is the Best in the USA!!
    Love you and Oakley. I have been one of your loyal fans since you first came on Facebook. Have gotten many friends and my daughters to follow you!!!

  8. I think Texas and you wld sorta fit in with your cowboy hats and your chapps. There’s a ton of places in the 2nd biggest state to come see. Stop in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio to see the Alamo, & lots of other places. Then we, skipper and professor & of course me too…can meet you. Happy travels Crusoe!! Bring Oakley too!!!

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