I would like to take this opportunity to address some questions or concerns you may have with my lifestyle (as I obviously get some ‘questioners’ once in a while) – since I understand as someone “just looking in”, you may not have the full picture…
Does Crusoe Like Dressing Up?
I definitely don’t dislike it, and this is where many people get the wrong idea. Just because your dog may not like being dressed up, doesn’t mean I don’t. In fact, since I was just a puppy I had to wear coats, jackets, sweaters, and boots to withstand the cold outside our northern Quebec home – and life jackets out on the boat. Wearing costumes was just a natural progression, and it’s really “no biggie”.
But… I Know Dogs. How Can A Dog Enjoy This?
Well first of all, every dog – like every human, is different. Mum says, I’m “special”. I’ve always been extremely calm, cooperative and easy-going. It’s just in my nature, and it’s the reason that I’ve garnered the fame I have – because I can handle costumes and situations with ease where most dogs wouldn’t. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m a dog like any other dog, but photo shoots, flashing lights, and costumes, are something that are just part of my “routine”.
I truly enjoy the attention and the spotlight – not to mention the playtime and treats that follow every photo shoot!
When people see me in person, they often remark, “oh he’s so calm”. And it’s true. I have a very easy-going, no-worries personality. So please, I appreciate it, but don’t worry about me! 🙂
How Do We Know the Costumes Are Not Uncomfortable or Too Hot?
Mum and Dad always ensure any outfits I wear are comfortable and light-weight. For example, the police car, the airplane, and the fire truck, were all made of foam board and felt – very light weight and comfortable materials. And in any regard, I’m never in a costume for more than a couple minutes – and most of the time not even that long! Even if you watch a 4 or 5 minute video, that would have been shot in several takes, with plenty of treat and play-time breaks in between! We always ensure it’s a fun and positive experience! After all, why do you think I’m so cooperative?!
As a sidenote – and an example of just how well Mum and Dad are devoted to my well-being – they have constructed steps and ramps for every single sofa and bed in the house, and have baby-gates for each set of stairs. Since dachshunds have back issues, they take every precaution. The same applies for any outfit I wear.
But He’s a Dog! Doesn’t He Ever Get a Chance to Just Be “A Dog”?
Ha. Well, remember that you’re judging my life just on the 6 or 15 second video you’re seeing once every week or two. And sometimes, I might even go a whole month without posing for a single photo. Life in between that is as good as can be.
Mum and Dad both work from home and treat me like their own child. I mean the world to them – trust me, I’m probably one of the most pampered and well treated dogs there is. If you’ve been a fan long enough and have read our stories and know Crusoe more than just one Facebook video you saw, you will know this too.
To the right is me getting a acu-pressure massage. (I get daily massages).
But Isn’t It a Bit Much? I Mean, Bunny Teeth?!
To use the Easter Bunny Video as a recent example, the outfit itself fits just like a coat or jacket. No problem there – I didn’t think twice about it. The teeth are just a bit of cardboard that when slipped under my lip, I don’t even notice they’re there. It’s easy to get the wrong impression from a video when you don’t see what goes on behind the scenes, but I can assure you, this was easy-peasy.
All in all, there are many animals out there in this world that deserve your concern. I however, am lucky to live such an amazing life.
I understand that still not everyone may enjoy a dog in a costume or outfit. So if you’re one of those people, instead of giving yourself and me a hard time, feel free to unfollow.
And for all those who see the light-hearted fun and who can enjoy a laugh where it’s needed, thank you! 🙂