Even a Wiener Dog Can Enjoy Winter

There seems to be a common misconception out there that us wiener dogs (dachshunds) don’t fare well in the cold and deep snow – that since we’re small in size we’re just a lap dog.

This is of course not true. We were bred to hunt badgers, so although we may be one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen, you stick us down a dark hole up against two pairs of giant claws and razor teeth and we’ll hold our own.

All this to say that we can brave the cold and snow. Even though I am now pursuing the celebrity life in the big city, I was raised in the Quebec countryside where the winters are cold and the snow is several feet deep. I’ve learned to enjoy it. But I’ll admit, sometimes I still need a kick in the butt (literally) to go outside, but once I’m out there I love it.

Crusoe GoPro Action Shot

And to prove it to you, I’ve been collecting some footage over the past while with my new GoPro video camera that I got for Christmas.

Crusoe Wearing his GoPro

So I now invite you to grab a handful of popcorn, (or kibbles), sit back and enjoy my short but highly anticipated second GoPro video, entitled Winter Wienerland.



Doesn’t that look like fun?

You probably noticed my little bunny hops near the beginning. I do this to heighten my perspective when on a scent or trail. That’s why I said we have ‘back rabbit legs’ in my Anatomy of a Dachshund diagram on Facebook.

It may look like I had a lot of fun in this video, and I did, but I also take my expedition leadership very seriously. As said in one of my many #CrusoeQuotes:

“Crusoe does not go on walks – he leads expeditions.”

Wiener Dog Expedition

Expeditions are particularly fun in the winter because you can easily pinpoint a scent or spot tracks (as seen in the video). Whenever I do hear or smell something, I’m quick to hold the line by using just a paw signal. I’ve trained my humans well to recognize my different signals, which can include anything from ‘hold still’, ‘over there’, ‘give me a back rub’, or ‘go get me a beer’.

Adventure Wiener

As you saw in my last GoPro video post, I am also a snowball fanatic. Mum says I need to go see a shrink (quack) about my obsession. In fact, they just passed a majority family rule that Dad is not allowed to make or throw snowballs for me while in the presence of other people. That’s how bad its gotten..

As you can imagine, I was not at all for passing that bill and will be doing whatever I can to undermine the system (probably by peeing on something).

I may be a celebrity, but no move is ‘too low’ when there are snowballs at stake.

Winter Dachshund - Crusoe

Another great part of winter is just blasting through the snow. There’s something particularly fun about it that just about any dog can enjoy.

Now, my fans are from all over the world so likely a good portion of them won’t even have snow. But what does winter mean to you and your doggy? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

Keep filmin’,

~ Crusoe




17 Responses to Even a Wiener Dog Can Enjoy Winter

  1. You are soooo much fun Crusoe, whether it’s making it hot in the kitchen or cooling things off at the beach or in the snow!!
    Millie loves to track her kitties in the snow. Now I know you don’t care for cats, but Millie being a lady who never had her own pups; just can’t help herself!! <3 Love from "Meemo" (Millie's nickname)

    • It’s honorable for her to take on that responsibility. But Meemo? C’mon.. ; )

      At least she’s enjoying the snow some way or another !

  2. Crusoe you should come to Tasmania and we could play in the snow together. I love going to the lakes with my mum and dad and playing in the snow. People thing that us dachsunds should be inside curled up to the fire but not me I may be a beautifulf red dackie but very brave.

    • You said it! I’m down for any adventure. I’d love to visit Tasmania one day! Thanks for the offer. See you there sometime : )

  3. Crusoe,

    Being a daschund mom, I enjoy seeing your videos. Shiloh my daschund boy, does not like the snow in any way shape or form. To his credit he lived for many years in Florida before moving to Pennsylvania. I do agree you need to appeal the snowball bill. Can’t wait to see your next video…

    • Thanks Karen! I understand about the snow. When I come back from a Florida trip I need time to warm back up to the snow.. or should I say ‘cool back down’ ; )

  4. Another fantastic blog! I think you covered all aspects of winter (love the ‘undermining’ quote). I am also like you. I hate going out in the snow, but once in a while I really get into it. You look cool in your black coat, fur trimmed hood and shades. Love the pose on the tree trunk. You remind me of the Greek God Cratus (god of strength, might, power & sovereign rule).
    Keep up the amazing cinematography; the fans are always ready for more.
    Sophisticated, sincere, silken, svelte, and single,
    Bonnie Lee <3 <3

    • Cool! Crusoe Cratus.. sounds not bad. Always more to come, and as always, thanks Bonbon !

      (p.s. People are starting to notice your crush – but I guess you expected that ; )

  5. Crusoe, your mum and dad definitely hit the ween jackpot when they had you! What a handsome, lively, intelligent boy you are. Love the one-paw signals and peeing on stuff when you need to protest. Typical doxie there! Great action shots, too! My little ween was just like you – reluctant at first to touch a toe to the snow, but she had such fun being silly in the snow!!!!! Love ya, Crusoe!!! Keep ballin’…………….love, chris (Oregon USA)

  6. Hi Crusoe,
    My name is Argos and I’m a doxie from down under Australia!
    I think your winter and spring coats are so hip. My Mum would love to get me some. Do you have a preferred designer label you get them from?
    I would like to stay warm but look as cool as you!!
    Argos. 🙂


  8. I love the red winter coat from the new winter video. Where did you get it. I know three minis that would be nice and I wTm in them. Thank you.

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