10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

If you ever become a celebrity yourself, you’ll likely find that the media and general public have a way of developing your image in ways you sometimes cannot control. I just want to make sure that no matter what next big thing happens to me, you know the real me. So that’s why I put together a list of 10 things you didn’t know about me.

1). I may be a celebrity and a stand up guy, but the truth is that I can be a bit shy when meeting new people – or dogs for that matter.

Well, it’s not so much that I’m shy (according to me) – it’s that I’m just too nonchalant to really be bothered by the trivial tidings of a regular person’s daily routine, such as meeting and greeting (no offense to the regular people). I guess that’s just what happens when you’re always so inundated with paparazzi and swarming fans.

Dachshund Dog

2). I “skip” when I walk fast.

Many people consider me a picture of perfection and I would hate to tarnish that impression, but I’ll admit, this is perhaps one imperfection. It’s only in between a walk and a run – call it a trot, do I lift my back-right leg and skip along just using my back-left. It’s a bit strange, but I’ve done it since I was a puppy. The vet said that it’s because my knee pops in and out and at this speed it’s more comfortable to just lift it up (supposedly it’s somewhat common for mini dachshunds).

However, it never bothers me from what others can tell, and Mum and Dad believe it to be more of a habit now than anything.

3). I have some breed prejudices.

And I’m not talking about wire haired’s (that matter’s already been resolved). To start, I am not a fan of German Shepherds, which is strange considering we’re of the same heritage.

I also find black or dark-colored dogs to be very disconcerting. Which is of course also ironic considering I’m mostly black!

Dog Looking at Himself in Mirror

I often surprise myself in the mirror – not because I’m black, but because I’m even more good looking than I remembered.

On the other hand though, I have a soft spot for Brittany’s (like a Spaniel). The reason being is that one of my best friends who I grew up with is a Brittany. Her name is Laffie – and get this, she’s also black!


4). I never sleep a whole night with Mum and Dad in the bed.

I will come snuggle with them a bit under the covers when we fall asleep, but around midnight I’ll get up and go sleep in my little crate until about 6 or 7am, at which point I go join them again. The explanation for this one is pretty clear though – my sleeping quarters are much more comfortable and luxurious than Mum and Dad’s (as it should be).

5). I’m bilingual.

Half of my commands are in English and half in French. For instance, instead of “sit”, they say “assieds” (pronounced ah-see-ey), and instead of “stay”, it’s “reste”.

In fact, I am always nicer to service men (like the below cable guy) if they speak French.

Dog and Cable Guy

6). My birth name, as given by my breeder, was Tuscan.

And ‘Oakley’ (now my brother’s name) was a name that Mum and Dad considered for me. However, luckily Dad had the incredible forethought to know that I would one day become an amazing adventurer, and so decided I would be ‘Crusoe’, after Robinson Crusoe.

Below is the puppy picture given by my breeder, when my name was still Tuscan.

Crusoe as a Puppy

And as a bonus to this, my brother Oakley’s original birth name was – wait for it – ‘George’!

We thought this was a very suitable name for him!

7). Continuing on the above note, I was the last of my litter to go.

Mum and Dad say this was their great luck though, because my timidness as a puppy made me all the more gentle and cooperative when it comes to all my photo shoots and outfits.


And of course, being the last of my litter means I’m all the more appreciative of my loving parents who gave me a home.

8). Dad once lost me – well, sort of.

When Mum went out to do some errands one time at my chalet (our home at the time), Dad was busying himself with some stuff around the house, and soon noticed that I wasn’t around anymore. He called my name inside the house and out, and searched all around. An hour passed of searching, and Dad took to the woods and nearby streets in desperate search.

His worst fear was that I had ventured onto the melting ice (it was springtime) and fallen in. He told himself that if he didn’t find me before Mum got home, he’d have to flee the country (not surprisingly).

Well, Mum got home and I still wasn’t found. It had now been close to three hours that they were looking for me. Let’s just say Mum was far from pleased.  She ran my through the woods, following the usual walk routine which we follow every day, calling my name throughout. Still nothing. Mum got back to the house to make some phone calls. And then she heard it – a faint scratching from one of the bedrooms. I had locked myself in a bedroom.

When Mum burst through the door to find me, almost in tears, I looked at her like “I’m taking a nap here, what the heck is all the fuss”

Cute Anchor Nose!

All in all, it was not Dad’s finest moment.

9). I scratch when I want things.

I fully acknowledge that I am bossy, but I consider it my full right to be so. Dachshund, equals bossy. Celebrity dachshund, equals super bossy.

When I want to go outside, I scratch at the door. When I want a piece of Mum’s lunch, I’ll scratch her thigh (pretty much like a nudge). When she has a yogurt on the couch, I’ll jump up on the back edge and scratch her head. When I want to be tucked in, I’ll scratch my bed and look at Mum.

Or when I want her to get up in the morning, I’ll do this…

And I’ve even scratched at the floor and then looked demandingly at Mum when there was a patch of sunlight up on the wall, as if to say “move that sunlight down here”.

10). I’m a romantic, despite all the sexy lady wiener parties.

I know I give off a strong impression that I’m a lady killer and promiscuous party-goer, but the truth is I’m still a romantic. The parties are fun, but Mum has managed to maintain the soft side inside of me.

So even though I say I’m not ready to settle down because I’ve got too many ‘bedroom expeditions’ yet to lead, I’m still waiting for that special someone.

Romantic Dachshund

[Bonus] 11). I’m a picky eater.

I’m the type of dog who will have a couple bites of kibble and save the rest for later. In fact, I will actually hide or bury my food when I’m not hungry (so that Dad doesn’t find it and eat it of course).

I am also too fancy to accept just any treat. I refuse or spit out a lot of the treats that Mum gives me, and don’t like many bones either. What can I say? I have a refined taste.

Now beer-can chicken with a Coke glaze – that’s more like it…

Beer Can Chicken.. Mmm

 I’ll take a wing please.

So there’s 10 11 things you (possibly) didn’t know about me. Is there anything else I didn’t cover here that you’d be curious to know about me? Or does your doggy do any of the same things as above? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook! : )

Keep sharin’ secrets,

~ Crusoe



27 Responses to 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

  1. My dachshund Marley is seven years old and he also covers up his food when he doesn’t want it. He also has chewed up our leather couch by hiding those same squeaking balls under it.

  2. I enjoyed learning more about you Crusoe. My dachshund Belle also hides her food just like you! She is also very picky when it comes to her treats. Doxies sure are entertaining!

  3. I always eat what my mom puts in front of me. But, I steal my cat brother’s food whenever I have a chance and hide it in the couch for midnight snacking. Most of the time my mom doesn’t find it until it’s too late. If she does, I just change my hiding place – I like to keep her on her toes!

  4. Crusoe, I’m so happy to learn you’re a skipper, too. Our Cece (your Doppelganger, btw) had a little skip in her step. And we liked to call her “little miss skip to m’ loo!!! Since having a little doxie who had the cutest little skip in her step, I’ve noticed lots of other doxies have that same trait. Perhaps it has something to do with those short little legs needing to keep up with tall humans??? Oh, I do have a couple of questions for you – who keeps your nails so beautifully groomed? Also, do you jump off the bed and sofa, or you do you have a ramp (I’m always concerned with doxie back health and injury prevention)? Love you Cru – and thanks so much for sharing yourself with the fans!……….Love, Chris (your biggest fan in Oregon USA)

  5. Yes…our little brindle Doxie hops the same way you do, Crusoe!! So glad to hear it is common!! She can really move quite fast!!

  6. HI Crusoe! I scratch on things too when I want stuff or someone needs to move. earlier tonight my dad was sitting on my couch and I had to scratch him a few times before he realized he was trespassing. Silly humans!

  7. Hello Crusoe, my name is Charlie….I’m 10 yrs old and I too skip when I walk. Mom and dad thought something was wrong….but it’s cool. I’m the oldest of my clan, there’s Maximus he’s 8yrs and the two kids Cocobear and litte Lily! Coco is 20lbs (wow) and Lily is the little queen of the house! She’s feisty lovable and a pretty good lookin lil chick! We all love you so much, keep doing what your doing with your “Celebrity” life! Cus it’s pretty AWSOME!….and so are you!!
    Thanx Crusoe!

    The Doxie Quad from Arizona!

  8. We loved reading your blog! Tuscan? You are SO Crusoe!! My breeder named me “Solo.” Can you even believe that? So happy mum & dad named me Bonnie Lee (even if its from a Grateful Dead lyric)!
    You have inspired me: J’adore baby carrots, exploring, partying @ PetSmart, barking at the hunks as they pass by, etc.
    Mum & I LOVE all your pic’s & vines (she says your should re-post Bat Dog at Pet Smart)-she laughs out loud A LOT when she is reading everything!
    Can’t wait for you next adventure!
    Sociable, suburban, supreme, & still looking,
    <3 Bonnie Lee <3 Your #1 Forever Fan

  9. I skip when I walk too. Almost like a helicopter propeller under my backside. I am predjudice about Shar-pai dogs. I look at the over my shoulder as I walk away, unsure what they are.

  10. Hello from Max, a miniature long-haired Dachshund. I am also bilingual, English and Viennese (well, I am trying, fellow Viennese insist they can hear from afar that I am not a native).

    My mum says I also like skipping when trotting (her words). I am a little envious that you are allowed to sneak into your mum and dad’s bed!

  11. My oldest dachshund Simon learned how to unwrap gifts this year. He very deliberately unwraps them one piece at a time. He enjoys it so much if he finds a wraped gift sitting around he immediately unwraps it. Christmas should be very interesting this year.

  12. Crusoe I also scratch my mum or dads legs when I want something,but I do not cover my food as it is gone in six seconds flat.It is good to know that the Tasmanian dachsunds are similar in habits.

  13. Hi Crusoe! I’m a four year old chocolate and cream doxie named Marlee Kate! I love to read your blog with my mommy and daddy! We all think you are so very adorable! We live in Mississippi and love to be outdoors just like you and your parents!! I too am a very picky little eater and snacker as I only like dingo brand bones and REFUSE to touch anything else (unless, of course, it is something that appears to be mom’s or dad’s and then it’s free game). Tell Oakley we said hello too!

  14. Hi Crusoe. My little one Primrose loves to be picky and hide her food and most all of her treats for later too. Prim’s big brother, Asbach, has to go stand in front of her while she eats her treats just to ensure she eats them. Asbach says he is the cool and laid back one while Prim will ever remain the little diva.

  15. How funny! My Honey (14YO red tweenie) also pulls her leg up and hops, but only at certain speeds! If she’s just walking or at full speed, it’s all four paws at once. But at an in-between speed, that little leg gets pulled up and she hops right along. She doesn’t have any knee problems and she’s done this as long as I’ve had her.

  16. My mini does #2 and #3 she is alot like you but she is of course a beautiful girl doxie 🙂 Thanks for sharing Crusoe.

  17. Crusoe you are the BOMB! I’m so glad someone posted your website on my Facebook page! I’m only a “partial” weiner, and I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t know what the other part is! A friend of my Mom’s found me in a ditch in the country when I was only about 8 weeks old.

    I also run with a “skip”, which is really amusing for my Mom to watch from behind. I love running all over her cattle ranch, and I even think it’s fun to run the calves around! Unfortunately, their momma’s don’t think it’s so entertaining!

    I also am a picky eater, and Mom can leave food in a bowl all day, which really freaks out other dog owners. I only sleep in the “big bed”, and I always take up more room than my Mom. I’m also bossy like a real Dachshund should be!

    My Mom is jealous that you get all dressed up.. she’s put things on me before and I get humiliated and pout. But of course you’re the celebrity!

    Thank you so much for your blogs and photos!


  18. i am Mattie, and am so happy to have found your blog. i am elderly and not too healthy anymore. Cancer is trying to get the best of me, but i still have fun. In my younger days, my favorite thing to do was dig. i could dig for hours chasing moles. i usually got my prey too. Mom teased that i was a serial killer, because i would kill moles, mice, squirrels, and any varmints i could find. Never wasted a drop of blood either. Just broke their necks. My grandpa praised me, saying that i had a purpose in life and that is good. i could say more, but i better stop. Love you Crusoe.

  19. One thing you left out is how old are you? We’re curious since you had surgery for your back, especially since my baby Colonel Klink had Ivd at 4 that we treated w/steroids and acupuncture also, it took 4 -5 mo. To recover. Hope you recover quickly so as to continue your adventures. Best wishes.♡♡♡xxoo Klink mom.

  20. Crusoe, i need to know if you prefer walking naked(just collar) or with your fancy clothing and customs better? Either way you look like a handsome model ?

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