Holiday Travels: Airplanes & Ice Storms

I have had an interesting holiday break thus far, to say the least. I’ve shared little tidbits about it to my social networks, but for this post, I’ll start at the beginning.

[Read Part 2 here]

Which was in the airport. We were flying from my home in Ottawa to my brother Oakley’s home in Toronto. For some of the new fans, Oakley’s parents are the parents of my Dad. Oakley and I also shared the same father, but had a different mother, and were born a year apart (me being older).

Below is my face of realization that Mum didn’t book me in first class. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, because year after year I’m always disappointed.

Crusoe Dachshund Waiting in Airport

A cozy, roomy seat with on-demand snack service and Dog TV – is it really that much for a celebrity dog to ask for?

So anyway, I told  myself that if I can’t ride in first class, I damn better be able to sit in a regular seat without being stuffed in that little carry-on bag and shoved under the seat in front like a piece of luggage.

Crusoe on a plane

So I quickly snagged Dad’s seat next to Mum before he was able to settle in.

I’m used to having flight attendants swoop over me and demand I be zipped in, but as we were flying with Porter to Toronto Island, they were very friendly and lenient.

But as we were about to take off, they said I should be put in my carry-on bag for safety.

I then placed my paw in the way of the zipper to present my last words to Dad in a final hope he might stand up for my rights and privileges as a celebrity dog aboard this aircraft – that he fight for the injustice that was being inflicted upon me and demand the first class treatment and comfy seat with on-demand snack service and television I so rightfully deserved!!!

Dog in Carry On Bag Airplane

It was no hope. Dad was a big wuss.

I was put in the bag and placed on the ground. Dad had courage enough to leave me unzipped, but I still gave him the “never forgive you” look.

Small Dog Carry On Bag for Travel

Then as if that wasn’t bad enough, the day after we landed in Toronto we got hit with an ice storm, losing power for 5 days and disconnecting me from the world and my fans. Luckily, I had some Facebook posts scheduled ahead of time, otherwise I really would have left my fans in the dark!

It was nothing like I had ever seen before! Big branches and whole trees crashed down in the forest endlessly from the weight of the ice! It sounded – and looked – like a war zone.

Toronto Ice Storm

Mum said I couldn’t even go on my regular expedition through the woods out of danger of having a branch or piece of ice fall on me. So I was cooped up inside in the candlelight by the fire with my brother Oakley.

Dachshunds by the Fire

That didn’t stop us from being festive though. Thanks to the mum of Frankie and Zoey for making us these ties!

Then when I did have to go outside, Mum or Dad had to go with me, following me like a hawk.

But not just because of the ice. Recently at Oakley’s house there’s been an abundance of coyotes, coming right up to the house and pooping on the driveway! I told Mum and Dad I could hold my own against them and that they didn’t have to worry, but of course, they did.

If you listen to the sound in the above Vine video, you’ll hear what we heard continuously – snapping trees.

Being the optimist I am though, I used this opportunity to practice my ice crunching.

After about 3 days, the plan was to leave this icy, desolate and lifeless landscape and drive up to my chalet in Quebec where there was power and only snow – no ice!

So we hopped in the car and away we went – but not before the humans spent almost a full day cutting all the trees that had fallen over the driveway!

Toronto Ice Storm

Yet I soon realized I didn’t have a toy to keep me occupied. Mum had the limited foresight to pack all my toys away in the back of the car, not even leaving one for me to play with.

So of course, I had no problem stepping all over her to find the bag with the toys!

Dachshund Climbing in the Car

After a long 8 hour car ride, it was a relief to finally arrive in Quebec!

Quebec Dachshund

Oakley and I needed to stretch our short little legs. So the first thing we did was go on a nice little expedition together.

Being of the competitive spirit, we couldn’t resist racing each other through the snow!

Dashing Through Snow

Appropriately captioned as “dashing through the snow” ; )

But now that we were in Quebec, the fun could really start. And by that I mean Santa would be here soon with his team of elves to deliver us our much deserved presents.

Oakley and Crusoe Christmas

From here, things could only get better!

Stay tuned for my next blog post for the grand present opening event and a special Christmas Dinner – as made by Chef Crusoe and Sous-Chef Oakley!

Here’s a sneak peak of Chef Crusoe coordinating the making of the stuffing!

Dachshund in the Kitchen

Hope everyone else’s holiday break got off to a better start than mine! Let me know in the comments!

Keep makin’ the best of it,

~ Crusoe

[Read Part 2 here]



34 Responses to Holiday Travels: Airplanes & Ice Storms

  1. Looks like you made the best of a bad weather situation. Good for you. As for coyotes, we believe one that my mom’s sister-in-laws dog, a young lab, went missing on the tree farm they have, and think the coyotes got her. 🙁 We were sad for weeks. Glad to hear that you and Oakley finally got to get out and run. Looking forward to the next post.

    • That’s so sad to hear. I always say that would be the worst way to go.. and so we avoid it at all costs. But luckily here in Quebec at my chalet there are no coyotes.

  2. Dear Crusoe, your blog is always the best ever and I am happy to read your adventures. Such a great fun!my holiday is a little bit boring in London since my mum is expecting a baby and we are not allowed to travel.I keep myself busy stealing decorations from mum’s Christmas tree which drives mum mad, of course!lots of love Eva

  3. Another great post, Crusoe! Love to read about your adventures with Oakley and look forward to reading about your Christmas. Stay warm!

  4. Oh Crusoe, we’ve been in Sammamish WA for over a week and just got the computer up and running! I’ve missed you, and so glad to find your funny blog awaiting!!! You and Oakley never fail to make me laugh and feel good. That foto of you climbing over your mum to get at the toys is just too cute!!! Nothing stops the intrepid Crusoe!!! Looking forward to yo. ur next blog. Happy new year, handsome!!!! xoxoxx

    • Hope you’re enjoying some quiet times there! As always – thanks Chris and hope you enjoy some wonderful holidays and a great New Year!

  5. Salut Crusoe! I enjoyed your post as usual. I flight too but from Spain to France. I couldn’t ride in first class… But Dad and Mum could put my bag on the seat between us. I think my “I’m so cute” look was the key! During the flight, I like to sleep a little nap but a flight attendant asked Dad to open my bag because she wanted touch me. 
    Keep enjoying your holidays! Bonne année!

    • Oh wow, aren’t you lucky! The flight attendants give you a nice pet once in a while! Wish our airlines did that!

      Bonne année a toi et la famille!

  6. Enjoyed your Christmas news – you are quite entertaining. Murry,my long haired Doxie, enjoyed the holidays (I think) even though he received the sad news just before Christmas that he has oral melanoma and had surgery which helped for a few days. Fast growing and aggressive,so we just want his last days to be painless and he is going to have ice cream all day if he wants it, Happy New ear Crusoe!

    • Oh my.. I am so sorry to hear that.. That’s terrible news indeed.

      But it’s very considerate of you to make his remaining time the best it can be. Hope he fares well and enjoys all the ice cream he wants.

  7. Hi Crusoe,

    While I typically believe myself to be above most dog blogs, yours is the exception.I find you sassy and impish, just the way I believe all fellow Doxie’s should be. Anyway, I wanted to send my condolences regarding your recent airplane experience. I recently blogged about mine aptly titled ” The Worst Moment of My Life to Date”. It’s linked below in case you care to read it. I believe that all dogs should be riding first class as a basic civil right. How barbaric is it to stuff us Dachshunds ( arguably the most intelligent creatures on earth)into tiny bags..I mean seriously!

    Mafi the Doxie

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