WienerpawLooza 2014

This year’s Wienerpawlooza in my hometown of Ottawa was one of the best yet! It’s now become our yearly tradition, and this was the first year that I, Crusoe, was an official sponsor of the event.

And as a special treat, my brother Oakley came all the way to attend with me so that we could offer dual-pawtographed pictures from the both of us!

But of course, before we got there we had to start our day off right with a big bowl of Gorilla Munch – to grow big and strong!

Gorilla Munch Cereal

So we got there bright and early to set up our booth.

Crusoe Celebrity Dachshund Appearance

You’ll also notice I am wearing a “#1” on my harness, and Oakley (although not seen here) was wearing “#2”. This was to help fans tell us apart and more easily follow us in the races, but also to subliminally infer I would be coming in first place in the race… ; )

And as soon as the event started, the fans began flocking!

Crusoe Celebrity Dachshund Appearance

Everyone was coming to get their own rare and one-of-a-kind pawtographed picture by both Oakley and I!

[Sidenote: the night before we got Oakley to practice a few pawtographs since he had never done them before. As it turned out, he isn’t a big fan of doing pawtographs… In fact, he was quite against the idea. So anyway, we knew we couldn’t rely on him to sign pictures the day of the event, so we had to steadily help him do all of his signatures the night before, leaving me to do mine live in front of the fans.]

So I waited patiently for the first fan to come ask for a live pawtograph by yours truly.


And finally I got my first one…

Which was then followed by many more!

It’s a good thing Oakley didn’t sign his that day.. because I don’t think he would have been able to keep up! (That’s why I’m the celebrity between us…)

Plus, between signing autographs I also had to take pictures with the fans!


Lots of fans!

Crusoe Dachshund Fans

Fans who came as far and wide as Toronto, Florida, and Texas!

In fact, I might go as far as to say we had the busiest booth there! But then again, most of the time I couldn’t see very far around us what with the crowd and all!

Crusoe Celebrity Dachshund

All was going well until one man came up to the booth and said, “hey, where’s Oakley?”

“What do you mean ‘where’s Oakley’?” I asked skeptically. “You’re looking at Crusoe right here!”

“Yes but Oakley is my favorite”, he said, and a look of abomination crossed me face…

I was not expecting that, and I must admit my ego has incurred a wound I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from… So despite the fact Oakley preferred to fly under the radar for the most part, he did have to come out for quite a few photos.


And some even without me – which I was admittedly a bit jealous of.

Crusoe and Oakley Wienerpawlooza

But my spotlight was soon recovered when I was called over to judge the costume contest. I had three categories to choose from, and here were the winners;

Most Original Costume

…Was this coordinated group costume with a Wizard of Oz theme! There was the lion, the tin man, and the scarecrow, and the human was Dorothy!

Dachshund Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow Costume from Wizard of Oz

Brilliant and well done!

Funniest Costume

Was this little girl carrying her hot dog stand. Because hey, what dachshund costume contest doesn’t have at least one winner with a wiener joke?

Hot Dog Stand Dachshund Costume

Cutest Costume

Then it was time for the cutest contest, and you might say I’m biased, but I just couldn’t resist choosing my lovely lady friend Gogo for her “Crusoe, let me be your Geisha” costume, what with the sign and all!

Geisha Dachshund Costume

I can assure you no bribes were accepted while making this decision. 

So in case anybody asks, her inviting me down to her Florida beach house for a week is of purely business matters…

The Wiener Races!

Now for the moment I had been waiting for all day – the races! And after strutting around with a “#1” written on my chest all that morning, I now had something to prove.

But before it started I did a few semi-casual strolls around the starting line while throwing the occasional flexing paw-lift (pretending to be looking at a bird or something), to subtly instill fear in the hearts of my competitors through my ripped and hardened physique which is similar to that of a Jamaican short distance runner. 


In fact, the paw-lift is my version of Usain Bolt’s “shooting for the stars” pose.

So with the stars in my sights, I knew I was ready.

Dachshund Flexing Crusoe

Mum held me on the starter line, while Dad stood across the finish line, squeaking one of my favorite squeaky balls.


It’s at this time that my cuckoo level (as Mum calls it) goes through the roof! Mum can barely hold me back by now, and people even later commented that I was the most crazy one on the starting block.

And bam! The races starts and I’m out of the gates!

Crusoe Starting Block Racing

While Mum cheered me on from behind. But of course, I was oblivious to her by now.

It’s safe to say I flew across the field!

Dachshund Running Mid-Air

Unfortunately Mum and Dad didn’t get too much footage of me seeing that they were a bit preoccupied, but a fan posted the below video of my race! (Mum is wearing the gray shirt) 


So it may seem that I came in second according to that video, right? Well, as it turns out that fellow in front of me CHEATED! Yes, they were disqualified for being over the line and having an early start, so yes, I technically came first, and was to move on to the finals!

I wouldn’t have expected this sort of deceitfulness and dishonesty from a smooth haired dachshund!! A wire haired, yes, but not a smooth. UNLESS this smoothie was in cahoots with a wire haired… THEN this would make a lot of sense.

Heck, I saw a few roaming around, including this one dressed as a floozy.

Hooker costume

At least I think it was a costume… but who knows!?

My suspicions were later confirmed when a random – honest – fellow came discretely up to me and whispered in my ear that they had seen that smoothie talking with a wire haired before the race!

Whispering Secrets

(I thanked him for the tip-off and assured him his anonymity would be protected).

So consider wired hairs OFFICIALLY back on my radar… I’ll have to investigate this issue more another time though.

In the meantime, it was time for Oakley’s races!

I was impressed to see he was taking after me well – with that look of determination in his eyes as he was held on the starting block!

Oakley Dachshund Race

And I was cheering him on from right behind in Mum’s arms!

Cheering Oakley on

(Which by the way, she had a hard time keeping me there)

We didn’t get his on video, but he unfortunately didn’t win (but at least he didn’t crash into a wall). And I didn’t win my final either, as I got confused partway down the track as to where Dad was standing…

But all in all, it was an awesome time – because whether or not we won, we got to walk away with new squeaky balls!


Thanks for watching and cheering us on! And thanks to all the fans who came out to see us!

Until next year…

Keep racin’,

~ Crusoe

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for me as Best Video Post & Best Active Living Blog at the Petties.

P.S.S. Part 2 of my camping vacation continues next week!

P.S.S.S. Don’t forget to “Like” this post!



13 Responses to WienerpawLooza 2014

  1. Sounds like it was a great event…..wish I could have been there to see you (and Oakley) in person. The next best thing is reading all about it and seeing your pictures. Thanks for the laughs. Looking forward to Part 2 of your camping trip.

    Off to go vote for you……

  2. Oh Crusoe, what a delightful boy you are. The comparison of your rock-hard little athlete’s body to Usain Bolt’s totally cracked me up! You are becoming quite the celebrity, my man. And Oakley isn’t far behind. Thank you again for sharing your adventures and shenanigans with your fans. We love you very much…… Chris Ward (your most devoted fan in Oregon USA!!!) xoxoxox

  3. Hi there, Champ!!! Just yesterday, I was telling my girlfriend from out of town that she must check out your blog. Just like me, she adores doxies and I want her to see what a beauty you are! So, Laurita will probably check it out tomorrow 🙂

    Thanks for all the gorgeous pics, and keep practicing!

    One of your greatest fans,
    Viv 🙂

  4. Just found your web and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am a big doxie lover—-I have 6 mini doxies of my own—4 I rescued. I’d have a dozen more if I could. I plan to keep up with you now that I found you. See you again soon.

  5. It looks like the Ottawa Weinerpawlooza was a lot of fun.I recently discovered your blog and love your posts, you are a very talented and creative Doxie. I am in London ON and we have an annual dog festival called Pawlooza which is on August 16th this year. You should come to our event one year and let all of the people down here get to meet you. I have 3 Chinese Cresteds and work for Naked K9 and Small Dog Rescue, if you do travel that far to attend, be sure to stop by our booth and say hello.

  6. Crusoe, your modesty never fails to amaze me. It was obvious that you threw the second race just so Oakley wouldn’t feel bad. What an awesome brother you are. Always looking out for others. Keep ballin’ – we love to watch!

  7. Another brilliant blog. Wish I could have been there cheering you and Oakley on. Photos were awesome as were you, of course. A wire-haired acquaintance of mine is positively incensed to think a dachshund (of any type) could CHEAT!He is mortified and hopes you won´t judge all of them like that. Keep us all smiling with your news and blogs. Dachshunds Rule, OK. XX

  8. This seems a lot of fun! I guess the dogs (and humans too) had a great and funny day. I have a dachshund myself and I sometimes go on meetings of the dachshund club here in Switzerland but nobody dresses up, that would be so much fun:)

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