My First Official Meetup a Success!

Today I hosted my first official fan meetup in Tampa, Florida. Well actually, it was the first real meetup outside of my hometown and it was at the beautiful Fort De Soto Beach (dog beach area) of St. Petersburg. And I’m thrilled to say it was a success!

We had a great turnout of fans as you can see below.


It was wonderful to finally meet fans we’d only known online; to chat with them; learn about their stories; and take some photos together!

It was also great to see just how dedicated our fans are, from the Crusoe t-shirts they sported to this car we noticed as we pulled into the already-packed parking lot!


Or even this young fan of ours who made a t-shirt just for us!

Crusoe Dachshund Fan

Some fans drove as far as two hours from Orlando through heavy Easter-weekend traffic just to meet us, which was especially flattering! Heck, there was even a family from Scotland who were on vacation at Disney World in Orlando to come see us!

So if I’m pulling people away from Disney, well, makes me think I should start a theme park…

And of course, everyone was hoping for a photo with yours truly! Here’s some samples of the fan photos from that day:

Cru's Crew Tampa Florida

Fans Take Pictures of Famous Dachshund

Crusoe Dachshund at Fort De Soto Beach Florida

Crusoe and Cute Girl

Crusoe Cute Fans

Say cheeeeeese

Dachshund Say Cheese

“Oh wait, I blinked! Take it again!”

Mum Holding Crusoe

We had fans from all around, of all different shapes, sizes, and colors.

Crusoe with Chicks

Crusoe and Friends

Even non-dachshund fans!

Crusoe Fans

And this blind little dachshund who was still thrilled just to be in my presence!

Blind Doxie Fans

And of course, most were quite starstruck!


They came by foot, wheelchair, stroller, and even surfboard!

Dachshund in Wheelchair

Dogger Stroller

Dachshund Surfing

At one point I needed to cool off, so I did a little “body surfing” of my own!

Dachshund Body Surfing

All in all, it was very rewarding to see how happy the fans were to finally meet me…

Crusoe Dachshunds Fans

Crus Crew

Crusoe Dachshund Fans

Crusoe and Happy Fans

Famous Dachshund Fans

And at the end, I had my nose held high with pride at such a supportive and amazing group of fans we have… which as you know, go by the name of “Cru’s Crew”!

Crusoe Dachshund in Florida

And as a special thank you, I had some pre-pawtographed commemorative photos for all the fans that came by.

Crusoe Meetup Fort De Soto

So I hope you don’t mind, but now that I’m finally off the clock, I’m going to take some time to enjoy the beach now…

Fort De Soto Dog Beach Florida

But since everyone’s still lookin’, you know I’ll be flexin’.

Thanks again to all the awesome fans who came out to meet me today!

Keep flockin’,

~ Crusoe

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10 Responses to My First Official Meetup a Success!

  1. Best Bunny costume by far!!

    7th photo down – I’ve never seen that color before on a dachshund; it’s kind of a fawn color. That’s not a cream, right? Can someone tell me more? I have a true blue Doxy, who is the love of my life and the best little senior citizen around.

  2. I especially love the pic with his eyes closed. A little friend of mine, Coralyn who is 3 and 1/2, loves his videos. I am a great fan too. We always watch them together. Proud owner of 2 dachshunds and Coralyn has one also.

  3. Oh No Crusoe come back. I wanted to meet you . Im just up the road in Ocala, Fl. about an hour away and my 2 Black/Tan dachshunds Stonewall
    and Jackson wanted to meet you. Can’t believe I missed you.

  4. I can’t believe I missed you! I,am just down the road in Naples, FL and used to live in St. Pete area. Ft. Desoto is a great park and dog beach. My longhaired pups Smokey and SweetPea + rescue Winston would have loved to see everyone and get a pic with you. Bummed… maybe another time. Keep us posted on future meet-ups and if you are still in FL feel free to drop by!!

  5. That looked like so much fun, Crusoe! All the pictures are terrific with all your fans. What a success! So happy for you 😀

    Keep on flexin’,

    Ranger and Yvonne

  6. This is so much fun! I can’t wait for you to come to Washington DC so that Annie Oakley the Dachshund and I can show you around.

  7. Pam, The 7th picture down is probably a chocolate. I fostered a chocolate and he was awesome. However, there are also English Cream colored. I presently have a wire haired doxie with my other 3 smooth haired. She is very cute and looks like a long bodied, low to the ground schnauzer.

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