An Unconventional Birthday for Lucky #7

Today is my birthday, which I imagine must be an internationally celebrated holiday by this point.

And although most people would say I don’t look a day over 3 (including myself), I am in fact turning 7 year’s old. I probably would have fallen into a catastrophic midlife crisis if 7 hadn’t been my favorite number.

So I’ll save the midlife crisis for when I turn 8.

For such a special number, I was really expecting something out-of-this-world from Mum and Dad. I mean, I’ve already received birthday cakes in my own image, parties with my doxie friends, and even a Good Morning America interview for my past birthdays…

Crusoe Dachshund Birthdays

So I was curious to see how they would top all that.

This morning, Mum and Dad informed me we would be going on a little drive. And as we pulled out of the driveway, I couldn’t help but notice a huge box full of toys in the back that were leftover from when my fans so amazingly sent me get-well cards and gifts.

So on the drive to where we were going, they explained what we were going to do. I was wholeheartedly against the idea at first, but in the end you could say my compassion outweighed my obsession. You’ll see what I mean in a second.

We pulled up at the Ottawa Humane Society, and Dad rolled me up to the doors in a bright red wagon full to the brim of toys and treats.

Dachshund Ottawa Humane Society

We were there to donate these goodies to all the pups waiting here to find a home.

So instead of “getting” on my birthday, I would be “giving”. Because hey, I am a renowned philanthropist after all.

Crusoe the Celebrity Visits Humane Society

So we arranged to greet a couple dogs there to give them a few toys! There were more pups there at the time as well, but it wasn’t safe for us to personally meet them all.

Here’s how it went:

I remember how amazing and happy I felt when I received all the get-well cards and gifts from my fans, but now I know how heartwarming it feels to be the “giver” of that joy. These goodies will go a long way here, and will be used for the dogs’ “enrichment” as they call it; to make their experience here more enjoyable until they find a home.

And so, my wagon was empty.

Crusoe Celebrity Dachshund Donates to Ottawa Humane Society

I’d be lying if I said that – seeing that it’s my birthday – I wish I had a little toy myself.

Mum and Dad anticipated this though and rewarded my admirable philanthropic efforts with a new squeaky ball for the car ride home.

Happy Birthday Crusoe

So that was an unconventional yet strangely satisfying start to my birthday!

But Mum and Dad did have a special gift in store for me. You may remember when I first went for surgery, how Dad promised he would build me a big yard to run and play in for when I’d be better.

Because, this is all we had before:

Crusoe's Yard

In other words, not much of a yard if you ask me.

Well, in perfect timing for my birthday and after a lot of hard labor from Mum and Dad, the yard was just finished yesterday!


I am so happy. When Mum and Dad put me down on the grass for the first time, I was zooming around, this way and that, zipping between and around the trees and back to Mum and Dad. It was clear that I loved it.

This wasn’t really a surprise though, as I had been watching them working on it, and in fact, overseeing most of the construction.

Crusoe Construction Worker

I want a swimming pool over there with a giant water slide, a sandbox over here, a squirrel feeder over there, a tree house…” And my list trailed on.

They didn’t seem to pay attention to most of my demands, but I figured just getting a yard with some nice grass would be good enough for this year.

And although Mum and Dad are claiming they did most of the work, I think it’s pretty clear that I helped a lot too.

Crusoe Digging in the Yard

But all that hard work paid off, because now I’m one happy pup on my birthday!

So if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to spend the rest of today relaxing and enjoying my new grassy playground.

Crusoe Dachshund Birthday


Keep givin’,

~ Crusoe



26 Responses to An Unconventional Birthday for Lucky #7


  2. Happy Birthday Crusoe! You are awesome for donating to the shelter. You don’t need those toys anyway, you have squirrels to chase in your new yard!!

  3. What a special boy you are!! Happy birthday! I was brought to tears to see you giving to the not so lucky at the moment dogs, I am sure you made their day! I love your yard, enjoy it!

  4. Oh Crusoe … Do you have any idea how you, and Mum & Dad, have made our world a better place? It’s as if your little arms can stretch alll the way around the whole Earth and give it a hug.
    What generous & sensitive people ‘belong to you’. How they love you, and show you off to us should make you very proud to be their pup.
    And here you are turning 7. With a life of experiences most people will never know! But through you, they can imagine …
    Have a Happy 7th Birthday & enjoy your yard. The best IS yet to come! <3 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday, Crusoe! What a sweet way to celebrate your big day. So thoughtful of you. Your Mum and Dad sure have done a great job of raising you. Here’s to many many more years!

  6. A Happy, Healthy, Blessed Birthday with Many, Many Returns Of The Day, Darlin’ Crusoe! <3. What a very special thing you did, giving gifts on your birthday to your homeless mates who need toys and like treats. Beautiful. Have a wonderful time playing in your soft, gorgeous grass now; your Oakley will love it,too. Cru, two of my ( & your) friends blew you kisses on your Birthday, October 28th, Friday, from Cinque Terre, Italy, over-looking the Mediterranean Sea. That was my birthday present to you, little friend. Did you feel our kisses on your sweet face?! <3

      • Thank you and you are Most welcome, Baby!! Your marvelous adventures in Europe inspired the visit to Cinque Terre where those Big kisses were blown towards the Western sky and flew all the way to YOU!!! ?? ❤️❤️❤️✈️???

  7. Happy Birthday, Crusoe THE Dude!! Enjoy your yard as much as my doxie pups enjoy theirs!! Seven IS a magical birthday!!

  8. Oh Crusoe! You are a very special little boy! For giving the toys away, because you thought that would help out the little boys and girls that you did not know, and you could give your self a BIG pat on you back for getting rid of your toy, for the homeless boys and girls!!! I just got to say you are a fabulous boy, Crusoe! You deserved that toy, that your Mum and Dad! Also, you got a new backyard. I could image you feeling and explore you new backyard! I am so proud of you! I am so tickled that you have a new backyard. I wish all of your wishes come true!!! I just got to say fabulous boy, Crusoe! If I was a doggie like you, I would do the same thing! I guess you were so tickled, for your backyard! To be honest I am still tickled that you got a backyard! You are already 7 years old. Happy 7th birthday little guy!!! Be a good boy! God bless your heart!

    PS: You look good for your age! You are 49 years old, in human years! <3 <3

  9. This is my first time to this blog! Crusoe is such a handsome boy! I’ve always been a sucker for bigger dogs, but I think it would be fun to have a spunky little dachshund around to keep the big GSDs in line!

    What a fun and good idea to give to dogs less fortunate on Crusoe’s birthday! I make donations to my local shelter, but this is such a fun way to give!

    Happy Birthday Crusoe! Cheers to many many more!

  10. Happy Birthday Crusoe! Your Mum and dad certanly know how to come up with the best natal day ever for you and all of the friends who received toys from you! I am so happy you have grass to run through! My gang of 4 wishes you a very happy day!

  11. We just love your Crusoe & fun videos and hope the recovery from surgery is going well.
    We are a dachsie household and love to play dress up . Was wondering where you got the construction hard hat for the outfit ? Our one dachsie Nugget goes to daddy’s worksite with him everyday and would love an outfit like Crusoes. 😊

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