NYC: Shorty Awards & A New Friend!

I just got back from an amazing trip to New York City. I’ve been there a bunch of times already, but this past visit has to be my favorite!

As many of you knew about already, I was nominated for a Shorty Award a couple months ago, then with all the help of my fans voting for me, I was announced a finalist. At that point I was invited to attend the award show in NYC for the winner announcements.

I was so excited for the big day that I even cut my cookie intake IN HALF for the WHOLE WEEK leading up to the awards.

funny dachshund teeth

Shocking, I know!

I also made a commitment to start a daily exercise program including thirty minutes on the spinning machine, but that idea didn’t get too far when I realized my feet couldn’t reach the dang pedals.

Crusoe Dachshund Exercise Program

So instead of being a 30-minute workout session, it turned into 30 minutes of television watching in a very uncomfortable position. If only I had some snacks it would at least be a bit more tolerable…

Then when it was the day of our flight, I was waiting by the door in my carry-bag, dressed in my big city attire.

dachshund airplane carry bag

It was a short flight to NYC from Ottawa, but since I need to stay zipped in my carry bag, Mum suggested I take a quick power nap. I was too excited for a nap though, so instead I just passive aggressively watched Mum and Dad snack on pretzels during the flight.

dachshund side eye

“How come you guys aren’t watching your figure like I am?!” I demanded of Mum and Dad as we got off the plane.

“Because you’re the one up for an award, not us”, Mum responded. “And besides, we just want to be ourselves”.

I was about to refute her answer, but then it settled on me; no one really cares about them anyway! Plus, their lackluster appearance would only help me stand out all the more! So maybe it’d be a good thing if they were a couple potatoes to my handsome French Fry-of-a-self!

That’s why as soon as we were in the city, I insisted we try Starbuck’s new Unicorn frappuccino. Although, I was a little surprised to see so many people acting like they’d never seen a unicorn before…

Crusoe unicorn frappuccino starbucks

But you see, that was my trick! I convinced Mum and Dad to buy it for me just for a photo, but after that, I gave it to them to drink 😉

“I dunno, Crusoe”, Dad said skeptically. “I heard these have a lot of calories…”

“Nonsense”, I replied. “I had a sip and look how magical I look! So just imagine yourself after the whole thing!”

I was very pleased to see Mum and Dad had put me up in a star-caliber hotel in Times Square called The Times New York, not far from the PlayStation Theatre where the event would be held. I always love arriving at a new hotel!

crusoe dachshund new york city

How did I know it was star-caliber you ask?

Well, because the rooms had those fancy TVs in the mirror, of course.

crusoe mirror TV

Seemed only appropriate to catch up on a little Housewives of New York – er, I mean, which Mum made me watch!

We only arrived in the city the evening before the event, so by the time we had settled in a bit, the day was virtually over.

However, for Sunday morning before the event, we had special plans! We walked over to Central Park to meet up with the one and only Reese Lightning from the Harlow & Sage gang!

crusoe met harlow and sage

And let me tell you, she is just as cute in person as she is in all her pictures with Harlow and Indiana!

reese lightning harlow and sage

I think she was missing her friends though, because she seemed a little nervous or apprehensive around me at first. But then again, I seem to have that effect on women 😉

crusoe dachshund with reese harlow and sage

It was nice to spend some time with Reese and her parents in the park though, to learn more about them and their story and the things we have in common! For instance, we both don’t like horses! You may also find it interesting that my very own Dad grew up with a wiemeraner before he ever had a dachshund!

It was such a pleasure to meet a fellow dachshund celebrity pup, so much so that I had a huge smile on my face the whole time!

happy dachshund smiling

Be sure to follow Harlow & Sage (including Indiana and Reese here) on Instagram or Facebook!

After the meet and greet, it was time to get ready for the show! Here’s Dad and I making sure our suits still fit!

crusoe dachshund trying on suit

Mine fit great, but I was pleased to see Dad’s suit seemed to be fitting a little tighter than a couple week’s ago.

I could see he was looking a little agitated about it though, so I soothed his worry with a compliment, “don’t worry, Dad. It looks magical on you.”

Then, it was time for the main event!

We arrived at the Playstation Theatre, and walked the red carpet. The pupparazzi was abuzz with cameras flashing and microphones being shoved in my face, with celebrities next to my like Bill Nye and Karli Kloss!

Crusoe at the Shorty Awards

But I wasn’t really surprised when the photographers asked Dad to hold me up so I could be photographed by myself.

crusoe dachshund shorty awards 2017

(Sorry Dad!)

Onto the awards!

We sat at a round table, and had barely finished having a brief dinner when the ceremony began. We were expecting to wait an hour for the Best Animal category to be announced, since that’s about when it was announced last year, but low-and-behold, to our surprise and slight dismay (we weren’t mentally prepared for it to come up that early), the screen for Best Animal came up as the second award to be announced!

Our hearts nearly stopped…

crusoe celebrity dachshund shorty awards winner

The finalists were announced; Aaron’s Animals, Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, Geordi la Corgi, Harlow & Sage, Lionel the Hedgehog, and Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary! All very deserving, especially my new friends Harlow & Sage!

And the winner is… Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund!

We couldn’t believe it! We raced on stage, Mum holding me in her arms, Dad scrambling to remember his speech.

“Don’t screw it up, Dad!” I whispered as we got on stage!

shorty award

Luckily he did okay. You can watch the whole show here on YouTube, although I think the viewing is restricted to some countries outside the US, so you can also watch this version on my own channel.

I have to say though, it was funny to see Dad’s disarray after finishing his speech as to where to exit the stage, especially as host had described where to exit only 5 minutes earlier…

As Mum would say, “he never listens!

Backstage, I think Mum and Dad were happy to finally have a family photo all together!

crusoe dachshund wins shorty award best animal

After those pics, and after Dad grabbed a quick selfie with Bill Nye the Science Guy, we went back in to enjoy the rest of the awards.

Shout outs to my friend Doug the Pug for winning Instagramer of the Year, and Harlow and Sage; wish we both could have took home this award!

We headed back to the hotel after the show, where I decided to unwind in the classiest way I knew how – in the lounge bar of my luxury hotel with an Old Fashioned whiskey drink and a rope-toy cigar.

crusoe the classy dachshund

I also couldn’t help but realize, once back in our hotel room, that the “Shorty” Award is taller than I am.

I’m not sure, but I feel like that must mean something…

crusoe celebrity dachshund wins best animal shorty awards

So anyway, now I’m back home and still catching up on rest from all the excitement.

As Dad mentioned in his speech and as I wrote on Facebook, this was all because of you – the fans. We can’t thank you enough for your support and love, whether you’re a brand new fan or a longtime fan. And as Dad said, a trophy is nice but the best reward is knowing that we bring a bit more happiness to the world, whether just a smile in your day or motivation in harder times.

I’d also like to thank my brother Oakley, (who Dad forgot to include in his speech!!!) for being an awesome little bro who’s always there to cheer me up.

This was an especially rewarding experience after having gone through a tough year last year myself, with my surgery and then losing my best friend in the world, Laffie. I told her I would make her proud, and I have a feeling she is right about now 🙂

Keep ballin’,

~ Crusoe



30 Responses to NYC: Shorty Awards & A New Friend!

  1. Congrats Crusoe!!! Very much deserved! You always bring a smile to my face! Keep doing what you do 🙂 Xo

  2. Congratulations Crusoe! You are so awesome and handsome. Look forward to seeing all of your new adventures!
    Stacey & Wiener from Illinois

  3. There aren’t enough words, Crusoe, to tell you how proud I am of you and so happy for you and your parents!! You totally deserved it, and you’re such a good guy working with mum and dad sonthey canntske yiur oicture or put you in a video short!! Your blogs are so wonderful to read! You are totally devoted to your fans and that makes us love you even more!! So glad you got to hang with Reese and her parents! Maybe you two can meet up for dinner sometime?? She’s so cute❣️ Goodnight and God bless you, Little Guy…thanks for blessing us with smiles and laughter on a giant scale!!

  4. Glad you won your award, you are one super guy! Love your postings on Facebook always fun, we have a very spoiled puggle, don’t think she would do as well as you do in all your adventures.

  5. Thrilling, lovely award, darling Crusoe! You and your Beautiful family (including precious Oakley and his family, too.) are each and all so very deserving of it. So glad that your Dad agreed to adopt a little Dachshund when he had last time adopted a big doggy! Such hard, excellent work with such love of the subject and passion for sharing such pleasure brought to you this recognition and reward. Your stunning photographs here and delightful story of your trip to NY City brings a continuous smile and even laughter to this presently-saddened soul. Your “big city attire is perfect! (love your dotted shirt and gold chain; reminded me of you & Mum & Gino cooking Italiano!). Hope you enjoyed your first “Old Fashioned”and cigar-toy later! Love how you & Mum & Dad were all ‘tied’ together in glamorous red at the Shorty Awards event and got to meet Bill Nye and Miss Reese during your fabulous NYCity Adventure. Congratulations and Thank YOU for Everything. God Bless and Keep Ballin’. <3 <3 <3…. xoxoxo………

  6. Congratulations, Crusoe! I was able to see you live online get your award and I was so happy for you and your Mum and Dad! You are so deserving of it. Not only that, but you were certainly the most handsome one there!

  7. Mahi and Lynda would like to extend our congratulations to the best looking celebrity pooch there ever was. We have been following you for sometime and we are so genuinely happy for you and your family. We also would like to say hi to Oakley, cause we understand how important family is! Here’s to weiner snitzels and new toys!

  8. Crusoe,
    My brother is hospice care and we sit together and I show him your videos and posts. He loves you and you make him smile. Thank you for that😘

  9. Congratulations Crusoe, your Cajun Cousin Ingrid Von Squiggle ( Inky ) sends her love and treasures her pawtograph from your visit to New Orleans. You bring so many smiles to us all. Love, Marion, Jeaux, and Inky.

  10. Love ya Crusoe & family! Congrats on your Shorty Award! You are so special.You bring so much joy to my soul & to my Riley’s big heart. Thank you & keep ballin!

  11. Great going baby dachie!!
    You got my shorty award vote!!

    Hugs and no one deserves it more!!
    It was another plug in the ole heart when you included laffie and Oakley !!!


  12. Congrats Crusoe! A well deserved award for you! Also, you’re afraid of horses? Get your butt to Pennsylvania and I’ll show you that they’re nothing more than big dogs (that also leave magical presents for us to eat in the pasture) 😉

  13. Love the picture of you, mum, and dad in your dress-up clothes. Mum and Dad are very special too, to realize what an awesome dog you are and to share pictures, and give the world a pile of smiles. Thank you to all three of you for making the world a better place. You deserve that award. Keep ballin’ Lots of love from Snuggles, Coco, Molly May and our mum.

  14. Crusoe you rock. You have style you are handsome you make people happy and smile you are just an exstrodanary best of bests wiener in the whole wide world. You make me happy and I am happy to be your friend and part of your amazing exciting fabulous journey. Keep balling I love you xxxlove from Count UTE and me mum who also adores you xxx

  15. Always enjoy reading all that you write, Crusoe and savor your pictures, too. Love the very first photo of you here (your little teeth are so cute!) and love that little doggy (unicorn!) in the window. You have earned that beautiful award. It is gorgeous, also — just like you and your family, including sweet Oakley and best friend, Laffie, who is now one of your Guardian Angels! Ti Amo, Handsome Crusoe.

  16. Crusoe, you SuperStar!!!!! I’m so proud of you. Congratulations on your Award. Your stories make me smile & brighten up my day. You are such a kind & thoughtful boy.
    Keep ballin’!
    Tracy, Heidi & Dory

  17. Crusoe your so deserving of all you get.You remind us of why we love our dachshund’s too, they give so much love. Ryan and Laurence are such good parents and Oakley is so lucky to have you as a brother (he has some talent also) thought I’m sure he gets it from you and dad. May you all be blessed for a long time to come for giving us such happiness and joy in good times and bad. Side note Ryan I need to get a ramp for my little guy it’s starting to get hard for him they are so expensive are they fairly easy to make I’d love to know mine’s 14 and I think he has a few years left if I can get him not to jump thanks and God bless.

  18. Congratulations to the entire Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund team! What a wonderful honor, but… so earned and deserved because of hard work and brilliance.

  19. I am looking for a good breeder to buy a dachshund but I haven’t done this in awhile and Im just wondering if anyone can help me to find someone to trust. I have had several doxies over the years but haven’t bought one in quite a while. AND CRUSOE YOU ROCK I ALREADY CONGRATULATED YOU. I LIVE IN NORTH CAROLINA THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANY HELP! 🐕🐕🐕

  20. Crusoe, I am so happy for you, your parents and Oakley. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are one amazing doggie actor!! You are the George Clooney of the dog actors. WOW!!! I’m so excited for you!!! I hope to think my votes helped you win. I voted, until I could vote no more. I love your hard work, and I hope for you that your back is healing well.
    I Love you bunches, sweet Crusoe. Hugs to you and Oakley.

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