Episode 5: The Boys Go Camping, Canoe Fail & Deleted Scene

I’m back with another behind-the-scenes look at the making of episode 5, The Boys Go Camping! This was Oakley’s debut episode of this season, and one of our best-received episodes so far! Heck, I’m starting to worry if people might like Oakley TOO much! 😉

small dog cute mini canoe for dogs

So before we get started, watch or re-watch the episode here!

The first scene of this episode started with our shiny red canoe!

You might be wondering where we got it. Well, we made it out of cardboard, packing tape, and paint as based on these instructions. However, the one difference we made, since of course Oakley and I perhaps do not have the best sense of ‘balancing a boat’… was to add a keel. So below the water, a flat piece of plywood extended down about a foot, with a 10lbs weight on the bottom. This made the boat impervious to tipping!

mini canoe for dogs

BUT, and this is a big BUT. The canoe was still made out of cardboard. So it was inevitable that our seafaring vessel would not be seafaring for too long.

After shooting a few video clips for about 10 minutes, Dad decided to snap a few photos while he had the chance; before the canoe became too soft to use… So he switched his camera over from video to photo, and started snapping pictures.

In a hilarious sequence of events, while we were just floating in the middle of the creek bed, the canoe slowly sank below us in a gurgle of bubbles, and we very calmly abandoned ship and swam to shore, the canoe, resting just a few inches below the surface.

Oh how Dad wished he had stayed on video! But check it out:

canoe sequence 1

canoe sequence 2a

canoe sequence 2

canoe sequence 3

canoe sequence 5

canoe sequence 6

Our poor canoe…

It was refreshing at least!

Then it was onto our hike, with our cute little backpacks that Dad made. And Dad’s favorite shot from the episode? Definitely our butt shot as we raced through the forest!

Cute dog butts

Mesmorizing, isn’t it?

As a couple fans noticed, I occasionally skip with my back legs. Our vet told us that mini dachshunds can sometimes have “quirks” with their knees since our legs are so short, so seems my kneecap pops in and out on that leg so I hop. Doesn’t hurt or bother me, though, and I’ve done it since a little pup. Probably more so habit than anything now.

Then we arrived at the campsite, where we sent up our tent.

cute dog tent mini tent for dogs

By the way, the tent and sleeping bags are truly made for dogs. The company that makes them is Alcott.

And once again, I have a little deleted scene for you, which is the part where we collect firewood! (Well, try to anyway!)

We’re really good at FINDING firewood… just not good at bringing it back to camp. And the few sticks that I did manage to bring back, subsequently got chewed up by Oakley while I made a fire.

making fire dogs

Very helpful, Oakley…

Then it was time for the tent scene, where we laid awake at night worrying about all the mysterious noises outside. This was actually a very tricky scene. It seemed one of us would always be rolling over, or falling asleep and starting to snore with our nose upwards (Oakley)…

oakley falling asleep

…or one of us would be sneezing (seems dachshunds sneeze a lot on their back)…

dachshund sneeze

But of course, Oakley has his expressions down PAT! (He told me he’s been practicing a lot).

Just look at his “worried/scared” expression. I’d say this guy has a future in acting!

Funny dachshund expressions

Then of course, it ended with Dad getting bear sprayed in the face, which of course was just water… with a little hot sauce added.

(Hey, we needed his reaction to look authentic).

Hope you enjoyed our camping episode!!

Stay tuned for the next episode this Sunday where Oakley and I put on a MAGIC SHOW! Don’t miss it!

But after that, we’re taking a little mid-season break to rest up, which is a great time to check out my second book, which features some great unseen stories with Oakley!

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Keep chewin’,

~ Crusoe



15 Responses to Episode 5: The Boys Go Camping, Canoe Fail & Deleted Scene

  1. Ok that was pretty funny. Sorry about the boat but it sure waa funny. Great behind the scenes pictures. Dachshund sneezes😍❤

  2. This was definitely my favorite episode! Thanks for sharing the outtakes. So funny! I loved the first book so much, I was so excited to get to pre-order the second edition. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. I knew i had a reason to worry about the boat, but was afraid it was going to tip. Good thing they know how to swim. Love the back packs, the dog tent, sleeping bags and all the props. The boys did very well. So interesting to see how the videos are made. They always turn out great!

  4. I have fallen in love with these wonderful dogs they are precious keep em coming my granddaughter loves the episodes she is three and looks forward to each new one she loves the golf one <3

  5. I call it the “buns of steel” shot when my Doxie runs up the trail ahead of me…

    Tell the guys it’s important to choose and KEEP the firewood dry before burning! LOL

    Nice strong swimmers, even with the backpacks and hats! Well done!

  6. I loved seeing how this video was made. I loved the boat. What 2 troopers to survive the boat, to making the fire to eating dinner. Thank you for taking photos. I love Crusoe & Oakley. They make me smile everytime I see them. Thank you for sharing Crusoe & Oakley with us a thousand times over. Love Crusoe & Oakley so much!

  7. Loved this video and really enjoyed the “bloopers”. My little doxie also hops with his back legs! I think its cute! I so much appreciate your videos and all the detail your dad puts into them! Great job to you and Oakley You two always make me smile.

  8. That was awesome!! love you Oakley so happy to see you, love you too Cru, you guys are the best 😙😙🤗🤗

  9. Oh my Goodness, Your Doxies are too cute. How in the world did you keep them in the canoe for more than a couple of seconds? I couldn’t have pulled that off with my dachshunds. I am very impressed they dress up and photograph so well. Nice job.

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