Wow, just wow!
We never could have imagined our little pup Crusoe would ever become so popular that he’d be the reason we attend The Shorty Awards in New York City this past weekend to walk the red carpet next to “real” celebrities like Bill Nye and Karlie Kloss, to meet so many interesting and successful people on social media, and finally, to actually win his category and take home the award for “Best Animal”!
I’m not sure Crusoe appreciates just how special he is! Here he is, being held up by Dad on the red carpet.
Once inside for the ceremony, we settled down at our table thinking it would be about an hour into the show that they would announce the animal category (like last year), but to our surprise and slight dismay, “Best Animal” came up as the second category to be announced!
Now knowing what to expect, we watched the finalist reel roll by: Aaron’s Animals, Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, Geordi la Corgi, Harlow & Sage, Lionel the Hedgehog, and Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary… All very deserving finalists in our minds, but we were partial to hoping for a win for ourselves or friends, Harlow & Sage to at least give a win to the dachshund breed!
“And the winner is.. Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund”
We couldn’t believe it! We raced on stage, Lauren (aka “Mum”) holding Crusoe in her arms. He was pretty nonchalant even in that exciting moment.
I gave a quick speech. Of course I had to first and foremost, thank our amazing fans for their love and support. We truly would not have been there that day if it wasn’t for them. It’s pretty incredible to see the relationships influencers like us can build with people from all across the world. We might give them something as minuscule as a little smile or chuckle in their busy day, but sometimes we also give motivation in going through some truly harder times in life. We’ve received so many letters and messages over the past couple years from children and adults alike, who are ill or feeling down or left out or just struggling with something, saying how much Crusoe’s videos have made a difference in their life. That itself is pretty rewarding…
But, we’re thankful for the Shorty Award as well though!
As we later realized, the award is taller than Crusoe himself.
That must mean something… haha!
We were also thankful to be able to meet Reese from Harlow & Sage who we’ve been waiting for the chance to meet for a long time! They’re a beautiful little family, and equally deserving of the award. Crusoe and Reese even got to hang out in Central Park together for a while before the show.
That will definitely be a weekend for the memory books.
As Crusoe says,
– Ryan (aka “Dad”)