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November 21, 2014

Save A Date!! Dog Photos with Santa!! November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month & Dog Sounds Carry Meaning!

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Greetings, Crate Escapers! Happy Pre-Almost-Holiday Season! Is it just because I am older or does it get earlier every year? It’s a great time for me, because I help to pick out the holiday toys and treats, so there is lots of yummy, fun stuff around.

Be sure to save the date for our Doggy/ Santa photos! We provide antlers, jingle bell collars and other dress ups for your pooch. Check out times and locations below.

And, like my friend, Ellen, says, be kind to one another! It gets crazy out there.


Later, Ernestine

Dog + Santa Photos at Crate Escape too and Charlestown!

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Our annual Doggie Santa photo shoots are FUN, in addition to getting special holiday photos. Refreshments are served, and our great staff is there to add to the cheer! No matter which location you usually go to – choose the date and time that works best for the photos. Looking forward to seeing you there!

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month

ernie drawing from website1  Please read this article! It is beyond sad, how many senior dogs end up abandoned or surrendered, in shelters if they are that lucky. At the end of this article there are suggestions how we can help – even if you can’t adopt! Thanks!  Ernestine

Old Friends, Senior Dog Sanctuary inTennessee. They celebrate senior dogs and provide them loving, lifetime retirement homes. Not many sanctuaries exist!

In a recent petfinder survey our shelter and rescue group members reported that older pets have the hardest time finding homes.  It’s a sad reality that these great animals are often the last to be adopted from shelters.  However, November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and we hope, with your help, to improve the adoption rate for older pets by spreading awareness about how great senior pets can be.

There are numerous reasons that make older pets a great option for families looking to adopt a pet.…


Older pets are typically calmer than puppies and kittens, often content with a more relaxing day-to to-day routine.  As we all know, puppies and kittens, though very fun, are often more rambunctious and may find themselves getting into mischief when they get bored.


The low-key, mellow nature of older pets makes them a great fit for households with children.  Before ending up in shelters, senior pets often come from some sort of family life which makes adjusting to a new home environment much easier than it could be for puppies or kittens.


Senior pets are often already trained and may even be pros at performing basic commands.  The great news is that even if they’re not, they are much easier to train than younger animals. Their experience around humans, along with more established physical and mental abilities, allow them to better understand the requested commands and pick up new tasks much faster than puppies or kittens.


Unlike young pets, senior pets are not a 24-7 commitment.  Many new pet owners underestimate the time and commitment it takes to properly train a new puppy. Because of their relaxing lifestyle, senior dogs they also don’t require the constant attention and exercise that comes with young pets. Of course, they still love to play with the family, they just don’t require as much of your focus and energy.


With senior pets, you know exactly what you’re getting. Senior pets’ personalities are already developed so you can tell right away if they will be a good fit for your family.  Even things like their size, energy level, and health status are already established so you know exactly what to expect with your new pet.


Story after story suggests that senior pets are especially grateful for their new home.  They seem to know they’ve been rescued and owners often notice an extra special sense of love and appreciation from their senior pet.

The list can go on and on, but most importantly, when you adopt a senior pet, or even share knowledge about the need for senior pet adoptions, you are truly saving a life. We, on behalf of all the shelters and senior pets out there, thank you for that.

Want to help? Here are some things you can do:

  • E-mail this post to a friend who wants a new pet.
  • Promote one senior pet on Facebook or Twitter every day this month. (On Twitter, add the hashtag #PFseniorpets.
  • Post a photo of your senior pet (and tell us why he or she rules) on our Facebook wall.
  • Adopt a senior pet for Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month.

Dog Sounds Carry Meaning

from: ‘A Dog’s Best Life’, Author, Kelly Marshall

Dog sounds convey variety of messages. It’s up to you to understand what your dog is trying to tell you.

Pay attention to dog sounds to understand what your dog wants or needs.

When your dog softly whimpers that means: “I’m hurt!” “I’m frightened.” The average human is most likely to hear this at the vet, when a dog is suffering, or when an obedient dog is in a strange location that appears intimidating. This is really a mewing dog sound that young dogs make when they feel cold, hungry, or troubled.

Loud, long-drawn-out whining sounds mean: “Please give me something . . .” or “I want something …” A puppy usually uses this sound when he’s waiting for his meal, or for the leash to be put on, or when they are trying to get his master’s attention, etc.

When a dog sighs accompanied by a dog’s lying down with his head on his forepaws, can have two meanings, depending on the context and his facial expressions. With his eyelids half-open, this is a sign of enjoyment, which means “I am happy and am going to relax.” With eyes wide open, this is a sign of dissatisfaction when something expected has not transpired, this means: “I quit!”

When a dog is baying: This is the sound of hounds during a hunt. It is translated as “Follow me this way!” “Let us attack him!” or “All together now!”

When a dog yip-howls this is really more of a yip-yip-yip-howl, with the final howl quite drawn out. It basically means “I am very lonely” “I feel deserted!” or “Where is everybody?”

When a dog howls: “I’m over here!” “This is my space!” or “I hear you out there!” A confident dog will howl just to announce where he is. Howling also often happens in response to a yip-howl from another canine. It has a more echoing sound to the human ear than does the yip-howl, which is often called mournful.

When a dog moans: “ar-owl-wowl-wowl . . .” over a short period of time. It is a sound of impulsive pleasure and excitement that means “I am flabbergasted!” or “Let’s play!” A dog usually moans when something he anticipates something exciting to happen.

When a dog is panting: “Let us go now!” This means he is very excited.

Pets can also learn vocalizations. For example, the bark that dogs often give to the command speak sounds are very different from an impulsive bark. The same can be said for the bark that police dogs are taught.

Many dogs can be taught certain sounds for certain settings, from simple barks, moans, or play-growls to more complicated dog sounds that may resemble yodeling.

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