Beech Hill House
Beech Hill House B&B
Cumbria LA11 6RH

Dogs welcome, large or small, one or more. A Greyhound haven!

The voluntary work Jenny and Stuart started in July 2004 is a memorial to their darling Penny. Without her coming into their lives none of this would have happened.

Please ring for an appointment to come and see the greyhounds and have a chat. You are most welcome, but as we run a bed and breakfast it is essential you ring and arrange a date and time to visit.
T: 015395 52394

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When adopting a greyhound the suggested donation is £150.00 which goes towards neutering, inoculations, upkeep etc. Some people give a little less, while
others want to give more. We are quite flexible with this, and with this we provide:
Martingale Collar, Lead, Muzzle and 4 weeks free cover with the insurance company PetPlan

List of Greyhounds by the date they were homed with links to their diary pages
¦ 2018 ¦ 2017 ¦ 2016 ¦ 2015 ¦ 2014 ¦ 2013 ¦ 2012 ¦ 2011 ¦ 2010 ¦ 2009 ¦ 2008 ¦ 2007 ¦ 2006 ¦ 2005 ¦ 2004 ¦



Become a friend and view Our Profile to see what's happening at the branch and to follow some of our ex-foster greyhounds.

Fosterers are a valuable part of greyhound rescue in that another greyhound is living life away from the kennels and taking the first steps towards getting used to the family way of life. If you live in the South Lakes or the surrounding area and would like to foster a greyhound until we can find him or her a new home.
please contact Jenny or Stuart
T: 015395 52394 or email us for more information

Would you like to become a registered volunteer and walk a Greyhound?
Volunteers offering to take a Greyhound for a walk, an afternoon out or a stop-over play a very important role here at the branch.
please contact Jenny or Stuart T: 015395 52394 or email us for more information and to see how you can help.

for those in our care until we find them new homes.
(also pilchards in tomato sauce, sardines and tuna in oil, dog biscuits, Dentastix)

May we thank all who have donated, it's much appreciated.
Please contact Jenny or Stuart
T: 015395 52394 or email us

which is what we use for the greyhounds in our care until we find them new homes.

May we thank all who have donated, it's much appreciated.
Please deliver to:
Beech Hill House, Witherslack, Cumbria LA11 6RH

Become a VIP member and nominate Greyhound Trust South Lakes as your chosen charity.
If you nominate our branch as your charity the 'lifelines' you collect each time you make a purchase either in store or on-line will go to our branch.
Each quarter we receive a voucher to the value of the lifelines nominated to our branch which we can spend at the Kendal (Cumbria) Pets at Home store on items needed for the dogs in our care while looking for new homes. Thank you.

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The South Lakes
Greyhound Kennel

Click images for a larger view
Why build a kennel?
Although the aim of our branch is to foster the greyhounds until they find their forever home there are occasions when we need to separate a dog. For example, one may arrive in season and there is one in the house already waiting to be neutered, or has just been, and is awaiting the removal of stitches. Emergency dogs may arrive and we have no room in the house and nor do any of the other fosterers. In these instances the kennel makes a good half way house until they either find a home or move into a foster home. The demand for the new kennel was such that it was in use even before Stuart had finished building it. Little Sophie well and truly tested Stuart's design and materials used!
1st November 2012
Lowly, Alison and Taylor settling in to the newly modified design.
To make the dividers higher to dissuade 'jumpers', to give more privacy
and to minimise potential drafts Stuart has inserted wooden boards along
the base of each section with the wire dividers fastened to the top.
Generally, the wire doors to each section are kept open during the day with
the bottom half of the door to the kennel left ajar to allow the dogs to wander
in and out at will. At night time they are shut in their individual sections so
they can settle for the night.

Greyhounds in their kennel
October 2012
and Alison settling in. The camera is installed and working.
This is a picture from the camera taken from my laptop in the
house. The large oval soft sided dog beds fit perfectly.

The kennel

14th September 2012
The emergency kennel now complete on the outside. Guttering on,
trellis more suitable for the 'smaller' greyhound and the fence raised
along the back wall. More work is still to be done on the inside to
'fine tune' it for the occupants. Work that includes more insulation, the
installation of an oil heater with a frost stat control, a camera to see and
hear what the dogs are doing both during the day and at night, and to
raise the dividers slightly making it more safe for dogs who don't know
each other, or for those who we don't want to know each other - well not yet!

dog kennel
8th September 2012
The entrance

The kennel yard area
8th September 2012
The yard area to the rear of the kennel doesn't look very big, but makes
an ideal place for the dogs to 'potter' and do their toilet. The high walls
protect them from the winter wind and the wooden fence built above
the wall should deter the most enthusiatic 'escape artist' ! This photo
was taken from the roof of the kennel.

Tree cutting around the kennel
3rd September 2012
The roof now secure and the weather fine, so the trimming of the trees
around the kennel has begun. Trimming these trees was always a
problem in the past, but with the kennel now here it gives us extra height
to trim more off. As each branch came down it supplied more light to
the area and gave the feeling of more space.

The Emergency Kennel
22nd August 2012
Door now made into a 'stable' type door and the window has
been inserted in the side for the dogs to look out onto the garden

Emergency Kennel
22nd August 2012
The wood cladding goes on and the trellis put up the side to keep
the dogs in yet let them see the others in the garden. This door
will shortly be cut in half making a stable-type door, so in the
cooler weather they can wander in and out, but with half the door
shut it allows freedom yet helps to keep the rain and winds out.

Charlie in the kennel
22nd August 2012
Charlie comes to inspect the work in progress, and thinks these
dividers would be a doddle for a nervous or stressed newcomer to
jump over. He suggests Stuart makes them higher! He does however,
like the view from the window installed that looks into the garden at
Greyhound height, and they do make the kennel much lighter.

The covered area
19th August 2012
On goes the shelter along the side of the kennel for us to stay dry
and a dry toileting area for the dogs. A fence will be installed along
the top of the wall to the side to dissuade any with the urge to jump, and
a wooden shutter to cover the window in cold weather will also be
installed, which will help keep the kennel warmer at night.

The kennel
12th August 2012
The side is on.

Greyhound Kennel
12th August 2012
Now the outer wood cladding is going in place so the insulation
can be attached to the inside and another wood panel placed
over that to make the double thickness insulated wall.

Greyhound Kennel
12th August 2012
Sides and roof on with the left hand window installed.

The kennel
12th August 2012
Roof on and being 'weight tested'!!

The new kennel
12th August 2012
The work progresses, but where is Stuart?.

Emergency kennel
12th August 2012
Side window in place and the roof is starting to go on.

And the structure takes shape
11th August 2012
The base in place and the frame and sides start to be put in position.

Setting the base of the kennel
11th August 2012
Decision made and the new emergency dog kennel was to replace the greenhouse, something that has been used to store wood and junk, in fact anything except plants for some years. Stuart was building the kennel so he emptied and dismantled the greenhouse and built the fence and gate to shield the work in progress from our bed and breakfast guests who are dining in the conservatory. That all done, weather fine, and the work began on the base.
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