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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Below is one of the 82 dogs we fostered for Dumfriesshire & Cumbria
Greyhound Rescue between July 2004 and the 5th December 2009.
On the 9th December 2009 we became the SOUTH LAKES branch
of the Retired Greyhound Trust for whom we are now foster


Arrived with us on Saturday 15th October 2005
Went to his new home on Saturday 5th November 2005

Tobys arrival and a brief history
Toby was originally called Bobby but having two Bobby's in the same house caused so much confusion as our Bobby who is 10 years old couldn't understand why he was being told to do things he wasn't doing and visa versa. Although Bobby knew his name we had to change it so we chose the name Toby as it sounds very similar so he should pick it up fairly quickly.
Toby is about 2 years old but because he has no tattoos his exact date of birth is unknown. However, he is Charlie's brother and like Charlie lived in a shed on an allotment all his life. He was introduced to a collar and lead when he came into the Rescue kennels about a month ago. He was in the kennels three weeks then went to a temporary foster home for a few days before
coming to us. He weighs 66lbs (29.8k) is neutered, inoculated, and almost house trained, walks quite well on a lead but tends to pull a bit at the beginning of a walk. He is a very frienly dog who loves looking up into your eyes.
Toby's Diary
15th October 2005
Toby looked well when we picked him up. He wouldn't jump in the car and had to be lifted in. He seemed okay with Bobby and Indi and travelled well in the car as we drove home.
When we got home we showed him round the garden but he wasn't interested in doing anything, we did a tour of the downstairs of the house then took him out for a walk with the others. He pulled on the lead to begin with but soon settled down and on the way back we called into the local pub for a drink and to introduce him to the locals. He showed no fear of meeting everyone and within a few minutes of being in there he was asleep on the floor with his head on a little boy's lap.
He paced the kitchen somewhat whilst we were preparing his dinner so put him on a lead and fastened it to the kitchen table and, eventually he sat down with the others. He was a bit fussy eating his dinner so never ate it all and afterwards seemed very unsettled - not sure where he should lay down until we all went in the living room and shut the door. Eventually, after much pacing we got him on the settee where Stuart put his arm round him and stroked him until he relaxed with his head on Stuart's lap - it was at this point the decision was made to change his name to Toby as our Bobby was very confused and not relaxed at all.
He's never encountered stairs before because when it was time for bed he wouldn't go up them not even following the others. He eventually reached the top with a little help from us by lifting his back end and pushing him forward but he had legs everywhere! It then took us a while to settle him into a bed and finally managed by using the water spray, which he didn't like.
16th October 2005
Toby slept well last night and this morning when it was time to go down stairs he managed on his own but it was painful to watch. He leaned his body against the wall and very gingerly went one step at a time almost crawling down. His breakfast went down better than his dinner did last night and then the rest of the day he spent in and out of the garden as it was a lovely day and I decided all the lawns had to be cut before the weather changed. Toby loved his freedom and he became more settled and confident as the day progressed.
Late afternoon and his brother Charlie came back with his potential new owners. What we thought was going to be a happy affair turned out to be a good sniff at each other then Toby grumbled at Charlie, who just backed off and went for a walk around the garden. It may be possible that on the allotment Toby was pack leader and he was trying to re-establish his authority. During the rest of the day they ran together and played but every time they got close they both grumbled at each other. At first we intervened then decided to stand back and let them get on with it but under supervision. It cumulated with Charlie standing at one end of the kitchen and Toby at the other facing each other and having a real grumble. It was just like the 'showdown in the Okay Coral' - we split it up and made them both come into the living room for the rest of the evening. Come bedtime they we sleeping next to each other with heads touching and we never heard a sound from either of them all night.
18th October 2005
Over the past couple of days since Charlie arrived back Toby has really settled down and is a really friendly, happy dog. He sleeps all night and comes to greet you in the morning a couple of steps behind Charlie. He now runs up the stairs and is much faster at coming down them although he still leans against the wall and looks rather awkward. He loves meeting people and quite confidently walks up to strangers, looks up at them with his adorable face and they ALL stroke him and comment on how nice he is. He loves running around the garden playing with his brother and Indi and we've had no accidents in the house. He's eating his food much better now and he's beginning to realise what a pig's ear is for - although Charlie pinched it from him today because Toby was taking too long to eat it. Toby and Charlie go everywhere together, constantly touching each other affectionately and sleep in their beds almost touching each other. Charlie goes to his new home on Friday and it's wrenching my heart already to think they must be separated again. It's such a pity they aren't being rehomed together.
27th October 2005
We left Toby in the house with the others this evening whilst we went out for a meal. We were a little concerned because we half anticipated an accident if he was worried about being left on his own but we came back to a lovely welcome and no problems.
28th October 2005
Toby and Thunder are like two peas in a pod and where one goes the other is not far behind. They love running around the garden together and play fight with each other in the house, which usually causes Indi to join in and when she joins in it gets quite rowdy so we have to make sure it doesn't end in tears. They often sleep next to each other at night and Toby quite often climbs into Thunder's bed and cuddles up using him as a pillow - Thunder never bothers that Toby is asleep on top of him and it's lovely to see. Both Toby and Thunder think they are guard dogs because if they hear anyone coming down the drive or an unfamiliar noise they both bark quite heartily until they realises who it is or that there's nothing there. They both bark quite loud, which is strange as greyhounds are not often thought as very good guard dogs but you can hear these two all over the house when they get going. The only other one we had that barked at noises and made a good guard dog was Squire- Indi and Bobby usually stay in their beds when all the comotion is going on and they must wonder what on earth all the fuss is about.
5th November 2005
This morning we took Toby to live in his new home in the Ingleton area where he will be living with a family and their 14 year old greyhound bitch, Pleb. As we drove away they were all off for a walk across the fields and we hope he settles in well and has a long and happy life there.
6th December 2005
This evening we did Toby's follow-up visit and found him looking well and possibly gained weight, which may be muscle as he has three runs a day in the nearby field with Pleb, which he adores. Once he realised who we were he gave us a lovely welcome and jumped on the settee between us to get more attention. He spent the evening jumping on either the settee between us or up onto the settee between his new owners, which was nice to see as he obviously gets on well with them. He's also getting on well with Pleb now she's laid down the rules and Pleb, who was quite thin following the death of her 17 year old whippet companion and operation has put on weight and looks a lot happier since we last saw her. They love running in the field together but Toby has knocked her over a couple of times as he comes charging towards her and she stops suddenly causing him to misjudge where she will be when they meet. The only concern at the moment is Toby and Pleb are not allowed upstairs and there is a gate at the bottom of the stairs stopping them from going up. If there is only one person in the house during the day and they go upstairs he will stand at the other side of the gate and cry. If there is more than one person in the house and one goes upstairs he doesn't bother. When his owner gets up early in the morning if she puts the light on in the kitchen to make a cup of tea before going for her bath he will cry at the bottom of the stairs till she comes down, but if she does everything without putting the light on he happily goes back to bed. He is also happy about being left with Pleb during the day on their own. We suggested they let him upstairs to see what was up there for a few days then start shutting the gate for periods until the gate was closed all the time because to him upstairs is very alien, he doesn't recognise any of the noises he's hearing and he's worried for his owner so he's calling them back (see fears and anxieties page). This they are doing but Pleb also wants to go upstairs and she's a bit wobbly on her feet coming down so they are monitoring the situation carefully and feel things are slowly improving.
25th May 2006
Called in this morning and collected Toby, Pleb and their owner and drove to Ribblehead Viaduct on the Pennines for a calendar photo shoot. Whernside overlooks the viaduct with its 26 arches and we took some beautiful pictures, which even included a sheep and lamb who wandered happily into shot. When we collected Toby he looked well as did Pleb who is now 13 years old. Toby wasn't too sure as to who Stuart was when he first walked in but when he saw me he came for a cuddle and lay on the settee with us. A quiet lunch in the pub by the viaduct involved an additional photo shoot with Yasmine, our model sitting on a Harley-Davidson with Toby standing in front. The motorbikes belonged to some visitors from the Netherlands who were in the pub having lunch and spotted us taking a couple of photos of Yasmine in the stocks we found in the garden. After lunch we went to the river above Ingleton and took some more pictures of Toby and Yasmine on the stepping stones. Toby quite happily followed me along the stepping stones but wasn't too sure whether or not he wanted to stay in the middle, however, after a little while he realised he was only going part way across the river and stayed on the stones allowing us to get our pictures. I think everyone enjoyed the day out albeit quite tiring. The weather was good and it was such a lovely area to visit.
September 2006

September 2007

September 2008

13th December 2008
This morning we called in to see Toby and his owners who, since we last saw them have moved house and are living in a village a little nearer to us. Pebbles died a couple of years ago just before they moved and now they are looking for a companion for Toby. We hadn't seen Toby for a long time but I's sure he remembered who we were and he looked well.
16th December 2008
This morning Toby and his owners went to collect Theo, who is a blue Greyhound and who will be Toby's new companion. We hope they both have a long and happy life together.
September 2009

Toby on the 18th October 2005
Toby on the 18th October 2005

Toby in the garden
Enjoying the Autumn sunshine in the
garden on the 27th October 2005

Toby enjoying the sunshine
... and again.....

Toby on the 5th November 2005

and again . . .

Long Legged Beauties
'Just Greyhounds'
2007 Calendar
This picture of Toby was taken
on the 25th May 2006 at
Ribblehead Viaduct and is our
main August calendar shot

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White Greyhound
. . . and again
25th May 2006

Long Legged Beauties
'Just Greyhounds'
2007 Calendar
This picture of Toby was taken on
the 5th November 2005 and is
the January support shot.

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Blue Greyhound
Theo, who went to live
with Toby on
Tuesday 16th December 2008

Blue Greyhound
. . and again.

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