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

Baby May
(now called May)
Arrived with us on Friday 17th February 2006
Went to her new home on Saturday 18th February 2006

May sadly died on on Saturday 23rd May 2009 following the discovery
of a tumour on her lower spine - She was 9 years and 3 days old
(Rest in peace sweetheart)

Baby May's arrival and brief history
Baby May
Baby May was a stray who came into Greyhound Rescue a couple of weeks ago so we don't know much about her other than what her ear tattoo tells us. Before coming to us she stayed a few days with another DGR fosterer who said she was very undemanding and a pleasure to have.
She was born on the 20th May 2000 making her just over five and a half years old. She weighs 55lbs and has just finished her season so can be spayed in about three months time.
She will need an operation on her right eye lid as it rubs her eye causing it to water. She also needs a tooth out, which has broken and will eventually cause her pain if its not already doing so. She walks well on the lead, gets on well with all other dogs, has a really nice nature and is very undemanding, but she hasn't been cat tested yet.
Baby May's diary

17th February 2006
Baby May arrived with Romeo and when we let them walk around the garden following their journey she quietly went around sniffing and did what was necessary. Romeo was very amorous with her every opportunity he got so she kept growling at him to leave her alone, which we put down to her just finishing a season. She lay on the floor in the kitchen waiting patiently for her tea, which she only ate part of then lay on the floor until we went in the living room to watch television for the night, which we always do the first evening a new dog arrives. In the living room she simply lay on the sheepskin rug a for while then climbed onto the settee next to Stuart and snuggled down with him for the rest of the evening. When it was time for bed she followed Stuart everywhere he went.
18th February 2006
We couldn't settle Baby May into one of the beds last night because everytime we left her she came walking back to the side of our bed. I'm sure she wanted to come on with us but a firm 'no' kept her standing by its side. In the end we gave up and turned the light out deciding she will go where she wants when she wants. Stuart woke during the night to find her curled up on his dressing gown which was laying on the floor next to the bed. She stayed there all night and when I awoke I put a duvet around her so she could spread out more if she wanted as she looked so uncomfortable asleep on his dressing gown with his book as her pillow - it brought back memories of Penny when she was ill as she used to sleep the same way but on my side of the bed so she could be close to me. This morning we took Baby May to her new home in the Barrow in Furness area where she will be living with a family who have three children and a pet rabbit. Before she went she had a quiet stroll around our garden in the sunshine so Stuart could take a few pictures then she came in and curled up for a nap before jumping in the back of the car with the others. Although we don't know a lot about Baby May we feel just prior to coming into Greyhound Rescue she'd had a hard time and just longs for love and cuddles so we wish her a long and loving life in her new home.
19th February 2006
Rang and left a message asking how Baby May was getting on.
20th February 2006
Received a call this evening saying Baby May was settling in, a pleasure to have and she's been no trouble at all. An appointment is being made with the vet this coming week for a check up and to arrange to have her eye lid and tooth sorted out so she is fully recovered before she is spayed later on. She's walked past the rabbit in the hutch and shown no interest in it. Has been for a long walk on the sands and walks lovely on the lead and, as predicted she is following her male owner in preference to the others at present.

Baby May
Baby May on the
17th February 2006

Baby May exploring our garden
Exploring our garden on the morning
of the 18th February 2006

Baby May in the garden
. . and again.
26th February 2006
Phoned to see how Baby May was getting on - her new name is now May. She is settling in well and to get her used to being on her own when everyone goes back to school and work her new owners have been leaving her on her own over the past few days starting at a few minutes and building it up to four hours to see how she gets on. May is so laid back and has taken this in her stride as she seems to just sleep on the settee until they come back in. She's been to the vet and plans are being made to sort the problem with her eye lid and tooth.
20th May 2006

1st July 2006
During the summer the pet rabbit died and May's owners thought it would be nice for her to have a companion. Knowing the family, May and one of our present foster dogs Jet we decided to go for a walk along the beach this morning to see how they got on. May gave a growl at Jet, which is often understandable when a bitch meets a new dog so Jet backed off and left her alone. By the end of the walk they seemed to be getting along okay but Jet had been a bit anxious and quite keen to chase the birds and other dogs off the lead playing in the sand because we think it was the first time he'd been on a beach.
8th July 2006
Jet met May and her family again this morning because they were spending the day together with a view to adopting him. All seemed okay and he is going to live with them next Friday.
14th July 2006
This evening Jet went to live with May who did a mad five minutes round the living room upon his arrival then settled herself on his bed for the rest of our stay. She looked really well and happy. Jet made himself at home playing with the soft toys, rooting through the waste paper bin, playing with one of the children's models which soon got moved up out of reach, touring the garden and settling on May's bed. They seemed relaxed with each other and we hope they have a long and happy life together.
16th July 2006
Phoned to see how Jet was and he seems to be settling in although its still early days. May and Jet have a mad five minutes play around the living room every now and then, they are sharing beds occasionally which is good because Jet loves cuddling up to another dog and they have been out and about together on walks. Jet wouldn't eat his breakfast yesterday morning which is unusual for him but as soon as May finished hers, sniffed at his and walked away he dived in and devoured it - almost as if he was asking her permission to eat it - she's obviously the top dog in this house, which doesn't surprise us as she is the resident dog and the elder of the two.
29th August 2006
We've been in touch with May's owners a few times since Jet went to live there because there have been a one or two issues between May and Jet as to setting the 'pack' order, May acting out of character by being bossy and very vocal, Jet acting out of character by being quite subdued, not wagging his tail as much, not socialising with all the children, soiling and wetting in the house at any hour or time of day with doors open or closed and people being present or not, along with the two of them no longer playing with each other, sitting in the same room together or going to bed at night on the same floor - if one went upstairs the other would go down into the living room. It has been a difficult time for May's owners as they love both dogs and have tried everything to make it work. However, listening to her owner's latest observations I began to realise the similarities between May and Jet with Jake and Jill and we put these to May's owner to think about before we considered moving forward.
30th August 2006
It was very sad this evening because May's owners came to the conclusion that for Jet's, May's and everyone's sake Jet would have to come back to us. They were really upset about bringing him back for they had tried so hard to make it work but when it's the two dogs who are putting up with each other rather than enjoying each others company its a difficult one to resolve.
31st August 2006
Phoned today to see how May was and found she had immediately gone back to her normal happy self the minute Jet left. Likewise, since Jet has been back he hasn't exhibited any of the problems they experienced, which confirmed our suspicions the problem was the dogs just didn't see eye to eye with each other and therefore best apart. May, being a stray and knowing nothing of her background could have had quite a tough life and finding the family of her dreams felt she didn't want to share their love with anyone else. It was a great pity but sometimes happens and, worst for us humans although we think we are doing the best for them it sometimes isn't what they want!
19th November 2006
Today was the 5th annual Dumfriesshire Greyhound Rescue Fun Greyhound Show & Christmas Fayre at the Loreburn Hall in Dumfries. We set up a stall there selling the calendars, prints, Christmas and greeting cards from the 'Long Legged Beauties' Collection and May walked in with her owners. When they arrived we were busy on the stall so never had the chance to go and say hello to May but she looked well and was happily walking around the hall with her young owner. We chatted a bit when they came to buy some calendars and cards and think they are missing Jet but now realise that May wants to be an only dog. We saw her being entered for some of the competitions
but don't know how she got on as we never had chance to say hello to her later and missed them leaving to go home, which was a shame.
20th May 2007
20th May 2008

20th May 2009

14th August 2009
This evening we received some very sad news from May's owner letting us know that sadly she passed away on Saturday 23rd May 2009. May's illness and death affected all the family and only now did they feel they could phone and let us know. May's passing has left a huge hole and much sadness in their lives but May's character also left her mark and they remember the many happy times they had with her. Her owner misses her greatly as she was such a mummy's girl who followed her everywhere.
At the end of last year May developed a limp in one of her legs and the vet, thinking it was arthritus put her on a course of Metacam. This worked for a while but as the Winter progressed and Spring approached the limp became worse, then her back legs began to be affected making it very difficult for her to walk and she stopped going upstairs. It took a couple more visits to the vet before she was diagnosed as having a tumour on her lower spine and the very hard decision was taken that it was time to let May go.
May's owner drives past Furness Abbey almost everyday on the way to work and remembers fondly of how it was one of May's favourite places. They used to visit for a coffee on a regular basis and she so loved her trips around the grounds.

In loving memory of May whose beautiful sweet nature
will be sorely missed. Let the angels be with you as you run
round the grounds of Furness Abbey, free as the wind and
no longer in pain. Cuddles and companionship may be no more
but you will remain in everyone's hearts forever.
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