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.
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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
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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
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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


Tootsie arrived on Saturday 23rd June 2007
Went to her new home on Friday 20th July 2007

Tootsie's arrival and a brief history
Tootsie is a beautiful small white and brindle ex-racing greyhound bitch who weighs 62lbs (28.2k). She was born on the 20th September 2002 making her 4 years 9 months old. She is house trained and microchipped and will be spayed shortly. Tootsie is a very friendly and affectionate little girl who is playful, walks nicely on the lead, travels well in the car and loves children.
Tootsie's trainer says she is confident, likes a lot of attention, loves to run and is playful, she is not aggressive, but not scared either, she just loves having fun. She has no bad habits or naughty ones except she sometimes jumps up at you for a cuddle and will always run straight at you! But don't worry she always dodges you, as long as you don't try to dodge her! Her trainer thinks she may be cat friendly but until we can assess her properly we won't know for sure.
Tootsie's Diary
23rd June 2007
This afternoon we collected Tootsie from the Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue homing co-ordinator who microchipped her before we left. She got on well with our Greyhounds and was fine in the car on the way home. We walked her round the garden on the lead so she could find her bearings and take some pictures of her then took her inside. Within a few minutes we let her off the lead and within the hour she had examined the house then lay in the kitchen and went to sleep.
Wooden floors and stairs are no problem. She was a bit fussy eating her food, walked nicely on the lead when out for a walk and by the end of the evening she was on the settee asleep next to Stuart. She seems a real little sweetie who just loves being cuddled.
24th June 2007
Tootsie was as good as gold last night and went out with the others first thing this morning to do what was necessary. Upon coming in she bounded on the bed to snuggle up to me - but my goodness doesn't she fidget.
When we looked at some of the photographs Stuart took yesterday afternoon we noticed a mark on her neck just below her collar. At first we thought it was her colouring but upon examination we discovered it was either a tic, a bite or a sting as we could see the puncture mark. It was quite a large puncture, the skin although not swollen was hard surrounding it and there was no hair for about an inch around it. To help ease any pain or itching we put some antiseptic cream on and will do this twice or three times a day till it heals.
25th June 2007
Tootsie is still not all that bothered about eating much food but as she's happy and playful we are not overly bothered because she's only small and seems to know when to stop.
27th June 2007
This afternoon when Pudsey was being reprimanded for stealing a loaf of bread Tootsie kept well out of the way so she doesn't like raised voices and doesn't like the idea of being told off.
28th June 2007
Tootsie loves giving us a nice welcome in the morning and the moment the alarm goes off she jumps on the bed and snuggles down next to us. She lays so her face is next to ours but there's no going back to sleep as she's fidgets if we stop stoking her. She's done this since the day after she arrived and we hope she soon learns that cuddling us on the bed means letting us go back to sleep!
Think I've almost managed to get her food level sorted so she eats it all but there doesn't seem much in her dish. It must be okay though as she seems well and doesn't attempt to steal anything.
This morning we caught her and Pudsey charging round the garden after each other. They were having a great time and when they came into the house to tell us they both stood looking at us panting heavily.
Middle of the morning as she lay on her bed in my office I noticed a group of small black spots under her stomach that I hadn't noticed before. After an examination I put some ointment on them and will ask the vet about it on Saturday when we take her for her check up.
30th June 2007
Took Tootsie to the vet this morning for a check up and her first inoculation. Whilst there we asked about the spots on her stomach and he confirmed they were a small bunch of blackheads. We were advised to bathe them with a strong brine solution three or four times a day to draw them out and burst, which we will do. Later we took Pudsey to be checked over by Ken whose known as the 'bone man' and does Osteopath type work with dogs. As we had Tootsie with us he checked her over at the same time and found she had a slipped disk which he put right.
2nd July 2007
This evening we visited a family who rehomed Jack a couple of weeks
In our garden
23rd June 2007

and again.
Long Legged Beauties
'Just Greyhounds'
2008 Calendar
This picture of Tootsie was
taken on the 23rd June 2007
and is our July supporting
picture for the calendar
'Just Greyhounds' Calendar

ago. Jack is cat friendly and came to his new home from another fosterer. However, as they are in our area and we will be doing his follow-up visit it came out in conversation this morning that Jack, now called John won't walk up or down the stairs from the kitchen to the lounge or from the lounge to the bedrooms. The stairs are unusual as they spiral around the end of the building and John didn't have the confidence to tackle them so his new owners were carrying him up and down. As they couldn't do this for ever we called in this evening to show John how to do it. We took Tootsie in as we felt she would walk up and down the stairs for us whereas Indi would run up and down them. John and Tootsie said hello then with both Greyhounds on the lead Tootsie walked up and down the stairs a few times so John could watch. John's owner then walked Tootsie up the stairs slowly in front of John with Stuart worked his back legs and I worked his front ones - all he wanted to do was sit down, bless him! Working his legs we got him up the stairs then praised him profusely, gave him a rest and cuddle then took him down them, then back up again and another rest. Each time Tootsie walked slowly in front of him and after an hour or so John showed less resistance going down. We left his new owners the task of continuing what we had started in the hope he would gain the confidence to do it on his own. Tootsie was a star!
8th July 2007
This afternoon we left all the Greyhounds in the house with the radio on whilst we collected a desk being donated for the auction at the Casino Night being held next weekend. It was the first time Tootsie had been left in the house without either of us and we came home to find all was well.
9th July 2007
Tootsie is a really happy and playful little girl who has just found her voice - she barks at Pudsey in an attempt to get him to play with her, she barks at the post as it falls through the letterbox and when someone rings the doorbell. She's very good travelling in the car as she just lays down and goes to sleep. When we open the car door to get her out telling her to wait she generally stays laying down until we ask her to come, which is very good as some dogs want to dive out the car the moment the door is open and they have to be taught to stand and wait till we say it's safe to get out.
10th July 2007
Called in to do John's follow up visit this evening and found him happily walking up and down the stairs. It was so lovely to see him with this extra freedom and confidence and we have to thank Tootsie for the huge part she played in helping him gain confidence. When we arrived home Tootsie decided it was her turn for attention because when she spotted me sitting in the arm chair she climbed on my lap and settled down for the evening as Ruby used to do.
11th July 2007
This evening we did a home check where there was a fawn coloured Chihuahua and because Tootsie's original owner thought she might be cat friendly we took her in with us. We put a muzzle on her to be on the safe side, which she didn't like then took her in to be greeted by a tiny barking dog that looked like a miniature fox - hence his name being Foxy. Poor Tootsie was frightened to death of him, her tail went between her legs and she let Foxy's owner cuddle her. The look on her face was a picture as Foxy was sniffing her and running between her legs - it was a look of 'get me out of here' and from the wind she was passing indicated she was rather nervous. However, after a while she settled and became more used to Foxy running round. Foxy's companion was a Greyhound who died about a week ago so he was used to large dogs but Tootsie well, she wasn't sure what he was! A little later , she had a sniff at him then to be on the safe side she jumped on the settee and lay with her head on Foxy's owner's lap where she lay for the rest of our stay minus her muzzle.
When we arrived home she decided she needed some TLC because she climbed on my lap again and settled there for the rest of the evening.
15th July 2007
To round of their weekend stay in the lake district the amateur photographers from the F8 Glamour Club descended on our garden with Yazmin, Rukhsana and Monica who were all in our 2007 Greyhound calendars and who were croupiers at our Casino Night and Auction at the Crown at High Newton last night when we raised £1,000.16 for Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue. All the Greyhounds enjoyed the attention showered on them and the photographers loved watching them playing in the garden. When Tootsie decided she'd had enough and lay on the grass some of the models lay next to her and had their picture taken.
16th July 2007
I'd put off having Tootsie spayed till this morning because of the photography weekend as she races round the garden a few times each day coming back into the house each time out of breath. With all the hustle and bustle of people being here over the weekend I knew I would struggle to keep an eye on her and I didn't want to spoil her fun but then I didn't want her to split her stitches either so this morning she went to the vet to be spayed. She weighed in at 58lbs (26.35k) which is slightly less than when she first arrived but this is probably because of all the running she does around our garden with Pudsey as her appetite, although small to begin with, is now very good.
Her operation went well but she was very quiet and subdued when we called to collect her and she looked very sorry for herself. When home she lay on her bed and slept till tea time, never wanted a light meal then lay on the living room floor for the rest of the evening and slept covered with a blanket as she started to shiver and we didn't want her getting cold. We couldn't get her to drink anything and her breath smelt from the operation so we fed her spoonfuls of water every now and again to get fluid in her and help make her feel better.
17th July 2007
Tootsie managed the stairs alright last night going to bed albeit slowly and we never heard a word from her till the morning. When she woke up she still looked very sorry for herself and didn't want to go downstairs so we scooped her up in our arms and carried her down. As she'd not eaten last night and didn't look overly keen this morning we gave her the Metacam straight into her mouth rather than putting in on her food as we weren't sure she would eat much. Consequently, we gave her a little complete food with some bread, scrambled egg and weak tea to tempt her and thankfully she ate most of it. She slept most of the morning so didn't join the others for their morning walk, which she looked a little peeved about but we thought it was for the best. By the middle of the afternoon her eyes were looking brighter, she started wagging her tail again, ate a normal dinner and joined the others for their evening walk. Towards the end of the evening we caught her trying to lick her stitches but calling her name with a firm 'leave' worked. However, when we went to bed we put a special muzzle on her so she couldn't lick them in the night.
18th July 2007
Tootsie's feeling much better today because she came on the bed when Stuart got out this morning for her cuddle. She's much better these days as she quietly climbs on the bed and cuddles down next to me but insists her face should be touching mine, which is really nice and I will miss this when she is rehomed. She got up this morning looking for her breakfast which she devoured, Metacam and all. She enjoyed her walks today and has been happily going up and down the stairs on her own. The only thing we have to watch for is that she doesn't go in the garden to charge around so poor Pudsey has lost his playmate for a while.
19th July 2007
This afternoon Tootsie visited the vet for a routine examination following being spayed and all was well.
20th July 2007
This morning we took Tootsie to her new home where she will be living with a couple, their son and their Chihuahua in the Heysham area. She still wasn't sure about Foxy the Chihuahua as she put her tail between her legs and kept well away from him but went for a tour around the house and garden then came for cuddles. It was very difficult parting with Tootsie because she was such a cutie but we wish her a long and happy life in her new home.
21st July 2007
Heard this afternoon that Tootsie was settling in, eating well and enjoying her walks but is still treating Foxy as if he doesn't exist, however, everybody feels that in time when she comes to terms with him being another dog they will be best of mates.
15th August 2007
Received a call this evening letting us know that Tootsie has settled in well and now wants to play with Foxy but he's not so sure so hides under the chair out of the way. They eat their meals together and their owners are slowly encouraging them to lie closer together. Tootsie goes to the nature reserve three times a day and has made a run around the large trampoline in the garden so the lawn surrounding it looks a little worse for wear! Tootsie's new owners think she is brilliant which is not surprising as she was such a cutie.
20th September 2007

12th October 2007
This evening we called in to visit Tootsie as we hadn't seen her for a while and her follow-up visit was due. As we walked through the door she came from upstairs followed by Foxy. It took a minute or so for the penny to drop as to who we were then she went mad and gave us a lovely welcome. When Stuart sat on the settee she was straight up next to him and climbed on him for attention - he was sitting in her seat! The sting or bite on her neck had healed and the hair grown back. She's lost her kennel coat and her new sleek coat was looking beautiful. She loves all the attention the little boy and his friends give her and she's often found sleeping on his bed cuddled up next to him. Tootsie's getting on well with Foxy, share each other's food and are beginning to lay with each other. Foxy is still not overly sure when Tootsie decides to play with him because he still feels the needs to hide so in Foxy's eyes there is still a way to go yet before he's sure that when she's prancing around him she's not going to eat him! Tootsie doesn't know why he's making all the fuss because after all it was Tootsie who was scared to death of him when they first met!
20th September 2008
20th September 2009
20th September 2010
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