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
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

(now called Lewis)

Badger arrived on Saturday 15th March 2008
Went to his new home on 29th March 2008

Badger's arrival and a brief history
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Black and white Greyhound
Badger was previously known as Potter, which was part of his racing name. His name was changed because the word Potter is slang for vagrant, ruffian and vagabond around the Carlisle area so our Homing Co-ordinator asked if we could change it and because of his four white socks and stripe up his forehead we chose Badger. Badger is a lovely black and white Greyhound who was born on the 13th September 2006 making his 18 months old. Badger weighs 69lbs (31.25k), is inoculated, neutered, microchipped, travels well in the car, walks nicely on the lead and is friendly, playful, appears to be okay with other dogs and has a lovely, nice nature.
Badger's Diary
15th March 2008
Badger came in to Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue this morning with the name of Potter and a member of the charity brought him to Tebay Services where we collected him. He's a lovely dog and happily jumped in the back of the car and lay down for the journey home. At home he met the other Greyhounds in the garden then came in the house to have a look around. Wooden floors aren't a problem and neither are stairs - going up that is, but coming down he gets about half way then almost tumbles so we need to guide him down the second half until he masters how to do it. The name Potter around the Carlisle and North Cumbria area is a slang word for vagrant and vagabond so the Homing Coordinator asked if we could change his name and because of the white stripe up his head and his four white feet we decided upon Badger. Badger has a scab on his nose which because of it location has probably been caused by a muzzle. He smelt awful when he first arrived so as soon as we fed him and we knew he wasn't going out again that night, other than for a last minute wee, we gave him a bath. He wasn't sure of that and almost lay down in it before we had time to wash him properly but once out and dried he dashed around the house as pleased as punch because he probably felt better and he'd survived!
16th March 2008
Last night was a very difficult night because Badger wouldn't settle to his bed at all. In the end Stuart went to the spare bedroom so at least one of us got some sleep and I stayed with Badger and the rest. No matter what I did he wouldn't settle. The water spray, a firm voice, a calm voice, laying on the floor with him nor ignoring him - he paced around the bedroom and the landing and whimpered most of the night. We'd had restless Greyhounds before but not like this and where the others would often put them in their place and they would settle but not this time they just ignored him. There was no grumbling from Bobby nor Indi and only a very low grumble from Sandy. It was only when Bobby allowed him to lay next to him that it suddenly dawned that Badger was pining. Perhaps he'd been with his mother or another dog most of his life and suddenly they were not there - the others knew and this is why they were reacting they way they were. I got two hours sleep in total and not sure if he went quiet for a while or if I was just so tired I slept through it.
During the day he was much more settled and when I went to bed in the afternoon for a couple of hours to catch up I awoke to find all the dogs asleep close by - it's funny but if I take a nap they all feel they have to join me!
Whilst out walking this afternoon we met some other dogs and we were pleased to find that Badger showed no interest in them at all.
17th March 2008
Last night Badger was much better. When the light went out there was a little wimper for a couple of minutes then he settled to his bed and we didn't hear from him till the morning.
18th March 2008
This morning we took Badger to the vet to be neutered. He weighed in at 69lbs (31.25k) and when we called in the
afternoon to collect him he looked quite subdued so we had a quiet night by the fire to allow him time to recover.
19th March 2008
When we went to bed last night we put a muzzle on Badger to make sure he didn't lick his stitches but it lay directly on the scab on his nose and in danger of taking it off. Because he'd shown no attempt at licking his stitches we decided to leave the muzzle off and because he was sleeping in our bedroom if he did decide to lick we would hear him anyway because I think I tend to sleep quite light when we have a new Greyhound or when one is ill or been to the vets.
Badger was a little restless this morning and either wanted to play with the others or be amourous with them, which none of them wanted. It was a glorious day so to try and settle him we left the conservatory door open so he could go out if he wanted. He spent all afternoon happily laying on the lawn in the sun spot where Bobby generally goes and watched the world go by.
20th March 2008
Badger has been really good with his stitches because not once has he tried licking them. Middle of the afternoon he finally got Sandy to play with him, which we had to stop because of them. Back in the house he discovered the bin under the kitchen sink without our knowledge. When we saw the bin tipped over on the floor we realised certain food items missing including the remains of a blackberry and apple crumble we forgot about after our guests left the other day so was binned to be on the safe side - he'd eaten the lot with just a blackberry coloured mark on the carpet that confirmed it had been in the bin at the time.
The nasty scab on his nose seems to be getting better and we hope in time it won't leave too much of a scar.
24th March 2008
We discovered this evening that not only does Badger like blackberry and apple crumble but he also loves apple cores and bananas. Although very playful Badger can also be quite laid back and other dogs dont't seem to bother him at all - he simply walks past and ignores them. He seems a lot more settled now but we've been doing a bit of DIY and decorating around the house over the past couple of days and he's been wandering around a bit bewildered at what is going on.
27th March 2008
This afternoon we took Badger to the vet for his stitches out and his booster injection. When we got back he became very excited with the freedom now they were out and he started dashing round the house with Sandy. So as not to cause any damage we opened the door so they could play in the garden if they wanted. This, with hindsight, was a mistake because although Badger wanted to play, we don't think Sandy did and, from the kitchen where I was speaking to someone on the phone, heard a tussle start in the garden. Cutting the telephone conversation dead I ran into the
garden to see the two of them on their hind legs having a disagreement but when I approached and took a collar in each hand they easily fell away from each other and it instantly stopped. My first thought was 'Oh no this is a trip to the vet' and, with Sandy being the bigger and stronger dog we thought the blood was from Badger. How could this have happened just two days before he was going to his new home especially when they got on so well. Having got them both back in the house Stuart and I examined them to find it was Sandy who was injured. Badger didn't have a scratch on him so the incident seemed to be similat to that of a teenager going 'over the top' and the adult trying to calm things down.
28th March 2008
Badger and Sandy were back to being friends again by the end of the day which started with grumbles from Sandy everytime Badger went anywhere near him, which I suppose is understandable because of what happened and the way he was feeling.
29th March 2008
This lunch time Badger's new owner came to collect him and take him home. This will be in the north of Cumbria with another Greyhound called Indi where we hope he will have a long and happy life.
2nd April 2008
Received a call this evening from Badger's new owner to say he lay in the car all the way back last Saturday and never moved till they got home. He's been for many walks, was
getting on okay with Indi and seemed to be settling in.
29th April 2008
Received an email this evening from Badger's new owner letting us know they've changed his name to Lewis and he's doing really well. He's losing his 'kennel coat' and his new one is really shiny. He's great friends with their other Greyhound Indie and gets on well with the German Shepherds too but they can't keep up with him!
Lewis quickly got used to getting on the 'dog sofa' and loves his toys.
17th August 2008
Received an email this evening from Lewis's owner letting us know that he's become a family treasure. Indie has become very grown up and sensible and Lewis is very slowly beginning to come out of his puppy phase, but they say no toilet roll or margarine tub is safe with him!. He's a real character and he keeps everyone laughing and entertained!
They took him to Allonby Beach with their other dogs and they all loved it (as you can see by the photos of him!!!) The other picture is of Lewis and his shep friends is in the woods. He's looking really well, his coat is lovely and smooth (lots of elbow grease and polishing) and he is sporting lovely greyhound thighs.
They say iIts taken a while for him to get used to all the sights and sounds of life, but he's getting far braver and now much calmer when he's a bit unsure. He actually got in the car all by himself the other day - how long has that taken?! Bless him!

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Greyhound playing in field
Lewis running in the field with one of the
German Shepherds in the background.
April 2008

Two Greyhounds
. . . and taking a stroll with he new
companion Indie in April 2008

German Shepherds and Greyhound playing
Playing with his friends in the woods
July 2008

Greyhound running in the sea
Running along Allonby Beach
July 2008

Greyhound running in the sea
. . . . and again.
July 2008

Greyhound running along Allonby Beach
. . . . and again.
July 2008
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