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
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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

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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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Fostering and homing greyhounds in the South Lake District, Cumbria

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Tess arrived on Wednesday 23rd December 2009
went to her new home on Thursday 7th January 2010.
Sadly one of her owner's became ill so through no fault of her own
she came back to us on Thursday 8th April 2010 and
went to her forever home on Friday 21st May 2010

Tess's arrival and a brief history
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White and blue greyhound
Tess is a beautiful white and blue ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 10th August 2004 making her 5 years old. She has been living in a home environment for the past 4 months but due to no fault of her own and a change in the family circumstances, she has come back into 'Rescue'. Tess is house trained, spayed, inoculated and microchipped. She travels well in the car, walks nicely on the lead, loves meeting people and fine with children and other dogs.
Tess's Diary
23rd December 2009
We were doing our Christmas shopping when we received the call letting us know about the circumstances surrounding Tess and her return to Rescue and, because of lack of spaces and being just a couple of days before Christmas could we help. Confirmation was received that all was okay for us to foster her and arrangements were made for her owners to bring her to us this evening. Tess arrived about 8pm and with her being in the kitchen and the safety gate accross the end leading into our lounge our greyhounds stood the otherside and introduced themselves. Tess was very excited to see them and there were a couple of barks and growls from them all then they settled to watch each other. After a few minutes we let Indi in the kitchen and they were fine so we let Sandy in, who thought she was wonderful and, finally, we let Dakota in who said hello and they all settled while we did the paperwork and Tess's owners left.
As she hadn't eaten anything since this morning we fed her, which she wolfed down then we took her on the lead around the garden to do her toilet. She did both and her stools were very loose, which we were warned about. However, we had reassured her owners before they left that it was more than likely stress as opposed to anything else because greyhounds are very astute and can sense something is wrong, probably before people can and the condition of her stools will settle as she does.
About ½ hour later she decided to have a mad five minutes charging around, which we had to stop because the others decided to join in and four greyhounds charging around our living room is not a good idea! To introduce calm I sat on the settee and watched TV and Tess lay on the dog bed in the corner and went to sleep.
24th December 2009
Tess slept well last night, ate all her breakfast, went to explore the garden then came in and had a sleep on her bed along with the others. When Stuart left to do some shopping she pined for him for a while before laying on the dog bed in front of the kitchen fire, then gave him a huge welcome when he arrived home and decided to have a mad 10 minutes charging round the living room, which we stopped.
When it was time to go for a walk she became very excited but soon settled once we were outside.
With it being Christmas Eve the pub was going to be very busy and we'd booked a table to have something to eat so we thought it best she come with us with her only arriving last night and because she'd pined for Stuart this morning. She was the star of the show in the pub - everyone loved her, she loved all the attention and before we knew it she was asleep on the rug in front of the fire.
1st January 2010
Tess can be a bit of a madam with Dakota at times and I have to watch she doesn't become too dominant with him. The main issue is the dog bed in front of the kitchen fire, which she sees as her own and won't share. If she's on the bed and one of the others walk past she ignores them, but if Dakota wants to lay on the carpet near the bed she has a grumble at him, to which I have a grumble at her! Likewise, if Dakota is on the bed and she wants it she will have a grumble at him, to which he usually ignores her so she paces the kitchen. The problem is, they both love being in the kitchen if I'd doing work there so I've found the share. If she's on the bed and one of the others walk past she ignores them, but if Dakota wants to lay on the carpet near the bed she has a grumble at him, to which I have a grumble at her! Likewise, if Dakota is on the bed and she wants it she will have a grumble at him, to which he usually ignores her so she paces the kitchen. The problem is, they both love being in the kitchen if I'd doing work there so I've found the easiest way is to bring a second dog bed into the kitchen and put it in front of the cupboard door next to the other and they happily sleep side by side and peace is once again restored.
3rd January 2010
Tess loves her food but she is a real thief and if there is food in the kitchen one of us has to be there with 'eyes in the back of our head' and the water spray to hand in case she decides to get something. She's worse as meal times approach and she's a 'gannet' when it comes to eating her food, finishing it a long time before all the others. However, with the water spray on the table she now knows not to pace round the table getting in my way while her food is being prepared and she has started to lay on the floor and wait patiently with the others. She also now knows not to touch Indi's and Sandy's food as I put theirs down first and that Dakota's is on the kitchen step and hers is the raised bowl put to the right of the conservatory door. Because her's goes down last I can hold her collar and make her stand still and wait to be told to eat her food. I've taught a few to slow down this way and she's picking up the message very quickly. I've only been doing it three or four days and she no longer dashes to her bowl and is almost anticipating me holding her collar, so much so, I only need to put one finger lightly on it and that's sufficient. I never speak to her other than to say 'wait' then we stand there until she is perfectly still and relaxed. The signal for her to eat is when I walk away - she's getting good at it and the routine will bring order to her meal times and encourage her to slow down and enjoy her food better.
We took Tess in our field on the lead this afternoon because it was a beautiful sunny day and we wanted some photos of her in the snow because white on white can be stunning! Stuart took some lovely photographs of her and after we took them all for a walk then called in to our pub for a drink taking her and Indi in and Sandy and Dakota home because it was quite busy for all four to go in and there were dogs off the lead running all over the place. With a blanket on the floor both she and Indi lay down, not moving and being admired for their calmness amongst all the activity that was going on. A little girl who was 16 months old was fascinated by them both and spent a lot of time walking around them and stroking them. They were almost like a magnet to her because everytime her parents thought she'd been stroking them enough and took her away, back she came for more. Both Indi and Tess were fantastic - neither got up of the blanket when she was around them and neither bothered when she stumbled on them or patted them a little too hard.
7th January 2010
This morning the snow was still thick on the ground but the roads seemed clear so we drove over to the couple who had expressed an interest in Tess with a view to doing a home check. With their home being over an hours drive away and the weather the way it is we also took with us all the paperwork, food, coat etc that may be needed should the home check be okay and they want to adopt Tess today. It was a good job we did because that is exactly what happened and at the end of the home-check Tess stayed. It was a wierd feeling leaving the home check minus Tess and the first time it has ever happened to us. The atmosphere in the car was very quiet as we drove away and we wish Tess a long and happy life in her new home.
8th January 2010
We phoned this afternoon to see how Tess was. As we were going out the door yesterday one of Tess's new owners took her in the garden so she wouldn't see us leave and when she came back in she went looking for us but after a while came back to her new owners for a cuddle. Last night when it was time for bed she cried a couple of times and did an accident when her new owner's went upstairs, which will have been nerves. However, after they came down and stayed with her a while she settled. Because it was so cold last night she went to bed with her coat on and this morning when her new owners came downstairs she was still cuddled up in her bed.
She ate her breakfast well, met some of the neighbours, including their dogs and discovered an enclosed area built specifically for dogs, so when her new owner's know her better and she them, they have a place where they can let her off the lead for a good run. Back home then in the car to town where she was bought more food, toys and bedding etc. and the man on the market gave her some biscuits, which she liked.
7th April 2010
We received a phone call this afternoon asking if we could take Tess back. Her owner's circumstances have changed in that one of them has become quite ill and hospital visits are becoming more frequent so Tess is being required to stay on her own more at home, which she isn't keen on and is suffering separation anxiety as a result. Arrangements were made for her to be returned to us tomorrow.

15th April 2010
Tess is a lot more settled. This afternoon when I went to the hairdresser as I was going out the door I looked her straight in the eyes, pointed my finger at her and said with feeling 'now stay there, back soon, back soon' . When I arrived home I was met with a huge welcome and I told her 'See, I said I'd be back' and gave her a nice greeting. Stuart said she'd been fine, even when he went upstairs to get something and after what happened a few days ago he looked pleasantly surprised when he realised I'd been out the house and she'd been no trouble at all. I think the 'penny is dropping' that the phrase 'stay there, back soon, back soon' means I am going out, but I will be back so there is no need to panic. We just need to re-enforce it every time we go out the door, whether it be two minutes to the shop up the road or to the end of the drive to empty the bins or whether it be an hour or two to the hairdresser or shops.
16th April 2010
I spent a couple of hours in the garden today planting some flowers and tidying up after the winter. I took down the mesh bird feeder, emptied the remains in the wheelbarrow and put the feeder in a plant pot ready to take to the shed next time I was in that area. When I turned around Tess had eaten the remains of the peanuts and Sapphire was chewing the bird feeder - don't know why I bothered cleaning it ready for next winter - should have just thrown it in the bin!
A few minutes later I caught her trying to eat some compost and digging in the planter I'd just filled with compost and flowers so the unlucky plants got planted a second time!
7th May 2010
Sadie's owners called to collect her this morning after her three week holiday with us and poor Tess wanted to go as well when the time came for her to leave. Tess got on very well with Sadie, often sleeping next to each other on a bed, playing in the garden together and playing with the tennis balls together in the living room. It's always so sad when two who get on so well together have to go their separate ways, but that is life!
21st May 2010
Tess's new owner called to collect her today. When she arrived she received a lovely welcome from Tess and when the time came for them to leave Tess happily walked with her to her car and drove off to her new home. This will be Tess's third home and we hope it will be her forever home where she will spend a long and happy life.
7th June 2010
Recieved an email today from Jet's owner letting us know they'd met Tess today. A friend of Jet's owner lives across the road from where Tess is living and they all met up on their way back from a walk and had their photograph taken together.
5th December 2010
While at the South Lakes Branch Christmas Fair at Newton-in-Furness village hall we saw Tess and her owner who popped in for a few minutes so we could see how she was getting on. She looked well and her owner told us she had applied for Tess to be assessed to do Pets as Therapy work.
10th February 2011
We received an email today letting us know that Tess has been accepted by Pets as Therapy and will be  making a visit to a sheltered housing development, next week.
21st June 2011
We received an email today letting us know that Tess took part in Alice's Charity Companion Dog Show, which was held last Saturday. She came 2nd in the Open Pedigree Class and was the only greyhound on the field.
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White and blue greyhound
In our garden
2nd January 2010

White and blue greyhound
and again on the
3rd January 2010

White and blue greyhound
5th January 2010

White and blue greyhound
In our field
5th January 2010

White and blue greyhound
. . . and again. . .

White and blue greyhound
. . . and again. . .

White and blue greyhound
. . . and again. . .

White and blue greyhound
Playing in the snow in our garden
5th January 2010

White and blue greyhound
. . . and what's this down here?

White and blue greyhound
. . . thought so - grass!

3 greyhounds
7th June 2010
Jet and Tina meet Tess
and go for a walk.


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