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
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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

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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Fostering and homing greyhounds in the South Lake District, Cumbria

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Duke arrived on Tuesday 4th October 2011,
Went back into the rescue kennels on the 14th April 2012
and found his forever home a couple of months later.

Duke's arrival and a brief history
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Blue Greyhound
Duke is a handsome blue ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 23rd April 2006. He is house trained, inoculated, microchipped and neutered. Duke loves playing with his toys, especially balls, is lovely in the house, has a quiet nature and is alright with older children, but he's not sure of younger ones when they dash, jump, shout or cry. Duke is very frightened of the big outside world and is unsure of other breeds of dogs - even sheep scare him. unfortunately, with Duke he shows his fear as aggression so when out at the moment he is always muzzled and will remain so until he realises the big outside world isn't there to get him. Duke is a really nice dog, looks after the new foster dogs arriving and enjoys all the loves and cuddles you can give him. We are looking for a family experienced with greyhounds of this nature who can continue the re-habilitation work we've started
Duke's Diary
4th October 2011
Duke went off with Wendy where he will be fostered until he finds a new home. Later in the evening she let us know that he is settling in very well. After the initial excitement of meeting Samson and Coco, Wendy's two greyhounds, which went very well, he soon found his bed and settled for a little nap while she had her lunch. Harvey came home from school and they made friends quickly, they went out for a walk which was enjoyed by all, went past fields with sheep, he was interested but not too bothered. Feed time past with no incident, eating all his tea he didn't bother the other dogs and they didn't bother him. Wendy put the log fire on and even though it crackled quite a bit at first he couldn't resist lying in front of it. None of the house noises seem to bother him. The cat had made it's self scarce at the moment so nothing to report on that. Here's hoping for a peaceful night. So far so good. 

18th October 2011
Duke and Samson came back from the vets this afternoon after their neutering operations. All went well and they are both fast asleep in front of the fire. Had Duke weighed and he is 33.5kg.

14th November 2011
With Duke being Wendy's first foster dog and discovering he doesn't know what other breeds of dogs are. Discovering he

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Blue greyhound
Duke in our garden
4th October 2011
becomes very afraid of them if they come inside his comfort zone it was felt in Duke's best interest if we fostered him instead of Wendy as she was loosing a little confidence when out walking with him, and he was beginning to sense this anxiety, which wouldn't help either of them. Duke is no different to many others who have just come from kennels, and just needs time to get to this 'big new world' around him. Had we known of his fear we wouldn't have placed him with Wendy and her family until they were a little more experienced. Duke arrived here this morning and will stay until here until we find him his forever home. Wendy was quite upset at having to part with him and Duke was quite unsettled for the first half hour after she'd gone as he wanted to go with her - bless him!
21st November 2011

We took Duke into the pub for the first time this evening for an hour to see how he was with this new environment. It wasn't overly busy and he was a little nervous to begin with, but eventually settled and enjoyed all the attention. No other dogs were present on this occasion other than ours who were well chilled out, which will have been of benefit to Duke.
23rd February 2012
After weeks of trying to get Duke to eat his food more slowly we decided to place a weight in his dish to slow him down as he would have to eat around the weight to get to it. It did to begin with then I heard a thud as he'd picked up the weight with his teeth and removed it from the bowl so he could eat his food at his normal pace.
24th February 2012
Stuart was doing some work in the field today so he put Duke in the small paddock for a run. Un beknown to Stuart there was a chicken in the paddock at the very top. Duke saw it, got it and brought it back for Stuart. Sadly it didn't see another day.
14th April 2012
After much thought, and it wasn't a decision made lightly we thought it in Duke's best interest to go back into the rescue kennels from which he came from. Duke can't seem to cope with all the comings and goings of a busy bed and breakfast and walking down the lanes with all the animals in the fields really frightens him. Something we never really noticed before the sheep came down from the fells with their lambs this Spring.
Duke is a lovely lad and will make someone a wonderful companion because in the house he is fine, in the car he is fine, so what Duke is looking for is a quiet home in a quiet area with a decent garden that he can run around in. There will be a home for him somewhere, but while we are waiting for someone to come forward Duke needs to feel secure and settled and this he will feel back in the kennels he came from.
Today was very stressful for us and Pat took him back as we found it too upsetting. When he arrived at the kennels he greeted the owner with a wagging tail. He knew exactly where he was and Pat said he seemed happy as he walked back into the kennels.
20th April 2012
We phoned the kennels today asking how he was and was told he was fine. Back in his kennel with a female greyhound for a companion he had settled back to their kennel routine with no problems. I do miss him and it was no easy decision to make, but I've come to the conclusion that a dog in the wrong foster home is as bad as a dog in the wrong forever home and it is best the dog goes back to where it feels more comfortable until the right home comes along.

We heard later from the kennels Duke had been re-homed to a couple who had a greyhound previously with similar issues to Duke, and he was settling down nicely. They have changed his name back to Blue!
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