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

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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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(now called Eddie)

Wispy arrived on Thursday 5th May 2011
Went to his new home on Friday 6th May 2011

Wispy's arrival and a brief history
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Brindle Greyhound
Wispy is a lovely blue brindle ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 11th February 2008. He is neutered, inoculated and microchipped. Wispy travels well in the car, walks nicely on the lead and is cat friendly.

Went to his new home on Friday 6th May 2011


Wispy's Diary
5th May 2011
Wispy arrived this afternoon and what a stunning dog he is, got on well with our greyhounds when he arrived and quickly settled, so it wasn't long before he was allowed to wander around the garden off the lead with the others.
He ate his tea nicely and later when we went for a walk he walked lovely on the lead.
6th May 2011
Wispy has been perfect in the house, not one accident and we never heard a peep from him all night.  This morning he was up and in the garden with the others, not pushy at feeding times and seems to be a real gent.
This afternoon around 4.15pm Wispy's new owner's arrived to meet him, and while I was finishing of the paperwork they took him for a walk with their other greyhound called Nuala. All went well and they walked lovely together. When they arrived back here Nuala continued exploring the garden and Wispy fell asleep on the conservatory floor.
When it was time to leave we needed to help him in the car as he's not been in many cars before so not got the knack of jumping in just yet. As his new owners and Nuala drove off he was laying down in the back and relaxing on his way to his new home where we hope he has a long and happy life.
We received an email this evening from Wispy's new owneres letting us know that he's been just perfect since arriving home.  He ate his food well and didn't pester Nuala for hers when she was slower. He's had a good explore and found a favourite sleeping spot.  On their walk he was very alert but not scared by traffic, people or trains (though he was quite excited when we came across dozens of rabbits by the castle!).  He's been perfect with going to the toilet outside too. They've introduced him to the cat and it went brilliantly. He glanced at her as she wandered around, but quickly lost interest and looked down on the two occasions the cat made eye contact with him. It's the same reaction they had from Nuala when she first met the cat.  They will, of course, be continuing with introductions using the muzzle and lead as yet, but it was the best first meeting they could have hoped for.  As his new owner was typing the message to us Wispy was flat out next to the sofa beside Nuala - they said they couldn't have asked for better.
12th May 2011
We received an email today from Wispy's new owner letting us know how Wispy is getting on since he's nearly completed his first week with them. They said they could not be more amazed with how well he's settled and how utterly perfect he has been. If there was a dog lottery, they said they'd won the jackpot!
He's not had a single accident in the house and has very quickly got into his daily routine, probably helped by Nuala's cues.  As he's feeling more confident and assured, they've seen his character start to come out this week and it's wonderful. He really is just incredibly placid and loving; enjoying nothing better than a good ear scratch or groom.  Using a Zoom Groom, they've got a lot of the kennel coat out and he's starting to look more sleek and conditioned. A little weight looks to have gone on, but the way he eats it won't be a worry!  After being a bit loose for the first few days, they added some rice to his food (as they often do anyway for some variety) and he's fine now and enjoying a variety of meals (it's hard to tell whether he prefers his biscuits with some tinned food, pilchards, sardines, mash, vegetables or rice as he wolfs the lot with equal enthusiasm).  He finishes much earlier than Nuala but has got into the habit of them going out into the garden, so she can finish slowly in peace.
Nuala's really enjoying having him around, and has been very playful and enthusiastic since he came. Both will happily share toys, lie together and be fussed together and they walk shoulder-to-shoulder when out.  They've only had one little growl, when he went to sample Nuala's raw chicken wing before realising he had one too. Nuala's clearly in charge as he backed straight off and found his own.  His new owners are just keeping an eye that she doesn't try to steal treats or chews from him. He is getting better at taking treats; they've learned that he struggles to take from hands and wasn't at all sure how to do this at first. Presumably he's never been fed from hands before.
He's a very quick learner and is starting to learn his name and recall. He's learned 'no' and only once decided to try and pester while they were eating.  When they go out, for any time, they always say the same thing so Nuala knows and he now goes and settles on his bed too. As for things in the house, he's taken the washing machine, vacuum cleaner and more in his stride. They are working on recall and they'll be taking him to a local rescue's enclosed paddock to practise and have a run this weekend.
They've been able to bring the cat in every day for supervised introductions and he has a quick glance and then ignores her; usually he just falls asleep! She's even been able to go up and sniff his nose and his only response was to sniff back. He's still muzzled for these introductions, of course, but they're very happy with how the process has started.  They suppose seeing Nuala greet the cat, but treat her as higher up in the pecking order will help.
They were off to the vet this afternoon for his stitches to come out, which they hope doesn't cause him too much upset. He's getting better at jumping in and out of the car and has enjoyed trips to the park and the woods. 
They both think Wispy is wonderful and they didn't imagine a first week could be so easy and straightforward. Nuala was a 'special case' because of how timid she was at first; she would wee in the house whenever she heard a human-related sound and was terrified of going on walks. They knew he wouldn't be that hard to settle in but they expectd a few initial teething problems. His new owners say it feels as if he's always been there and they look forward to many, many more years of love.
4th July 2011
We received an email this afternoon from Wispy's new owners letting us know that they renamed him Eddie and he learn't his new name very quickly, as he's learned everything.  He's settled enough now to show them his true character, and it's not a lot different to what he was like when they first met him. He has a mad few minutes each day where he likes to charge about and play but, generally, he's very relaxed and only gets a bit daft when he's happy to see them if they've been out for a little while.
He's the most eager to please dog they've ever come across, meaning he's been very easy to train.  The downside is that he is so keen to obey commands, they have to be careful. If he's told to 'lie down' he will throw himself to the floor without even looking down and will land on toys or even Nuala if they haven't checked the floor first!
He enjoys their regular beach walks, but won't run very far away and often not at all unless they run along with him - he really likes to stick to them like glue.  They did get a little concerned that he had quite a stiff left leg when he'd been asleep and sometimes even limped so they are keeping an eye on this and put him on glucosamine and chondroitin to help the stiffness.
Nuala loves having him around and it's helped her when she's out and about. She feels much more confident because if someone comes over to say hello, she knows she can step back and Eddie will happily let them fuss him. On the other hand, she's totally confident with other breeds of dogs when he's there, while he tried to flee in terror from a Bichon Frise in the park a few weeks ago!  Nuala was due her boosters a week or so ago and Eddie was a little star standing by her and making her feel more secure. He's totally used to the cat now as well, and can be trusted around her all the time. She can run right between his legs and he just glances at her.  He started off by being scared of her but now is just careful, though he has tried to sniff at her in greeting once or twice so they're making progress.
Even though they haven't had him long it already seems like he's always been there and they couldn't imagine not having him and Nuala together now.
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Blue brindle greyhound
Wispy in our paddock
6th May 2011

Blue Brindle Greyhound
... and again....

Blue Brindle Greyhound
... and in the garden.

Blue Brindle Greyhound
Wispy in his new home
11th May 2011

Blue Brindle Greyhound
... and again....

Blue brindle greyhound asleep
... and this time, well,
just relaxing!
11th May 2011

Eddie & Nuala - greyhounds on beach
With Nuala on the beach
4th July 2011

Eddie & Nuala - greyhounds on beach
and again
4th July 2011

Eddie & Nuala - greyhounds on beach
With Nuala on the beach
4th July 2011

Eddie - brindle greyhound
4th July 2011

Eddie - brindle greyhound
4th July 2011

Eddie - brindle greyhound
4th July 2011

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