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
¦ 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

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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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Abel arrived on Wednesday 20th June 2012
Went to his new home on Tuesday 11th September 2012
Sadly, due to a change in his family's circumstances he was returned
to us on Thursday 30th March 2017.
Went to his new home on Thursday 13th April 2017
Sadly Abel was returned to us again on Wednesday 19th April 2017
when he came out of his collar while on a walk and caught a cat.
Went to his forever home on Sunday 16th July 2017

Abel's arrival and a brief history
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white greyhound
Abel is a stunning white ex-racing greyhound who has a little fawn markings on his face. He was born on the 3rd October 2008, weighs about 32k, and was fostered with Pauline and her family until he found his forever home.
Abel gets on well with children and other breeds of dogs, walks nicely on the lead and travels well in the car. He has a super nature, loves playing with his toys, adores being with children and is fine with other breeds of dogs, but gets a little upset with thunder, fireworks and some loud noises.

Abel's Diary
20th June 2012
I met Abel's owner half way to collect him this morning and bring him home. His previous owner mentioned Abel was a very randy chap and couldn't be kennelled with another female because all he wanted to do was to mount her. Having been warned about his prior to collecting him we arranged an appointment with the vet to have him neutered as soon as possible knowing he was being fostered with Pauline and Colin who also have a number of greyhounds and whippets themselves.
Abel happily jumped in the back of our car and soon settled for the journey home. Arriving home he was introduced to ours and a number of people in the garden who had either come to see, collect or re-home dogs. It was a busy time, but everyone had a good chat and got sorted with their dogs.
While Abel was in our garden we kept him on the lead and under control because of his reputation. True to form he tried to mount Rosie as she walked past him. Rosie was having none of it especially as she's only just been spayed so feeling a little sore still. Abel doesn't like the water spray so we suggested Pauline use it on him everytime he tries to mount one of their dogs and he will soon get the message that it's not a good idea. When it was time for them to leave he happily walked off with Colin and jumped in the back of the van, and on his way to his new foster home.
We received an email this evening from Pauline letting us know he's certainly living up to his name because the poor lad's tired out and WET THROUGH! Bless him, you can't blame him for trying, but we've seen his kind before and know exactly how to deal with them. He won't feel quite the same on Friday once he's been neutered and learns how to fit in with the rest of the pack!
21st June 2012
Pauline re-organised her house slightly last night so Abel was in a room on his own but didn't feel confined. This would prevent any issues arising during the night if he tried it on with one of the others. Because he was used to being on his own he settled nicely and once introduced to the pack again in the morning he was supervised and sprayed with water. By the middle of the afternoon the rest of the dogs had put him in his place and there was calm. That was until Louis and Maxie called in, then he was off again, so was put back on the lead and introduced to the water spray again until he calmed down.
22nd June 2012
This morning Abel went to the vet to be neutered and have his first inoculation. He arrived back in the afternoon feeling a little sorry for himself and slept it all off.
23rd June 2012
Last night Pauline gave Abel the free run of the house instead of confining him to one room away from the other dogs at night as they did before he was neutered to prevent his sexual urges getting the better of him during the night. She says it was heartwarming to see him laying in the middle of all the others in the living room. All were fast asleep and very content.
Pauline says Abel is such a darling, and let her clean his ears and eyes without a twitch. He won't take a treat from her hand, but we find this is often the case with dogs from kennels. After a while they soon get the hang of it especially if there are others to watch and follow their example. As a result she put his treat in his dish and he enjoyed it. He's got a good appetite, and doesn't seem to want to steal food, or anyway not at the moment. Abel loves a Dentastix and Pauline is going to start him on some rawhide chews to help polish his teeth up a bit. but doesn't pinch. Pauline is going to get a few rawhide chews for him as his teeth are not the best nor the worse she's seen, he loves denastix so thats a start. She doesn't think it will be long before he finds a new home because she says he's an angel.
29th June 2012
Pauline sent an email this evening letting us know the wound where he was neutered is healing well, and Abel is a really lovely natured boy and will make someone a very loyal companion.
6th July 2012
Received a scary email from Pauline this afternoon - someone calling to collect something had left the garden gate open and while everyone was talking Abel thought he would go for a wander despite the torrential rain storm. Colin was out walking the other dogs, perhaps he went looking for them. When Pauline spotted the open gate she went in the road to ask if anyone had seen a white greyhound. She was told there was one up by the school so off went Pauline after him in the rain. When she got there she found the road split into three and there was no sign of Abel. She started calling his name again and the little 'monkey' popped his head around a parked car and gave her the 'what's all the fuss about' look. As she went over to him with lead in hand, he turned and walked away towards the busy road. Pauline screamed and waved her arms in the air to frighten him into a garden where she could shut the gate behind her and put him safety on the lead. With the pouring rain they were both soaked through and while she was dripping wet and drying Abel off in the kitchen Colin strolled in with the others and said "why didn't you wait till it stopped raining before you took him out" quite oblivious to what had just happened!
13th July 2012
Received a phone call from Pauline late this evening saying Abel has gone missing. An unannounced firework display at a nearby Academy went off with a bang, while she was going into the garage for something. Abel was with her and the bang scared him and he clambered over the fence, and was away. People were out looking for him.
14th July 2012
Just about everyone we know were out looking for Abel today. I reported him lost to PetLog, and produced posters on DogLost for people to print and put up in the area. I also produced an A4 sheet of slips with Abel's details on and our contact details. This I emailed to Pauline who forwarded it to others and they were printed off, cut to size and used to hand out to everyone they saw while out looking for him.
Posters and slips were being handed out to everyone searching for Abel to put up in places or hand out to people where ever they could.
By this evening there was still no news and everyone was beginning to get very worried.
15th July 2012
After a long days search by everyone by tea time Abel was still missing and we were all becoming very worried. Stuart and I had just left Pauline's house after reviewing the search and deciding plans for tomorrow when we received an ecstatic phone call from Pauline to say Abel had been found and he was okay.
16th July 2012
This morning Pauline took Abel to the vets for a check-up following his escapade and to have the couple of wounds seen to. These we believe were caused when he jumped Pauline's fence to get away from the noise.
4th August 2012
Heard from Pauline there was a thunder storm this morning so Abel, who is a bit skittish with thunder, fireworks and similar noises on the television was well and truely locked in the house and radio put on quite loud to try and hide the noises.
27th August 2012
Heard from Pauline that Abel  likes nothing better than following all the other dogs around the house and sneaks in between them for a cuddle to sleep at night. She says its really lovely to watch him.
8th September 2012
This afternoon Abel's potential new owner took him and their whippet for a walk to see how they got on with each other. They were fine and they sent us a photograph - little and large together!
11th September 2012
Abel went to his forever home today, living with a family with children and a whippet called Star. Pauline who was fostering him could never quite work out why he hadn't been re-homed earlier, but then it was fate. The family who have adopted him wanted him from the day he arrived, but felt their house wasn't big enough, but often used to see him in Pauline's garden and would stop and stroke him. They now have chance of a larger house and the moment it was confirmed they phoned Pauline asking if they could adopt him. The reason no one else adopted him was because he was waiting for them!
We wish Abel and his new family a long and happy life together.
29th October 2012
A lovely picture of Abel putting on his 'sad' look while waiting to be taken for his walk arrived today. What a lovely picture of him.
15th November 2012
Not sure if they are allowed on their owner's bed, but we received a photograph today showing Abel and Star sleeping in the lap of luxury - 2 very happy and content dogs!
24th November 2012
We received a photo today of Abel enjoying a bit of quality time with his owner - think he's enjoying it!
24th April 2014
We heard today that Abel love to lift all four feet off the floor at "Walkies" time but he is super waggy. In fact so waggy he split his tail wagging it against the wall. But because it never hurt him and he didn't know he'd done it he kept wagging and his owner's hall way looked like a scene from Texas Chainsaw Massacca. He's all healed now though.
23rd March 2017
We received a phone call today asking if we could take Abel back. Changes in his family circumstances and work patterns meant he was being left alone too long and it was deemed in his best interest for him to come back to us.
29th March 2017
Arrangements were made today for Emily, who is one of the branch's volunteers who lived near where Abel was to do all the necessary 'return' paperwork and collect him about 9am tomorrow morning.
30th March 2017
This morning Emily, one of our branch volunteers called on Abel's owner, completed the Transfer of Ownership proceedures and took Abel home with her until he could come here tomorrow.
He was a little unsettled at first and made tiny whimpering noises, probably wondering what was happening to him, bless him. Having been given something to eat and a nice bed to lay on he became more settled and as the day wore on he settled more and ventured from his bed on the floor to the chair Emily had covered with a blanket for him.
12th April 2017
This morning Abel went to the vets for a check up. All was well apart from he needs a dental and he weighed in at 28.4 kg.
13th April 2017

19th April 2017

25th April 2017
This morning Abel went to the vets for his 2nd inoculation now bringing him up to date. He weighed in at 29 kg so he's put on weight, which is super.
4th May 2017
All the dogs were in our living room as is normal when we serve the bed and breakfast guests their breakfast. The guests had just left and we were clearing away when we heard an 'incident' coming from the living room. By the time we got there it had stopped. It was only later we noticed a nip on Abel's side. From it's location we knew he'd been nipped trying to mount Bonnie. Abel needed veterinary treatment involving about 6 stitches. Oh dear I hope he learns to leave her alone! He should know better because he was neutered in 2012!
16th July 2017

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white and fawn greyhound
Relaxing after a trip to the vet
22nd June 2012

white and fawn greyhound
28th June 2012

white and fawn greyhound
29th June 2012

Brindle greyhound
With Jenny
5th July 2012

Brindle greyhound
A helping hand from the van for
a hungry and frightened Abel now
found after going missing two days
earlier following a firework scare.
15th July 2012

Brindle greyhound
A big cuddle to welcome Abel
safely back in his foster home
15th July 2012

white and fawn greyhound
Abel with his new companion
Star out walking
8th September 2012

white and fawn greyhound
"It must be walkies soon
Hurry up and take me out"
29th October 2012

white and fawn greyhound
15th November 2012

white and fawn greyhound
Quality time!
24th November 2012

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