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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Charlie arrived on Monday 18th June 2012
Went to his new home on Wednesday 26th September 2012

Charlie's arrival and a brief history
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Black greyhound
Charlie is a lovely black ex-racing greyhound who although raced has lived in a house. He was born on the 14th July 2006 and is quite a character! He is neutered, inoculated and microchipped. Charlie is rather nervous of people until he gets to know you, loves sleeping in the garden all day, and from what we've been told when out walking he will shy away from other dogs of all breeds and even cats! He doesn't want to go anywhere near them.
Charlie walks nicely on the lead and travels well in the car.

Charlie's Diary
18th June 2012
Charlie arrived with Alice this lunchtime and the two of them are like 'chalk and cheese'. Whereas Alice was all tail wags and full of life Charlie stood and watched what was going on, being quite shy and reserved. Perhaps a little overpowered with all our greyhounds wanting to have a sniff and say hello to him
20th June 2012
One of the dogs wanted out last night around 4am so all those who wanted went as well including Charlie. All the others came in when they'd finished, but Charlie wouldn't cross the threshold and backed away as I went towards him. Standing just outside the door I went down to his level and called with a high happy voice and he came to me for a cuddle. Cuddle over we both went inside and back to bed.
Stuart got up first when the alarm went off and let them all out again, but this time there was no way Charlie was coming in and lay on the lawn in the sunshine.
In the garden is where he stayed all day. He had his breakfast and dinner in the garden, because he wouldn't come in and I find this is the best place to feed him at the momen. He's fed before I finish preparing the others food because he is such a slow eater and if one of the others approach his dish before he finishes he backs away to let them, and won't go back to it even if I stop the other dog and give him his food again.
This evening around 8pm it began to get a little cooler and as I sat at my computer in the kitchen I noticed him walk in and past me to the living room, which is a first. When it came to giving them all a Dentastix a bit later on we expected to find him back in the garden, but no, he was in one of the dog beds fast asleep in the living room.
A little later he walked in the garden then came straight back in the house again.
Watching him closely this evening I think over the past couple of days he's been a little wary of Joey who came from the same place as Charlie, but arrived a week earlier. Joey, perhaps wanted to assert a little dominance over him, however, was neutered today and this evening is a little out or sorts so we think Charlie took this as his opportunity to take the plunge and come inside on his own. It may have been this along with being wary of ourselves.
A little later in the evening we found him, to our surprise curled up on the settee, and when Stuart sat next to him he enjoyed the strokes and cuddles on offer.
27th June 2012
This morning Charlie went to the vet to be neutered and have his first inoculation. All went well and we collected him later in the afternoon. He settled in the car coming home and we brought him in the house to rest for the night, but he wasn't happy and wanted to go to his bed in the kennel, so that is where we took him and he slept things off.
18th July 2012
This morning we took Charlie to the vet for his second inoculation.

25th September 2012
Last night Charlie didn't eat all his tea, which is most unlike him and thinking back he was more subdued than normal. This morning when he came to lay in one of the dog beds in our bedroom while I was getting dressed I noticed his neck swollen and his lips swollen and drooping. Upon examination his neck felt as if it had a large satsuma in it. As a result, we took him to the vet this morning where he weighed in at 29.4k. The vet like us, thought it was either a sting or an infected saliva gland, but it was difficult to say which. He was given an antibiotic injection followed by an antihistamin injection and another appointment made to see him tomorrow.
Back home he only ate about a third of his breakfast despite me soaking it.
26th September 2012
Charlie's face looked a lot better this morning. The hard swelling under his neck was smaller and not so big and flabby as yesterday. His swollen lips were going down and he seemed a little happier.
When he saw the vet at 9.00am she was pleased with his progress, but took a fluid sample from the swelling for testing and put him on antibiotics.
Charlie's new owners were rather sad at the news last night and when they heard his progress decided to continue the day as planned, and come and collect him.
When they arrived Charlie came to see them along with all the other dogs, but we forgot to shut the conservatory door so he did a disappearing act in the garden. It took Stuart and I to round him up, and seeing he had lost the game came in doors with me. A little shy to begin with he soon came round and began to relax. All the paperwork completed we walked with Charlie and his new owners to the car, where he happily jumped in and lay down. He watched us as he was driven off to his new home and a pang of sadness hit us because Charlie had been with us a while and was quite a loveably character. Having said that, we know he will be well looked after and loved in his new home, so we wish Charlie and his new family a long and happy life together.
We received an email this evening from Charlie's new owners along with a photograph of him saying '40 minutes in, and on the settee'.
27th September 2012
The vet phoned this evening to let us know the test on the fluid taken from the swelling on Charlie's face yesterday has arrived back.  There is nothing wrong with his saliva gland and there are no malignant cells.  It picked up a Lymph node infection, which the antibiotics will clear.  The infection could have been caused by a sting or it could have happened during the melee between Marshal and Mal.   The mark on the side of his face could have been caused by one of the dogs or he may have got knocked into something where it was happening as it was at the bottom of the garden amongst the trees.
After we emailed this information to Charlie's new owners they emailed back saying they were taking him to meet their vet in the morning so they will pass the information on.
They say he has settled in well, is eating, but only small amounts and hasn't drunk anything since he arrived despite their attempts to persuade him. He is so easily spooked, especially by the slightest noise. Bless him, we did say he might go back a step or two until he gets to know them, and he is doing what he did when he first came here to foster. Despite his nervousness, which will disappear as it did with us, his new owner's say he is going to be fine once he completely settles, and they love him to bits.
28th September 2012
Heard today that Charlie's new vet is really happy with him, no problems other than the diminishing infection.
His new owners were wondering about the scarring on his flank, but they don't think they will ever find out what happened to him in that regard.
The vet thinks Charlie 'is a complex lad' but is sure he will be fine once he has settled in, and his new owners agree.
The vet wasn't overly concerned about his lack of drinking as he wasn't dehydrated, which is good, especially as he drank a bowl of water as soon as they got back!
His new owners say he is going to be fine, and they will keep us updated as to how he is getting on.
7th October 2012
We received an email letting us know the family have just come back from a safari where Charlie tracked wildebeest and gazelle disguised as Schmakos.
He spends his non-stalking time between his control panel armchair and the two sofas.
He gets more relaxed every day and they regularly get tail wagging on a big scale.
Charlie eats and drinks well and his night time routine is excellent.
He is great when he is left, and settles well.
Still very wary outside his comfort zone, but he goes into the garden for a pee unaccompanied, and likes his walks and enjoys sniffing out new places.
They say he is fabulous, and he knows it.
23rd December 2013
We heard today that Charlie is doing sooo well!! He loves playing with his toys too!!!!
13th May 2014
We heard today that Charlie is doing really well. His owners say, actually he is doing rather brilliantly, but then they say they may be slightly biased!
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Black Greyhound
In our garden
20th June 2012

Black Greyhound
. . and again.

Black Greyhound
In our garden
29th June 2012

Black Greyhound
Play time
30th June 2012

Black Greyhound
, . . and again. . .

Black Greyhound
. . . and again.

Black Greyhound
In our garden
5th July 2012

Black Greyhound
. . . and again.

Black Greyhound
Charlie supervising the work
on the new kennel
18th August 2012

Black Greyhound
Charlie trying out the new dog
kennel which will be used for
emergency dogs coming into
the branch or for any that need
to be on their own for any reason.
22nd August 2012

Black Greyhound
Charlie, '40 minutes in his
new home, and on the settee!'
26th September 2012

Black Greyhound
7th October 2012

Black Greyhound
22nd December 2013

Black Greyhound
22nd December 2013

Black Greyhounds
and with Meg
23rd August 2012

Black Greyhound
28th September 2012

Black Greyhound
2nd October 2012

Black Greyhound
14th December 2012

Black Greyhound
15th April 2014

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