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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Blue arrived on the 2nd September 2013
Went to his new home on Friday 27th September 2013
Sadly Blue was returned on Thursday 3rd October 2013 after attacking a chicken and a
member of the family then became concerned for the Jack Russell in case he did the same to her.
Went to his new home on Friday 15th November 2013.

Blue's arrival and a brief history
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Blue Greyhound
Blue is a handsome blue ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 20th September 2009.
Weighing 29k Blue is house trained, neutered, inoculated and microchipped. He is a lovely friendly lad, who is okay with other breed of dogs, but care is needed at the moment to stop him becoming over boisterous around the smaller ones.
His excitement at seeing you, or going for a walk is such that when he greets you he wants to put his feet on your shoulders, but we are teaching him this is not the correct way to greet people.
He walks nicely on the lead, and just wants to be loved all the time.
His previous owner/trainer says he is a big baby, and his small grand daughter used to go in the kennel and give him biscuits, loves cuddles.

Blue's Diary
* The branch kennel at the bottom of our garden is where Blue and the other resident(s) will be for the first day or so until he gets to know the other greyhounds. He has use of our garden and paddock, and once he gets to know the other dogs he will be allowed in the house during the day and all the dogs will then take it in turn to sleep in the house at night, so they become use to sleeping in both the kennel and the house.

2nd September 2013
This evening Blue's current owner/trainer brought him here for us to foster and find him his forever home.
After he left we fed Blue and the others in the kennel and put him in one of the sections where he could see the others, but not mingle. This gives them chance to get to know each other and I can watch them on my computer in the kitchen to see how they react to each other.
12th September 2013
This morning Blue went to the vet to be neutered and have his first inoculation because he came with no inoculation card. He weighed in at 28.2k. All went fine and Stuart collected him in the afternoon. As Darkie arrived today, and he was in the kennel, we decided to bring Blue in the house. To give him peace to recover from the anaesthetic and so he could get used to the others without them all pestering each other we put him in the crate in the living room. He whimpered a few times at first, but having been told to 'be quiet' he lay quietly and watched everything that was going on.
He ate his tea - he was famished! Did all his toilet in the garden and pottered around after our Indi before coming back inside. At first I put the gate across the end of the kitchen to see if he would settle on the dog bed in the kitchen, but he didn',t so we put him back in the crate where he happily settled for the evening.
27th September 2013
This afternoon Dee Dee's new owners called to collect her and while she was saying hello to them Blue came up and wanted a fuss also. There had been talk while they were waiting to collect Dee Dee that they should have Blue also, and this they did.
Both dogs know each other and so off they went together to their new home where we hope they will have a long and happy life together with their new family. Before getting in the car, however, and going home they both walked up to the pub along the road with their new owners for their new owners to get something to eat. Both must have behaved themselves as neither came back here, but got in their car and off they went.
The house seemed so empty tonight and I was somewhat at a loss because we were not expecting Blue going to his new home, so I hadn't prepared myself for his leaving.
29th September 2013
We heard today that Blue has changed personality, he now thinks he's a puppy and is into everything and anything causing havoc wherever he goes. They don't think there is a bin, cupboard, drawer or room he hasn't investigated. They have a bit of an issue with him and their little Jack Russell called jazz in that they need to keep a muzzle Blue because he seems to play too boisterous with her and may even think she fair game !!!! At the moment they are not sure which!
They say he's been better today though with Jazz, but ran around the yard with a chicken in his mouth. They have tough chickens there thank goodness, but they can really do without the unecessary excitement!
1st October 2013
Blue's new owners say he is probably best described as a terrorist, what a character, each day is giving them a new challenge, but they are thrilled at having him.
2nd October 2013
Blue has been getting on fine with the working Spaniels next door and because of the layout of buildings goes to say hello to them in their kennel.
This afternoon a visitor arrived at the stables and thinking all the chickens were in their coop opened the gate to allow their labradors in. Blue and Dee Dee went to say hello to them when Blue spotted one of the chickens wasn't in the coop and went for it. Sadly what followed meant the chicken had to be destroyed, but it left an uncertainty with one of the members of the family that he could be trusted with the Jack Russell. Sadly, in our experience, once this happens the dog will be returned because no matter what the dog does it will be wrong, and the anxiety in the person is picked up by the dog, making matters worse. It was a very hard decision by the couple adopting Blue, but in order to keep the peace in the household it was thought the best thing to do.
3rd October 2013
Blue was returned this morning following the incident with the chicken yesterday, which is such a shame because it was a lovely home and Dee Dee who will be staying there will miss him.
6th October 2013
This afternoon Blue went off with Wendy who, with her family, will foster Blue until we can find him is forever home. When he saw the collar and lead he jumped up towards my chest in excitement, but a squeeze of his legs, a squeal from him and the word 'off' made him put his feet back on the ground. Once quiet we stroked him. This is the proceedure we've been adopting and it's working - unless he gets so excited and forgets!
We heard from Wendy during the evening that Blue was doing okay. He settled on his bed for the night now, but my goodness when her son started to play his drums this afternoon Blue went mad!! He tried to jump through the closed window and was very anxious for quite a while with pacing and panting - he's obviously not a dan of rock music, and they might have to try classical instead!
They all had a lovely walk this evening and a relaxed meal. There has been no accidents, and Wendy is sure he'll settle in nicely.
7th October 2013
We heard from Wendy this morning letting us know that Blue is doing great, and there wasn't a peep out of him during the night.
13th October 2013
Since Bob went to his forever home yesterday Blue has been a little unsettled, especially as Wendy had a number of people staying or visiting them today and some staying a couple of days or so.
14th October 2013
Blue found today quite stressfull what with everything going on as did Wendy who came home to find a couple of accidents and a little bit of mischief, so Wendy collected a crate to give herself time for a bath without anything else happening.
15th October 2013
Having emailed me we had a chat about how to help Blue when something new happens and he becomes anxious. The crate was designed and set-up as a 'bolt hole' when he felt he needed it and for when Wendy goes out and leaves him a short time. Over the day Blue slowly became used to the crate and was seen to wander in and settle down on his own. A good sign!
19th October 2013
Since the anxiety issues of last Monday Blue has become much much more settled during the day and is using the crate more when he feels he needs it.
20th October 2013
This afternoon Buster went of with Wendy who will be fostering him until he finds his forever home. Later this evening we received a text saying Buster & Blue are getting on well. They've both had a good walk, supper and are asleep in front of the stove.
24th October 2013
Due to family circumstances Wendy brought both Buster and Blue back here this morning and Buster quickly settled back down to life in the kennel again with the others.
15th November 2013
This afternoon Blue's new owners called in, completed all the adoption paperwork and took Blue home with them. He remembered them from their previous visit, jumped up to greet them, had his legs squeezed, given a squirt of water and told 'off'. Once he realised he would only be cuddled if he was quiet he was just super. It was that first initial greeting and the excitement of seeing them made him forget his 'manners'!
When it was time to go he happily jumped in the back of their car, caught site of a packet of cakes, which were promptly moved and off he went to his new home where we hope he has a long and happy life.
23rd November 2013
We heard today that fortunately Blue's new owners found Norman's, their previous greyhound's old harness Monday evening. Blue's pulling reduced dramaitically as a result of wearing it!
They say he doesn't appear to be "with them" on the walk and looks to be in hunting mode, looking down every drive (100's) and over every garden wall he passes. This is more than likely nerves at being with new people in a strange environment and should pass over time. They are mighty relieved that his pulling is now controlable because their walks were becoming very hard work and not very enjoyable.
His owner tends to agree that he has a good appetite for his size. They have increased the amount he eats, but are aware that they don't want any accidents in the house. He has had one, which was not Blue's fault because they didn't pick-up his request to go outside.
They agree that things will settle down over the next few weeks. His excitement and over enthusiasm needs to, and they are also working on the 2 humans looking after him at being consistant with how they deal with him. Both the good and the not so good Blue!
25th November 2013
We heard today that Blue is now more settled. If he can he will take-over the settee for himself. He's more relaxed, seems happier and now recognises some of the family routines.
They have fixed a gate on the kitchen door which has really helped and they are considering using a crate. Last night he chose to go down stairs at approx 1.00am and stayed there until morning. He continues to be over excited when he knows its walk time.
On Friday his new owners let Blue off the lead with two of the local friendly dogs on the field opposite their house with the owners permission. It went really well, no aggression, just daft running around between the three of them. One of the dogs (Otis) is a fantastic English Bull Terrier which loved running and sniffing with Blue.
Blue really keeps you on your toes but his true nature is beginning to show.
Blue is also starting to show some guard dog skills, giving the milkman at 5.00am a quick bark and grow, l and occasionally growling at anybody that passes by the house in a noisy manner. This sounds good, but they suppose they will need to keep an eye it so it doesn't go too far.

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The branch kennel
* The branch kennel

Blue Greyhound
With his owner and trainer
5th July 2013

Blue Greyhound
. . . and again.

Blue Greyhound
Watching the pigs with Bob
August 2013

Blue Greyhound
29th September 2013

Blue Greyhound
. Having a rest
2nd October 2013

Blue Greyhound
3rd October 2013

Blue Greyhound
In our garden
4th October 2013

Blue Greyhound
and again.

Blue Greyhound
and again.

Blue Greyhound
and again.

Blue Greyhound
Taking a nap
9th October 2013

Blue Greyhound
9th October 2013

Greyhounds playing
Blue, Coco and Bob playing
13th October 2013

(If you have any information about any of them please let us know so we can update their pages
DURING 2011 - Kane, Kanga, Adelle, Benny
DURING 2010 - Freddie, Monty
DURING 2008 - Izzy
DURING 2007 - Joe, Paddy
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