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
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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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Below is one of the 82 dogs we fostered for Dumfriesshire & Cumbria
Greyhound Rescue between July 2004 and the 5th December 2009.
On the 9th December 2009 we became the SOUTH LAKES branch
of the Retired Greyhound Trust for whom we are now foster


Arrived with us on Thursday 19th August 2004
Went to his new home on Thursday 7th October 2004

Jack's arrival and a brief history

Jack the day after he arrived
Jack in the garden on the
20th August 2004


33 kg

Jack, who weighs 70lbs (33 kilos) is a black and white greyhound born in Ireland on the 4th November 2000, which makes him just over 3 yrs 9 months old at the time of his arrival. He is quiet, friendly and laid back, good with other dogs (large and small), maybe cat friendly and has been amongst children. His inoculations are up to date, has been chipped and is neutered.
Jack is the name we gave him as he didn't really have a name as such.His previous owner said he called him Basil, which was part of his racing name but when we tested him he didn't seem
to respond to it so we changed his name to Jack, after his father. We have discovered Jack and Indi have the same Great Grandfather - 'I'm Slippy' who was born on the 1st May 1981.

Went to his new home on Thursday 7th October 2004

Jack's Diary
20th August 2004
When we got Jack home last night we did his initial toileting tour, tour of the house and fed him, which he wolfed down in about three seconds. We then took him for a walk and when we got back we bathed him, after which, he looked much better. He was very excited in the house to begin with, wanting to look everywhere and wasn't interested in sitting down. We thought he was going to wear us out so we put him on the lead for an hour or so, which settled him on the kitchen floor next to Indi whilst we were preparing tea. He later settled in the living room on the rug and looked as if he'd been doing it for years. Stairs are no problem for him as he just took them in his stride but it took us a while to settle him in his bed. It was as if he was on elastic because as soon as he settled and we moved away he was up and following. He got the message in the end and slept soundly till 7am, which was a good start.
22nd August 2004
Went for a walk along Sandside Salt marshes this afternoon where there were a lot of sheep grazing. Jack walked on his lead nicely and showed no interest in them. We then went for something to eat in a pub where he was very interested in the arrival of our food but when told, he sat in the garden quietly by the side of our table whilst we ate.
24th August 2004
We've had Jack just 5 days and he's settled in beautifully. He's beginning to recognise his name. His coat is more shiny and he's 'filled out' because of the extra food we've been giving him. After one accident during the night, which is probably due to a change of diet he now appears to be house trained. He travels well in the car. Doesn't mind being handled. Seems very relaxed in the house, Been in the pub a couple of times where he enjoyed the attention but was a little reluctant to sit down with all the people around him and at times had a little whimper, which we think is insecurity and will hopefully disappear once he gets used to visiting different places. The first two evenings he needed showing to his bed each night but since then after he's been in the garden for the last time he just goes straight to his bed and settles for the night. He comes in to see us each morning with Indi and brings a lovely greeting. We haven't yet left him on his own with the other two dogs but when one of us leaves the house he give us a wonderful welcome on our return, which includes huge tail wags and grins - yes he's a 'smiler' which looks as if he's growling at you without any noise and its funny to see. Penny used to do it when she first arrived. He now sits and waits for his food with the other two and after eating his he no longer tries to get the other's (although I think he would if he thought we weren't watching him). His pace of eating has slowed down a bit (I have never seen a dog eat it's food like he did that first night) and will probably slow down further once he realises it's his and no one else will eat it. He walks well on a lead, has started to play, will wander freely round the garden, run in the field with the others, enjoys his daily walks and likewise his dried pigs ear he gets each afternoon, which again he chews a bit too fast - but then that's Jack's - at the moment!
28th August 2004
Jack is slowly adjusting to his new diet and last night actually woke us up asking to go out, which were were really pleased about. He really wants to please so if he's reprimanded for anything he looks very sorry for himself then comes back later for a cuddle. His reprimands, which are few, are usually food associated because if he sees anything edible lying around he seems to think he has to eat it. He doesn't try to get food off the table when you are dining but a piece of cheese lying on the bread board, an unattended piece of toast on a plate or an open bag of maltesers are just too tempting for him at the moment. Having said that, he probably lived previously by the rule of 'the quick and the hungry' and this will disappear in time.
We introduced him to a small dog and three cats this evening - at first he just wanted to play with the dog, then just sniffed him and all was okay. Jack stood within a couple of yards of a cat on the ground, which he looked at but never pulled on the lead. The cat jumped up onto a low wall and joined the other two making them all on eye level with him. Again, he just looked, never pulled on the lead and after a while just ignored them - a good sign!
29th August 2004
Jack loves meeting new people as he is a very friendly dog. He can be very energetic and boisterous at the beginning but once made a fuss of soon settles down. He also sometimes smiles, which can look frightening to someone who doesn't know him because he looks as if he's growling but with no noise. This is not an aggressive gesture but submissive, which is the opposite. He still whimpers a little if he's in an environment he's not sure of, which we feel is still insecurity and a phase that will pass. He's been playing with us today in the garden - running and jumping around with the others. He's also been playing with his knotted rope, which he runs for when we throw it and he brings it back to have a tug of war game with you. At first he used to grab the rope and we hoped our fingers would remain intact but I think he knows our hands are not for biting as I'm sure he re-adjusts his hold if our hands are near his teeth. He loves pulling the rope with you pulling the other end. As Jack is still learning his name and other commands along with settling into our routine we sometimes struggle to get him off the settee or out of his bed to go out last thing at night. When we shake the door keys the other two know its time to go out but Jack hasn't worked this one out yet so he just looks up at you but doesn't move. However, we've found that shaking his leather collar with its metal tags on brings him running (he wears a soft collar in the house) as he thinks its time for a walk, but when he sees the other two he just follows them into the garden and does what has to be done. We left him in the house on his own today with the others for a short while and got a lovely welcome upon our return.
30th August 2004
We all went to Keswick Show today and either walked around the show ground or stayed by the Dumfries Greyhound Rescue stall where people of all ages stroked and admired him. He wore his special 'I need a home' coat and two or three families were keen to have him but they either lived too far away or would need to have a 'home check' carried out first. He wasn't sure of his surroundings at first because each time the bell went for the next horse to enter
the ring he looked up startled - We think he may have thought he was at a race meeting and the bell for the horses could have been similar to those used at races. Anyway,
Jack enjoying the sunshine
In the garden enjoying the sunshine
on the 20th August 2004

31st August 2004
An afternoon walk in the 'Reserve'
on the 31st August 2004

Enjoying a walk on the 31st August 2004
. . . and again . .

Enjoying an afternoon walk
. . . and again . .

Long Legged Beauties
'Just Greyhounds'
2007 Calendar
Jack, Indi and Bobby
This picture of Jack, Indi and Bobby was taken on the 31st August 2004 and is one of the supporting shots in the calendar.
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A happy Jack enjoying his walk
A happy Jack
enjoying his walk

Jack having a good run
Enjoying a run in the local field
21st October 2004

after a while he settled down and just ignored it. Many children stroked him and a lot of very small dogs walked past him. A miniature poodle walked right underneath him at one point and all he did was to look and wonder what on earth it was! He was very good. It was a long day for the three of them and they all crashed out to their beds the moment they got home.
1st September 2004
Jack really enjoys sitting in the garden in the sunshine but tends not to stay too long if we aren't there - he has to come back in to make sure we are still around, which is something that will disappear in time. We've had him off the lead yesterday and today whilst walking around the local 'nature reserve'. It's an area which is totally enclosed so is a fairly safe place to test him off the lead where he is likely to meet other people and dogs. He loved walking along with the Bobby and Indi and enjoyed his freedom off the lead. He was good, never wandering off too far so we were really pleased with his early efforts.
3rd September 2004
We did another cat test on Jack this evening - this time with a particular cat in its own home as a family with a cat were interested in him. Both the cat and Jack kept their distance. It was the second time Jack had visited the cat and we had hopes he would be better this second time, however, after an hour it was decided they may get on but it would need time and a deal of patience as they didn't bond together immediately as everyone had hoped.
5th September 2004

We went for a drive this afternoon and visited a couple who had seen Jack on the web site and were interested in meeting him. When we arrived home he decided to have a mad play in the garden with Indi, had his tea and went for a long walk.
7th September 2004
Today we took Jack to his new home with a retired couple who live in a village on the Cumbrian / Yorkshire border.
23rd September 2004
We received a call today asking us to collect Jack from his new owners who had had Jack just 2 weeks. It was through no fault of Jack's and his owners were very upset at having to part with him (they are quite happy to talk with anyone wishing to re home Jack and tell them how lovely he was) but they were having neighbour problems and at their age felt they couldn't cope. One neighbour who didn't want people or dogs walking down the public lane on the edge of his land started allowing his own rather large dog to roam his land, which adjoins the lane. Its aggressive behaviour and attempts to get over the fence frightened Jack to the point he didn't want to go down the lane. In addition to this, another neighbour had a 'thing' about greyhounds and objected to Jack's presence for simply being a greyhound. This is a shame because Jack is such a lovely dog who walks well on a lead and is very friendly and eager to please. His owners said the neighbours never gave Jack nor them a chance and they will greatly miss him, especially the lovely welcome he gave them each morning.
25th September 2004
Jack has quickly settled back into our routine again and helping Kelly in that he's showing her he doesn't need a lead on in the garden and behaves well during his walks. At first he came in to see us very early each morning but has not forgotten the phrase 'go back to bed' because he just turns around and goes back to his bed taking Kelly with him as she wanders in as well. They then stay there until the alarm goes off then we receive a very excited and lovely welcome - usually from them all except Bobby who doesn't see what all the fuss is about. We bought Kelly a couple of squeaky toys to play with and Jack has taken a fancy to one of them, which he carries around with him and goes to bed with.
6th October 2004
Since Jack has been back with us he has really become part of the family - he is very laid back, now greets me in the morning by resting his head on the bed by the side of me whilst I stroke him, is quite happy about being left with the others in the house on their own (but watches us as we leave from the french windows in the living room), loves his walks, visiting family and meeting new people.
7th October 2004
This morning Stuart took Jack to his new home in Carlisle where he will be joining a couple and their two young children - we wish him well and we will miss him very much.
21st October 2004
Here is a photograph received from Jack's new owner showing him letting off steam in a local field (or rather 6 views of him running).
We are so glad to hear Jack is settling in well and apparently getting a bit cheeky. He enjoys doing 'the school run' and has started collecting things including socks, cushions, wrappers etc. so the house is nice and tidy now.
January 2005
Received an email thanking us for Jack's Christmas present of a soft squeaky bone, which he enjoyed so much he chewed it to pieces by lunchtime!

Sadly, since the last entry we have lost contact with Jack (Basils Abby) and his owners. If anyone knows anything about Jack please let us know so we may update his page.

(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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