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.
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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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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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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 Wednesday 12th January 2005
Went to his new home on Sunday 27th February 2005

Jake's arrival and a brief history
Jake on the 13th January 2005
Jake on the day after his arrival
Jake is a black and white neutered Greyhound who is was born on the 10th September 2002 making him 2 years 4 months old. His inoculations are up to date and he is micro chipped. He weighs about 68lbs and is a very friendly, happy dog who walks well on the lead. He seems fit and well but has a healed scar on his back from an old injury.

When we collected Jake we wanted to take him for a walk with our two so they could get to know each other before the long drive home. Jake was having none of it - as soon as the car door opened he jumped in the back and refused to get out.
Jake's Diary
13th January 2005
Jake settled quite well when we arrived home last night but was very nervous and had a good tour of the house to check out his new environment. We had only been home a few minutes when friends arrived and after something to eat we walked up to the pub. Jake was very nervous and didn't settle so we went home. He ran up the stairs, which surprised us but refused to come down so I went in front to lead him and Stuart stood behind and pushed him to get him started. He took a while to settle into his bed next to the others for the night but once settled he slept through only waking once to be let out, which was very good. This morning he needed a push to get him started down the stairs but by lunch time, and after he'd seen Indi charge down a few times he realised there must be a knack and by the middle of the afternoon he was going up and down on his own.
He eats his food well and takes tit bits from our fingers very gently although at present, he thinks nothing to jumping up to work surfaces to see what is there. We started teaching him the word 'leave' using his pig's ear after his lunch time walk and he did it very well for the first time. He gets on very well with both Indi and Bobby and seems keen to follow their example. As the day progressed he became more and more settled and by the end of the evening he was relaxing on the sheepskin in the living room.
14th January 2005
Jake settled well last night and slept through till 7.30 am before wanting to go out. The house was very quiet today because Stuart went to the Racing Car Show at the NEC in Birmingham and I spent the day preparing for the open house party being held tomorrow to celebrate Stuart's 50th birthday. Despite Jake being so nervous last night he was very good all day and settled really well. He either lay in the living room or in front of the kitchen fire whilst I was busy and had no 'accidents' all day. After tea he cautiously climbed onto one of the settees and after a few minutes of looking rather worried he relaxed and settled for the evening.
15th January 2005
Jake had another good night last night and he didn't seem concerned about the hustle and bustle in the morning whilst the last minute preparations were underway for the open house party. Visitors started arriving at 1pm and were coming and going right through to 10.15 pm when we all, dogs included, departed to the pub up the road. At one point there were seven Greyhounds in the house and Jake was really good all day. He had a couple of accidents when the other dogs were in the house but these were probably 'marking his spot' because some of the other dogs hadn't been neutered. Whilst the other dogs were in the house we kept him on the lead so we could watch him but after they left we let him off and he just wandered around saying hello to everyone. He stole a chocolate biscuit off a plate at one stage, then we realised it was 6.15pm and his dinner time. After we fed them they all crashed out on the settees for the rest of the evening to the surprise of everyone present. People thought Jake was lovely and astonished at how well he behaved to say just a couple of days ago he was in kennels. I must admit I was a little concerned at having such a large gathering with a new dog but Jake was a star and took it all in his stride. He loved the attention and when we went to the pub at 10.15pm he just lay on the floor with the others and went to sleep.
16th January 2005
Its been a quiet day today whilst we were tidying up after yesterday and Jake has settled even more. He really wants to please and follows Bobby and Indi's example so he's picking things up really quickly. He will cower though if Stuart raises his voice to him so we are going to work on increasing his confidence when in his presence.
31st January 2005
Jake has settled in really well and is a pleasure to have. He sleeps well in the night and comes running into our bedroom every morning wagging his tail furiously and wanting attention - he is just so happy. If he comes in too early I just pretend I am asleep and when I don't respond he just wanders back to his bed and returns with Indi later.
We experienced one or two 'accidents' to begin with - on the evening of the 17th January we had some of Saturday's hot pot for tea and gave all the dogs some as well. Jake was up most of the night and soiled 5 times. Everyone else was fine so the only thing we can think of was that he just wasn't used to that type of food and, although it was only hotpot, it may have been a bit rich for him. Since then we have watched what we feed him, even tit bits to allow his stomach time to adjust to the family way of life. When I took Indi to the vet to be spayed and left him at home with Bobby and Stuart I found another couple of accidents when I got back, likewise when I left him again with Bobby and Stuart to take Indi back to the vet for a routine check up three days later he did another accident. Since then we've had nothing. He is a very sensitive dog and we think despite his outward appearance of taking everything in his stride, he was actually very frightened and insecure during those first few days. He's fine with me but really nervous around Stuart so when I left him with him his nerves got the better of him and the accidents were his way of showing it. In the past few days Stuart has put a lot into building up Jake's confidence around him and he's getting better every day. Additionally, I have been leaving him in the house with the others when I go to the Post Office, take rubbish to the bin or fetch coal in from the garden so as to help reduce his separation anxiety.
As we have quite a large garden we tend to keep our new dogs on the lead for the first few days until they get used to where they are. When we first let Jake off his lead he loved the freedom and ran round and round the trees in the garden. After a few days he escaped one morning running through a gap in the fence, which was damaged in the storms and something we hadn't noticed. He ran into next door's garden but as they don't have a gate on their drive we were frightened he would run onto the road. We ran round hoping to cut him off but there was no sign of him anywhere, Stuart went along the road and I walked back up through the neighbours garden looking for him - he was nowhere so I walked back through the gap into our garden with the intension of opening our drive gate to allow him back in if he wandered back. As I rounded the corner to my amazement and relief he was stood by the conservatory door waiting to be let in. We think he thought next door's garden was an extension to ours and having done what he wanted to do just wandered back home again. Needless to say he was back on lead exercise only until
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Jake discovering the garden
Discovering the garden for the first time

Jake in the garden

enjoying his new bed
Enjoying his new bed

and again ......

and again.

Jake on the 21st January 2005
Enjoying home comforts on
the 21st January 2005

Jake on the 22nd January 2005
22nd January 2005

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Holly Welstead with Jake
This picture of Jake was taken with
Holly Welstead at The Derby Arms Hotel
in Witherslack, Cumbria
and is the main
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we repaired the fence. Now he happily wanders round the garden, and in safety.
Yesterday was a lovely warm day for this time of year and all the dogs, including Jake spent most of the afternoon in the garden or laying in the sun whilst I did a bit of gardening.
Last night there was a birthday party at the pub up the road and there were fireworks. Jake wasn't too sure of these and although he didn't shake with fear like Penny used to he did become restless until we persuaded him to cuddle up on the settee with Bobby who couldn't care less about them. Jake soon settled with his head on Bobby's back and fell asleep again.
8th February 2005

Last Saturday (5th) we took Jake to his new home in Ulverston where he was going to live with a family and two small children.When we phoned the following day to see how he was we were pleased to hear he was settling and getting on fine with the children, the horse and the two visiting family dogs. However, this afternoon we received a call saying his new owner was struggling to take the pushchair and baby, her toddler and Jake out at the same time because Jake didn't walk next to the pushchair as her previous dog did. Although we suggested it was early days and offered advice we ended up driving over and collecting him. Indi and Bobby gave him a warm welcome home and this evening he's crashed out on the settee.
16th February 2005
We took Jake to live with his new owner at Rydal this morning where we hope he will have a long and happy life walking around the grounds and woods of the estate that is now his home.
22nd February 2005
Poor, poor Jake what bad luck, for this morning we brought him back because although he was settling in to his new routine and way of life and done nothing wrong, his new owner started having domestic issues with his ex-wife and children, one of whom was wary of dogs, but who said before Jake arrived things would be fine. Poor Jake drew the short straw, which he didn't deserve and is now back with us. He seemed quite 'put out' all day and the bald patch on his rear, which seems bigger than before was showing pink as it did when we first collected him from the kennels.
23rd February 2005
I can't tell you how pleased I was this morning when the alarm clock went off and Jake came bouncing into our bedroom to say hello. He put both feet on the bed to get close, snuggled his head into me and wagged his tale like mad - this is the Jake I know and want to see. He was so quiet yesterday I though last night he might be blaming us and not bother with his usual morning welcome - it made my day.
25th February 2005
Its taken a couple of days and a couple of accidents but Jake seems to have settled down into our routine again with the exception he doesn't like me going in the car and leaving him at home with Stuart. He's fine if Stuart goes out but not me, his bald patch turns pink then disappears when I get back. Jake is a very sensitive dog so this is probably insecurity because of what has happened to him recently and we hope it's a phase that will soon pass. We are giving him a lot of love and reassurance to help him overcome the past three weeks and we are now looking for a home who will be 100% committed to him and somewhere he will be able to call home forever - he is such a lovely little boy.
27th February 2005
What a surprise, we did a home check yesterday morning, which passed and the family really wanted Jake so this morning we took him to his new home in Barrow-in-Furness. He will be living with a couple who have an 11 year old daughter who loves dogs and has been really wanting another since her other died. Jake has a back garden to run in and a black labrador neighbour to say hello to through the fence. He won't ever be left on his own as he can go to work with his owner or can go to their allotment with their visiting 8 year old spaniel called Zak to visit their rabbits and chickens - yes rabbits and chickens, I wonder what Jake will think of them! Jake gets on well with Zak so we really, really do hope this is the home for Jake and somewhere he can settle down and call his own for ever - I will miss Jake for he found a place in my heart after only a couple of days of being with us.
24th March 2005
This afternoon we did Jake's follow-up visit and was pleased to find him looking well and happy. His owners were so taken with Jake they want to adopt a bitch to keep him company and asked that we bring Jill along for them to have a look at. Jake and Jill got on well together so she will be going to join him as soon as her stitches are removed.

3rd April 2005
This morning we brought Jill to her new home where she will become Jake's companion. They seemed to get on together from the start so we hope they have a long and happy life together.
9th April 2005
Sadly we collected Jill this evening because Jake's behaviour towards her and his owners since Jill's arrival was causing concern. Jill was soiling in the house and loosing hair on her legs and back because of the way Jake was with her. We don't know why, for Jake can't tell us, but it seems he may love his owners so much he doesn't want to share them with another dog. His behaviour this week was so totally out of character and we offered advise on this.
Jill and Jake in their new home together
Jill (left) with Jake on the right
in their new home together
10th April 2005
We spoke to Jake's owner this afternoon to see how things were because the events of last week and parting with Jill last night had upset everyone - Jake was fine and back to his old self as he was before Jill arrived. However, his owners are going to do a few things with him to reduce the risk of possible future problems and to make him realise he is not the boss but they are.
26th September 2005
This afternoon we spoke to Jake's owner who said he was getting on really well. Sadly, their other dog who was a Springer Spaniel became ill with a tumour and died about three months ago. They now have a 3 month old Springer Spaniel puppy called Meg who Jake thinks is the 'bees knees' and they both play in the garden together and share beds.
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