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

Become a VIP member and nominate Greyhound Trust South Lakes as your chosen charity.
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

Greyhounds 'Passing Through'
Occasionally dogs are rehomed in the area other than our foster dogs and we are asked if we can collect them and complete the rehoming and, or follow-up visits. During 2006 we have been involved with the following dogs.

¦ Amber ¦ Breeze ¦ Fizz ¦ Katie ¦ Joe ¦

Amber is a brindle greyhound

D.O.B: 24th July 2003
DIED: 25th January 2016
Arrived and re-homed to the Grange-over-Sands area on the 10th July 2006
Amber is a brindle greyhound bitch who is nearly 3 years old, house trained and inoculated. She walks well on the lead but is sometimes 'keen' if she sees something to chase. She is playful, easy going and gets on well with children and most other dogs but she still needs more socialisation as she's led rather a sheltered life.

11th July 2006
Phoned this evening to see how Amber was and found she is beginning to settle in. She was good in the night but had an accident by the front door this morning before her new owners could get downstairs and let her out. She has been sleeping on the floor behind her owner's chair whilst he was working for most of the day and because she is a very sensitive dog she wasn't too sure of some builders working next door nor gardners chopping trees back. However, her new owners let her out the front today so she wouldn't be too upset by the noise and this evening after all the work stopped she gingerly walked around their back garden looking over the fence to make sure they had gone.
14th July 2006
This morning Amber went to the vet to be spayed and we hope all went well and that she will soon be fit and well again.
9th August 2006
This evening we did Amber's follow-up visit. She looked well but is still very nervous of strangers and lay in her favourite corner of the living room the entire length of our visit. She has settled into her new owner's routine and enjoys going for walks but still lacks confidence when meeting new people, which they are working on to overcome. She has been excellent in the house and is now very much part of the family.

25th January 2016
We heard today that sadly Amber has passed away. She had been suffering from arthritus in her spine and then she came down with a severe chest infection. In view of the way she was it was felt best the vet help her pass away. She was a lovely companion for her owner and she will be sorely missed.

Katie is a black and white greyhound
23rd July 2006
Black and white Greyhound
Katie at the
Greyhound Show in Dumfries
18th November 2007

Yazmin with Greyhound
Katie with Yazmin
Greyhound Show at Dumfries
18th November 2007


D.O.B: 24th October 1994
Died: 22nd April 2009
Rest in peace sweet Katie, our grand old lady whose strength knew no boundaries. God be with you so rest your weary bones Katie and watch over from above.

Arrived on Sunday 23rd July 2006 with Breeze
Katie is nearly 12 years old and weighs just 44lbs (20k), which is a little thin even for her age. She is a little shaky on her back legs, her pads are very soft and her back teeth are in a terrible state.
23rd July 2006
None of us can understand how someone can let a greyhound go who is nearly 12 years old - it beats imagination. However, she is now with us and safe and as soon as we got her home we fed and wormed her, walked her in the garden then gave her a good bath. We would have liked Breeze and Katie to have gone to a home together because they have been living with each other for the past three years or so but Katie is nearly 12 years old and DGR thought it would be very difficult to rehome her at her age and with her teeth being the way they are so they came this afternoon and took her to a fosterer who have another greyhound called Cassie. Katie will live in her foster home with Cassie to keep her company until she reaches the end of her natural life. Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue will be paying for her food and vet's bills etc. and have put a page about her on their web site so if anyone wants to make a donation or sponsor Katie their contributions would be
most welcome. Click here to see how she is getting on.
24th October 2006

16th December 2006
We visited Dumfries this morning to participate in the annual greyhound awareness walk through the town centre with other members and their greyhounds. Katie was there and looking well but after a while she started feeling the cold as were the others even though she had her coat on. Her foster home said she had settled well with them and their greyhound for a companion.

24th October 2006

24th October 2007

18th November 2007
Katie and her family were at the Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue Christmas Fayre and Greyhound Show held at the Loreburn Hall in Dumfries. Katie looked well and it was lovely to see her again. Whilst at the show she had her photograph taken with Yazmin in Stuart's studio, which he'd set up in the hall.

24th October 2008

22nd April 2009
We often read the updates on how Katie has been getting on, on the Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue web site and we knew we would eventually receive the call or email that we received this evening letting us know that Katie had passed away this afternoon in the vets. She had not been doing very well over the past few weeks and her long term fosteres thought it wasn't fair for her to suffer. She was 15½ years old!
Rest in peace sweet Katie.

D. O.B:
Arrived - Sunday 27th August 2006

Fizz is a black female greyhound who was born on the 14th September 2001.
27th August 2006
Fizz arrived into DGR from her original owner this morning and came to the committee meeting we were attending. After the meeting we drove her to her new owners in the Kendal area where she was introduced to her new family.
13th October 2006
This afternoon we did Fizz's follow-up visit and found her looking well and happy. Her new owner's said she'd settled in well from the start and has been no problem. She gets on well with their other dog and has been spayed and fully inoculated.

D. O.B: 17th September 2004
Arrived - Friday 15th December 2006

Is a handsome male greyhound who was just 2 years old in September. He stayed in the DGR kennels until he went to his new home in the Carnforth area. Breeze weighs approx 65lb and is a good natured boy, walks well on the lead, neutered, inoculated and microchipped. Breeze has a lovely nature and will make a lovely companion but he isn't suitable for a home with cats.

15th December 2006
This morning we collected Breeze and drove him to his new home in the Carnforth area where he will be living with a gentleman and his elderly greyhound, Sabre. When he met Sabre they got on well and were both soon wanting to play in the living room. We wish him a long and happy life in his new home and hope he puts a sparkle in the eye of Sabre and gives her a second lease of life.
17th December 2006
Breeze seems to be settling into his new home and getting on with Sabre. He's had a couple of accidents but then that's not surprising because he'd come straight from kennels. He's been out for three walks today and had his photograph taken with Sabre amongst some trees, which should be nice as his owner is a keen photographer and has taken many pictures of his previous dogs. During his walks the traffic didn't seem to concern him, he's met a few people who knew his new owner and were keen to meet Breeze but he was a bit wary of them - again some dogs are when they first come from kennels.
30th December 2006
This afternoon we did Breeze's follow-up visit. He was looking well with a lovely shiny coat and seemed happy and relaxed in his new home. Breeze is a very friendly dog and came for cuddles most of the time we were there, even climbing on the settee behind us to snuggle down. His new owner says he is a very friendly dog who wants to please and interested in everything he sees. He's getting on with Sabre but he's still a bit of a thief and will take his owner's food if he gets the chance - don't they all to begin with!
15th December 2007
Breeze is a very clever Greyhound because this afternoon we received an email from him and here is what he said:
' It's exactly a year ago today since you landed me with my new owner. I thought I would be taking him on long and regular walks, but that has not happened.  We don't get out for long days and mainly go for short walks, twice a day.  My owner can be a nuisance.  One morning he had me up before five a.m. to take him for a walk.  He wanted some photos with the light in such a position that they all had to be taken by seven a.m. I've taken my owner to some shows, such as Cartmel Show and the Westmorland Show, both of which I found rather boring. My owner gets very grumpy if I take his food from him, such as take a slice of ham off his plate. I've had some better trips, such as over Hampsfell, but there are stiles to cross and I am not very keen on them.  A walk on Walney was fine as there were no stiles and there are none along the canal bank. We still have Sabre, which is a surprise to my owner and to the vet that she is still going.  Apparently it's just on two years since she had her first heart turn.  Sometimes last summer Sabre found it very hard work and we only went a few hundred yards so on those days, I was able to take my owner for an extra walk. Because of having Sabre, I have not yet been away with him yet.   He keeps telling me that I will like the West Highlands of Scotland when we get to go.  Mind you, he does not want to lose Sabre.  Sabre tells me that I will like it up there and simply have to put up with him.  She points out that she has had him for ten more years than I have and she's survived it! - a note from Breeze.

D. O.B: 14th March 2003

Joe came to us on Saturday 16th December 2006
and went to his forever home the same day.
On Wednesday 24th January 2007 he sadly died
on the way to the vets following a heart attack.
He was 3 years 10 months old
(Rest in peace sweet Joe)

Joe is 3½ years old and lived in a home for three to four months, however, due to a change in family circumstances he came back into Greyhound Rescue where he was fostered for seven weeks until a new home could be found. He is house trained, neutered, microchipped and inoculated. He is a very affectionate dog who loves cuddles, is good on the lead, okay with other dogs and will try and run away from them if they show any sign of aggression. Joe isn't suitable for a home with cats.
16th December 2006

This morning we collected Joe and drove him to his new home in the Grange-over-Sands area where he will be living with a couple of gentlemen. Joe travelled well in the car and quickly settled into his new home whilst we were completing the introductions and paperwork. He is a very affectionate dog, who loved his pig's ear and quickly settled on his new bed near the fire in the living room. We wish him a long and happy life in his new home.
17th December 2006
Received an email this evening saying Joe was settling in, doing very well and had taken to his three beds straight away. He's eating well and his toileting is good too. He's a quick learner, very responsive and gets the idea quickly, which is great. He seems to be getting used to his new owners and although a bit clingy (which we all expected) has started to relax and is quite happy for them to go into another room sometimes without following. Joe's getting lots of attention and cuddles which they are all enjoying. At the time of sending the email he was flopped on his front-room bed and it sounded as if he was chasing something in his sleep. His new owners took him for a long walk yesterday along the salt marshes, which they all enjoyed and came back tired but happy. They had chocolate cake, Joe had a pig's ear and none of moved much for about an hour. (Actually Joe also had cake too because he swiped it when his new owner's back was turned for 5 seconds and he say he will have to be more 'on the ball'.) They say he's a great dog and thanks for letting them have him.
Joe in January 2007
Out for a walk
5th January 2007
6th January 2007
Received an email from Joe's new owner this evening saying he's settled in excellently and was getting a bit cheeky now he's getting to know them.  He's a bit slower eating his food now he knows nobody else will run off with it and settles down well at night after a late night walk. He lets them know about 7am when its time to get up and one of his owners is getting used to standing in the garden at 7am in his dressing gown! He was driven mad on Christmas Day with the smell of the turkey roasting and they had to keep a very close eye on the food.  He is getting lots of treats and being spoilt rotten with fuss and love.  His weight has stayed the same but they've never known such a permanantly hungry dog!  His owner's are pleased Christmas is over as Joe had a 'thing' for the Father Christmas's in the neighbour's gardens when they went for a walk as he wanted to catch them, however, his need to chase cats when he sees them seems to be calming down slightly. Joe is quite responsive when they tell him not to do something, but they had to resort to the water spray to get him off the bed (even though he has three beds of his own spread around the house and the chair in the lounge). Joe loves wearing his coat and gets very excited when its time to put
it on for a walk.
21st January 2007
This afternoon we visited Joe and his owner's to do his follow-up visit. Even though he'd only met me the once and Stuart not at all he gave us such a lovely welcome. He seems very happy and relaxed in his new home and his owners say he is such a wonderful companion. When we were leaving he came to the car and said hello to our dogs then looked at his owners asking them to take him for a walk. It was nice to see him so happy.
24th January 2007
Received a devastating phone call from Joe's owners this evening letting us know Joe had just died. He'd been fine earlier in the day and was his usual happy self. During the afternoon he wanted to go into the garden but wouldn't walk up the three steps back into the kitchen. They got him in and he lay on his bed where at first he seemed okay then he started chomping his teeth together and his breathing became laboured. They phoned the vet who asked them to bring him in. When they tried getting him up from his bed his eyes looked bright as he looked at them but his body didn't move properly so they had to help him into the car. He lay in the back of the car on his bed on the way to the vet and one of his owners sat in the front resting his hand on him to give him reassurance. Joe lay there firstly watching him then looking as if he was asleep but his owner could feel his heart beating but then it stopped just as they were approaching the vets. It had all happened so suddenly. Joe is being cremated and his ashes will be returned to his owners in the next week or so. Everyone is stunned at what's happened because he was only young and seemed so fit and well. Our thoughts are with his owners at this very sad time and hope in time they will remember above the sadness the love and joy he brought them and the love and happiness they gave him albeit only a short time.

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