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

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


Jack arrived on Saturday 19th May 2007
Went to his new home Friday 15th June 2007

Jack's arrival and a brief history
Jack is a white and brindle ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 30th January 2000 making him 7 years old. Jack is house trained, neutered, inoculated and microchipped. He is very friendly and laid back but sometimes submissive around other dogs, walks nicely on the lead, travels well in the car and doesn't appear to bother about other dogs. Jack and Major are litter brothers.
Jack(3)'s Diary
19th May 2007
Jack arrived this morning with Amber and because Stuart was out at work all day and I was going to be on my own I introduced them to Bobby and Indi then shut myself in the kitchen with Jack and Amber so I could keep an eye on them. Spent the whole day ironing, mending and letting both dogs into the garden every hour so as to avoid accidents in the house. Jack was very good and lay on the bed in the corner of the kitchen most of the time but I put him on the lead to go round the garden because he'd only recently been neutered and had stitches.
20th May 2007
Stairs are no problem to Jack and neither are wooden floors. Once he realised which was his bed in our bedroom he settled and we never heard a sound from him till this morning when we let him in the garden.
Jack seems to be a very quiet and laid back dog but is a bit growly like Ruby when the others come too close. This is probably because he's not been well so is feeling vulnerable. He was neutered last Tuesday which wasn't straight forward so has quite a lot of stitches and was badly bruised. He was so quiet, his stitches looked a little sore and because of the bruising we gave him some Metacam with his food this morning in the hope it would ease any pain he may be in.
This evening we took Jack to the pub but he wouldn't settle. Some people were playing pool and he didn't like the crack of the cue on the ball. He became so anxious and wouldn't stop whimpering we decided he would be happier back in the car where he laid down and waited for us to return.
21st May 2007
We gave Jack some more Metacam this morning as we felt it helped him yesterday and if he progresses as well today he shouldn't need any tomorrow. However, he's still quite fussy about his food and often leaves half of whatever we give him.
22nd May 2007
We had visitors today so went to the pub this evening. People were playing pool again but he wasn't as bad tonight as
the other night and our visitors helped us stroke him, which seemed to calm him a little so we let him stay.
23rd May 2007

This morning was an early start to Fell Foot Park by Lake Windermere to do a photo shoot for the 2008 safety
calendar. As we drove down
Jack during his photo shoot
Jack during his calendar photo shoot
on the 23rd May 2007

Long Legged Beauties
'Just Greyhounds'
2008 Calendar
This picture of Jack was taken
on the 2nd June 2007 in the
Morecambe Bay estuary
near Greenodd in Cumbria and
is our main February calendar shot
View Calendar

their drive we were met by loads of rabbits on the lawns. All the dogs saw them at the same time and oh! weren't they alert. Jack knew exactly what they were and when we took him from the car to take the photographs he was keen to see where they were. We think the rabbits were mad or stupid as they kept coming onto the lawns in front of the dogs who thought Christmas had come early. We had to keep walking up the paths to scare the rabbits back into the bushes so we could do our work. It was an interesting photo shoot and we had to be very careful doing the photographs to ensure the people helping us never let go of the dogs. Jack had to walk with the model along a path and we were a bit worried about how we were going to make him look alert and happy as he's so quiet at the moment. We needn't have worried because he stood facing the rabbits on the lawn. The look on his face and his stance was perfect for the shot and the full picture will be appearing in the calendar.
24th May 2007
This morning Jack went to the vet to have his teeth cleaned. At first the vet thought a couple may need removing but once under the anaesthetic they decided all were okay, however, he has receding gums in places so the couple of teeth they weren't sure about show more tooth than they should and the vet strongly recommended after a week of letting things settle we should start a daily teeth cleaning programme to give them longer protection.
Whilst in the vets they also checked his operation and removed his neutering stitches then gave him his second inoculation. He was pleased to see us when we called to collect him and by tea time he was looking forward to something to eat. After tea we took him for a walk which he enjoyed. The rest of the evening Jack seemed to want my company as he followed me everywhere and lay down close to where I was working. When it was time for bed he jumped on ours next to me and lay down for a cuddle, which was a first.
25th May 2007
Stuart was up early this morning to visit a client so I decided to have another hour in bed and Jack, after coming to say good morning decided he would join me because he climbed on and lay down beside me!
26th May 2007
Jack met a couple of greyhound pups this morning. They were only a few weeks old and with him being seven we wondered how he would respond to them as they were very lively and bouncy. We needn't have worried because he got on fine with them. In order for us to have a reasonably quiet cup of coffee in the garden I gave them all a bone each only to find Jack had gone round and collected them all together. When we realised our cup of coffee wasn't as quiet as we hoped we realised Jack had put all the bones in a heap near one of the bushes at the top of the garden. However, he never bothered when we brought them all down and handed them out again. This time he joined the others by laying down to chew them.
Jack, since his stitches were removed and his teeth cleaned seems so much happier and is coming out of his shell. He bounces up to say good morning when the alarm goes off, now jumps on the bed to say hello if we ignore him then lays down next to us until we get up. He seems a little less fussy with his food so we are wondering if his fussiness before was because he wasn't feeling too well or his mouth was sore. He's wagging his tail much more these days and barks at the others in an attempt to get them to play with him. He also wants to run around the garden and join in with the others much more, which is lovely to see. He's become much more affectionate, often wants to be in the same room as I'm in, comes for cuddles and has started giving us a lick. The grumbling with the others has almost disappeared and sometimes we wonder if it's an affectionate grumble rather than anything else.
28th May 2007
This afternoon we decided to bath Jack as he still had that kennel smell about him and we felt he'd recovered sufficiently from his neutering operation and teeth scaling to cope with it. He absolutely loved it. Thoroughly enjoyed being washed, came out a shade lighter and pranced around like a puppy whilst we were trying to dry him.
29th May 2007
We think house training is going well but we've had a few accidents and can't decide whether it's Jack or Monty as we
never seem to catch them doing it, which is very frustrating. Took Jack in the pub again tonight, no one was playing pool, he settled a lot better and for a while lay on the floor.
30th May 2007
As Jack is so quiet whilst Monty is so bouncy we are wondering if the accidents in the house are Jack as all our attention has been on sorting out Monty and Jack, who we thought was okay was doing his own thing. Today we've been concentrating on Jack by taking him out regularly and praising him for doing something in the garden and grumbling like mad whilst we are cleaning up inside, which we hope will re-enforce we want him doing it outside and not in the house.
Jack stole half my toasted teacake this afternoon, which is a first for him so he's a bit of a thief at heart and we shall have to watch him!
31st May 2007
Jack loves sleeping on one of the beds in my office and over the past couple of days or so if Bobby is there Jack will lay down next to him. He does it very gingerly but Bobby doesn't bother, which shows Bobby has accepted him.
Last night Jack and Lennie, who is staying with us a couple of days, slept on the same bed in my office all night. I left them together when I went to bed fully expecting to awake to find them both back in our room but no, they slept together in the office all night.
After Stuart let them all out first thing Jack came running up the stairs and jumped on the bed to say good morning. He's really coming out of his shell and doesn't get on the bed very gently at the moment as he stands on top of you to lick your face till you wake up and stroke him. The noise he does sometimes that sounds like low grumbling when he's near the others isn't growling as we first thought but is purring. Half asleep this morning I thought he was growling at one of the others also wanting to climb on the bed next to me but he wasn't, he was so pleased to see me he was purring in my ear and talking to me - he's becoming quite a character.
1st June 2007
Think the toilet training routine with Jack is working because since giving him our attention a couple of days ago we've had no further accidents.
Tonight we started cleaning Jack's teeth so will do this every evening from now on. He wasn't too sure what I was doing to him so he lay his head on his bed and looked at me out the corner of his eyes. However, after a few days he will soon become more used to it and it should help those two teeth where the gums have receded.
3rd June 2007
Amber visited this afternoon with her new owners to collect a couple of beds for her. When Jack saw her his eyes lit up, gave her a lovely welcome and ran with her round the garden. The look on his face was a picture because it was so obvious his friend was back and he was delighted.
5th June 2007
Jack loves the companionship of other dogs because when he gets the chance he very gently lays on the same bed as one of the others and goes to sleep cuddling next to them. Monty and Bobby don't mind but Indi likes her bed to herself but Jack is very persistent and gently does it he goes down anyway.
12th June 2007
We had a thunder storm last night and Jack hated it. He panted and paced all the time even after it finished even though I took him downstairs in the middle of the night to the garden on the lead to sense the air had cleared. He came back in and did a wee at the top of the stairs out of fright. He was still pacing after I cleaned it up and because I was so tired I left him to it. Thankfully, Indi sorted him out because a few minutes later I heard her snarl at him then all went quiet and I remember thinking to myself why couldn't she have done that a couple of hours ago.
10th June 2007
Took a trip to mum's house this morning where we had lunch and met a couple of models who were doing a Greyhound calendar photo shoot for us in the area. We'd had lunch, the models and their partners had arrived and we started to discuss what we wanted to do when we suddenly realised Jack was missing. Someone had left the back door ajar and Jack had wondered out. To make matters worse mum's fence and gate had blown down and the new ones were leaning by the garage ready to be fitted. Stuart and I dashed out with Mum following and split up to search for him. I heard a dog barking so followed the sound to find Jack in the drive two doors down pacing backwards and forwards in front of a rabbit hutch. It was such a relief and my heart started beating again because Mum lives on a busy main road. I was just so glad he decided to wander down the pavement towards the fields and not to cross the road. Thankfully, the whole incident lasted no more than five minutes but oh! what a fright it gave everyone and just goes to show how easily things happen
15th June 2007
This afternoon a lady from the Carlisle area came to see Jack with a view to adopting him and by the end of her visit Jack was in her car and going home with her. Jack is a lovely dog and well suited to the lady's way of life so we wish him well in his new home and hope he has a long and happy life there.
16th June 2007
Phoned to see how Jack was to find him okay. He's slept downstairs last night but all the doors were left open and after wandering round to check his owner was still there he settled for the night. This morning he met the grandchildren and so far all seems well.
23rd June 2007
Heard this morning that Jack is doing well, goes to work with his new owner and that she is very pleased with him, which was nice to hear.
30th January 2008
15th December 2008
Received an email this afternoon from Jack's owner letting us know that Jack has settled in really well. He is convinced that everyone who visits has come to see him and despite being in a kennel for 7 years thinks the fire should be protected so lies next to it and guards it! He has made friends with quite a few other dogs in the area and loves to run with them. This is fine so long as they don't try to be first and they have to run in a circle! His owner says it is lovely to see him run and he makes her dizzy at times watching him. She says he can be a bit bossy at times with her daughter's dogs and tries to keep them in line. He has a lovely nature and has become a great companion.
30th January 2009
Christmas 2009
We received a Christmas card from Jack's owner letting us know that Jack is doing fine, but his annual check-up at the vets to have his inoculations resulted in him having to have 11 teeth removed. He
Click images below for a larger view
A few photographs received
from Jack's new owner

Jack the Greyhound
Jack with his owner's grand daughter
and her dog in 2008

Jack the Greyhound
Jack with his owner's daughter's dog
in 2008

Jack the Greyhound
. . . and again

Jack the Greyhound
. . . and again

Jack the Greyhound
Fun time in the garden

Jack the Greyhound
. . . and again

Jack the Greyhound
. . . and again

Jack the Greyhound
a frosty morning romp
recovered well, but the vet thinks some of his front ones may have to come out as well some time in the future.
30th January 2010
30th January 2011
Christmas 2011
We received a Christmas card from Jack's owner letting us know he is doing very well considering he was having problems with his kidneys. As a result his diet was changed to fresh meat, pasta and only a few biscuits. His breath smells terrible and he's had a further 11 teeth out. This is owner says will be the last time he's put under an anaesthetic. They don't walk as far these days, but he still likes the odd run and enjoys a good play with his owner's daughter's dog called Sam who is a Springer Spaniel with the same colour coat, and who walks underneath him!
30th January 2012

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