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
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


Arrived on Saturday 5th May 2007
Went to his new home on Saturday 13th May 2007
Sadly Major passed away on Wedesday 23rd May 2012
aged 12 years 3 months and 23 days old
View Major's Pedigree

Major's arrival and a brief history
Major is a white and fawn greyhound
Major is a white and fawn ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 30th January 2000 making him 7 years old. Major is house trained, neutered, inoculated and microchipped. He is a very friendly laid back chap who likes playing with toys, walks nicely on the lead, travels well in the car, is okay with children and doesn't appear to bother about other dogs. Major is a real gent and will make someone a lovely companion. Major and Jack are litter brothers.
Major's Diary
5th May 2007
We brought Major back with us following the Greyhound Awareness Day in Penrith along with Barry and Monty. We didn't realise he was coming with us until it was almost time to leave so we were a little anxious of having three new dogs at the same time. He travelled well in the car and once home we walked him round the garden to do what he wanted to do. Major seems a lovely 'steady' dog but ate hardly any of his dinner, which we didn't bother too much about because some new dogs take a day or so to settle and regain their appetite. We then took him for a walk, which he enjoyed and walked nicely on the lead up the back road. When we got home we put them all back in the car and went to the pub for an hour. We had five dogs in the pub this evening and Major took the experience in his stride.
Back home he lay on the duvet in the living room for the rest of the evening and at this point we realised we had a real 'gent' whome we were going to enjoy because of his easy laid back approach to life.
Stairs are no problem to Major and neither are wooden floors. When it came to bed time we showed him his bed where he simply lay down and went to sleep.
6th May 2007
Never heard a word from Major all night and it was quite difficult getting all three new dogs down stairs and in the garden without one trying to cock his leg but we managed. Major was really picky with his breakfast this morning but we put it down to the organised chaos of having three new dogs who didn't know each other, however, after breakfast Barry's new owners came to collect him so we are hoping things will settle down again. As Major was only neutered last Wednesday we kept him on the lead in the garden until we got to know him better because we didn't want him charging around and breaking his stitches open. Come tea time and Major still wouldn't eat much even with us coaxing him.
7th May 2007
Major is settling into our routine and house training is going well but trying to get him to eat his food is proving a real struggle. He will eat treats such as pieces of chicken, ham and cheese but he won't entertain the complete dry food and tinned meat we give him. Stuart wanted peace and quiet today to try and catch up with some work so Monty and Major stayed with me in the kitchen whilst I tidied up and did some ironing then joined me in the garden off the lead which they both quietly explored - Stuart was a little surprised when he came down at tea time to find the conservatory door open and both dogs wandering around outside but he had to agree they looked more relaxed for it.
8th May 2007
As Major still won't eat much food we wondered if he would eat the Burns food we use for our dogs instead of the Supa Greyhound food given to the foster dogs. No, he wouldn't eat that either so this evening we emailed the DCGR homing co-ordinator to ask if he'd been fussy with them in the kennels, apparently he was, but it was put down to him coming into rescue after being with the same owner all his life - and seven years was a long time with the same person so he was bound to be affected by the change. It was suggested we feed him away from the others and try him with his food dry rather than adding warm water to it.
Did an hour in the garden this afternoon to try and catch up before it turns into a field. Monty and Major joined me and so loved their freedom to wander round on their own in the sunshine.
9th May 2007
House training is going well and today has been the first without an accident in the conservatory, having said that, had we just had Major we think he would have got there a lot earlier because he is so laid back and it's Monty's antics that have probably made him follow suit at times.
Feeding times are still a problem so we tried feeding Major on his own and with his meat mixed into dry food but that didn't work either. He looks well and seems happy so we don't think he's ill but because he's eaten so little since he arrived we tried him with a dish of bread and warm milk, which he loved and ate the lot!
10th May 2007
During our walk this afternoon we came across about ten horses tied to the fence by the side of the road opposite the pub with their riders sitting on the steps eating their lunch. Major never bothered about the horses as we walked past them and even flicking their tails caused him no concern - he seems such a rock solid dog becasue nothing seems to bother him. Spoke to the DCGR homing co-ordinator again today and because Major liked the bread and milk he suggested we feed him some bread, wheetabix, meat and a few bits of the complete food with a cup of weak tea poured over the top as this is a combination some racing owners use. Had more luck tonight because he ate three quarters of it but left every single piece of the complete food!
Major is a really lovely dog who loves being cuddled and frequently comes to say hello when we are working. He has also taken to laying on our bed in the sunshine during the day, climbs up next to Stuart on the settee in the evening and wants to join us on the bed for a while at bed time. He's such a lovely character and so undemanding but turns into a very happy bouncy chap when we are getting ready to go for a walk.
11th May 2007
This afternoon during our walk we came across a lamb out of it's field on the road eating the grass from the verge. It was a very friendly and wanted to join us for our walk so it followed us for at least fifty yards before deciding not to bother. Major stood quietly whilst I put Indi's and Bobby's leads on, ignored the lamb completely and continued walking, which we were very pleased with.
The conservatory door has been open all day for Major to wander to and from the garden at will and I think today is the first day without an accident in the conservatory, which our foster dogs seem to think is their yard!
Major hardly touched his breakfast this morning even though it was bread and tea with meat etc and when it was ready we had to call him

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11th May 2007

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11th May 2007

downstairs to get it so we are wondering if he was only fed once a day because when it comes to tea time he's there waiting for it with the others. If he was only fed once a day it may explain why we've been struggling with him.
Major has started talking to us and does it mostly when we are getting ready to go for a walk or if he wants something. It's funny to hear as he has quite a wide vocal range and whilst talking looks you straight in the eye - you can't help but respond.
12th May 2007
This morning Major had his second injection making them now up to date and his stitches were removed. All went well and the experience never bothered him.
Went to Grizedale village fete today where greyhound rescue had a stall. Major was very laid back and quietly enjoyed the day being amongst the other greyhounds and enjoying the attention he was receiving, the noise from the bands never bothered him and he took to whoever was willing to stoke and make a fuss of him. He's funny because if you stop stroking him he will nudge you to continue and this evening after a long day at the fete he crashed out on the settee with his head on our guest's lap and fell asleep.
13th May 2007
This lunch time Major's new owners came over to collect him and when he went of in their car we were quite sad because although we'd only had him a week he was such a lovely dog and such a pleasure to have. We would have loved to have had him a bit longer but we wish him all the best and hope he has a long and happy life in the Barrow area with his new owners, their parrot and horse.
14th May 2007
We phoned this evening to see how Major was. His new owners are very pleased with him and say he's perfect. They feel as if he's been with them for ages not just a day as he seems so settled. Last night he slept on his bed downstairs and they never heard a murmour from him till they came down in the morning to let him out when he gave them a lovely welcome. He's ignored the parrot, visited the horse, slept on their bed, been sunbathing in the garden and met some people associated with his new owner's work. As we couldn't get Major to eat Supa Greyhound or Burns complete food his new owners thought they would try another make and, feeling they may have to try a few before they found the right one they started off with a small bag of Bakers. Last night they put some liquid on it with some meat and he ate about half. This morning they gave him some cereal and milk, which he ate then this evening they thought they would try the Bakers dry with some meat and he ate the lot. We are so pleased they've found one he likes because had he still been with us this would have been our next route - to try various makes till we found one he liked.
3rd June 2007
Heard this afternoon that Major has really settled in to his new home. He ignores the parrot when it speaks to him, which makes the parrot quite cross as it doesn't like to be ignored. When Major goes to the field to visit the horse he loves to run round the field along side the horse, which is apparently beautiful to see.
30th January 2008
30th January 2009
30th January 2010
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30th January 2012
23rd May 2012
We received a very sad phone call from Major's owner this evening letting us know that Major was put to sleep this morning at 11.20am. Major had been enjoying life, and followed his owner everywhere, they were companions even though his back legs were beginning to get a little wobbly. A couple of months ago he started being sick and a visit to the vet confirmed he had a tumor in his stomach. His medication stabilized things for a while until a couple of days ago when the sickness became worse and his owner could tell he'd had enough. It was a hard decision to make, but Major was telling her he couldn't go on so the vet helped him go quietly to sleep - R.I.P our wonderful, handsome Major.

In loving memory of Major,
our handsome, loving gentleman
whose loyalty will remain in
our hearts forever.
May you rest in peace
my lovely brave, brave boy.
God be with you.
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