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


Pronto arrived on Friday 26th June 2009
Went to his new home on Friday 18th September 2009

Pronto's arrival and a brief history
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White and blue greyhound
Pronto is a stunning white and blue ex-racing greyhound who is house trained, neutered, inoculated and microchipped. he walks nicely on the lead and travels well in the car.
Pronto's Diary
26th June 2009
This morning we collected Pronto from a DCGR representative at junction 38 of the M6 motorway. He travelled well in the car and when we arrived home we introduced him to the others in the garden then let him explore the garden while on the lead.
Stuart had work to do at a client's office so he left soon after. I had bedrooms to change because new bed and breakfast guests were arriving so I decided to put the dog crate on the landing and put him inside it because he kept pacing the place. By putting him in the crate would mean he couldn't get up to mischief and I wouldn't have to worry about what he was doing or where he was. It would also help him to relax. I put the crate in a place where no matter which room I was in he could watch what I was doing, I could talk to him and say hello to him everytime I walked past the crate on the way to and from my linen room. He soon settled and lay and watched me. After I'd finished my work I took him and the crate downstairs. He's not been downstairs before and legs were going everywhere so he needed a helping hand! Downstairs I put a lead on him and tied him to the hook by the kitchen fire where I placed a dog bed and a bowl of water. We often do this to dogs who are nervous when they first arrive because it means I can do my work and he can lay on the bed and watch me and the other dogs which helps to calm their nerves. Pronto soon accepted the situation and before I knew it he was happily watching me doing my ironing - we call this type of day 'a new dog day' because our routine changes drastically so we are with the dog at all times and the atmosphere around the house is calm rather that hectic.
By the end of the day we'd had no accidents, discovered he walks nicely on the lead, loves exploring the garden, found the settee and box full of toys and began to make himself at home!
27th June 2009
Pronto slept well last night and went out with the others first thing. We had no worries about him running off because he's the first one back inside!
He lay behind the safety gate at the end of the kitchen until all the guest's breakfasts had been served then he had his dinner and happily stayed downstairs with the others while I did the rooms, laying on one of the dog beds in the living room or on the settee with the others.
There was a bit of an incident when a terrier came into the hall this afternoon and Pronto's reaction to it from the other side of the gate made us realise he'd never seen other dogs before, something we hadn't been warned about! We allowed them to see each other again later on, but this time it was under a controlled environment and we made him just stand and watch it for a few minutes. It made him very stressed knowing there was another dog in the house and we had an accident in the living room as a result, which was probably from fear, so we took him for a walk with the others and this settled him.
28th June 2009
Pronto is settling in well and is now okay at going up and down the stairs. He's beginning to learn that guest bedrooms are 'out of bounds', which he picked up after about four attempts to follow me into a room before deciding it wasn't worth it and lay on the carpet outside the guest bedroom door and watched me from there instead.
29th June 2009
As normal we let all the greyhounds out first thing to do their toilet and when I went to let them back in I was amazed to find them all standing by the door along with a rabbit. I was stunned! The dogs were all standing in a row looking at me asking to come in and the rabbit sat between them staring at me as if to say 'well, what happens now?' I let all the dogs in the house then chased the rabbit out of the garden. When I came back in Pronto was busy eating some bacon that had been left on the side - can't win them all!
When our bed and breakfast guests came down to breakfast one of the ladies said she'd seen Pronto get the rabbit from the flower bed at the top of the garden and was concerned, but I reasured her the rabbit was not harmed and I'd found it sitting by the front door with them before it hopped back into the field. Pronto hadn't hurt the rabbit he was simply bringing it to us to show us what he'd found.
This afternoon we gave Pronto a bath outside on the lawn. Because it was very warm he soon dried off and became snow white. He looked stunning.
1st July 2009
Last night we had a thunder storm and Pronto didn't seem overly bothered by it.
3rd July 2009
Pronto went to the vet today for his 2nd inoculation and we asked about the slight swelling on his leg joint that occasionaly made him limp. The vet said it was an old injury, which he thought he'd banged so to keep an eye on it and if it gets worse to bring him back, but to give him some Metacam for three or four days to help the swelling go down.
14th July 2009
A couple of days ago Pronto discovered our bed was very comfortable and I've spotted him on it a few times. Each time I see him he looks at me as if to say 'Am I allowed to do this?' and lifting his back leg so I can stroke his tummy.
1st August 2009
Pronto has become very playful and is going through a second puppyhood. He took our dried flower basket off the shelf in the conservatory into the garden and began to play with it. Stuart, when he saw him thought he was trying to kill a hedgehog and was relieved to find it wasn't. Luckily the flower basket survived and didn't look too bad once some of the flowers had been pushed back in again.
He's still a real thief and will take anything he can from the rubbish bins and anything within reach that's on a table or work surface - think he's heading for the mustard sandwich if he doesn't sort himself out and learn to l eave things alone.
7th August 2009
This evening we gave Pronto a worming tablet we got from the vet, which is much stronger than the normal ones. Although we hadn't spotted any sign of a worm in his stools he is eating far too much, gaining no weight and won't stop stealing things - almost as if he's constantly hungry. We've seen this before with Pudsey so we decided to get a strong worming tablet from the vet and 'flush' him out. There was no problem giving him the tablet because it went down in one along with his dinner.
10th August 2009
This evening we took the mop and bucket from the cupboard and went to fill the bucket with water. As we turned we saw the mop disappearing with Pronto to his bed! We couldn't believe our eyes, what will he get up to next? Once in his bed and bored with it off he went looking for something else to do. A begonia flower head that had fallen onto the floor was his next target then a cardigan a guest had folded over her arm and finally a teddy bear a little girl was holding - its just like having a two year old child to watch who is fascinated with the world.
11th August 2009
The worming tablet seems to have done the trick although we've not seen anything come out in his stools, but he's looking less ribby, beginning to fill out, not craving food the same and slowly reducing the need to steal everything in sight.
Pronto has been recently loosing his 'kennel coat' and his hair has been coming out by the handful when I groom him. He's looking a little patchy in places but as his new hair grows he will look really smart.
13th August 2009
Pronto still isn't very good with small dogs but with our guidance and the water spray he's slowly beginning to learn to leave them alone. This afternoon, however, he tried climbing over the gate between the hall and the conservatory after one but Stuart was there and pulled him back. In order to help Pronto get to know the world around him Stuart is also taking him with him in the car at every opportunity so he can see other dogs as he's being driven around. At first he would bark and try to jump up at the window to them but now he is just watching them. Hopefully, before long he will go into the next phase - that of laying in the car asleep and ignoring them as the others do. We find driving them around like this is a really good way of socialising them with the world and if they are with another one who is laid back and sleeps in the car then the anxious one very soon follows the other's example.
14th August 2009
After yesterday's attempt to climb over the gate between the hall and the conservatory the rule is now NO feet on top of the gate. He has a bit of bruising on his chest from yesterday's attempt so perhaps he will now learn that ALL 4 feet remain on the floor when saying hello to another dog over the gate or he gets sprayed!
21st August 2009
Pronto is less prone to wanting to steal all the time now and understands the words 'leave' and 'go back'. When all the dogs are in the garden he will now come with the others when I stand in the conservatory doorway and clap my hands - the signal for them to come to me. He's also fine being left on his own with one of the others in the house while we are out and when we are all in the car together he will stand and watch other dogs in the street as they go past rather than barking at them as he did in the past - think we are getting there with him!
18th September 2009
This lunch time Pronto's new owners called to collect him and after all the adoption paperwork was complete off he went with them to his new home where we hope he will have a long and happy life.
26th March 2013
We heard today that Pronto is doing great. Since we last spoke they moved to a house with a large garden. They no longer have Sophie who was Pronto's first sister and now have Bella who has been with them a year in April. They both get on great together and very often mirror each other when lying side by side.
Thry are taking them for their holidays in Arran in May. It will be Bella's first time and Pronto's third, He loves it there, and runs to his bed in the cottage at night when we get in after a big walk, then dreams all night. He has turned out a big handsome boy and everyone comments on him when we are out. They sometimes come out with us if we go for a jog and seem to love it too.
4th April 2013
Today we received 3 photos of Pronto with Bella whom he now lives with. They look a very happy couple and it was wonderful to hear from Pronto's owners after all this time.

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White and blue Greyhound
In our garden
2nd July 2009

White and blue greyhound
and again.

White and blue greyhound
Bella with Pronto
Happy companions
4th April 2013

White and blue greyhound
Pronto makes a nice
soft pillow
4th April 2013

White and blue greyhound
Pronto enjoying a little
cleaning of his ears.
4th April 2013

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