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

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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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Fostering and homing greyhounds in the South Lake District, Cumbria

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Gemma arrived on Friday 19th November 2010
Went to her new home on Saturday 20th November 2010
Sadly Gemma was returned on Tuesday 11th October 2011
due to her owner's decline in health and subsequent death.
Went to her new home on Friday 16th December 2011

Gemma's arrival and a brief history
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Black greyhound face
Gemma is currently being fostered with Pauline, Colin, their family, greyhounds and whippets. Gemma was re-homed in November 2010, but sadly because of her owner's declining health she came back into rescue and we are now looking for a new home for her.
Gemma is a beautiful, friendly black ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 22nd June 2007. She is house trained, speyed, inoculated and microchipped. She walks nicely on the lead, travels well on a bus and in a car and is okay with children and other breeds of dogs
Gemma arrived here on Friday 19th November 2010 and was re-homed the same day. Sadly her owner was admitted to hospital in October 2011 and Gemma went to stay with Pauline, Colin and their other dogs until she could go home again. Unfortunately, because of her owners health it was felt in Gemma's best interest that she be returned to Rescue and found another forever home, that she can call her own. Sadly her owner died shortly afterwards.

Went to her new home on Friday 16th December 2011

Gemma's Diary
19th November 2010
Stuart collected Gemma this morning from the gentleman who has the kennels and brought her back here. She travelled well in the car and was fine when she met our greyhounds. After being a little nervous to begin with she quickly settled, and when Pauline arrived she took her back to her house where she was looking after her for the night before taking her to her new home tomorrow.
20th November 2010
Gemma was no problem last night at Pauline's house and this morning she went to her new home where we hope she will have a long and happy life.
22nd November 2010
Heard today that Gemma, by 7.00pm on the day she went to her new home had settled with no accidents and she was eating well.
9th February 2011

We heard today that Gemma has settled in nicely to her new home and is always out about with her new owner as he takes her everywhere with him.
14th September 2011
Received an email from Pauline letting us know that Gemma and her owner arrived first thing this morning, quite out of the 'blue'. He wasn't well and asked if they could look after Gemma for a while because he had to go to hospital. He left Gemma and his van at Pauline's, and Colin took him to the hospital.
15th September 2011
Received an email today from Pauline letting us know that Gemma enjoyed a run in the small enclosed field they know of with Shadow. With it being the first time Pauline had let her off she popped a muzzle on her to be on the safe side. She was so excited that had she not had her muzzle on she may have nipped Shadow in excitement and may have been that she's not run loose with another dog before. This is something we feel will diminish as she gets the excitement from her system and settles down.
16th September 2011
We received an email from Pauline letting us know that Gemma has slotted in nicely. She enjoys being able to roam free around the garden, but is still a bit 'skitty' at times and has to be told to "grow up " by Skye who is one of Pauline's greyhounds and not one who is into playing.
25th September 2011
Received an email today from Pauline letting us know there is still no sign of Gemma's owner being released from hospital, and Gemma is fine and has settled in well.
4th October 2011
Received an email from Pauline this evening letting us know that Gemma was pleased to see her owner arrive from hospital this evening, but when Colin drove him home she just followed the others back into the house and settled. They thought she might have fretted but she didn't and all is well.
8th October 2011
Received an email today from Pauline letting us know that Gemma is still with following her owner being in hospital. He came out a couple of days ago and they were hoping she could be returned to him, but as yet he's asked if she can stay a little longer.
11th October 2011
Sadly, because of Gemma's owners decline in health she was reluctantly signed back into the Retired Greyhound Trust again this afternoon. It was a sad day because of Gemma's owners love for her, but it was thought the best move in Gemma's interest.
As Gemma has been staying with Pauline and Colin these past few weeks while her owner was in hospital, she will stay with them and they will foster her until she finds her forever home.
16th October 2011
Pauline emailed to say that what with one thing and another with the onset of Gemma's owner's illness, long stay in hospital then her coming back into 'rescue' Gemma's house training hasn't been perfect lately. However, she has now been clean in the house for 3 days, is a little more settled and doesn't mind being left at home on occasion with the other dogs. She hasn't chewed anything and now waits her turn for a treat when they return instead of pinching from the others mouths and pushing to the front snatching. She walks nicely on the lead now and no longer a 'seagull on a string' as she was at first. She goes out walking on a double chain with Jessie who is a plodder anyway so she will have helped settle Gemma as well as the lead training she's been given. Overall Gemma's a lovely girl who just wants to please. Sometimes at night before they go to bed she doesn't want to go out with the others so Pauline pop her on the lead and takes her into the garden where she will do her toilet quite happily.
21st October 2011
Received an email from Pauline letting us know that Gemma now comes to her name, you might think this odd, but when Gemma was first re-homed direct from the kennel her new owner named her 'Woof' instead of Gemma, which was part of her racing name. When she was signed back into 'rescue' we reverted her name back to Gemma as we felt it more appropriate for this lovely little girl.
Gemma doesnt snatch treats anymore and is just a beautiful girl.
30th October 2011
We received an email from Pauline today letting us know that Gemma is fine. She is an absolute gem now she has some discipline and order in her life. A gem unless she see's a cat, and she thinks they are all fair game!
6th November 2011
Received an email from Pauline letting us know that Gemma is really placid now, and all she does is sleep in between walks and food. She's no bother at all.
9th November 2011
Today we received an email from Pauline with a 'catch-up' on Gemma letting us know that Gemma is certainly living up to her name. What a little GEM she has turned out to be. She loves to greet people when they call and we have to tell her to stop otherwise they wouldn't get in the door. Once quiet she's back to her bed.
She now eats her food nicely and takes treats gently after waiting in line for her name to be called. She loves her walks, but sometimes gets very exited when she's having her lead put on and for the first few minuites of walking. Once out and about she soon calms down and takes in all the sights and sounds around her. She passes other dogs without bothering but stands and stares at any cat she sees until the cat moves on. Although she has only been off lead in small enclosed spaces she loves to run and play with the others and certainly burns off excess energy so she can sleep the rest of the day away.
In the house she is 100% clean and will stand and paw the back door if she needs to go out for her toilet. Although all the internal doors are open at night and all the dogs have a free run of the house Gemma prefers to sleep on one of the beds downstairs. She will follow them up if you shout her, but is always down again in the morning. She enjoys having her tummy rubbed and will sometimes give a little nip on your fingers if you stop too soon. A little nip on her neck tells her you don't want her to do that and she stops - it's just excitement, but still not something to encourage.
All in all Gemma is a lovely girl who just adores attention from everyone. She's fine when Pauline's young grand children visit. She says hello then goes to lie down in her bed out of the way.
18th November 2011
We received an email from Pauline today letting us know that Gemma with a muzzle on like her other dogs had a good run along the beach for the first time today because the field she's been running in was like a swamp. She ran like a looney at first then just followed the others and when they shouted them she came back with the others as good as gold.
11th December 2011
Today was our 2nd Annual Christmas Fair, which was held in the Newton-in-Furness village hall from 11.00am to 3.00pm.
Gemma was there in her 'I need a home coat' as was all the foster dogs in attendance and she thoroughly loved walking around the hall meeting everyone along with all the dogs there - large and small. She looked happy and well.
16th December 2011
This morning the gentleman and one of his son's arrived to sign the adoption paper work, then drove to Pauline's and collected Gemma. They called in here on the way back to get her a fleece bedding coat and so we could say goodbye. She looked very smart in her burgundy bedding coat and once lifted in the back of the car, which was quite high she settled for the journey to her new home where she will be living with two other greyhounds called Princess and Flea, two collies and a family with three children. They were delighted when they saw Gemma and we wish her a long and happy life in her new home.
6th January 2012
We received an email this evening from Gemma's new owners letting us know they think she's brilliant! They are working on her recall etc. Follows her owner around like a shadow and loves the whole family. They have got new rugs to cover the laminate floor in the front room especially for her, and she waits on the rugs for greetings when her owner gets home from work. The 'pack' feels complete with her.
6th November 2012
Gemma's owner is over the moon with her and the way she handled the fireworks last night, she was a little unsure, but she took the lead from the rest of the pack and chilled out very quickly.
28th March 2013
We received an email today letting us know that Gemma is still a little star. Doing well and still as sweet as a nut!
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Gemma in our paddock
20th November 2010

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20th November 2010

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20th November 2010

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20th November 2010

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20th November 2010

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20th November 2010

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In our garden
15th October 2011

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. . . and again.

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. . . and again.

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. . . and again.

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At the South Lakes Branch
Christmas Fair at
Village Hall on
Sunday 11th December 2011

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4th June 2012

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4th June 2012

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Gemma with Bonz
23rd December 2011

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Gemma with Princess
17th December 2011

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6th June 2012

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