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

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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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Bluey arrived on Monday 22nd August 2011
Went to his new home on Wednesday 28th September 2011.
Sadly Bluey was returned to us on Tuesday 24th January 2012
because his new owners thought it was in his best interest,
Went to his new forever home on Sunday 27th May 2012 .

Bluey's arrival and a brief history
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Blue Greyhound
Bluey is a lovely, friendly blue ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 2nd September 2007. He weighs 29k, is house trained, neutered, inoculated and microchipped. He loves playing ball and will fetch them back to you after you've thrown them for him. He travels well in the car, walks nicely on the lead, is super with children and is fine with other breeds of dogs.
Bluey's Diary
22nd August 2011

We received an email this evening from Julia letting us know that Bluey is settling well. He has been for 2 walks and is very good . on the lead. He was no bother meeting Julia's dogs (Shane and Maisie who are lurchers and Hazel who is a labrador). He's been really good and there hasn't been anything he's made a fuss over. Julia gave him a bath on the lawn in the sunshine which he seemed to enjoy. He's met 2 dogs and never bothered with them. He loves the toy box and has had several playing sessions with various toys. He's found a dog bed he likes near the other dogs. Had a go in one of the crates for a few minutes but then opted for a dog bed. He ate all his tea, and Julia made some rice to mix in his food to settle his tummy as he's been a bit loose, which may just be nerves. From what they've seen so far he seems to be a really lovely dog, and they are all finding him very affectionate. He has the same father as Harvey, and he's had a few admirers on their walk
23rd August 2011
Received an email this evening from Julia letting us know there was an incident in the garden this afternoon. A chicken with a death wish made it's way in to the back garden. Bluey spotted it and Maisie hearing the commotion rushed out to join in. Needless to say the chicken is no more. Neither dog was vicious but saw the chicken as fair game. They both let Julia take it off them after it had met it's end , and she thinks the two remaining chickens have taken it as a warning as they have been very quiet since!
24th August 2011
We received an email today from Julia letting us know that last night Bluey slept by her bed and never moved all night. Thank goodness as Julia needed the sleep after his first night when he had her up a while. He has been very clean in the house, with no accidents yesterday or this mornning. Bluey was in good spirits this morning playing with the toys. At one point I noticed him trot through the kitchen and run outside with something in his mouth so I followed him to find he had taken the TV remote out with him on to the garden!
He was full of  joy this morning bless him before going to the vets to be neutered and Julia hopes he will be better after his operation than Maisie was, because she had her so worried.
When Julia brought Bluey home from the vet he went in the garden and did his toilet. His stitches are due out on Saturday 3rd September. Julia made him a little rice for his tea and a luxury bed of 2 quilts and a soft dog bed to spoil him!
27th August 2011
We received an email this evening from Julia letting us know that Bluey has settled very well. He hasn't touched his stitches following being neutered and is a wonderful dog. He has a lovely nature and gives everyone he meets a lovely greeting, doesn't seem bothered by other dogs and wasn't bothered by tonights thunder. 
29th August 2011
Received an email from Julia this evening letting us know that Bluey is fast asleep next to her bed at the moment where he will stay until she gets out of bed in the morning. What a treasure he is. He has got used to her young daughter now and never bothers when she makes silly noises or dresses him up in scarves.
While out walking this afternoon he never moved when Julia was shaking a tree to get her lurcher's frisbee down and a small branch broke off and landed on him. He is so quiet and just stood and looked at her to see if there was a problem! 
10th September 2011
Received an email from Julia today letting us know she is putting coconut oil on Bluey's nose to see if it heals the sore, as the information she read suggested. She also got some Vaseline with sunscreen for the remote chance he goes out in the sun!
13th September 2011
Received an email from Julia letting us know that the coconut oil seems to be improving the condition of Bluey's nose. The scab on the left is softening and hopefully healing underneath. The right side still has the open sore, which does still bleed if he catches it, but she thinks the oil is improving it, so she will continue to put it on.
19th September 2011
Bluey's nose has nearly healed now, but still has small scabs either side.   The bright pink has calmed down to a pale pink. 
25th September 2011
When Julia called in this afternoon she was laughing when she told us of Bluey pinching her mackerel fillet as she turned away from it to get something – turning back she found him walking off with it in his mouth.
Following the skin biopsy taken from his nose a few days ago for suspected discoid lupus and of which we are still awaiting the results his nose still looks quite sore, but then it would with 3 disolvable stitches in it..
28th September 2011
This afternoon Julia brought Bluey over here shortly before his new owners arrived to complete the adoption paperwork and take him home with them. Bluey looked well despite the stitches still being in his nose. He bonded well with his new owners and happily jumped in the back of their car for their journey home where we hope he will have a long and happy life.
9th October 2011
We phoned Bluey's new owner this morning to let her know we'd received the letter and lab reports etc. concerning Bluey's nose and the skin biopsy results. These we would pop in the post for her so they could give it to their vet so they are aware of Bluey's skin condition on his nose and of what has taken place already to avoid the necessity to do it all again.
Bluey seems to be settling in fine, loves going in the car, meeting all the relatives especially their daughter who he loves to greet and wants to play with.
A slightly different complete food was initially purchased, which seemed to make Bluey want to soil constantly - even wanting out in the middle of the night. A bag of the complete greyhound food that we always use and that he had while in his foster home was then purchased and the need to soil in the middle of the night stopped. These two complete foods were almost identical with just one item being in a higher dose in one bag than the other and his new owner thinks it may have been that, that was causing the problem.
23rd January 2012
We received a phone call this afternoon from Bluey's owners saying he just wasn't happy, and they don't know why as they've tried everything. He's still soiling and wetting in the house even when they are there, keeps whimpering and whining and doesn't like being left on his own. However, he loves meeting people and other dogs, so they were wondering if he would be better re-homed to a family with another dog. They phoned a few weeks ago with similar issues, we had a long chat and they said they would try again. As we hadn't heard anything we hought all was okay, but apparently this has not been the case. Arrangements were made to bring Bluey to us tomorrow morning.
24th January 2012
This morning Bluey arrived back and once all the transfer paperwork was complete we awaited Julia's arrival. Julia fostered Bluey before he was re-homed and wanted him back with her as she thought him a lovely dog and would settle better as she knew him and he knew her. What a greeting he gave her when she walked through the door, happily walked out to the car with her and jumped in waiting to go back to his foster home.
29th January 2012
A couple of days to settle back in, a couple of accidents in the house and now Bluey is back to his normal happy self. Not too sure of being left on his own though. Julia says he is a gem, has settled back into their routine as if he hasn't been away, everyone is pleased to see him back to his normal self and the children t in the school are happy to see him coming to greet them all again.
7th February 2012
There was heavy snow last night and during Bluey's morning walk Julia was shocked to see all his feet bleeding around the toe nails. Having got home, bathed them and put some cream on them they stopped. It may be that Bluey is affected by either the cold on his feet or the salt. Julia hadn't noticed it before when there was just a light covering of snow, but she will keep and eye on it from now on and if necessary put him some boots on to protect him. All rather baffling at the moment.
27th May 2012
This afternoon Bluey's new owner's arrived to collect him and take him home with them. There was much excitement in the air and once all the paperwork was complete he drove off with them to his new home where we hope he will have a long and happy life.
When Julia, who had been fostering him arrived with him she only stayed a short while. Bluey was one of her favourites and tears were welling in her eyes when she brought him in, so a quick goodbye and off she went as she said it would be too difficult to watch him go, even though we know the home he is going to is just perfect for him.

11th July 2012
We heard today that Bluey is doing great with his new owners. He took a couple of weeks to settle in, but wow, he has now and they love him to bits.
17th July 2012
We received an email today thanking all of us for giving Bluey's new owners a chance to give him a new home. After a trying couple of weeks when they first brought him home, he has finally gained trust in the family. It took him a while to realise that when they left the room they weren't leaving him, and he used to cry, whine, and pace up and down, which wasn't pleasant, but now he's fine, and the perseverance paid off.
What a character he is, with a personality to match. He just loves being comfy !!! He goes from one bed to another to laze away the day till his walks, apart from when he is eating them out of house and home!!
He loves his new bed and toys and when he isn't getting attention he squeaks every toy he owns until he does.  
When the first person wakes up and lets him in the garden, everyone has to be up, he makes sure of it. 
They have fun walking him, he just has to learn that when his ball is thrown,and he goes running after he is suppost to pick it up, not look at it as if  to say' 'Am i going to have to pick that up or are you?'
In June Bluey attended a greyhound rescue walk in Blackburn at the local country park, where he met other retired greyhounds, none as cute as our boy though!  Bluey is adored by all family and everyone who comes into contact with him love him to bits. He has come so far in a short space of time, even grabbing the attention of all the ladies now. You can be assured that Bluey will have the best of everything and want for nothing in his life now with them.
20th December 2013
We received a Christmas card today letting us know that Bluey is keeping very well. His owner's say he is amazing, very settled and content with them, and he's adored by all. He's a real charmer, and boy, what a character he has!!
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Blue greyhound asleep
In our garden
22nd August 2011

Blue greyhound
. . . and again.

Blue greyhound
. . . and again.

Blue greyhound asleep
Bluey asleep in his new bed
5th September 2011

Blue greyhound asleep
. . . and again.

Blue greyhound
Taking a nap with Maisie
24th September 2011

Blue greyhound
Morning walk on the fells
7th March 2012

Blue greyhound
Enjoying the fells
3rd April 2012

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