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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Oscar arrived on Thursday 25th August 2011
Went to his new home on 3rd october 2011

Oscar's arrival and a brief history
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Black greyhound
Pat and Jules along with their own greyhound and whippet are fostering Oscar who is a handsome black ex-racing greyhound who was born on the 3rd May 2005. He weighs 31.8k and is cat friendly, neutered, house trained, inoculated and microchipped. He travels well in the car, walks nicely on the lead and is fine with other breeds of dogs.
Since Oscar arrived here we've learn't from his previous owner, who also runs the rescue kennels, and has done so for many years, that although Oscar has been in the rescue side of the kennels for a while one of the registered volunteers has been taking him out on a regular basis. Every weekend for the past 6 months he's been either taken out by her and her family, or staying the weekend with them and visiting a local pub, which he's enjoyed.
Oscar's Diary
25th August 2011
Pat collected Oscar this morning and having brought him here to check his details, get him microchipped and take a few photographs she took him home with her to foster until he finds his forever home.
26th August 2011
We received a phone call from Pat this evening letting us know that Oscar is settling in well and a pleasure to have. He's had a couple of accidents in the house, but he's getting there. They nipped into town today to arrange an appointment with the vet for Oscar to be neutered, and that has been arranged for next Wednesday. While there Pat weighed him, and he weighed in at 31.8k. Round town he walked well on the lead, said hello to some children and was interested in what was happening around him.
He's eating well, was a little grumpy with Remy, and visa versa over who was going onto the 'favourite' sofa, but this is called 'kennel space' and adjusting the 'pack order', and is normal and to be expected. it was soon resolved, and later they were found happily sharing the dog bed together.
He's met Pat's young grandson along with some other children and was fine with them and Pat's noticed that when you are walking out the house he tends to stop at the door and waits for you to go first. This may be because Oscar recognises her leadership skills because of the level of training she reached
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Black Greyhound
25thAugust 2011

with Remy, here own greyhound who became a Pets as Thereapy and Reading Assistance dog.
29th August 2011
Pat's been out walking with the dogs today. Remy and Hendrix were running around off the lead as they always do and Oscar, because he was a new foster dog, walked quietly by the side of Pat taking in all that was going on. Two young children, one aged about 5 years, the other about 2 came running up to say hello to him and within seconds they had their arms round his neck giving him huge cuddles - and he loved every moment of it.
31st August 2011
This morning Oscar went to the vet to be neutered and when Pat collected him in the afternoon to take him home he was looking a little sorry for himself, but with a good night's sleep he should be feeling much better tomorrow.
13th September 2011
Received an email from Peter and Anne who are now fostering Oscar to let us know that Oscar is fine. What a lovely dog!  He was certainly hungry and very thirsty last night when he arrived so he ate a good meal. He went out two or three times with the others before settling down for the night downstairs in the crate . We never heard a sound from him all night. He has had a good meal this morning, has been out and already met our two local cats together neither of whom is afraid of any dog! He showed no interest so he certainly lives up to his cat-friendly name! We haven't had a single grumble from him and this morning he was fed with the others with no problems. At the moment he is choosing to be in the crate but the door is open for him to wander around as he pleases. We are just letting him find his own feet in his own time. He is such an affectionate dog I would be surprised if we have him for very long.
15th September 2011
Peter and Anne emailed to let us know that a couple who are interested in adopting Oscar are calling tomorrow afternoon to meet him.
Oscar had rather an unsettled sort of day yesterday but is fine today - so much so, that he's been hurling his teddy around and pouncing on it and playing with a ball with his tail going like the clappers. He's been barking at Errie, their collie X in frustration because she's not sure about him at all yet, or anyway, not enough to play with him !
Oscar has been very reluctant to venture beyond the first couple of steps on the stairs, but he will go up and down now quite easily.
He's been happy and felt more secure sleeping in the crate, but is now beginning to spend more 
time out and laying on the other beds in the living room and loves looking into the garden through the child gate at the back door. Oscar comes regularly for a fuss and is a lovely gentle and affectionate 
dog who has a very sensitive nature.
16th September 2011
We heard today the visit by Oscar's potential new owners went well this afternoon and Oscar took to the gentleman in his wheelchair straight away, so much so they would like to adopt him upon their return from their holidays.
28th September 2011
Oscar seems to be much more settled this past week or two and he is a lovely gentle, affectionate dog.
Peter and Anne had hoped to wean him off the crate by now but they are still using it at night as that seems to be where he wants to go and reduces the risk of him having an 'accident' in the night when wandering. They say he does seem to drink a lot of water at one go when he wants a drink. He's not drinking constantly during the day, but at the times he does drink, he drinks a lot, so needs to relieve himself on a regular basis. He is much better at letting them know when he needs to go out by pacing, then squeaks and will sometimes even go to the back door. Now he's doing this the accidents are getting less, but he can't seem to go very  much more than two hours in the day without a wee. This may, or may not still be nerves considering all he's been through recently.
3rd October 2011
This morning Oscar went to his new home. Peter and Anne took him there and I met them because his new owners live half way between us. Oscar was quite quiet at first, but we are sure he will soon settle in okay. After the unsettled start Oscar has had we hope this will be his forever home, and we wish him a long and happy life with his new owners.
15th December 2011
We heard today that Oscar went to the vets recently because his new owners were struggling with him. They said he had no personality, was wanting to eat all day long and toileting was a problem. The vet said his body had 'shut down' because he couldn't cope with everything that had happened to him recently and stress was giving him irritable bowel issues. He was put on Zylkene, which is a natural sedative for dogs along with some Metronydozol to slow his gut down to stop his food passing through so quickly. Within 48 hours he was a different dog.
He's now finished the course of medication and is on two meals a day, his stools are as they should be, and they've had no accidents in the house for a few days now.
Oscar is now picking up toys, throwing them in the air and pouncing on them, he's playing, snuggling up to them, coming for cuddles and is more inquisitive about his surroundings. Indeed he's a changed dog and they are so happy they took him to the vets for advice.
8th September 2012
We received a phone call today asking if we knew anywhere nice that Oscar could stay for a couple of day while they went away, and I offered a couple of suggestions. Asking how Oscar was they said he was fine and they love having his company. The young grandchildren adore him, and when out for walks the four year old holds his lead. Oscar, bless him walks at the youngsters pace, stops when she stops and walks again when she walks. He's perfect and appreciates it's a youngster with him. Their one year old grandchild lays on the floor with him and touches him, holds his foot and plays with his tail - Oscar just lays there and takes it all in his stride. Occassionaly, he will grunt as if to say what are you up to now, but doesn't move and the child continues to cuddle and play with him.
They are really pleased with him and he's getting on well. He wanders round their garden and loves playing with his squeaky toys.
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