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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Esther arrived on Tuesday 24th November 2015
Went to her new home on Thursday 31st December 2015.
Sadly Esther was returned on Monday 4th January 2016 because her
new owners said she failed to settle and cried for 3 days.
Went to her new home on Friday 4th March 2016

Esther's arrival and a brief history
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Esther - Brindle Greyhound
Esther is a beautiful dark brindle ex-racing greyhound who is house trained, spayed, inoculated and microchipped.
Esther is a very affectionate girl now that her arrival nerves have settled. She walks lovely on the lead, is okay with other breeds of dogs and children. She loves playing with her soft toys and balls and travels well in a car. However, we've noticed when she moves to a new home those arrival nerves re-appear for a few days so anyone wishing to adopt Esther will need to take this into account and be patient with her - she is well worth the wait.

Her annual inoculation is due on the 16th December 2016

This picture was taken on the 27th December 2015

Went to her new home on Friday 4th March 2016.

Esther's Diary
* The branch kennel at the bottom of our garden is where Esther and the other resident(s) will be for the first day or so until she gets to know the other greyhounds. She has use of our garden and paddock, and once she gets to know the other dogs she will be allowed in the house during the day and all the dogs will then take it in turn to sleep in the house at night, so they become use to sleeping in both the kennel and the house.

24th November 2015
This morning Stuart met Tom Edgar from the West Cumbria Branch of the RGT at Penrith to collect two greyhounds he'd collected for us. One of which was Esther although as far as we were aware she had no pet name at the time.
When they got back here both Esther and Jackson were put in the kennel and settled in.
1st December 2015
Esther is slowly getting used to her name, but I wish I could bring her in the house, but there isn't the room because she is more interested in getting out the kennel area and running round the garden than she is of me being around her. She's still quite nervous of her new surroundings and not too responsive to being cuddled, but I'm working on that one. To be fair though Mickey arrived recently and she's in the kennel with him. He's only 17 months old and weighs nearly 38k so he's a big playful pup and I think her behaviour may be something to do with him wanting to smell or play with her all the time. She seems to sort him out without growling at him though, but I find her hard to get to stand still for too long. I've seen this type of behaviour in a dog in the kennel before and once I get them in the house they change instantly and settle down.
27th December 2015
This afternoon we did a home check for a family who are wishing to adopt Esther. Advice was given regarding the fence and Esther got on fine with the two Jack Russells, even when one tried to nip her she just side stepped it and turned away. She wasn't too sure at first about the shetland pony because he was the same height as her but different! Leaving him alone she went to explore the fence where the next door neighbours chickens were - they were a different ball game and with these she showed a lot of interest, so the water spray would be needed here to persuade her trying to catch them was not a good idea.
31st December 2015

This afternoon we heard the fence had been sorted, bed, food
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The branch kennel
* The branch kennel

Esther - brindle greyhound
In our kitchen
7th January 2016

Esther - brindle greyhound
In her new foster home
9th January 2016
and feeding bowls purchased so could Esther be adopted this afternoon? Esther's new owner brought us a video of the work carried out to the fence and the bottom of the farm gate. All looked good so we completed the paperwork, they chose her a new martingale collar and put her coat on because it was raining. All ready and off she went to her new home where we hope she will have a long and happy life with her new family.
1st January 2016
This evening we received a text saying that Esther was settling in well.
4th January 2016
We received a phone call this morning asking if Esther could be returned. She has cried for nearly 3 days, won't leave their side and when they left her on her own for a couple of hours she urinated in the house. No matter what they did they couldn't settle her.
She'd got on fine with the two Jack Russells who lived outside and happily went for a walk with them, but the moment she was back in the house she became very unsettled.
Back home here she settled instantly.
Pondering over the situation we know Esther can get a little unsettled in a new environment as indeed some dogs do, she showed that when she first arrived and lived in the kennel then again for a short while in the house, but after a while she settled. We wondered if she had fretted at being inside while the Jack Russells were outside (her new owners had tried many times to encourage the Jack Russells in the house, but they didn't want it and were happier outside). At night the Jack Russells slept in the utility room while Esther had the run of the rest of the house. Perhaps she felt the pack should be together - I don't know.
7th January 2016
Well Esther has been fine since her return. She's settled, sleeps well at night, there has been no separation anxiety and there have been no accidents in the house. She loves her food, and she can become a bit excited as it's being carried to her stand and she wolfs it down if she's not being fed on her own. Once her food has been eaten she knows to go outside where she instantly does a wee on the gravel.
8th January 2016
With Esther arriving back and us going on holiday early next week we asked Nicole, one of our volunteers if she could look after Esther for us while we were away. Nicole arrived with her mum and two dogs, a whippet and a lurcher this afternoon to meet Esther and to see how they all got on together. They were fine and arrangements were made for them to come and collect her tomorrow.
9th January 2016
This afternoon Nicole and her mum arrived to collect Esther and take her home with them where she will be fostered until we arrive back from holiday. Nicole later emailed to say she was settling in and currently asleep on the settee.
21st January 2016
We heard today that Esther is doing fine lazing about the house. She keeps having diarohea so sometimes Nicole has been giving her food just the dry food but soaked, it might have been with her coming to a new place.
22nd January 2016
We heard today via Facebook that Esthers having a great time, she's playing with Nicole's dogs and attacking all the toys. She says she's a lovely girl and she's having a great time.
14th February 2016
This evening Nicole returned Esther following her stay with her while we were away on holiday. Here are Nicole's comments about Esther while she stayed with her written as if by Esther:
" I'm waiting to find my forever home. I enjoy human company and get really excited when I see other doggies. I will often come and place my head on your lap for a bit of love and I have learnt to give you paw when I'm laying on your sofa and don't want to get down. I would be the perfect companion as I would follow you everywhere and be your best friend. I prefer to spend as much time with you as possible and I enjoy going out even if it is just for a ride in the car as long as there is a big boot and a duvet I'm content. Whilst I was having a holiday at a foster home I travelled to Preston with my whippy foster brother and I was happy just snoozing on my duvet whilst he was getting judged. I also liked staying in the car in the warmth whilst my fosterers went to feed their ponies. I get really excited when I'm going out and I wag my tail and hop on my back legs when I see another doggie, I just like to play. I walk perfect by your side on the lead and I am a pleasure to walk. I like being fussed and I dont mind children but I like to be left alone to sleep. I can be your best friend and I have lots of love to give I'm looking for a home that will give me lots of love and maybe a sofa smile emoticon because as soon as you get off yours I will be on it, I just love comfort. I also love playing with toys too".
15th February 2016
Sarah and Tony were wanting to foster Esther while we were on holiday, but couldn't because she'd been adopted a couple of days earlier so they fostered Robbie instead. Yesterday afternoon when Sarah heard Esther was coming back from her holiday with Nicole she phoned to ask if they could foster Esther with a view to adopting her if she was okay with Mickey, the parrot, and all the small dogs on the promenade and beach near where they live. Just after 11 am this morning she called and collected her.
27th February 2016
We heard today that Esther has settled in very well, she is still a bit anxious with other dogs but they are working on this and have found if they approach the dogs she settles down. They have seen Esther improve everyday and hopefully this will continue. 
Dr Doolittle ( Tony ) has been in charge of feeding and her stomach and loose stools has cleared up so she is gradually being introduced to a bit of variety now. 
4th March 2016
Today Sarah and Tony who have been fostering Esther since we returned from holiday completed the adoption paperwork and posted it all back to us. We wish Esther and her new family which includes Mickey a long and happy life together.

(If you have any information about any of them please let us know so we can update their pages
DURING 2011 - Kane, Kanga, Adelle, Benny
DURING 2010 - Freddie, Monty
DURING 2008 - Izzy
DURING 2007 - Joe, Paddy
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