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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Fostering Greyhounds & Lurchers

Why foster?

A greyhound or lurcher is for life not just for racing and working - some are ill treated and they all deserve a second chance.

Fostering is a bridge between the dog's working, racing and kenneling lifestyle with retirement and home living. It provides stability for their first real contact with the world outside racing. It can often help re home dogs easier as it removes or reduces some of the stresses and problems involved with settling the dog into its new home because by the time they are re homed they are often house trained and getting used to living in a 'home' environment.

Greyhounds and lurchers coming into rescue have usually been living in kennels, sheds or garages. When they arrive they often have to stay in a 'kennel' environment until they are found new homes, which can take anything from a few days to a few months - even years. Therefore, the longer they are in rescue the harder they can be to re home so fostering is the 'bridge' that helps this process.

When a dog in Rescue, living in kennels finds a new home they are often 'kennel trained' but not necessarily 'house trained'. The vast majority will have never been inside a house so televisions, washing machines, lawn mowers, bathrooms, stairs, glass doors and food being prepared in kitchens are all quite new to them - fostering helps them understand these new things and helps with the adjustment to home living thus reducing the risk of the new owner not being able to cope and putting them back into Rescue.

Why we wanted to foster
Because of our four lovely dogs - George was our first rescued dog and never having had one before we found it quite difficult getting to know him and learning to appreciate that he was often terrified of everyday things that we just took for granted. Each rescued dog is an individual, has sometimes had its

Relaxing after a long hard day
Indi, Flash and Bobby
relaxing after a hard
day in retirement!

A contented Penny and Bobby
Penny with Bobby - Oh what a life!

Out for a walk
Bobby, Red, Kelly and Indi out for a
walk on the 5th November 2004

character stifled and is somewhat of an 'unknown quantity' so in the early days we often don't know what their true characters are because of the way they were kept by their original owners. When we took Penny and Bobby we had no idea what they were like as we were only told a little about their circumstances leading up to them going into rescue. We took them home knowing nothing about them and found it took some time settling them in, especially Penny who took some months to adjust because we believe she had been raced, kept in a shed or garage and when fell out of favour fed vegetable scraps and left over 'takeaways' before being taken to the vet to be put down. We often found her very difficult taking for walks and had we not all persevered she could well have been one of those sent back into Rescue for being too difficult - she turned out to be our lovely, darling Penny who was one in a million and sadly missed.

We are not experts and don't profess to be. We have a lot to learn and welcome help but we wanted to foster greyhounds and lurchers because we love them so much. We love their laid back attitude, their gentleness, loyalty, love and companionship. It was Penny who made us decide to foster, for it was her love, devotion and gratitude, which made us want to help give others like her, George and the others a second chance.

Saying goodbye to Flash who was our first foster dog
Saying goodbye to Flash
What we do
As foster ers we receive dogs and look after them until new homes are found. The dogs usually come direct from their original owners and the amount of information we are given is very much dependent upon how much the owners wishes to divulge.

We tend to work on the principle of starting a fresh, but bearing in mind the odd snippets of information we know of them. We welcome them into our home , house train them and encourage them to be part of the family. They join in family life, go for walks, go shopping, to the pub, on day trips and holidays with us. We try to offer them stability outside their old lifestyle and provide the patience to help them trust people if they have been abused or neglected.

The first few days are very hard work and I liken it to being given a young adventurous toddler to look after - they are into everything and when you can't hear or see them you automatically think they are up to mischief - but then you slowly get know them and they you and things begin to go at a much more slower and sensible pace.

We are not perfect . . . .
If you have any useful tips that could help us settle new dogs easier then we would love to hear them and perhaps include them on the site to help other new owners settle their dog into the family way of living. Contact us.

As fosteres we have a policy that if any home doesn't work out for our foster dogs, whether it's as a result of one of our home checks or another members' home check then that dog comes back to us. It's traumatic enough for a dog to go through the kenneling, adoption and rehoming process let alone knowing they are not really wanted before they are returned to us. In coming back to us rather than into a kennel or to another fosterer, we feel, enables them to settle down again much faster after the trauma and this helps in the re-homing process.

As we've been fostering for some time we sometimes feel we tend to be given the dogs that are not always straight forward. The easy straight forward ones are often rehomed straight from the kennels or given to the less experienced fosterers so when reading our diaries please bear this in mind.

. . . and a word of thanks to . . . .

We couldn't do what we are doing without the help of our two greyhounds. Bobby, who has enrolled himself as 'chief trainer' and Indi as his 'assistant'. We've had Bobby a long time and he knows the score and. Indi's doing a fine job as his assistant but she still needs a watchful eye at times. The assets of both dogs are invaluable to a new one coming into the house because all they need to do is watch and follow them and they won't go far wrong.

Saying goodbye . . .
The hardest thing about fostering a greyhound or lurcher is saying goodbye when the time comes for them to go to their new home. Deep down you know they are going to a good home where they will be loved and their moving on leaves the door open to help another, but we give them 100% love and affection from the moment they arrive and even if they only stay a short time the bond is already there. Flash was our first, we had him just 3 weeks but when he left the house seemed empty. Stuart (my husband) and I felt hollow inside, Bobby was quiet and Indi went into a sulk as she had lost her playmate. A few days rest then a new arrival and the hard, but very rewarding work starts again.

However, it may not be goodbye for ever because most are re-homed in the area so hopefully, we can keep in touch with their new owners and perhaps see them if they go to any of the many events held in the area. These events are often occasions where the dogs, and owners meet to say hello and have a chat.
With Charlie at his follow-up visit
With Charlie at his new home
during his follow-up visit on
the 13th November 2005

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