Because there is life beyond the track


‘Website Woof’ presents Belle. Belle was born in October 2015.

We hope you enjoy reading the volunteers’ descriptions of their walks with the hounds. If you would like to find out more about Belle please visit our kennels and talk with a member of staff.

The kennels are open daily for hound walking from 11am until 2pm and are located at Burhill Kennels, Turners Lane, Hersham, KT12 4AW. Tel: 01932 224918

Belle went on a home stay one weekend. This is a report of her first experience of being in a house

Belle came to stay with us for a long weekend to get her first taste of life in a home environment. She is such a little poppet and trying very hard to overcome her nervousness.

She travels well in the car, watching the world go by for a little while and then she just quietly lays down and stays there until it’s time to get out. She coped very well with all the noises of a household (i.e. washing machine, dishwasher, blenders etc). The only thing she did not like was the TV. There was a lot of sports coverage at the weekend and she was particularly uncomfortable hearing ‘stadium noise’. We saw the same fear reaction when walking her past a playing field where a football match was going on.

Belle was happy spending most of the time relaxing in the sitting room with us and by the second day she was brave enough to approach us for a little fuss and attention. Unfortunately, our whippet girl was not particularly welcoming towards her (which she accepted without reacting to it!) so Belle had to sleep downstairs by herself at night. This was no problem for her and we did not hear a peep. She does need a set routine for feeding and going to the toilet. When she is unsure she just doesn’t eat and does not do her business until she absolutely has to (she can hold on for a very long time). We finally worked out to feed her alone in a room and on the third morning she stood by the back door to be let out. She is a clever little girl and quickly picks up on what’s required.

Outside she walks without pulling on the lead as long as she is in a quiet environment. However, she does not like people coming directly towards her and she is particularly scared of young children. Crossing the road in time solved the problem and I am sure her confidence will increase with more exposure to the outside world.

Belle is still a baby and in those moments when she forgets to be scared she is very loving and affectionate. She really wants to trust, but the chain of events that landed her in a stray pound at such a young age clearly wasn’t pleasant. She would blossom in a quiet home with a predictable routine for her to feel safe, preferably with a confident dog as a companion.


Belle is an aptly named beautiful girl who enjoys comfort and quiet. She is a nervous little lady that likes the company of a confident boy to show her the ropes. She did leap into the car and lay down immediately and didn’t stir on the 10 minute journey.

She enjoyed the company of the other two hounds but loud noises such as prams or ringing mobile phones frightened her. We met a friendly young Labrador that Belle wanted to avoid. I’m sure with more socialization Belle will happily walk passed other breeds, but until she feels comfortable it is her choice to steer clear of other dogs.

She is a gorgeous girl who would blossom in a quiet home until she gets familiar with daily noises and her confidence grows.