‘Website Woof’ presents Beryl. Beryl was born in May 2012.

We hope you enjoy reading the volunteers’ descriptions of their walks with the hounds. If you would like to find out more about Beryl 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


We were very lucky to have sweet Beryl stay with us for a few days over the festive period. A cottage on the coast was our destination. Beryl loved travelling in the car and was able to relax on her duvet during the two hour journey. Once at the cottage, it took Beryl less than 5 minutes to find her bowl of water and to make herself comfortable on the sofa (she is such a clever girl!).

Beryl was a little anxious on the first 2 days, which is normal and expected of a dog with no previous experience of home life, but despite her concerns she never whined or barked. She reassured herself regularly by checking where we were, especially during the night, just to make sure she was not alone. Beryl showed excellent manners whilst indoors. She never tried to jump on our bed (she was clearly happy with hers!), was able to tell us when it was time to go outside to do her business and there was not a single accident, even overnight. We were very impressed by her quick adjustment to being in a house!

Beryl loved her walks (both short and long), walked happily by our side, did not mind the rain and mud or having her paws cleaned before going inside and she thoroughly enjoyed getting a lot of cuddles while relaxing on the sofa. She can do stairs easily and is always happy to get in and out of the car (if there is a comfy duvet, of course).

Beryl found the outside world extremely interesting and her very curious nature made her stop several times to stare at sheep, cows, children running on the beach and even at a radio controlled car which was moving extremely fast. Despite her lively and very charming personality, Beryl seems to be lacking in confidence and would definitely benefit from the company of a “more mature and experienced” hound to help her overcome her anxiety. Beryl still needs some work with other breeds (especially if small and fluffy) as she becomes overexcited if other dogs come too close. We found that distracting her by simply going to the other side of the street, changing direction or keeping some “security” distance, helped calm her and she continued to focus on her walk.

Beryl is still a young hound ( 5 and a half years old) so she still has plenty of time to learn! With more exposure to the outside world (both human and canine), patience and love, darling Beryl will be able to blossom into a fantastic family pet. It was very hard for us to bring her back to the kennels as we both fell in love with her. We hope she will be able to find her forever home (and sofa) very soon.


‘Beryl is a popular lady because of her wonderful zest for life. She readily jumped into the car and settled quickly. She walked well in a group and handled the stairs with ease.

She has perfected her very own stop and stare gaze, which I call the ‘headmistress gaze’. When she sees something of interest, a cow, calf, swan, duck or other breed, she stands all square on a loose lead with a fixated gaze on this new sight; I don’t even think she blinks!!

Beryl finds it hard to contain her excitement when she meets other breeds up close, as she bounces up and down on the spot. It would be a lot of fun to see life through Beryl’s eyes.’

Beryl went to Painshill Park with Clíona B. on November 5th 2017. This is what Clí said about Beryl:

‘Beryl is such a great character. She expresses interest in new things by jumping up and down on the spot. She loves the car as she is clever enough to know that it brings her somewhere fun.

The park was quiet and we only met one scruffy terrier who was having a bad day. I expected Beryl to do her thing and bounce up and down, rather than pull on the lead, but even she knew to avoid this grumpy fluffy.

Her kennel mate Champ has recently gone to a lovely home and I hope it is Beryl’s turn soon.’