Trudy Seagon – Legacy

We at Lakeland Trailhound Welfare would like to pay tribute to Trudy Seagon who passed away in 2015. We would also like to extend our deepest sympathy to Trudy’s family for their loss. Trudy had been in touch with Trailhound Welfare over the years. Her parents had 2 hounds that they adopted 15 years ago, Sam and Jack.  Trudy left a generous donation to Trailhound Welfare for which we are indebted.

Team Trailie to the rescue!

When retired trailhound Jan went missing on a visit to Norfolk, her distraught owners from County Durham put her details on DOGLOST. Eagle eyed trailie owners saw the appeal and shared the information on Facebook. Norfolk trailie owners joined together to go out in search parties to help look for Jan. With the help of their trailies, a cooked chicken and a lurcher called Chattanooga they managed to catch the nervous Jan and reunite her with her family. We would like to thank Jan’s owners for their very kind £50 donation to LTW.



Thank you for your support in 2015

We would like to thank all our volunteers, supporters, adopters, supporting rehoming charities for their support. In 2015, we took in 76 trailhounds (and 1 foxhound puppy who needed emergency medical treatment). As well as privately homing a number of hounds, we have been so lucky to have the support of Dogs Trust, WARS in Malvern and Margaret Green Shelter in Devon. Without them all, we could not rehome so many hounds.

Thank you to family & friends of Peggy Horsley

Peggy and Buacail 3Peggy Horsley, one of hound trailing legends, sadly passed away in August 2015 at the age of 90. She is well known for her association with a number of famous hounds, Buacail being one of the most noted as 3 times Champion in the 1970’s. Peggy from Borrowdale has sometimes been referred to as ‘The Lady in Red’ as she always wore a red garment which may have contributed to Buacail spotting her at the finish line and putting an extra spurt on to get to her. For anyone interested in reading about Peggy and Buacail an article about them was printed in a book called Lakeland Profiles by Red Woods. Click the link HERE to read the chapter in full.

Peggy’s daughter Ann, and granddaughter Andrea, felt as Peggy adored her hounds so much, that a fitting tribute would be to ask for donations from friends and family on behalf of Trailhound Welfare. A total of £504.67 (which included £103.52 donated at Mirkholme trails) was raised. Thank you so much to all who contributed. It means a lot to a small organisation like ours to have your support.

Thank you to the BHTA

Megan BHTA 3Massive THANK YOU for the Border Hound Trailing Association for raising £320 for LTW at their Sandale trails last Sunday. Thank you to Barbara Telford for arranging it, Jenny Horn for donating the cake money and all supporters who attended. We really appreciate your support.

Thank you Helen Farrer

Thank you so much to Helen Farrer for raising £165 for Trailhound Welfare this summer. Helen raised the money doing car boot sales and we know how much time it takes in terms of preparation beforehand, then a long day selling followed by all the work packing things away after. Helen has a retired hound and a currently racing hound and is supportive of the work we do. Once again, THANK YOU. If anyone else would like to support us, please get in touch as we can provide a few leaflets. See our ABOUT page for more info.

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Jane runs again for trailies on October 4th


I am running my first (and my last) marathon on 4th Oct 2015 in Chester. It has been a something I have dreamt of doing since watching the London Marathon as a child but being useless and sport and being a bit of a couch potato it has always seemed an impossible dream. Well it must have been a midlife crisis that galvanised me to attempt to do this. It has been a long time in training – I started running 4 years ago and having completed 3 half marathons it is time to do the big one. Though the hounds could do this in at least a couple of hours it will take me much a lot longer!!  I have 6 hours before they take the finish line down so I want to cross it before then (it will be close as I am anticipating it will take be aroud 5:45 – 6 hours according to my current training times). It will be the last because I have really not enjoyed the training and have struggled to find the time to fit this in around work and because I don’t think my limbs will let me (especially my knee).

Please support Jane to achieve her dream and support our trailies by donating at

Update: Jane ran the marathon in 5 hours and 25 minutes. WELL DONE. At the moment, she has raised £265 for Trailhound Welfare but there is still time to donate if you follow the link above.

Thank you to the Mark family of Cumwhitton

Lakeland Trailhound Welfare would like to extend its sincere condolences to Alice Mark and her family, on hearing that David Mark passed away recently. 4 generations of the Mark family are involved in hound trailing and many people will remember their hound Summer Flight who was senior champion in the BHTA in 2003, 2004 and 2005. At the recent church service, donations were invited on behalf of Lakeland Trailhound Welfare and the sum of £650 was raised. We would like to thank everyone who contributed as that is an incredible donation for a small organisation such as ours. We are a small charity that is run entirely with volunteers so the money will all go towards the care of hounds before they go into their new homes.

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Eileen Robinson

12/05/2015. I think many people have now heard that Eileen Robinson has now retired Cold Fell Eileenfrom Lakeland Trailhound Welfare due to ill health. I know that everyone, trailers and adopters alike, will all remember Eileen for her utter dedication and passion in homing retired trailhounds for almost 20 years. She has been instrumental in the successful rehoming of over 1,000 hounds.

Eileen is not currently able to email or speak to all her well-wishers, but I know we are all thinking positive thoughts for her and her family, and hope that she is able to make a full recovery.

We are planning a rather wonderful retirement gift for Eileen. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed and we will let you know in due course what gifts we have bought her.

Over the years, Eileen built up contacts with a number of reputable rehoming centres all over the country that were able to help us to find wonderful new homes. She always had very high standards about where she sent hounds. Thanks to the reputation she built up, we have been continuing the rehoming since her illness in mid-January. We will carry on privately homing hounds as well as sending them to other centres. Please do not hesitate to contact Sue Lloyd if you have any questions or if you have a trailhound to rehome. Before her illness, Eileen had been discussing retiring this year and it has always been her dearest wish that the rehoming continues. Let’s make it happen!

October 2015. Thank you to everyone who donate towards Eileen’s gifts. We commissioned 2 paintings of Eileen and Keith’s hounds, Matty Brown & Jimmy Brown. We also bought a number of other gifts for her. Please keep Eileen in your thoughts.

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Donations – thank-you!

Thank you to Ann & Ian Bell who donated £100 to Trailhound Welfare in May 2015.

At the Helton trails in April 2014, Ann & Ian Bell very kindly donated £120 to Trailhound Welfare from money raised at practice trails at Grayrigg over the winter.

At the 2012 May Day trails at Kirkstone, we were presented with a cheque for £120. Thank-you to Ann & Ian Bell for raising the money at the winter trials.