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Hareswith Academy Award (Velvet)

Velvet, or Hareswith Academy Award was litter sister to Grace. When I decided to keep a bitch from Heidi’s first litter I simply couldn’t decide between Grace or Velvet. So David suggested we keep both for a year and see which was the better. Well - that was a number of years ago now - so I guess they were both staying!

They were, however, very different in temperament. Velvet was very laid back - not a lot fazes her! She was extremely loving, was constantly smiling and in her element when our friends’ children come over to play!

Velvet produced her first litter in October 1999 to Stanroph Squadron Leader. As you can see in this photo she liked to let her sister help! One of those puppies is doing very well in the show ring and has gone on to qualify for Crufts.

Her second litter, to Rosaceae Ideal Forecast at Purbarn were all wonderful, 2 girls and 5 boys. All now with their new families - all enjoying life to the full!

Like all my dogs Velvet was a good all rounder constantly winning firsts at both open shows and being placed in Championship Shows. When we lived in England she used to come “picking up” with us all - however it depended on her mood if she retrieved birds or told her sister where they were!

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Velvet had been shown a few times in France, winning 1 CACS, 1 RCACS and 1 BOB, she retired from the show ring at the age of 9 and enjoyed a leisurely life at home

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Pedigree of Hareswith Academy Award