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Ch. North Country Right On Time n/e

This is "Remy", my first collie and my first champion.  When we got married we had 3 mutts from the local shelter. I wanted a purebred dog to compete with. My husband had always had collies and I grew up with German Shepherds. I wanted a big dog that had the intelligence and short coat of a GSD but didn't like the frou-frou aspect of a Lassie dog. A friend of my sister's had a sable rough male. While visiting her one night, I leafed through a Collie book and came across a picture of the late great Ch. Kings Valley Hallelujah CD, taking the broad jump. I thought this blue smooth was the most beautiful dog I'd ever seen. Phone call after phone call led me to Judy Griffith of North Country Collies, who had a blue smooth male for sale. I really wanted a bitch but decided to drive the 2 hours anyway to Vermont and look at the 8 month old male. "Remy" left with me an hour later. I had intended to do obedience & agility with him, but Judy got me hooked on conformation shows and we spent the next 2 years becoming a team. "Remy" died just 3 weeks after finishing his championship  right after being used at stud. It's been more than 20 years and I still get weepy looking at his picture. Remy's descendants from that one litter can be seen at Pembroke Collies in Idaho as most of their current dogs trace back to Remy's tri-headed white smooth daughter.