Kash, Border Collie-Aussie Mix Travels Well

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Took A Trip

Border Collie-Aussie dogs are smart. They are also know for being rambunctious and fidgety. Not one to sit still long periods.

Well Kash the Dog goes into what we call vacation mode! He changes from his never stop moving self, to a calm, very good passenger/traveler who doesn’t bark unless provoked.

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Kash the Dog swimming at Horsetail Falls in Oregon

We travel two lane roads when we go on vacation. This August we went from South Bend, IN to Bend, OR on highway US 20. It took us right through Yellowstone Park. Of course, our Border Collie-Aussie dog Kash was with us!

We would make it a daily goal to find a clean, clear body of water for Kash to swim in. He has been swimming all over the United States and even once in Canada! He has been in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, all the Great Lakes, and countless rivers and lakes.

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Glacier National Park

Kash loves to swim. He can’t wait for you to throw a stick! Sometimes he makes believe you threw the stick and charges out into the water like he is fetching something – just for the heck of it!

River swimming

Kash the Dog likes to charge waves rolling in with his mouth wide open. What a shock when he does that in the ocean and gets a mouth full of salt water! He is used to swimming in Lake Michigan, nice “fresh” water. His nose wrinkles up and he spits and sputters with salt water.

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He does not like the ocean salt water!

All in all, we always seem to have a good time on vacation. It really helps when your dog is well behaved. I attribute it to the online dog training course we invested in when he was a puppy. You can check the dog training course out here. Best Dog Training Course

Border Collie Aussies are smart. Sometimes too smart. They can learn bad behavior as easy as good behavior. So train your Border Collie-Aussie dog right and you will have a lifetime of awesome, loyal companionship from your dog.

Thomas & Kash

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Thomas & Kash the Dog


Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs. Awesome?

Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Rocks!

Kash Flow, our dog, who is a Border Collie-Aussie mix critter has more Australian Shepherd traits than Border Collie. He is built wide in the butt, weighs between 60 and 70 pounds, and is solid muscle.

Kash has that ultra high pitch, annoying, brain piercing bark that Australian Shepherds seem to have. At one point before we got the bark under control (somewhat) his barking would hurt Shelly’s ears so bad it would bring her to tears! Now, he controls his bark judiciously.

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High pitched bark drives squirrel up a tree!

Kash the Dog is a fantastic companion/family member. He does not stray out of the yard, is a great watch dog, and listens pretty good. It was not always that way. (other than always staying in the yard)

His favorite spot to lay and watch is on our deck. That is home base to him. This is his command center where he strategizes his attacks on squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits. He never hurts them, only wants to play with them and learn about them. (I swear).

My wife was slowed down with a medical condition just a while back. Now, Kash the Dog adores Shelly to the max! So when she was down in bed, he would lay right next to the bed. When she was healing and taking slow short walks, he would slow his pace to hers and walk so passionately with her. He IS a good dog!

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Kash the Dog sticking close to Shelly.

Dog Training Courses needed for sure!

So, I know that Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs are one of the smartest dogs around, but Kash seems to be wired a little different. He learns by just talking to him as if he knows the English language. I only wish we knew how to train him better. We invested in some dog training courses early on that have helped tremendously.

This is all probably stuff I have talked about in the past, but it is such a joy to have a dog that doesn’t wander, listens to commands, a fierce protector, and a lover dog to top it off!

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Hug your dog, they are family!

Thomas & Kash

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Thomas & Kash the Dog


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Border Collie-Aussie Mix Rules

Kash the Dog, a Border Collie-Aussie Mix is a Happy Dog!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix is such a smart and happy dog. He seems to understand English. He adores my wife to no end. They have this unique bond – maybe because she is the one who picked him out of the litter of four.

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Kash the Dog, Happy dog!

We walk in the woods every day. Kash the Dog is an awesome squirrel hunter. He is always scanning the trees looking for that bushy-tailed critter. When he spots one, he lets it be known that he sees it! That sharp Aussie bark!

He knows all my little tricks I use to get him to look at me when I want to take his photo. He does not like his picture taken. Is that weird or what? He will NOT look at me if I have the camera pointed at him. How does a dog know?

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I am watching tadpoles!

Kash the Dog was fascinated by the tadpoles in our pond. He is kind of scared of frogs though. (long story) The tadpoles must have hibernated over winter because they are over 2 inches in length already! He is a curious gentle dog.

When I talk birds into landing in my hand, Kash the Dog comes over and so gently sniffs them. Some dogs would make a quick snack out of the bird.

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Kash the Dog sniffs a chickadee.

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Well, time for a walk in the woods with my trusty Border Collie-Aussie mix pal, Kash the Dog.

Thomas & Kash

Kash the Dog a Border Collie-Aussie Mix Flies

Kash the Dog Flies Over The Snow!

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Dog flies over snow.

Kash the Dog, our Border Collie-Aussie mix four year old dog thinks he heard a mouse under the snow! He jumped from our plowed driveway into the deep snow. He came up with just a snout full of snow!

If you have followed this blog from the start, you will remember what a difficult time we had with this collie mix dog. We don’t think he is wired correctly. (maybe he is and we aren’t) Anyway, he is a very good dog, well behaved for the most part, but still has a small jumping issue.

We invested in a few dog training courses which were very helpful and highly recommend them for this type of dog. We still work on dog training weekly.

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Handsome Collie Mix

Now Kash the Dog is smart. There is no doubt about it! He once watched me install a latch on our gate and the minute I was finished, he went right up to the latch and tried to open it by flipping it with his nose!

But for some reason (maybe because he is a herder) he does not track animals like rabbits, squirrels or other critters by smell. He just hasn’t got that talent which I thought would be a natural for any dog.

He is a sight hunter. He has what seems to be an uncanny ability to see the slightest movement, or notice if something is new or out of place. He is always checking my eyes to see if I see something. We seem to communicate with our eyes. It’s kinda weird how we do that. My wife gets mad because she thinks we gang up on her.

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Kash scanning the horizon

Well if you have a puppy, young dog, or a head-strong dog, you might want to look into this pretty darn good dog training course. It’s an online dog training course, easy to learn from, and you will be surprised at how quickly your dog “just gets it”!

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Well the snow is too deep right now for both Kash the Dog and I to go hiking in, so we make several trips up and down our 600 foot driveway. Kash did make it out to the “squirrel tree” out in the swamp, a 900 foot round trip, and he was panting when he got back!

He will probably take a nap in his large orthopedic dog bed First-Quality 6" Thick Orthopedic Dog Bed | Pure Premium Memory Foam | Ideal for Aging Dogs | Helps Ease Pain of Arthritis & Hip Dysplasia | Waterproof | 180 GSM Removable Washable Cover (36" x 24" Grey & Ocean Blue Trim) New Price: $78.76 Old Price: You Save: $19.99 ! He sure does like that bed!

Hope for a early spring!

Thomas & Kash the Dog

Border Collie-Aussie and his master
Thomas & Kash the Dog


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Kash the Dog, My Border Collie-Aussie

Kash the Dog is a Border Collie Aussie mix that ROCKS!

Kash the Dog

My mother-in-law stayed with Kash the Dog at our house while we were gone for a few days. She thought she would teach him to speak but it turned out to be something else. So now every time you say “speak”, Kash the Dog rolls over and sticks all four legs straight up in the air! He is not wired right.

We kicked up a coyote the other day walking in our woods. It jumped up from under some downed trees and just looked at us. Then a split second later Kash the Dog took off after him. I immediately called, actually yelled loudly for Kash to stop. He did and came right back to me. A good dog!

Kash the Dog

Being a Border Collie and Australian Shepherd, he IS a smart as a whip kinda dog. He doesn’t have the Border Collie speed or agility, but he does have the Aussie build. He talks too! If you tell him to do something he doesn’t want to do, he grumbles and gives you the “stink-eye”. Then he does it.

Kash Flow Fouts


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 Merry Christmas from Thomas & Kash the Dog!

Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie Mix & I Are Back!

A Lot Has Happened to This Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Since I Last Posted!

Here is tonight’s photo of Kash the Dog walking on water!

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We have done a lot of adventures since this past winter (which was brutal!). We went on 2 vacations, both adventurous, one without Kash and one with Kash. My mother-in-law stayed with Kash the Dog at our house for our Spring 2014 adventure. She is the only one we would trust with our pooch.

We went diamond mining! It was so cool. We went to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. (www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com) We spent quite a bit of time sifting through dirt, always with that wonderful feeling of hope, but did not find one. The guy nearby us found one and showed it to us. You wouldn’t recognize it as a diamond! It was worth about $170.00.

The second vacation, we took Kash along on a 16 day road trip, all on backroads, to Maine and Canada. We especially liked upper New York, and Vermont. Well Maine was awesome too! Ate some fresh “lobsta” and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We saw a black bear and three cubs in Vermont. She was a beauty! All shiny jet black and I was able to get fairly close. (calculated risk)

Black bear

Kash, being a Border Collie-Aussie mix needs to run. Often. So when we couldn’t let him run, we would find places for him to swim. He swam every day except one on our “down east” vacation.

Kash the Dog

We stayed in “The Dodge Lodge” 8 nights. I had built a platform in the back of our Dodge Caravan out of wood. It was custom built to fit plastic bins under it (5 of them) to hold our clothes, food, and accessories. Then we put 8+ inches of memory foam on top of it, made screens for the windows, and built in a cooler. It was so comfortable we preferred it to staying in a motel!

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We even browsed around the famous Woodstock, NY for a day. What a neat little town! I could come back here and hang out a while. Some cool hippie looking dudes and dudesses. Canada was scenic, but we couldn’t read French and it was discouraging to try and deal with some of the antique dealers, so we went back into Vermont.

I’ll reveal some more adventure stories and photos with the next post.

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and Thomas Fouts

Border Collie-Aussie Mix Needs to Run Everyday

Our Border Collie-Aussie dog named Kash has cabin fever.

Kash is getting weird. As Border Collie/Aussie mix dogs go, they are high energy and need to burn that energy every day.

The snow is so frickin deep here in Michigan, (we live near Lake Michigan) that poor Kash can’t even burrow through the snow! It is 38″ (I measured) on our main trail around our property. Kash can only jump/hop through the snow, and I am way to out of shape to go any distance in the deep crap. (can you tell I’m sick of snow?)

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When we do go out tromping through the snow, Kash does get worn out. Me, I am nearly dialing 911 by the time we get back.

Border Collie-Aussie dogs are very smart, energetic, and can be kid of neurotic when things get out of sync. At least that is what I have noticed with Kash. He can get grumpy when he doesn’t get to unload that energy buildup.

The other thing I have noticed is that he gets cold quicker than some of the other dogs I have had. They have thick, very fine hair, but thin skin. In his defense, I should say it has been unusually cold, sometimes well below zero!

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Kash checking the weather, looking for Spring.

We do play with toys a lot in the house. One of his favorite toys is a stuffed beaver. That was the first toy my mother-in-law gave him. He took it from her hand and immediately started humping it! He was only 12 weeks old! We still play with it daily.


Well, it’s back out to finish shoveling. We were blessed with another 8 inches of fine snow today. They said maybe 3 inches, ha! I have been shoveling for an hour and still have another 20 minutes of shoveling to go.

Next time we post, it will be thawing. It is supposed to get above freezing for the first time since December 3, 2013, in a couple days. I need to get the snow off the barn and garage roofs before they collapse.

Until then, pet your dog nicely.

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and his master

Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix is Camera Shy

Kash Flow, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog just hates my Panasonic Lumix Camera

We shopped around for a Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy at all the rescue shelters until we found one. I was sure I knew what I was getting into, after all, I “thought” I was a dog whisperer. Wonkdonkeyhoohoo! – The pup proved that I’m not a dog whisperer!

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I did end up taking about 5000 photos of this crazy Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy his first, very trying 6 months of life at our house. I used a Panasonic Lumix FZ35 Digital camera, which was new. The third week, Kash the puppy ran past me, his head went through the camera strap, and snatched the camera right out of my hand!

Off he went running, scared to death of this black thing bouncing behind him with every increasingly fast stride. Through the mud puddle, over the gravel, and landed in the snow bank where I tackled him. The camera was scratched, full of mud and snow, but somehow survived.

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That Panasonic Lumix FZ35 has taken over 250,000 photos and still going strong. The Panasonic Lumix that was an earlier model took over 400,000 photos until it developed a brown spot on the inside part of the lens. (maybe it was the full on direct hit by a fire house at a structure fire I was shooting that did it)

Now I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ60K, 16 mega pixel camera. I took 3100 photos on our last vacation and it did awesome! (still have all 3 of my Panasonic cameras and they all still work)

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That is my public service announcement for today. The Panasonic Lumix cameras have been tested, abused, and loved by Kash the Dog and Thomas the Master. 5 Stars!

Thomas & Kash the Dog

Border Collie-Aussie and his master



Border Collie-Aussie Mix Was Difficult as a Puppy

Our dog Kash, a Border Collie-Aussie mix was not a easy dog to raise as a puppy!

Kash Flow, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog is a very good, loyal, smart, and lovable dog! He wasn’t always that way. From the first day, he was a challenge. He was also smart.

I always thought I had a way with dogs. All of my dogs had been exceptional, smart, behaved well, and totally loyal to me. Kash was different. He is not wired the same as most dogs.


This video touches on the first six months of his life. I constantly had to assert my “alpha dog” status, day in, and day out. From biting, to barking, and totally ignoring commands, to not letting you pet him, and even growling at you for eye contact, he was difficult.

I just had a gut feeling that I would get through to him eventually, and he would become the dog that I thought he could be. It took a full six months. Then it was like a switch flipped and he became such a good dog. A lover dog! Totally opposite from what he was.

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Kash and his new “cat”

Kash the Dog is now a smart, very smart dog that learns just by listening to what I say. We also use “eye signals” very effectively. He watches my eyes for commands, and then takes action. It makes my wife so mad because we kind of gang up on her sometimes. She can be calling his name, he’ll look at me for the sign, ignore her, or run to her, and then act on my nod of the head or our eye signs. Smart dog.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs in my opinion is probably one of the smartest dog on the planet. Of course, your dog maybe the smartest in your world. All dogs can be great companions if treated correctly.

We bought a fantastic dog toy for Kash the other day.


This has been a fun toy while cooped up due to heavy snow/weather and has kept Kash occupied with us in the evenings.

Well, until next time, hug your dog.

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and Thomas Fouts




Kash the Dog, Our Border Collie Aussie Mix Loves Snow

Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Are Smart

Kash the Dog, a Border Collie-Aussie mix, is smart, sometimes too smart. He learns stuff just by telling him what to do, like in a normal conversation. (when he wants to)

Other times, he totally ignores what you are saying (and you can tell) when he has something else on his mind. Kinda makes me mad at times. But I’m kinda the same way.

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Kash loves to play and hike in the snow. He is constantly begging me to go for a walk, more so than usual. I think he wants to find the animal that is making the strange tracks in the snow, a mystery that I can’t figure out either.

I think it may be something unusual, because it’s not a fox, coyote, big cat, but something that like to patrol waterways and looks to be about the size of a raccoon or slightly bigger. Raccoons are not out in the winter time around here, unless there is a thaw.

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Red Aussie?


The coyotes and deer have been active in my area as of late. Sometimes I worry when I let Kash out at night to go to the bathroom, that he will take off after a coyote. Even though Kash is bigger than a coyote, I don’t think he is a good enough fighter, especially if there may be more than one.

When he takes off after something in the dark, I can call, yell, even scream at him and he doesn’t come back until he is ready. It has been getting worse lately. I have been thinking about a Remote Control Training Shock Collar. 

Have any of you ever used one of these for training purposes? I know there is a vibration mode, because I surely would hate to shock the dog all the time. Let me know if you use a shock collar for training, please. (in the comments below)

Christmas is almost here. Less than a week away, so I better wish you a wonderful holiday season and may all your dreams come true.


Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and Thomas Fouts

Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix Are Awesome Dogs!