Dog Survival Kit. Is it Necessary?

A Dog Survival Kit? Come on…

Kash has a dog survival kit. I put on together a few years ago and I keep updating it yearly.

There is a pretty good one that is available commercially if you don’t want to take the time to gather the dog survival kit parts and pieces yourself.

For your dog survival kit, you can get a small knapsack or even a gym bag, put some small sealed bags of dog food, an extra leash, an extra collar, copies of your pet’s immunization records, portable water pouches, a portable bowl for food/water, and any medications your dog made need. This is a start.

There, I tried to make it easy by providing links to some dog survival kit items. This is just to give you an idea. You can custom make your own by finding what works best for you and your dog. ( or if you have a cat too, here is a cat survival kit)

Dog survival kit
All fun and games until someone ends up in a cone!

Another item you may need is a first aid kit. You can use it for yourself as well as the dog. Just replace what you use or if any items get outdated. (I have needed our several times now!)

I know this is a bit of a departure from my usual style of reporting on events that have happened to Kash the Dog and I, but felt it was important to kind of make you think about being prepared.

Where we live, we are watching a potentially dangerous storm approaching with strong straight line winds and thunderstorms. Who knows, our power could go out for days, even weeks. I just want to protect my family, and Kash IS family, and be as comfortable and safe as possible.

So, think about what your pet needs before an emergency arises, as well as you and your family. Think, be prepared.

Thomas & Kash



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Border Aussie A Great Mix

Our Border Aussie is Smarter Than Your Poodle!

Who knows if that is a true statement or not. Every dog is different, has their own characteristics, skill set, and demeanor.

Border Aussie

Our dog Kash, is a Border Aussie, just turned 5 years old, and is a chunk! Everyone says we feed him too much. If you turn him over, you cannot find fat, you can feel his ribs, and he is solid muscle!

Kash the Dog loves to run. Sometimes he just takes off running and will run the perimeter of the yard, around the house and barn, and then come back and sit at your feet like he didn’t even leave!

He has another quirk. When he goes out to pee at night, he will charge all bravado like, barking ferociously, and then when he is satisfied that there is nothing to interrupt his “peeing time” he will then take a whiz!

Is that normal for a Border Aussie mix?  I don’t know. We just think Kash the Dog is wired a little different.

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Kash, a Border Aussie mix running like a crazy dog.

Well, I think most Border Aussie mix dogs are pretty smart on their own, but it’s how you teach them and what you teach them that really makes them shine.

They are fiercely loyal. It is hard for them to be away from you, the one they adore, the one they would protect at all cost, so separation anxiety can be an issue with some. Kash has a mild case of it. He howls, barks and carries on until we are out of site, then goes and lays down. A couple times I made him think I left, but I was watching him through a side window. He is a character, no doubt.

Hug your dog, take him/her for a long walk and stop to pet their ears and talk softly to them along the way. Thanks.

PS. I use a Panasonic Lumix camera to get shots of Kash. Here is a link to a similar one that I use.

Pansonic Lumix Camera

Thomas & Kash

Border Aussie

Border Collie Mix

Kash the Dog, A Border Collie Mix with a Big Dose of Australian Shepherd.

Can there be a smarter dog than this Border Collie mix? Of course, everyone thinks their dog is the smartest critter to walk the earth. But I’m voting for my dog Kash.

Border Collie Australian Shepherd mix

We have bought all kinds of toys on Amazon for Kash, but he likes sticks! But one of his favorites in the house is a:

Plush Skinneeez Fox 24-Inch Stuffingless Dog Toy

(that is a link to this toy on Amazon)

He grabs that fox first thing in the morning and then puts it back in his toy box when he goes to bed at night.

Kash the Dog has several different barks. I can tell if he is barking at a cat versus barking at a squirrel. I can also tell the difference of his bark if he recognizes a familiar car, or one that has not been in our driveway before.

And then he talks. In his own language of course. But you can ask if he has to go outside to do his business and he will answer (in his own noises) and it is a different noise if he just wants to go out on the deck.

Border Collie Australian Shepherd mix
Scanning for squirrels

He sits on a bench next to me in the woods and looks for squirrels. I taught him to sit still (which is hard for his Border Collie mix “breed”) and just scan the trees for squirrels. He loves it. When we spot one, he just waits for me to say “squirrel”!  Off like a rocket and then the all too familiar annoying squirrel bark!

One another whole subject, have you ever thought it through, if there were to be some kind of emergency and you had to evacuate with your pet? Would you be prepared?

Well I have been somewhat of a preparedness guy and think that you should have a dog survival kit. These are not real expensive, but can offer some piece of mind if you have one and an emergency plan.

You can always put one together yourself and keep it in a closet or handy place in case it’s needed. That way you can customize it to fit your needs. Something to think about.

Take your dog for a walk today, especially if it’s a Border Collie mix!

Thomas and Kash




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.

Border Collie Aussie
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

Border Collie-Aussie
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!

Border Collie-Aussie

Hug your dog, they are family!

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie
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?

Border Collie-Aussie mix
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!

Kash the Dog
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.

Kash the Dog
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.

Kash the Dog
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”!

Get more information

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 FurHaven Pet Nap Ultra Plush Deluxe 27-Inch by 36-Inch Orthopedic Pet Bed, Large, Gray New Price: $40.88 Old Price: $69.99 You Save: $29.11 ! 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


DISCLOSURE: You should assume that the owner of this website has an affiliate relationship to the providers of goods and services mentioned (links) on this website and may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. These are quality and trustworthy proven products, but you should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the Internet or offline. These products have a 100% money-back guarantee.


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


We just purchased a new memory foam dog bed Milliard Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed with Anti-Microbial Removable Waterproof Washable Non-slip Cover - Small - 24 in. x 18 in. x 4 in. New Price: $29.99 Old Price: $43.99 You Save: $14.00 for Kash the Dog for Christmas. We bought a 4lb density memory foam mattress topper Queen Size 3 Inch Thick, 4 Pound Density Visco Elastic Memory Foam Mattress Pad Bed Topper. Made in the USA New Price: $115.27 Old Price: $759.99 You Save: $644.72 for our van when we go camping and we couldn’t keep him off it. So we found this bed on It’s more than we wanted to spend, but it will last a lifetime.

 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!

Border Collie-Aussie Mix

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. ( 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!

Woodstock, NY


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

Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix Are Awesome Dogs!