Border Collie Aussie Alert

Kash, the Border Collie Aussie mix dog goes on vacation!

Kash is just so cool! He goes into “vacation mode” when we take off on our two lane road trips. He just turns into the patient, well behaved Border Collie Aussie angel dog!

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Swimming at Old Man’s Cave, Hocking Hills, Ohio

We took off and went to Cuyahoga National Park first and visited The Beaver Marsh. It was a good place too view and photograph wildlife, but it is just a little early to get a lot of views of the critters.

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We saw turtles mating, but this was just a bystander.

When we travel, we like to take two lane roads, back roads, and avoid expressways if we can. You just get to see so many more cool things that way. Plus, we get to find great hiking trails and swimming spots for Kash the Dog!

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Kash the Dog and his master Shelly, who he just adores!

We even went to Roanoke, Virginia so Kash could meet the black dog “Grace”, who Black Dog Salvage is named after. We love the Salvage Dawgs TV show on the DIY Network, so went went there and visited. Kash met Grace, and we met Mike and Robert, the stars of the show!

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Mike was gracious and kind. He is a tall dude!

Grace the black dog at Black Dog Salvage looks like she is getting up there in years. She posed and didn’t really care if we were there or not.

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Grace, owner of Black Dog Salvage!

Kash the Dog, our Border Collie Aussie, has excellent behavior in motel/hotel rooms. He just knows he can’t bark, even when babies are crying next door and kids running through the halls hooting and hollering! He just is so good!

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Kash the Dog on a hike catches the light!

Well there you have it. Kash the Border Collie Aussie returns from another successful two lane road trip!

Always be kind to your dog.

Thomas & Kash

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Thomas & Kash



Border Collie or Australian Shepherd?

Who is More Intelligent?  Border Collie or Australian Shepherd?

Australian Shepherd or Border Collie? Tough question. Probably impossible to answer. Because there are so many variables, including lineage, training, and environment, it’s tough to compare.

I do know one thing, they can both be smart as a whip! But smart doesn’t always mean easy. They can be “bad” smart just as easy as “good” smart.

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Good smart
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Bad smart

Dog Training Course – Do They Help?

I am lucky – now! Our first six months with Kash the Dog, our Border Collie and Australian Shepherd mix furbaby, was going down the path of uncontrollable bad behavior. Luckily I had invested in an online dog training course that helped tremendously.

With consistent work at training the dog everyday, all day, finally paid off in a big way. At six months, long after when normal people would have probably given him back to the rescue organization, he flipped a switch and became a lover dog!

Now if you have read this blog from the beginning you all know this story. But what I am saying now, is all that information and action steps I took from the dog training course I invested in, certainly paid off in a huge way!

Let me tell you the story.

We went for our usual walk in the woods, taking the trail I take in the morning. But this particular morning, Kash stopped sideways blocking the trail. I could see in eyes and action that he was trying to tell me something.

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Smart “life saver” Australian Shepherd

He would not let me push past him. He kept looking down the trail so I thought it was maybe coyotes. We stood there a minute until I gave in and turned around. We walked about 20 steps and CRACK! A tree crashed down across the trail! And then a second one fell!

Now how did this Australian Shepherd that we almost gave up on, know that those trees were going to fall, right where we were going to walk? The weird thing was, there was slight to no wind at all that morning! Maybe saved my life!

Well that’s my story. Who cares what breed is the “smartest”, because for sure, your dog is the best dog ever!

My Border Collie and Australian Shepherd dog does come from two intelligent breeds, both in the top ten. But Kash the Dog is smart, lovable, brave, loyal, and trainable, all good traits.


Pet your dog and hug him.

Thomas & Kash

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Thomas & Kash the Dog 




Dog Bones, Dog Snacks

Healthy Dog Snacks, Dog Bones, Create a Dog Snack Business.

Healthy Dog Snacks! Have you ever wanted to start your own business that takes your passion for dogs, providing them with healthy dog bones, baked dog snacks, and other items you can sell to make extra cash?

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Have you ever thought about being able to stay at home with your pets/children and turn your passion into a home based business that could give you financial freedom? Wouldn’t that feel gratifying?

I have often thought about an online business that involved Kash the Dog, our Border Collie-Aussie mix. I think I could combine photography, Kash, and dog treats somehow. And now I found a solution to the dog bone snacks business!

Imagine baking healthy dog snacks that you know exactly what ingredients went into them. And then, after trying them out on your dog (Kash) for approval, you sell them to others that are looking for safe, healthy dog snacks. Sounds like a win/win situation!

Dog Bone

Well this is quite a departure from what I usually write about, but it really caught my interest and with all the uncertainties in the air right now, I am going to start an online business. One that involves what I like, and something that will provide a healthy solution for dog snacks. Something that other dog lovers love to do – reward their dog with a snack they know is healthy.

If you want information about this idea/product, don’t hesitate to look into this.

Start Your Own Healthy Dog Snack Business

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That was delicious!

Kash the Dog and I have been taking daily hikes through the woods photographing the fall colors! Michigan is incredibly vibrant with colors right now – at least in SW Michigan and on The Blue Racer Ranch!

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Out in the Blue Racer Ranch woods.

We have been amazed with the color, and the pleasant weather! Kash the Dog just got his “hunter orange” vest that he wears when walking through the woods. It is bow deer hunting season right now and with Kash’s coloring and white tail, thought I better protect him.

So I’ll be working on a healthy dog snacks business plan that will somehow include Kash and my wife. I’m totally excited!

Thomas & Kash

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Thomas & Kash


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Kash the Dog – An Artist View

Kash the Dog  Has Been Painted!

An incredible and talented guy named Ori Bengal was given several photos of Kash the Dog, otherwise known as Kash Flow Fouts, and commissioned to have a painting made. This is just a practice piece:

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Painting by Ori Bengal

Check out his website:

I have been following Ori Bengal for at least 5 years, ever since he started doing “one art work a day”. To see how his art has changed from year to year, month by month, and day by day, has been a source of inspiration to me.

He is the definition of focus, determination, perseverance and creative genius. He not only does painting, but sculpture too! Of course, not every piece is my style, but I appreciate all the pieces of work he has done, and many just blow you away!

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Painting by the incredible Ori Bengal!

Ori Bengal offers a pet painting/portrait service and is a pleasure and a joy to work with. He has a very easy website to maneuver around and submit you photos and story of your pet. He loves dogs, has a passion for dogs, but will paint any pet for you.

His website is He is very responsive to questions and will do a fantastic job for you.

That is my public service announcement for today. I wouldn’t even post about this if I wasn’t totally impressed, and appreciative of the art he has already shared with the world.

So, with that said, I’ll tell you about a life saving action that Kash the Dog did, it may have saved my life! So stay tuned and be watching for the next post of the further adventures of our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog named Kash!


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Thomas & Kash the Dog

Border Collie Aussie Information – Kash Flow

Border Collie Aussie Information

Our Border Collie Aussie mix dog named Kash Flow, is such a good and smart dog. With Border Collies and Australian Shepherds being listed in the “top ten” smartest dog breeds, having a mix of these two is quite a treat!

Kash the Dog!

Kash travels well with us in our modified Honda Odyssey when we take our cross country, two lane road trips. He goes into vacation mode, which is much different from his behavior at home.

At home, our Border Collie Aussie mix is lively, energetic, talkative, and super playful. When on vacation he is somewhat subdued, quiet, and very obedient. It is an amazing transformation. He just realizes that he is in a different situation and adapts to the moment.

As we travel we are always looking for a beautiful, clean, and safe place for Kash to swim. He loves to swim! He has been in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Mississippi River, St Lawrence Seaway, Hudson River, Klamath River, Columbia River, all 5 Great Lakes and many many more bodies of water.

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Kash just adores Shelly!

Kash was one of 4 Border Collie Aussie puppies that the North Star Border Collie Rescue Organization had up for adoption. He was the runt of the litter. Now he is the biggest. One of his brothers is an almost identical twin, another brother is a sleek, quick, Flyball champion, and the he had a sister, which I don’t know too much about.

We had quite a time trying to get him to bond with us. It took a full 6 months before he became the wonderful companion he is now. He would bite us, bark out of control, jump on us, wouldn’t let us pet him, and seldom would stay in the same room we were in.

Then at 6 months, it was like a switch flipped and he became such a lover dog! And to think at least a dozen times we were going to bring him back to the rescue organization. In the back of my mind I always knew he would be a great family dog, and that is why we never gave up!

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Kash guarding the castle!

So there is a little bit about Kash the Dog, our Border Collie Aussie mix pooch. He is a valued member of our family!

Pet and hug your dog!

Thomas and Kash

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Thomas & Kash


Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Digs Vacation

Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Travel Well

Kash the Dog, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog loves to go on vacation. He slips into vacation mode, which is really uncanny. He knows he cannot bark in a motel room, behaves incredibly well, and is a pleasure to be able to take him on long road trips.

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Ha ha ha, he is actually rubbing his butt. A horsefly was after him!

We tend to take long road trips in our van with a custom sleeping platform so we can camp most nights. It is set up with screens for the windows, fans to stay cool, and a memory foam mattress for comfort.

Even Kash the Dog has his own memory foam dog bed. He also has his favorite dog toys and his new leash. and we just bought him a collapsible dog dish.

Our goal every day is to find Kash a clean place to swim. He loves to swim and he gets to expend some of that pent up energy from riding all day. He has swam in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Mississippi River, under a couple different waterfalls, and all the Great Lakes. Plus countless other rivers, lakes and ponds.

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Swimming near Deer Lick Crick, South Haven, MI

Kash the Dog, being a Border Collie-Aussie mix, is high energy. And talk about smart! He listens so intently when I explain things to him, and I swear he understands the first time!

Kash has learned to communicate with us through a Fisher-Price basketball machine. He “dunks” one and it cheers “yaaaa”. He uses that to answer questions and to ask for water, or to go outside.

So Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs are usually quite fast. This one, not so much. His brother is built different and is like lightning. He is a Flyball Tournament Champion and travels a lot to different tournaments. They have gotten together but Kash is intimidated at his speed and won’t fully engage in play.

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Kash the Dog whizzing on his first fire hydrant!

Well, as soon as I get the latest vacation photos uploaded I will post some of Kash the Dog, a bodacious Border Collie-Aussie mix, hunka, hunka love on four feet!

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Thomas & Kash


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Kash The Dog Rocks

Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Is Smart!

Kash the Dog, a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog is handsome too!

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Kash the Dog

Kash was not always a pleasant dog. We had issues bonding the first six months. Almost brought him back to the rescue organization a half dozen times those first six months!

Then like a switch flipped and he became the well behaved lover dog and loyal companion that he is today. That dog training course that we bought online paid off.

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Kash the Dog travels with us on our two lane road adventures when we take off in the van. He has his own memory foam bed, special harness, food bowls, and healthy dog snacks.

He has swam in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, all five Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, Columbia River, and many,many lakes, rivers and ponds across the country.


I take a lot of digital photos of interesting items, scenic vistas, and really cool vintage roadside attractions on our two lane road adventures. I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ60 and love it. It’s lightweight, has a great telephoto, and can take a beating.

I usually take close to 4000 photos a trip and then it takes me days and days to go through them and pick out the ones I like. I love to share them on photo sites. It’s a passion, not a money maker!

Here is a Kash the Dog, A Border Collie-Aussie Mix video!

Kash the Dog, A Border Collie-Aussie Mix

Kash the Dog has his own website called He is not a real fanatic about posting at regular intervals, but gets a lick in there now and then.

Well, until next time…

Hug your dog.

Thomas & Kash

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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)

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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




Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix Are Awesome Dogs!