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.

Border Collie-Aussie Mix

 

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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So I guess what I’m saying here is, Panasonic Lumix Cameras are quality, easy to use, and have my highest recommendation. I think it is because of the Leica lens that the photos come out so sharp and vibrant. So if you are in the market to purchase a digital camera and you don’t want to lug one of those heavy DSLR camera’s with all the lens, then look into this model below.

 

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.

Sincerely,

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and Thomas Fouts

Red Border Collie-Aussie Seen Wrestling Wild Turkey

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog caught a wild turkey!

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Can you believe it? While walking in our woods out back, I sat down on a log bench to empty out my shoe. Had a small stone in it. Well all of a sudden a huge ruckus of squawking and snarling, leaves and dirt flying, Kash tackled a big old wild turkey!

I immediately yelled at Kash to “drop it” and he did without hurting the turkey as far as I could see. It was about 50 feet or more away, but I don’t think Kash used his teeth on the big bird at all. He is usually pretty gentle, but does like to “catch” critters.

The turkey flew up into a big tree a hundred yards away and shook his feathers. Kash was looking pretty proud but at the same time a little bewildered. That was a big bird!

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Kash being so gentle with a bird that I sweet talked into holding it!

I have a weird gift that is hard to explain. Every now and then, and I never know when it’s going to happen, I have birds land on me, or they just sit there listening to me “sweet talk” them into letting me pick them up.  I have at least 10 pictures of different birds in my hand, or perched on my arm, and several of Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog sniffing them so gently. Weird, huh?

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So now you see, a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog can be gentle and calm when they need to be. Kash doesn’t seem to want to kill anything he catches. He just wants to play!

A word of advice. The ticks seem to be plentiful in Southwest Michigan. Protect your dog and do check your pet for ticks after going for a walk, especially if in long grass or a wooded area. Check yourself too! I have found several ticks on myself before they have bit and burrowed in.

I have found that bargain brand tick medicine doesn’t work so well. We tried some this spring and went right back to Frontline Flea and Tick Medicine. It works very well.

Hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash
Border Collie-Aussie and his master

Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Are the Best!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog is so Darn Good!

We searched specifically for a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog when we finally decided to adopt another dog after our beloved Kozmo, the wheelchair dog died.

Kozmo, our previous dog was such a great companion and taught both me and my wife a lot about life. She was part Border Collie and part Brittany Spaniel. I did a lot of research on Border Collies and Australian Shepherd dog because of their intelligence and loyalty.

Border Collie-Aussie

Kash the Dog, if you have been reading this blog since the day we brought him home, will know that we had a lot of trouble getting Kash to bond with us. He would bite us, bark with a brain piercing shrillness that drove us nuts. And he jumped on anybody that came over, including older frail people.

We even took the drastic step of getting a shock-bark collar that we only used twice. (thank goodness) He did learn something from that collar though. Me too! It’s shocking, I know. (it’s for sale)

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Collie Mix

Kash has become an incredible loving dog, where before his first 6 months with us, he wouldn’t even stay in the same room with you. Didn’t want to sit and be petted, and would rather bite your hand than have you rub his ears!

Now he comes right up to you and sits right against your leg, or puts his head in your lap, waiting for you to pet him, or, play with him. He is just a lover dog now.

The Border Collie-Aussie mix “smartness” is really becoming evident now. He is in this fantastic learning mode (2-1/2 years old) where he listens to what you have to say, especially if you are teaching him something. He wants to learn, almost begs to learn what ever you will teach him.

He loves to eat. Cleans his bowl at every meal. We feed him Blue Buffalo dry food, mix it with some healthy homemade dog food from our dog food recipe book that helped us immensely. We found it online and recommend it to any dog lover. More information is available at this link Homemade Dog Food Recipes

We have taken Kash on our vacations and he travels well. He has been to several states and swims in all of them. We always try to find a great swimming hole for Kash to swim. I didn’t know that Border Collie-Aussies love the water so much! He has 2 webbed toes on each front paw. I don’t know if that is normal or not. I suspect not.

 

Bayer K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs

We have been using Bayer K9 Advantix on Kash because of the ticks around our house and woods. It has been a very good product for us and Kash seems OK with it. When we tell him it’s time for his medicine, he gets up on the end of the couch and sits still until we get it all on. He is such a good dog.

Well, that it for now,

Hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and his master

 

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Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Have Thin Skin

“Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Have Thin Skin” said the vet!

I do think there is some truth to that. Kash seems to get small sores every time he goes through the swamp water. I do attribute that to thin skin or sensitive skin. Even though Kash, who is Border Collie-Aussie mix, has fine hair close to his skin, a double coat the vet said. He has a full luxurious coat that protects his skin topside.

Border Collie-Aussie Mix

Kash the Dog

Kash is a happy dog, so he doesn’t have some of the weird neurotic tendencies of some dogs of the same breeds. I think we were lucky that way. He is still a stinker sometimes, but for the most part he is a wonderful, smart, loving dog.

As any of you that have been following this blog and the life of Kash as he has been growing up, you know we had our challenges. So any people that have thoughts of adopting a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog, be ready for an smart energetic dog that wants to please.

Read this about Border Collies below to give you an idea of what these dogs are all about.

From Wikipedia: Border Collie

Border Collies make very demanding, energetic pets that are better off in households that can provide them with plenty of play and exercise with humans or other dogs. Due to their demanding personalities and need for mental stimulation and exercise, many border collies develop neurotic behaviors in households that are not able to provide for their needs.

They are infamous for chewing holes in walls, biting and chewing on furniture such as chairs and table legs and digging holes out of boredom. As a result, an alarming number of border collies end up in shelters and rescues every year.

One of the prime reasons for getting rid of a border collie is their unsuitability for families with small children, cats, and other dogs, due to their intense desire to herd; this was bred into them for hundreds of years and still one of their chief uses outside the household.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Collie

Kash the Dog - Border Collie-Aussie Mix

Collie Mix

I take Kash for a walk every day, through rain, shine, blizzard, heat, lightning, or heavy storms, just because he needs it and we love to go, period. (Kash is not bothered by thunder and lightning!)

Well, I know this was a scattered thought post, but I needed to let you know we are still here.

Hug your pooch,

Thomas & Kash

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

 

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Border Collie-Aussie Dog Chases Coyote. Coyote Faster

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix is Fast

But the coyote was faster! Kash, being part Border Collie and part Australian Shepherd is not only smart, but I thought VERY fast. Yet, when seeing Kash take off through the woods after a coyote, and watching just how much of a blur the coyote was, it was no contest.

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I think Kash could hold his own with one coyote, but often there are more. They have killed most all of the rabbits we used to have, but not the squirrels. There used to be a LOT of rabbits until the yotes came in. Even the wild cats we used to see have disappeared.

At 65 pounds of speed and muscle, he would give a good ripping to a 35-40lb coyote, if he had to. He would probably rather play with it, romping around in the woods, chasing each other.

Every day we feed the birds and squirrels sunflower seeds. I say to Kash, “time to feed the birds”, and he waits by the door for me. I open the door and out he goes, right to the big metal garbage can where we store our sunflower seeds. Then it’s off to the bird feeder to fill it up. We have a lot of birds that feed here every day.

Border Collie-Aussie Mix

Is there an optimum food for Border Collie-Aussie dogs? If there was, what would it be? What would the protein to carbohydrate percentage be? I have often wondered these things, as I know a bit about dog foods.

We feed our dog Blue Buffalo Chicken w/Brown Rice dry food. That is what he has been fed since we brought him home. He is so darn healthy and vibrant, I don’t know if I would change. We do feed him homemade dog food occasionally, we got the healthy dog food recipes from a ebook we bought online. I highly recommend this book if you want some good homemade dog food recipes and even healthy dog snack recipes.

Dr. Millers Healthy Dog Food – Homemade Dog Food Recipes

One more thing today. If you have a herding dog, or a collie type dog, and are about to buy some heartworm medicine, ask your vet about the recent findings that some herding dogs can be adversely affected by the ingredients in the heartworm medicine. I asked my vet and she was surprised that I knew about it, as it has just been discovered not too long ago.

Well, get out there and play with your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

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Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Loves the Snow

Do All Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Go Crazy Over Snow?

Our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog named Kash couldn’t wait to get outdoors this morning! He was whining and carrying on at the door like there was a squirrel or a cat out there he wanted to chase.

But, he knew that the first snow had fallen during the night and just wanted to run around and play in it! We first brought him home at 12 weeks old from the rescue organization and played with him in the snow, so it was the first memory he has of us and his home.

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Kash and his favorite outside ball.

We were up and outside before the sunrise this morning. Kash was so darn sparky and just full of energy for this early in the morning. We waited for first light before we headed into the woods.

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Kash coming down the trail.

After a nice walk through the fresh snow covered woods, we went in for a nice warm bowl of homemade dog food, well, Kash ate the homemade dog food, I had hot, steaming steel-cut oats and an egg.

I make Kash healthy homemade dog food to supplement the Blue Buffalo dry dog food we give him. I get recipes out of a ebook purchase online at healthydogfoodrecipes.com. It has recipes that are easy to make and Kash seems to love them, so I make it.

There are homemade dog snack recipes in the book as well. Kash really likes those a lot. Here is a recipe I posted before, http://www.bordercollie-aussie.com/healthy-dog-food/ it’s one that I came up with after making biscuits with other recipes. Try it, your dog will love them.

Kash caught a Blue Heron the other day! After coming close so many times this summer, he finally caught it, and it wasn’t pretty! I have never heard such hideous sqwawking from a bird ever!

I called Kash off the heron, (he obeys real good now) and he came running back to me all proud and excited. With a pat on his back, I grabbed my flashlight and camera and went to see how much damage he caused to the heron.

It was just getting dark when I found the bird, tangled up in the brush, but looking OK and didn’t seem to be scared. I talked to it for about four or five minutes, moved some brush, and told it to follow my flashlight beam of light.

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The Blue Heron that Kash caught

The Blue Heron, pictured above, followed my flashlight beam through the woods, took about 10 minutes until be got to the opening by the field. And then hesitated a moment, and flew off, straight at the rising, big yellow full moon. Awesome sight!

The next morning the Blue Heron was standing in our back yard when Kash and I went out. Seeing the bird, I left Kash on the deck and walked toward the heron. He walked toward me until it was about 20 feet away and flew off. I think it was just letting me know it was OK. Haven’t seen it since.

Well, hug your dog, and make some healthy homemade dog food for your pet. Your loyal pooch will love you for caring so much!

Happy Holidays,

Thomas & Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie dog that loves snow

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

 

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Kash, Our Crazy Cool Dog Goes On Vacation in Michigan

Kash, Our Border Collie Mix Dog On the Beach

We took our Border Collie/Australian Shepherd dog on a mini weekend vacation to view the colorful autumn leaves between our house and the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.

Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix Dog

We stayed in a disgustingly dirty cabin the first night. We made reservations online, the pics looked good (of the outside) and the price was right. Plus they accepted dogs without charge. That was the best thing I could say about this place.

Kash was even nervous staying in this place. Shelly slept in her clothes, coat, shoes and stocking hat the whole night. We left at the crack of dawn, cancelling our second night.

We took off early, seeing lots of deer along the way. We made it to M-22 Hwy and headed north. This is an awesome road to travel with a lot of interesting things to see and towns to pass through. We kept seeing M-22 stickers on all kinds of vehicles, so we are not the only ones fond of this road.

North M-22 Hwy

We also were sourcing antiques and collectibles for my antique store at Sweet Pickins Antique Mall, between South Haven and Bangor, on M-43 Hwy. Stopping at yard sales and estate sales is so much fun for me, and even Shelly bought a few items. The coolest one was a barn sale open at 6 A.M. in the morning!

We met a lady in a park we stopped at that also had a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog. It was a different color but had the same look in the face. Kash looks more Aussie than Border Collie, but this lady’s dog looked more Border Collie than Aussie.

Autumn leaves in Michigan

The color of the trees was better in some areas than others. On our way up, heading north, the color was just starting. We went over the Mackinac Bridge and drove around for an hour, bought some smoked fish, walked the dog on a beach, and headed back south. The color increased dramatically on the way back.

Our dog, traveled so well, he understandably would like to run around more than ride in the van, but he does well. I think it all has to do with how we trained him. We used a program we bought online called Secrets to Dog Training. This has been an invaluable source of information, especially with this type of breed of dog. Highly recommended!

I’ll post more on this vacation and Kash, our traveling Border Collie-Aussie mix dog a little bit later.

You can watch a video about our trip “up north” here at http://www.bordercollie-aussie.com/videos/ or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg_Z_Nui3HQ

Hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and his master

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