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 for Kash the Dog for Christmas. We bought a 4lb density memory foam mattress topper for our van when we go camping and we couldn’t keep him off it. So we found this bed on Amazon.com. 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. (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!

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?)

border collie-aussie

 

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!

collie mix

 

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!

Border Collie-Aussie mix

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)

Border Collie-Aussie

 

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.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog
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.

border collie-aussie

 

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.

red aussie
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!

wild turkey

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!

Border Collie-Aussie mix

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?

Border Collie-Aussie mix

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)

Collie Mix

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

 

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.

Border Collie-AussieKash

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

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.