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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

 

 

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!

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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

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-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.

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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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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 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.

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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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Border Collie-Aussie Dog Gets Poison Ivy

Do Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs get poison ivy?

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie has what we believe is poison ivy. He runs through it all the time, and we (my wife and I) usually have it off and on all summer long from the poison ivy oils on Kash’s fur.

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Kash plays with his weasel.

He is constantly licking and biting all four of his feet. Could it be an allergy of some kind or poison ivy in between his toes? This is driving us crazy and probably himself as well. Not only the licking and biting, but it causes an odor from his feet. We used to think it was the smell of speed (because he is so fast) but not it just smells like dirty dog.

Any help on this from you readers? Thanks for your suggestions. (comments)

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Kash always the curious one.

Kash is always “up in our business” all the time. He always is checking out what you are doing, what is in your hands, and listening to the words we use. He keys in on the words chipmunk, squirrel, rabbit, frogs, who’s here, play, snack, nap, and the big one, Shelly. He adores Shelly.

He truly does listen to figure out what you are saying and learns really quick when we intentionally teach him something. The other day, Shelly taught him the command “excuse me”, meaning he needs to move when it is spoken. He learned it in a matter of minutes. Now all we say is “excuse me” and he jumps up and moves to another spot. It is so much better now than what was previously said. That’s what we learned from our dog training course we invested in early on.

We have still been feeding him the same dog food, Blue Buffalo, and he likes it. He is 64 pounds the last time we weighed him and the vet said that is ideal for his size.

We also make homemade dog food from the recipe book we bought online. It is chocked full of useful recipes that a dog owner can use. Highly recommended.

I don’t know if any of you have a problem with your dog chewing dog toys to pieces, but this is one that Kash has not chewed apart yet, a Kong Wubba, and he has had it for quite a while.

Shelly bought Kash a pillow the other day, asking me if I thought he would like it, I shook my head yes, ‘wink, wink”. He loved it alright. He had the stuffing torn out of it in less than five minutes and was throwing the pillow carcass around the stuffing strewn living room!

Kash thinks it is his duty to rip the stuffing out of any stuffed animal toy, so we have to choose carefully what we give him to play with. Anything that Kong dog toys makes is usually pretty sturdy and holds up well to an aggressive chewer.

Well that’s it for now, over and out.

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and Thomas Fouts

 

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We Saw a Border Collie-Aussie Just Like Our Dog Kash!

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog…

We saw another dog that looked just like Kash. When asked what kind of dog it was, they said a “red” Australian Shepherd.  Hmmm… We were told that Kash was a Border Collie-Aussie mix, but boy they sure look a lot alike.

We know Kash has a twin brother that looks just like him. Almost identical, at least the last time we saw him, and his pictures.  His name is Jake.  A really nice couple adopted him soon after we adopted Kash from The North Star Border Collie Rescue organization.

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Kash the Dog

We have a lot of Blue Racer snakes on what we call The Blue Racer Ranch, where we live. Kash doesn’t care to much for them. His first encounter with one was this spring. There were two of them in the grass, Kash saw one slither away and quickly moved in to see where it went. He didn’t even see the other snake that he was almost standing over, until it took off. He totally freaked and jumped about 10 feet backwards! He got behind my legs and started barking madly at it. Funny dog. He still gets freaked when he sees one.

Blue Racer at Blue Racer Ranch

Blue Racer at Blue Racer Ranch

The unofficial Michigan State record for the length of a blue racer is 75.2 inches. We have found skins that are 98 inches and 94 inches. I know I have seen one about a foot longer than that even. They are huge. I have gotten close enough to take pictures of their eyeballs!

We weighed Kash the other day. He is 62 pounds of pure playfulness! He still eats his Blue Buffalo dry dog food. We also feed him quality homemade dog food and homemade dog treats that we make. We bought a great ebook with dog food recipes that are easy to make, healthy, and Kash loves the variety with his regular food.

Shelly, my wife, had neck surgery last week. When she came home from the hospital two days later, he was so, so happy to see her! Kash noticed the neck brace immediately and wanted to smell it. He knew right away that something was different. Kash just hangs out with her and walks at her speed, like he is a caregiver. He is such a smart dog.

Don’t forget to hug your dog today!

Thomas and Kash

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