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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

Border Collie-Aussie mix
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.

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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 KashtheDog.com. 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

Border Collie-Aussie mix

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Kash the Dog a Border Collie-Aussie Mix Flies

Kash the Dog Flies Over The Snow!

Kash the Dog
Dog flies over snow.

Kash the Dog, our Border Collie-Aussie mix four year old dog thinks he heard a mouse under the snow! He jumped from our plowed driveway into the deep snow. He came up with just a snout full of snow!

If you have followed this blog from the start, you will remember what a difficult time we had with this collie mix dog. We don’t think he is wired correctly. (maybe he is and we aren’t) Anyway, he is a very good dog, well behaved for the most part, but still has a small jumping issue.

We invested in a few dog training courses which were very helpful and highly recommend them for this type of dog. We still work on dog training weekly.

Kash the Dog
Handsome Collie Mix

Now Kash the Dog is smart. There is no doubt about it! He once watched me install a latch on our gate and the minute I was finished, he went right up to the latch and tried to open it by flipping it with his nose!

But for some reason (maybe because he is a herder) he does not track animals like rabbits, squirrels or other critters by smell. He just hasn’t got that talent which I thought would be a natural for any dog.

He is a sight hunter. He has what seems to be an uncanny ability to see the slightest movement, or notice if something is new or out of place. He is always checking my eyes to see if I see something. We seem to communicate with our eyes. It’s kinda weird how we do that. My wife gets mad because she thinks we gang up on her.

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Kash scanning the horizon

Well if you have a puppy, young dog, or a head-strong dog, you might want to look into this pretty darn good dog training course. It’s an online dog training course, easy to learn from, and you will be surprised at how quickly your dog “just gets it”!

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Well the snow is too deep right now for both Kash the Dog and I to go hiking in, so we make several trips up and down our 600 foot driveway. Kash did make it out to the “squirrel tree” out in the swamp, a 900 foot round trip, and he was panting when he got back!

He will probably take a nap in his large orthopedic dog bed Furhaven Orthopedic Mattress Pet Bed, Large, Chocolate, for Dogs and Cats New Price: $25.00 Old Price: $25.00 You Save: ! He sure does like that bed!

Hope for a early spring!

Thomas & Kash the Dog

Border Collie-Aussie and his master
Thomas & Kash the Dog

 

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Kash the Dog, My Border Collie-Aussie

Kash the Dog is a Border Collie Aussie mix that ROCKS!

Kash the Dog

My mother-in-law stayed with Kash the Dog at our house while we were gone for a few days. She thought she would teach him to speak but it turned out to be something else. So now every time you say “speak”, Kash the Dog rolls over and sticks all four legs straight up in the air! He is not wired right.

We kicked up a coyote the other day walking in our woods. It jumped up from under some downed trees and just looked at us. Then a split second later Kash the Dog took off after him. I immediately called, actually yelled loudly for Kash to stop. He did and came right back to me. A good dog!

Kash the Dog

Being a Border Collie and Australian Shepherd, he IS a smart as a whip kinda dog. He doesn’t have the Border Collie speed or agility, but he does have the Aussie build. He talks too! If you tell him to do something he doesn’t want to do, he grumbles and gives you the “stink-eye”. Then he does it.

Kash Flow Fouts

 

We just purchased a new memory foam dog bed Milliard Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed with Anti-Microbial Waterproof Non-slip Cover, Small 24x18x4 in New Price: $35.99 Old Price: $35.99 You Save: $6.00 for Kash the Dog for Christmas. We bought a 4lb density memory foam mattress topper LUCID 3-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Queen New Price: $139.99 Old Price: $159.99 You Save: $45.00 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

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 OP/TECH USA 1601502 Mirrorless Strap (Black) New Price: $17.95 Old Price: $17.95 You Save: 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 Kodak PIXPRO Friendly Zoom FZ43 16 MP Digital Camera with 4X Optical Zoom and 2.7" LCD Screen (Black) New Price: $65.87 Old Price: $79.99 You Save: $14.12 and you don’t want to lug one of those heavy DSLR camera Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens + 2x Telephoto Lens + Flash + 48GB SD Memory Card + UV Filter Kit + Tripod + Full Accessory Bundle New Price: $469.00 Old Price: $469.00 You Save: ‘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!

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!

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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