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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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Kash’s Border Collie-Aussie Mix Brother Came to Visit.

Mario, Kash’s Border Collie-Aussie Brother Came to Visit!

How cool is that? Mario, Kash’s sibling came to our house to visit. Mario lives on the other side of the state. He is a handsome dog that is smart and crazy quick!

Border Collie-Aussie mix
Mario – Kash’s sibling

At first, Kash did not know what to think of Mario when they first saw each other. Kash was certainly hesitant, not sure if he liked having another dog on his turf. But once they got to sniffing each other, you would think they would recognize each other as brothers.

Kash gets real bashful when he gets around another dog that has as much energy or more than he does. It’s kind of strange, the behavior he exhibits around high energy dogs, when he is one himself.

We went for a walk around our property, through the fields and woods, both dogs kind of minding themselves. Once back, we tried to get them to play, but Kash, like I said is kind of weird around other dogs. They did play, but not full out.

border collie-aussie mix dogs

Mario, sitting down, and Kash

Mario is such a well trained and well behaved dog. You can tell his master put a lot of time in with Mario and trained him in many areas. I was so impressed with the quickness and speed of Mario. I thought Kash was crazy fast, Mario is like lightning!

It sure was nice of Bob to get in touch with us so we could get the two brothers back together for a visit. Hope we can do this again sometime. Thanks Bob!

Keep hugging your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie Named Kash Chases Weasel

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Rescue Dog, chased a weasel.

As quick as Kash is, he did not catch the fleet of foot weasel even though it was carrying a dead chipmunk!  I had spotted the weasel earlier from the window while in the house.  We don’t see too many weasels, in fact this is only the 3rd or 4th one in 18+ years living here.

The weasel pulled the dead chipmunk down a chipmunk hole with Kash right on his heals. Earlier in the week I had noticed several bird nests I had been watching, and they all were ripped apart, eggs and babies gone. I told my wife I thought it was either raccoons or a weasel. I think I was right.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog named Kash

Collie Mix

Kash has changed his mind and decided he does not like to ride in the Buick. When we go for any length of a ride, we usually take the van, it is just more convenient.  But once in a while we take the Buick because it rides nice and gets better gas mileage. Now he won’t get in the Buick by himself, he has to be forced in by picking him up and plopping him in the seat.  What’s up with that?

He still seems to be growing.  Everybody keeps remarking on how big he is getting.  Kash is 60lbs plus, but I cannot feel any fat on him.  He has not been getting the full out running exercise he used to, but that is his choice. We go for walks everyday in the woods, he just doesn’t run around like a nut anymore.

He still eats really good quality healthy dog food.  We make him some homemade dog food about once a month to give him some variety. We chose a different healthy recipe from the homemade dog food recipe book we bought online. It is the best! It has about 245 recipes in it. Highly recommended.

A Border Collie-Aussie mix dog.

Kash the Dog

Kash loves his dog beds. He has 4 of them. Spoiled little critter!  He does need his naps everyday, or he gets slightly cranky, just like a human. (me)  He can get so comfortable-looking all curled up, or laying on his back, legs splayed out, showing his hairy penis to the world. He can be a weird dog, but can’t we all?

Just a little tidbit of information about some notable Border Collies.

Border Collies of note include:

  • Rico, who was studied for recognising up to 200 objects by name. Another Border Collie, Betsy, was found to have a vocabulary of over 300 words.[43]
  • As of 2010, the Border Collie Chaser has a vocabulary of 1022 words and is able to recognise objects by the groups they belong to.[44]
  • Shep, who was the long-term companion to John Noakes of the BBC‘s Blue Peter and Meg, companion of Matt Baker, former presenter of the same show.
  • Striker, who is the current Guinness World Record holder for “Fastest Car Window Opened by a Dog” at 11.34 seconds.[45]
  • Jean, a.k.a. the Vitagraph Dog who was the first canine movie star (owned and trained by Laurence Trimble)
  • Rex and Fly are two Border Collies that appeared in the 1995 film Babe.
  • Jag, the “First Dog” of Montana, frequently accompanies Governor Brian Schweitzer.
  • Bandit, the stray Scottish border collie from TV series Little House on the Prairie was Laura Ingalls‘ second dog on the show. Laura was reluctant to make friends with Bandit as she missed first dog Jack, but she soon loved Bandit dearly. Bandit premiered in the second season of the show and remained a steady extra for the next three seasons.
  • Murray, Border Collie Mix in the hit show Mad About You
  • Borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Collie

Well now that summer is upon us, the tick season is starting. We have had the least amount of ticks found this year, but that doesn’t mean you should not protect your pet. Lyme disease can be a bad, bad thing for your dog.  So protect your pet with a good tick preventative medicine.

Well time to take Kash for a walk, camera in hand, out to the woods.

Sincerely,

Thomas & Kash

 

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Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog and a Frog

Kash the Border Collie-Aussie mix dog plays with frogs.

When we go for walks like we do every day, Kash always sneaks up on the frogs in the ponds.  He is somewhat timid of them, but then again he stalks them.  He gets right up to them and tries to touch noses with them before they jump.

 

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog sniffs bullfrog

Kash loves to mess with the frogs and they mess with him.  The frogs are so used to him stalking them and knowing he jumps back when they jump, the frogs don’t panic too quick.

Tonight we were walking between the gourd garden area and the little woods between us and the neighbors, when I saw some large, fresh deer tracks in the mud.  I thought the deer may have passed through earlier in the day, probably in the morning.  We came out into the meadow with Kash out in front of me, and there was a huge deer (buck?).

Kash was nonchalantly trotting right at him and didn’t even see him until I called his name.  Then the deer let out a loud snort that stopped Kash in his tracks!  The deer took off, I stared yelling to Kash to “come”, and away he went.  He didn’t go too far and came trotting back. (good dog!). Must be that dog training course did some good!

Earlier in the day we went for a walk and he cornered a opossum under the boardwalk that winds through the swamp.  We poked at him and made the opossum snarl and bare his teeth just to let him know he was trespassing.  I told Kash we needed to let him be and he followed me back to the house without protest.  More goodness from the dog training course.

Collie mix dog named Kash sniffs a mothCollie Mix Dog

Kash is a curious dog.  He always wants to sniff whatever I have in my hand.  He knows when I have something unusual and will follow me and nudge me until I let him smell whatever it is that I have.  He didn’t like the piece of snake skin that I had yesterday.

When I opened my hand and he took a sniff, he jumped back about 5 feet and started juking, jiving and then barking.  He is kinda scared of snakes.  Probably because of the size of the first one he saw.  It was a seven foot Blue Racer.  He saw one slither into the weeds and ran to see what it was.  He didn’t even see the one he was standing over in the grass, until it bolted and totally freaked Kash out!

Blue Racer snake freaks Kash the Dog out

Kash the Dog doesn’t like snakes.  If he smells one, Kash gets all jumpy and nervous.  Touch his back leg or butt with a twig and he jumps straight up.  It is so funny, but I don’t do it very often for fear of scarring him for life. The toad already did that to him as a pup!

Well it’s time for me to stir the pot.  I’m simmering some homemade dog food that we make once a month to give Kash some variety in his food schedule.  The homemade dog food recipe book we got online has the most fantastic healthy recipes. Evenhomemade dog snack recipes.  Worth checking out – if you really love and care for your dog. (I know you love your dog)

Until another time, hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

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Border Collie-Aussie Mix is 4.5 on Intelligence Scale

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog, ROCKS!

When you talk to Kash in a conversational way, like you would talk to your mother, he sits and listens like he is trying so hard to learn the words.  He does understand what a lot of words mean and it always amazes me when he proves it.

border collie-aussie mix dog standing in a swamp

Collie Mix

I know Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs are smart, the Border Collie was ranked #1 and the Australian Shepherd was ranked #9 out of all dog breeds for intelligence.  So I guess that puts my dog Kash at about a 4.5 on the intelligence scale.  He would disagree profusely.

I mean after all, he’s Kash the Dog, Handsomest Dog in West Michigan with Speed!

All kidding aside, he has become a well behaved dog other than his jumping on people.  We have tried so many different techniques to get him to stop, nothing has worked.  The dog training course we invested in, in my eyes was a godsend.  Without the lessons it taught me, and my dog, I am not sure we would still have the critter.

As far as the health of Kash, he has not been sick a day since we adopted him.  Healthy, strong and happy.  I attribute it to good quality dog food, and also the homemade dog food we make for him just to give him some variety.  The healthy dog snack recipes we create are some of his favorite treats.

When other dog owners comment on how well behaved Kash is, my wife and I look at each other with pride, because of his behavior as a pup and young dog, we had to work really hard to get him to this stage.  Again, I attribute it to the dog training course.Border Collie-Aussie mix dog with his ball

Kash the Dog

I do have to admit to another bad habit Kash has developed lately.  When he is going out for the last time before bedtime, he thinks there is a raccoon out by the feeder every night!  I open the door and he busts down the steps and streaks straight at the feeder to catch any raccoons off guard.  I can’t seem to break him of this bad behavior.  Just because he treed one raccoon…

Our turkey that comes to the feeder won’t be stopping by any more.  A coyote killed it about 40 feet from my barn the other morning.  The dragged it over by some pines and plucked it and ate it or took it to it’s den, which I think is out back.

The smell of that coyote makes Kash’s fur stand up.  He does not like the smell of those coyotes.  He gets real uneasy when he smells them and even a little jumpy.  Good to know he is aware.

That’s it for now. Stroke your dogs ears gently and smile at him/her.

Thomas & Kash

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Can a Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Understand English?

Kash, who is a more of an Aussie than a Border Collie most days…

My Border Collie-Aussie mix dog certainly does understand English.  Or at least the sound of the words and what that word or sound means.  So I throw in some really offbeat sounding words every now and then just to get his head cocking.

Border Collie-Aussie Mix dog understands english

Collie Mix

Of course Kash knows what “get Shelly” means.  When I say that, he charges over to Shelly and pokes her with his nose, or play bites her hand (which is not always good).  It makes her so mad that he listens to that command so well!

He know the words “squirrel” and “chipmunk” and when hearing them sprints to the arm of the couch and jumps up on it to look out the window for them.  He has caught a couple chipmunks and pulled some tail hairs out of a squirrel, so he know they are a challenge.

He has a favorite squirrel tree on the back property line in the woods.  It is a winter home for a grey squirrel.  He sneaks up on the tree and when he gets about 10 yards from it, he busts ass over to it jumping on the tree like he was going to climb it.  He barks his sharp Aussie bark over and over.  Then he waits for me to tap the tree with a stick to see if the squirrel will come out.  This happens every day, like a routine on our walk. What a nut!

Kash the Dog

Kash the Dog

This is what we are using to control fleas and ticks this year for Kash.   It’s proven to kill all life stages of 4 major tick species, including those which may carry Lyme disease.  We have a lot of ticks on our property so we have to use some kind of protection.

One of the best things is it’s waterproof, so your Kash will remain protected during and after baths, pond swims, swamping and rainstorms.

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Dogs

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for 45- to 88-Pound Dogs and Puppies, 6 Month

This product sure has a ton of good testimonials and is probably the #1 selling flea and tick preventative so I am sure it works well.

Well, that all for now.  We’ll see you in the woods or by the lake,

Thomas and Kash

Video of Kash and his awesomeness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frclzgp2cII

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Another Setback for Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog has seen his master suffer another debilitating injury that prevents him from playing like he’s used to.

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog

Here we go again.  Last week I was lifting a 300 pound eliptical machine and ruptured my biceps tendon at the elbow.  Clean off the bone!

Did it on Monday evening, had 2 hour surgery on Friday re-attaching the tendon to the bone.  It will be 5 months before I can lift any weight.  Unfortunately it is my right hand, my dominate hand.

So with my arm in a cast/brace and wrapped like a mummy, I cannot play rough with Kash like he is used to.  Shelly has a hard time playing as rough as we do, so she usually gets hurt or mad when he gets frustrated and chomps her!

The poor Kashman, he has seen me break my foot last February, have it in a brace/boot for 10 weeks (no hiking), then I ruptured my quadriceps tendon above the knee, had it in a brace, straight out, for 14 weeks, (no hiking) and now this latest injury.  He sure hasn’t had a fair shake in the exercise/hiking department from me.

Hopefully, we can get back to our dog training course because Kash sure seems to be in a quick learning phase.  It is like he understands us when we talk and issue commands far better than he did earlier in life.  I am glad we started the first day we brought him home, but right now he is in the right frame of mind to grasp our oral commands.

I am also working on eye signals with him.  He is doing quite well and it amazes me how quickly he understands my expressions/eye signals and what action to take upon recognizing my signals.  I use eye signals to get Kash to attack (playfully) Shelly.  It makes her so mad that he does this, and won’t do it for her.

We have been sourcing new durable toys for Kash lately.  I am thinking that if I can find a line of toys he likes and can’t destroy (he is a powerful chewer) I may start an online dog toy store.  I am going to a wholesale show in a few weeks and will see what I can find.  Until then I shop at Amazon.com. KONG Extreme Dog Toy, Large, Black

Well that’s all for now.  I am going back to icing my arm and reading up on healthy dog food recipes. Speaking of healthy dog food recipes, I am almost finished with my ebook that will contain some great recipes for homemade healthy dog snacks.  So be on the lookout for it as I will offer it to my readers for review first before I price it to sell.

Hug your dog,

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie dog and his master

 

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How Heavy Do Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Get?

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog is 14 months old and weighs 61 pounds.  A couple people have said he looks like he is fat!  I do not think so.  If you could see how little food we give him for a dog his size and his high energy output, there is no way he is fat.

Border Collie Aussie mix dog

Happy New Year!

I cannot feel any fat on Kash, but we do feed him a nutrient dense food, about 2 cups a day. We do also feed Kash 1-2 meals a week, something from our homemade dog food recipe ebook we bought online.  These are easy to make healthy dog food meals.  I like the fact that I know and control what goes into his food, unlike many commercial dog foods.

Hope you all had a great Holiday Season and stayed healthy throughout.  Kash was able to spend a couple weeks with Shelly, playing and bonding.  Oh how that dog loves her!

Shelly took Kash for a walk the other afternoon (late) in our woods out back.  They got back to the far property line and a coyote popped up from under some fallen trees.  Kash immediately took off after it with Shelly screaming at the top of her lungs for Kash to come back.  He listened and came right back!  That’s pretty good to be able to call a dog off a full out chase!

Turns out, it looks like it may be a coyote den nestled under those trees.  A hole going in the ground and under the tree roots with fresh sign all around.  Something to keep an eye on when walking back there, which we do frequently.

Time is a little short today, so until next time…

Pet your dog.

Thomas & Kash

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

Kash,Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Turns 1 Year Old Today!

Our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is growing up!  He is 1 year old today!  It has been a interesting year for us, a challenging year actually.  Kash was a big part of it.

My wife and I missed having a dog.  Our previous dog who also was a Border Collie mix, was paralyzed in the rear legs for the last 7 years of her life, but she taught us many life lessons.  She also changed the way we lived our lives when she became paralyzed.

So, after talking about dogs for months, we (I) started looking online at dogs that needed rescuing.  We decided on a Border Collie-Australian Shepherd mix.  That was in part because of how smart these dogs are, thinking training would be a breeze.

We found North Star Border Collie Rescue online, and they had some Border Collie-Aussie pups available.  We applied, (huge application) and were accepted.  We visited the pups at their foster home.  We originally wanted a female, but Antonio, the runt of the litter seemed to like us the most – and he had a twin brother!

Antonio, a Border Collie-Aussie puppy
Antonio, soon to be re-named Kash Flow (10 weeks)

We left there excited and confused.  We wanted a female but…  Shelly decided Antonio was the one that she had a connection with.

After picking our new little puppy up (12 weeks old) we started house(potty) training him as soon as we arrived home.  He learned the very first day and was house-broken without any accidents in the house, and he learned to go out in the field. To this day he will not go to the bathroom in the lawn.

Anyway, for his first birthday Shelly made him a cheesecake!  We will let him celebrate with the delicious birthday cake a couple times. (small servings – we try to feed him very healthy)  We have made him several different homemade dog treats from the recipes in Healthy Dog Food: Dr. Millers Tested Homemade Recipes, and he loves them all!

Happy Birthday Kash the Dog, Border Collie-Aussie
Happy Birthday Kash!

Kash sure has turned the corner and is on his way to becoming a great dog.  The first few months we struggled to bond with each other.  This puppy challenged me every step of the way.  I’m just glad we stuck with it because now he is such a lover dog and has to be with me all the time.  It really made a difference this summer with Shelly home all day to help with some training and just being with him more.

We are going to try some more dog training now that we are buds.  I just don’t think we spoke each others language until recently.  Now we can communicate with our eyes, hand signals, as well as voice inflection.  He will “get” Shelly on command. (She hates that!)  He stays right close by the house all the time, sleeps either in my office or on the deck most every day.  Although he barks just to hear his mean-ass bark sometimes, I can usually tell what he is trying to say.  He just does it a little too much lately.

At 60 pounds, he is a load.  A fast load!  Really quick!  He has caught a few chipmunks, bit their tail off and then let them go.  He loves the hunt!  Had a hold of a wild turkey and let it go because he didn’t know what to do with such a flapping, squawking thing.  Almost got sprayed by a skunk, but me yelling at the top of my voiced stopped him in the nick of time.

Happy Birthday Kash, and to your brothers and sister too!  Mario, Jake, and Gia, Happy Birthday from Kash.  May you have happy, fulfilled, wonderful years ahead.

Thomas & Shelly – Co Masters of Kash the Dog

 

PS.  Thank-you –> North Star Border Collie Rescue
www.northstarbcrescue.org

 


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My Border Collie-Aussie Mix, Dog Training Course, Lyme Disease

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is almost a year old.  His birthday is coming up in 3 weeks.  Man, has he grown in every way.  The dog training guide we bought has been a blessing and would recommend it to anyone.  It has saved our relationship early on.

Now, Kash is pretty good most of the time.  We still have a problem with “jumping on people” every now and then.  He just gets excited and forgets.  He does stay around the house outside very well.  He comes a running whenever you call or whistle for him.

He loves to hunt chipmunks and spends a couple hours a day doing whenever I am at home all day.  There are now two chipmunks with short tails. (he bit them off while playing with the critters)

We went for a 4 hour hike through the Saugatuck Dunes along Lake Michigan.  It is my old stomping grounds.  There are more trails now than there were 25-30 years ago.  I still remember how to get around in there though.  We let Kash swim in Lake Michigan and he ran full blast right into a wave.  Boy he sure loves the water.

Border Collie-Aussie running along the beach.
Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Running Along Lake Michigan

Like I said in previous posts, if it wasn’t for our dog training course we bought online, and our healthy dog food recipes we purchased, I don’t think Kash would be as healthy and vibrant as he is.  He is a handsome pup!  Healthy as can be.  Not a minute of sickness.

There has been a concern due to me finding 7 deer ticks in the last week on Kash.  He has tick preventative medicine on, and he has had Lyme Disease prevention shots, but I’m still cautious and checking him over every day.  I’m checking me over too!

A birthday party is coming up for Kash.  You are all invited.  Details will be coming shortly.

Feed your dog well both mentally and physically.

Thomas and Kash


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