Category Archives: Border Collie-Aussie mix

Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Needs Webbed Feet

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is a little over ten months old now.  He is a swimmer.  He could use some webbed feet.  Swimming is one of two ways we found that actually tire him out.  The other is playing with the neighbor dog who looks just like him!

Kash and Sydney. A Border Collie-Aussie and a pure bred Aussie.
Kash and Sydney

Sydney is a female purebred Australian Shepherd from northern Michigan and Kash is a Border Collie-Aussie mix rescued from Indiana.  They are so similar.  Sydney’s tail has been docked and Kash has freckles on his legs.  And they are only a month apart in age.

They sure do like to play.  I took about a hundred photos of them playing and if you weren’t there you would swear it was a dog fight.  It takes Kash a whole day of laying around to recover from a 30-45 minute play session with Sydney.

Kash does have almost 20 pounds on Sydney.  Maybe it’s because he is a male.  Maybe it’s because of the homemade dog food recipes we have been trying out.  Using healthy dog food and supplementing it with vegetables, chicken, and fruit seems to work for Kash.

We took Kash out swimming in Lake Michigan at Deerlick Creek Park in South Haven Michigan the other evening.  He just goes and goes.  He has this thing about biting the waves with his mouth wide open!  A couple of times he came up choking.

Collie mix dog biting Lake Michigan waveKrazy Kash.  He has been improving on his behavior tremendously.  I have nothing but great things to say about Dog Training Secrets, the dog training guide we bought online. He doesn’t jump on people unless they make the first move, like calling him, or trying to get him to play.  And his barking is controlled.  To big issues conquered.

The other great things about Kash is that he stays right in the yard, comes when he is called, and poops in the field, not on the lawn.  How cool is that.  He is becoming a great dog. He even snuggles with Shelly.  He never used to even want to be petted in his early months.  He was a truly difficult dog.  I told Shelly, “he will be a great dog, it just may take some time”.

Remember, have patience with your dog, hug your dog, and feed them healthy dog food.

Thomas & Kash


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This Border Collie-Aussie mix Dog is 50lbs Already!

Kash our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is getting bigger every time he wakes up!  We think we should quit feeding him such good quality healthy dog food.  Maybe he would stop growing.  Just kidding.  He is still eating Blue Buffalo Puppy food 3 times a day.

Kash is pure muscle and speed.  He makes go going fast look so darn easy.  He gets from one place to another deceptively fast.  Chipmunks have now almost vacated the area because he catches them and thinks they are toys.  Maybe it just torture in disguise for them teasing him when he is behind the gate and can’t get to them.

Border Collie-Aussie puppy pouncing on a chipmunk
Pouncing... poor chipmunk!

We have been experimenting with some homemade dog food recipes lately.  He is a little over 9 months old and we probably won’t keep him on puppy food past a year, so we’re trying to find the right healthy dog food combination.  We want to make homemade dog treats as well.  We are big believers in feeding our dog quality dog food.

There is a really good ebook online called “Healthy Dog Food: Dr. Millers Tested Homemade Recipes” that we purchased for the healthy dog food and treats recipes.  It is a easy to follow, good recipe book for a variety of reasons, and they all aren’t just food. Check it out and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many you will want to try.

When you start reading this book you’ll know, in a moment, exactly how to feed your dog, easily and inexpensively, to quickly get ASTONISHING results…

You will discover how to unlock your dog’s full potential. Know how to simply skyrocket your dog up to new mind-blowing levels of beauty, health and admiration… 

I highly recommend “Healthy Dog Food: Dr. Millers Tested Homemade Recipes” if you are serious about giving your dog some of the best, healthiest dog food you can.  Don’t you think your dog is worth it.  He trusts you to make the right decision.

Our Collie Mix puppy is getting bigger every day
A healthy, handsome collie mix puppy.

Another thing we strive for is regular daily exercise for this critter.  He just needs to stretch out those long freckled legs of his and turn on the jets – often.  Shelly will go about 100 yards down the driveway and I’ll go to the end out the grass in the back.  With Kash by my side, Shelly calls Kash and away he goes, like a bullet shot out of a rifle!  Then I call him…

We put a lot of effort into Kash to make him healthy and strong, and he is.  Good exercise, healthy dog food, and lots of love and attention makes for a loyal, loving pet. (family member)

Race your dog tonight and praise him when he wins.

Thomas

PS. Remember when I was talking about “how to stop dog from jumping on people“?  Well we almost have that problem solved.  We tried stepping on his back feet when he jumped, didn’t work.  We finally just started pushing his head down when he would try to jump and holding him down while saying “no jump”.  He seldom jumps up on either of us anymore and has really curtailed his jumping on other people.

Does Your Border Collie-Aussie Mix Like Swimming?

Our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog loves playing in our pond, but it is too shallow to swim in. But, a couple days ago we took him for a walk on some fancy landscaped church grounds in Holland and they have nice big ponds.  Kash was running along the edge in the shallow water when he went a little too deep and hit the drop-off!  Under he went.

Kash was baptized by default!  I was right there ready with my camera.  He came up, eyes wide open in amazement.  He was swimming and he was having a ball!

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog swimming for his first time
Baptized by default in the church pond!

Kash the Dog

Now that Shelly has the summer free, she is going to be working with Kash a lot more on his dog training.  She will have to get out the old dog training course and put it to use.  It has helped us tremendously so far.  Without it we probably would have decide Kash was not trainable and gave him back. (did I really just say that?)

She wants to teach him some advanced dog commands and of course we will keep on working on that “How to stop dog from jumping on people” issue.  He still has that puppyness in him when people come around and he immediately jumps on them to welcome them into our space.  Not good.

Didn't know Collie mix dogs were flower lovers!
Man eating, vicious, flesh ripping puppy stopping to smell the iris!

Collie Mix

Kash is still growing and putting on weight.  He is pure muscle, speed and fur!  Crazy fast! He has ultra quick reflexes and can zig when the chipmunk zags.  He has caught at least 2 chipmunks and just plays with them like toys.  One only has a 3/4 inch tail thanks to Kash.

I think the dog food we feed him is really agreeable to him.  He likes it plain, dry, or wet, or with meat scraps.  He doesn’t fart like some dogs, and that is good!  We feed him Blue Buffalo Puppy food and we are impressed with it’s goodness.

There are some other dog foods that are tempting to try.  I have done a ton of research on healthy dog foods and what make them nutritious.  My favorite resource for this information is Dog Food Dangers.  This tells it like it is.  You may be surprised at what you are really feeding your dog.  This may be something for you to look into.

Well that’s all for tonight.  Tomorrow Kash and I are going for an up-with-the-sun walk in the woods.  Probably have to wear a mosquito net and have bug dope on.  Skeets are bad!

Later,

Thomas and Kash

 

Kash the Dog – Border Collie-Aussie Mix is 50 Pounds Already

I thought our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog would top out at about 45 pounds seeing he was the runt of the litter.  Not so.  Kash is almost 8 months old and still has some growing to do, I’m afraid.

The dog training guide has been very helpful since day one.  There is one last issue as far as bad behavior that needs attention.  That is “how to keep dog from jumping on people” especially children.  We are working on that as we speak.

I got a tip from a friend of mine this morning.  She has Australian Shepherds so she knows about our type of Border collie-aussie mix dog.  She said to get a spray bottle and mix a little vinegar in with water.  Spray it in the dogs face when he jumps on you or someone else.  She said he would soon quit the bad behavior.  I am going to try it.

 

Kash, a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog with sun on his ears
Kash, cloaked in green

Collie Mix

The ticks are still prevalent in our area.  I still pull 2-3 ticks a day off from Kash, checking him after being outside.  The ticks like to go for the ears, so that is where I start looking. I have found at least half a dozen of them IN his ears!

The best tweezers I have found to pull the ticks out with are called Uncle Bill’s Silver Grippers.  These are the absolute best tweezers I have ever used.  I have had 2 pair of them for close to 20 years and use them for everything.

Don't forget to check for ticks, and while your at it, rub his belly.

Thomas

Feed your dog healthy dog food!

 

 

 

Border Collie-Aussie Mix, Mixes it Up With Wild Turkey!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy/dog is now a wild turkey hunter!  A turkey, almost as big as Kash has been coming to the feeder the last couple of days.  The first time Kash saw it, he just froze and watched it.  They I went and scared it!

Today, when I opened the office door, he bolted across the lawn to the bird feeder and low and behold, there was the turkey!  Kash went right after it.  It ran under the bridge and took off flying as Kash’s big pearly whites were snapping in thin, turbulent, turkey take-off air!  No feathers in his mouth.

Border Collie-Aussie mix almost catches wild turkey
Not fair! It’s not even close to Thanksgiving!

Kash the Dog – Turkey Stalker

Kash the Collie mix dog coming back from the chaseComing back without the turkey!

Kash has been going riding with me on errands in both the car and the van.  I think he likes riding in the van better, because he is higher up and can see.  He seldom relaxes though, and hates having the windows down.  Maybe the wind noise hurts his ears?

Yesterday we went out to the South Haven lighthouse on the south pier in South Haven.  This is the first time he has seen a beach, waves, and been on the pier with water on both side of him.  He was a little cautious as we got near the edge.

Border Collie-Aussie on the south pier, South Haven MI

Tonight we are going to go see a fawn.  I hope to get some pictures of it to share.  So stay tuned and we’ll see if I can find that fawn to get a picture.

Walk your dog and speak kindly to it.

Thomas