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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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Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie LOVES Swimming

Our crazy Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy, (9-1/2 months old) loves to swim!  He even puts out his stubborn donkey legs when we try to leave the lake!

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy swimmingCollie Mix

Kash loves playing in the waves in Lake Michigan.  Fortunately we are blessed with some awesome sugar sand beaches with easy access.  We can have Kash hop in the van and be at the beach in 10 minutes or less.  It is a beach called Deer Lick Crick.  A small stream called Deer Lick flows into Lake Michigan at this beach.

Kash is getting bigger every day, I swear!  He is approaching 55lbs. and eating 3 times a day.  We are going to have to buy him the large size bag of Blue Buffalo Puppy food to go along with the healthy homemade dog food recipes we have been experimenting with.

Later this summer we are going to explore the shores of Lake Huron around the thumb area of Michigan.  We have not been over to that side of the state much, at least not to adventure around.  We just hope all of our dog training has been sinking in to Kash’s active brain.

Kash has finally grasped the concept that he cannot jump on strangers.  The problem we run into is when the other person starts talking “baby talk” or all mooshy cutsie talk to Kash, then he thinks he is invited to jump up on that person.  Oh, he’ll learn eventually…

Collie mix puppy jumping on a person
Dog training not complete

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Kash, Dog Training, and his Dog Crate from Amazon

Kash our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is still going through dog training. He was successfully crate trained thanks to Dog Training Secrets, the dog training guide we bought online when we first adopted Kash.

The one thing we have to constantly re-enforce is the “how to stop dog from biting” and now “how to stop dog from jumping on people”. Kash seems to think that everyone wants to be jumped on. He does jump gently, but nobody likes a dog that jumps on you, especially with dirty paws.

He was really good about biting for several weeks, now that his baby teeth have fallen out and the new bright white chompers are in, he is starting to bite a little more. It just seems like it is bred into him to bite. I know that Border Collies like to “mouth” but he goes a little beyond that.

Enough about dog training.

We woke up to the ground covered with a couple inches of snow! Heck it’s April 18th! It sure is pretty though. Kash loves the snow, so we went for a walk in the woods first thing in the morning.

Border Collie-Aussie pup out in the April snow
Loves the snow!

Kash runs like a crazy nut through the woods at break-neck speeds.  Prickers. thorns, and branches, it doesn’t matter, he goes right through them.

The other thing this crazy dog likes to do, is not only walk on logs, but run on logs.  He will walk a log to the end or as far as he can go, and then does a four paw pirouette and turns around.  He also like to stand on them with his front paws and scout the territory.

 

Dog training didn't teach anything about log walking!
Kash puts all four paws together and makes the turn

Kash the Dog

I just wanted to show you Kash’s dog crate that he sleeps in and uses to take naps.  We bought a fairly large size even though we could have gotten by with something a little smaller.  But now he has plenty of room for a bed cushion and a play area.

We followed the instructions in our dog training guide and it worked.  Kash really is comfortable in his Midwest Life Stages 42 inch dog crate.  It has safe and secure slide-bolt latches, a durable satin-black electro-coat finish, 1-1/2-by-5-7/8-inch mesh, rounded corners, and two plastic handles for carrying. The unit easily sets up and folds down to a portable size for suitcase-style carrying, and an ABS-composite plastic pan for easy clean up comes included. And the dog crate carries a one-year limited warranty.

Midwest Life Stages Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate

All in all, Kash is turning out to be a good dog, soon to be a great dog. As long as he is fed good healthy dog food, exercised enough, trained well, and given the love and attention a Border Collie-Aussie needs, he will be just fine.

Love your dog, they love you back even more.

Thomas