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!
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!
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