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
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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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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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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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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

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Is Your Border Collie-Aussie at Risk for Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a valid danger for your Border Collie-Aussie dog, or any dog for that matter.

Border Collie-Aussie dog gets checked for ticks everyday

Lyme disease has been around for at least 90-100 years.  It got it’s name from a little town called Lyme, CT, were it was first discovered.  It used to be found more on the East Coast of the United States, although now can be in many areas westward due to migration patterns of birds and mammals.

Lyme bacteria is transmitted by a tick bite.  The deer tick is specifically targeted as the tick responsible for transmitting the Lyme disease.  It usually takes a minimum of 48 hours for a tick to pass the bacteria after attaching to the host animal.  So if the tick is discovered and removed within 36-48 hours of attachment, it is likely the dog will not get the disease.

So check your pet after a walk, especially if you have passed through long grassy areas, wooded lots, or even rolling around in the lawn.

The symptoms of Lyme disease can include: tiredness, lethargy, fever, and swollen and /or stiff joints.  If left untreated, a painful crippling arthritis or possible fatal kidney disease may develop.  If people develop Lyme disease due to a deer tick bite, a “bullseye rash” usually develops at the bite site.  This telltale sign does NOT happen with dogs.

There is a test available through your local veterinarian that can be done to determine if your dog has been exposed to the Lyme bacteria.  Ask your vet.  This test should be considered routine in heavy tick infested areas or where known Lyme disease occurrences have been noted.

If Lyme disease is detected, then a simple regiment of antibiotics may be required to make sure your dog stays healthy and safe.

Prevention is the key to making sure your dog is protected from Lyme disease.  Check with your vet as to the best tick control medication or tick preventative medication, be it topical applications, sprays, or collars.  Maybe a combination of any or all methods.  The other method is a tick vaccination available through your vet for dogs exposed to a high number of ticks on a regular basis.

If you find a tick on your dog, (and you should be checking) the object is to remove the tick as quickly as possible.

How to remove a tick: Use a set of plain or pointed tweezers and get a hold of the tick as close to the dog’s skin as possible.  Pull straight up with a steady but even pressure to avoid breaking the head off in the skin.  If so, remove head if possible.  Otherwise leave it alone and the skin will heal, usually leaving a small bump for a couple weeks.  You may need a magnifying glass and good light to see what you need to see.

Lyme disease is a very real disease and has been reported in Southwest Michigan.  I myself, had to be treated a couple years ago on Thanksgiving Day (really late for ticks).  I had a deer tick buried in my chest.  When pulled out it swelled up like half a softball sized lump.  Went to the ER and sure enough, when we put the tick under a microscope and compared it to a deer tick picture, they matched.  Two potent antibiotic pills and I was done.

That’s my community service for the week.  Take your dog for a walk, and then check him for ticks.

Thomas and Kash
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Border Collie Aussie Mix Dog Gets Crazy in the Pond

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix kritter, gets a little crazy when he gets wet in the pond. The poor frogs.  He runs and jumps in, splashing and dunking his head.  This dog is funny nuts.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog having fun splashing in the pondKash “the splash” Dog

Kash brought his tug-o-war sock in the pond to play.  Pretty soon it sank.  A sunk sock.  He would stick his head underwater and snatch the first thing he would find.  It was usually a branch, weeds, or mud.  Not the sock.  He finally gave up after a lot of snorting and blowing bubbles.

Kash’s dog training took another slump.  Not his fault, but ours.  We only seem to work on training on the weekends when we can both work with Kash at the same time.  I don’t know if he learns better with two people saying the same commands, or if it confuses him, not knowing who to please first.

 

Collie mix dog with head under water
He'll come up for air, eventually.

Collie Mix

We have been experimenting with some homemade dog food and homemade dog snacks lately.  Kash really loves the garlic biscuits, and the beef/rice/carrots/apples dinner that we have tried.  We didn’t make a big bunch of it, just enough to see how well he likes it.

I am a big fan of healthy dog food as you probably know by now.  I used to make homemade dog food for our previous dog who had food allergies.  That is why we chose our puppys’ food carefully after a lot of research.

The best source for finding out about healthy dog food and even some dog foods to never feed your dog, my friend Sharda has a great resource called Dog Food Dangers.  If you want to know what is the best food to feed your dog and why it is the best, click on the link highlighted above.

Oh yeah, we are trying out a “bark deterrent” collar on Kash.  It is the last resort before I rip his barker clean out of his throat!  He will bark non-stop with the most ear piercing sharp, pain-to-the-brain bark for 5-8 minutes straight.  We have tried everything except “the collar”.  We are only using it under very controlled times and conditions as I do not want to harm him or make him scared to bark.  It’s complicated.

Throw your dog a bone.

Thomas

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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

 

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