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Border Collie Aussie Information – Kash Flow

Border Collie Aussie Information

Our Border Collie Aussie mix dog named Kash Flow, is such a good and smart dog. With Border Collies and Australian Shepherds being listed in the “top ten” smartest dog breeds, having a mix of these two is quite a treat!

Kash the Dog!

Kash travels well with us in our modified Honda Odyssey when we take our cross country, two lane road trips. He goes into vacation mode, which is much different from his behavior at home.

At home, our Border Collie Aussie mix is lively, energetic, talkative, and super playful. When on vacation he is somewhat subdued, quiet, and very obedient. It is an amazing transformation. He just realizes that he is in a different situation and adapts to the moment.

As we travel we are always looking for a beautiful, clean, and safe place for Kash to swim. He loves to swim! He has been in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Mississippi River, St Lawrence Seaway, Hudson River, Klamath River, Columbia River, all 5 Great Lakes and many many more bodies of water.

Border Collie Aussie Mix
Kash just adores Shelly!

Kash was one of 4 Border Collie Aussie puppies that the North Star Border Collie Rescue Organization had up for adoption. He was the runt of the litter. Now he is the biggest. One of his brothers is an almost identical twin, another brother is a sleek, quick, Flyball champion, and the he had a sister, which I don’t know too much about.

We had quite a time trying to get him to bond with us. It took a full 6 months before he became the wonderful companion he is now. He would bite us, bark out of control, jump on us, wouldn’t let us pet him, and seldom would stay in the same room we were in.

Then at 6 months, it was like a switch flipped and he became such a lover dog! And to think at least a dozen times we were going to bring him back to the rescue organization. In the back of my mind I always knew he would be a great family dog, and that is why we never gave up!

Border Collie Aussie Mix
Kash guarding the castle!

So there is a little bit about Kash the Dog, our Border Collie Aussie mix pooch. He is a valued member of our family!

Pet and hug your dog!

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie mix
Thomas & Kash

 

Kash the Dog, My Border Collie-Aussie

Kash the Dog is a Border Collie Aussie mix that ROCKS!

Kash the Dog

My mother-in-law stayed with Kash the Dog at our house while we were gone for a few days. She thought she would teach him to speak but it turned out to be something else. So now every time you say “speak”, Kash the Dog rolls over and sticks all four legs straight up in the air! He is not wired right.

We kicked up a coyote the other day walking in our woods. It jumped up from under some downed trees and just looked at us. Then a split second later Kash the Dog took off after him. I immediately called, actually yelled loudly for Kash to stop. He did and came right back to me. A good dog!

Kash the Dog

Being a Border Collie and Australian Shepherd, he IS a smart as a whip kinda dog. He doesn’t have the Border Collie speed or agility, but he does have the Aussie build. He talks too! If you tell him to do something he doesn’t want to do, he grumbles and gives you the “stink-eye”. Then he does it.

Kash Flow Fouts

 

We just purchased a new memory foam dog bed BRINDLE Soft Memory Foam Dog Bed with Removable Washable Cover - 40in x 26in - Stone New Price: $69.99 Old Price: $69.99 You Save: $23.00 for Kash the Dog for Christmas. We bought a 4lb density memory foam mattress topper LUCID 3-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Queen New Price: $139.99 Old Price: $139.99 You Save: $45.00 for our van when we go camping and we couldn’t keep him off it. So we found this bed on Amazon.com. It’s more than we wanted to spend, but it will last a lifetime.

 Merry Christmas from Thomas & Kash the Dog!

Border Collie-Aussie Mix Was Difficult as a Puppy

Our dog Kash, a Border Collie-Aussie mix was not a easy dog to raise as a puppy!

Kash Flow, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog is a very good, loyal, smart, and lovable dog! He wasn’t always that way. From the first day, he was a challenge. He was also smart.

I always thought I had a way with dogs. All of my dogs had been exceptional, smart, behaved well, and totally loyal to me. Kash was different. He is not wired the same as most dogs.

 

This video touches on the first six months of his life. I constantly had to assert my “alpha dog” status, day in, and day out. From biting, to barking, and totally ignoring commands, to not letting you pet him, and even growling at you for eye contact, he was difficult.

I just had a gut feeling that I would get through to him eventually, and he would become the dog that I thought he could be. It took a full six months. Then it was like a switch flipped and he became such a good dog. A lover dog! Totally opposite from what he was.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog
Kash and his new “cat”

Kash the Dog is now a smart, very smart dog that learns just by listening to what I say. We also use “eye signals” very effectively. He watches my eyes for commands, and then takes action. It makes my wife so mad because we kind of gang up on her sometimes. She can be calling his name, he’ll look at me for the sign, ignore her, or run to her, and then act on my nod of the head or our eye signs. Smart dog.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs in my opinion is probably one of the smartest dog on the planet. Of course, your dog maybe the smartest in your world. All dogs can be great companions if treated correctly.

We bought a fantastic dog toy for Kash the other day.

 

This has been a fun toy while cooped up due to heavy snow/weather and has kept Kash occupied with us in the evenings.

Well, until next time, hug your dog.

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and Thomas Fouts

 

 

 

Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Are the Best!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog is so Darn Good!

We searched specifically for a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog when we finally decided to adopt another dog after our beloved Kozmo, the wheelchair dog died.

Kozmo, our previous dog was such a great companion and taught both me and my wife a lot about life. She was part Border Collie and part Brittany Spaniel. I did a lot of research on Border Collies and Australian Shepherd dog because of their intelligence and loyalty.

Border Collie-Aussie

Kash the Dog, if you have been reading this blog since the day we brought him home, will know that we had a lot of trouble getting Kash to bond with us. He would bite us, bark with a brain piercing shrillness that drove us nuts. And he jumped on anybody that came over, including older frail people.

We even took the drastic step of getting a shock-bark collar that we only used twice. (thank goodness) He did learn something from that collar though. Me too! It’s shocking, I know. (it’s for sale)

Collie Mix

Collie Mix

Kash has become an incredible loving dog, where before his first 6 months with us, he wouldn’t even stay in the same room with you. Didn’t want to sit and be petted, and would rather bite your hand than have you rub his ears!

Now he comes right up to you and sits right against your leg, or puts his head in your lap, waiting for you to pet him, or, play with him. He is just a lover dog now.

The Border Collie-Aussie mix “smartness” is really becoming evident now. He is in this fantastic learning mode (2-1/2 years old) where he listens to what you have to say, especially if you are teaching him something. He wants to learn, almost begs to learn what ever you will teach him.

He loves to eat. Cleans his bowl at every meal. We feed him Blue Buffalo dry food, mix it with some healthy homemade dog food from our dog food recipe book that helped us immensely. We found it online and recommend it to any dog lover. More information is available at this link Homemade Dog Food Recipes

We have taken Kash on our vacations and he travels well. He has been to several states and swims in all of them. We always try to find a great swimming hole for Kash to swim. I didn’t know that Border Collie-Aussies love the water so much! He has 2 webbed toes on each front paw. I don’t know if that is normal or not. I suspect not.

 

Bayer K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs

We have been using Bayer K9 Advantix on Kash because of the ticks around our house and woods. It has been a very good product for us and Kash seems OK with it. When we tell him it’s time for his medicine, he gets up on the end of the couch and sits still until we get it all on. He is such a good dog.

Well, that it for now,

Hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and his master

 

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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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Border Collie-Aussie Dog Chases Coyote. Coyote Faster

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix is Fast

But the coyote was faster! Kash, being part Border Collie and part Australian Shepherd is not only smart, but I thought VERY fast. Yet, when seeing Kash take off through the woods after a coyote, and watching just how much of a blur the coyote was, it was no contest.

Border Collie-AussieKash

I think Kash could hold his own with one coyote, but often there are more. They have killed most all of the rabbits we used to have, but not the squirrels. There used to be a LOT of rabbits until the yotes came in. Even the wild cats we used to see have disappeared.

At 65 pounds of speed and muscle, he would give a good ripping to a 35-40lb coyote, if he had to. He would probably rather play with it, romping around in the woods, chasing each other.

Every day we feed the birds and squirrels sunflower seeds. I say to Kash, “time to feed the birds”, and he waits by the door for me. I open the door and out he goes, right to the big metal garbage can where we store our sunflower seeds. Then it’s off to the bird feeder to fill it up. We have a lot of birds that feed here every day.

Border Collie-Aussie Mix

Is there an optimum food for Border Collie-Aussie dogs? If there was, what would it be? What would the protein to carbohydrate percentage be? I have often wondered these things, as I know a bit about dog foods.

We feed our dog Blue Buffalo Chicken w/Brown Rice dry food. That is what he has been fed since we brought him home. He is so darn healthy and vibrant, I don’t know if I would change. We do feed him homemade dog food occasionally, we got the healthy dog food recipes from a ebook we bought online. I highly recommend this book if you want some good homemade dog food recipes and even healthy dog snack recipes.

Dr. Millers Healthy Dog Food – Homemade Dog Food Recipes

One more thing today. If you have a herding dog, or a collie type dog, and are about to buy some heartworm medicine, ask your vet about the recent findings that some herding dogs can be adversely affected by the ingredients in the heartworm medicine. I asked my vet and she was surprised that I knew about it, as it has just been discovered not too long ago.

Well, get out there and play with your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

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Kash, Our Crazy Cool Dog Goes On Vacation in Michigan

Kash, Our Border Collie Mix Dog On the Beach

We took our Border Collie/Australian Shepherd dog on a mini weekend vacation to view the colorful autumn leaves between our house and the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.

Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix Dog

We stayed in a disgustingly dirty cabin the first night. We made reservations online, the pics looked good (of the outside) and the price was right. Plus they accepted dogs without charge. That was the best thing I could say about this place.

Kash was even nervous staying in this place. Shelly slept in her clothes, coat, shoes and stocking hat the whole night. We left at the crack of dawn, cancelling our second night.

We took off early, seeing lots of deer along the way. We made it to M-22 Hwy and headed north. This is an awesome road to travel with a lot of interesting things to see and towns to pass through. We kept seeing M-22 stickers on all kinds of vehicles, so we are not the only ones fond of this road.

North M-22 Hwy

We also were sourcing antiques and collectibles for my antique store at Sweet Pickins Antique Mall, between South Haven and Bangor, on M-43 Hwy. Stopping at yard sales and estate sales is so much fun for me, and even Shelly bought a few items. The coolest one was a barn sale open at 6 A.M. in the morning!

We met a lady in a park we stopped at that also had a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog. It was a different color but had the same look in the face. Kash looks more Aussie than Border Collie, but this lady’s dog looked more Border Collie than Aussie.

Autumn leaves in Michigan

The color of the trees was better in some areas than others. On our way up, heading north, the color was just starting. We went over the Mackinac Bridge and drove around for an hour, bought some smoked fish, walked the dog on a beach, and headed back south. The color increased dramatically on the way back.

Our dog, traveled so well, he understandably would like to run around more than ride in the van, but he does well. I think it all has to do with how we trained him. We used a program we bought online called Secrets to Dog Training. This has been an invaluable source of information, especially with this type of breed of dog. Highly recommended!

I’ll post more on this vacation and Kash, our traveling Border Collie-Aussie mix dog a little bit later.

You can watch a video about our trip “up north” here at http://www.bordercollie-aussie.com/videos/ or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg_Z_Nui3HQ

Hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and his master

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How to Stop Your Puppy From Chewing On the Wrong Things

How to stop your puppy from chewing on your shoes, furniture, clothes, or anything it can get it’s mouth on can be frustrating.

A Border Collie or Australian Shepherd, our little Kash is a mix of both, like to “mouth” objects, and it may appear that it is chewing or biting.  They learn how something feels with their mouths kind of like humans feel with their hands.

I know Kash will “mouth” my hand gently when he wants to taste or smell what I have been handling.  You can tell the difference between “mouthing” and biting, believe me.

How to stop your puppy from chewing.
Kash loves to chew sticks!

Kash the Dog

Want to learn how to stop your puppy from chewing?  This is what worked for us.

First of all you have to understand that a Border Collie or Border Collie mix needs something to do.  If they don’t and get bored, many will chew on whatever they can get their mouths on.  So with that in mind, we bought some really durable, fun, quality chew toys for him to chew on.  We did not give them all to him right away.

So whenever we caught him chewing on something that he was not supposed to chew, we let out a stern “no chew” in a low growl-like voice.  When he would stop we immediately gave him a “good boy” and handed him an allowable chew toy.

Don’t give him old socks, shoes, flip flops, or similar things to chew as toys, as that would train him to chew those things, as it might just be your $100 pair of sneakers!  When you do find him chewing his chew toys, praise him so he knows that it is OK to chew the right things.

Above all you have to be vigilant and consistent in training.  You have to do the same action each time so as not to confuse the little pup.  The best thing is to remove anything that you do not want chewed.  Take some preventative measures and move things out of reach and do not leave shoes, socks, or whatever else he could get his mouth on.

Dogs will be dogs, don’t punish them for that.  They just need someone to teach them what is acceptable or not.  They are learning everything new and need some puppy training and guidance.  Be patient.  They will appreciate it and probably learn faster as well.

Love your pet, walk your dog.

Thomas