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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 a Border Collie-Aussie Mix Flies

Kash the Dog Flies Over The Snow!

Kash the Dog
Dog flies over snow.

Kash the Dog, our Border Collie-Aussie mix four year old dog thinks he heard a mouse under the snow! He jumped from our plowed driveway into the deep snow. He came up with just a snout full of snow!

If you have followed this blog from the start, you will remember what a difficult time we had with this collie mix dog. We don’t think he is wired correctly. (maybe he is and we aren’t) Anyway, he is a very good dog, well behaved for the most part, but still has a small jumping issue.

We invested in a few dog training courses which were very helpful and highly recommend them for this type of dog. We still work on dog training weekly.

Kash the Dog
Handsome Collie Mix

Now Kash the Dog is smart. There is no doubt about it! He once watched me install a latch on our gate and the minute I was finished, he went right up to the latch and tried to open it by flipping it with his nose!

But for some reason (maybe because he is a herder) he does not track animals like rabbits, squirrels or other critters by smell. He just hasn’t got that talent which I thought would be a natural for any dog.

He is a sight hunter. He has what seems to be an uncanny ability to see the slightest movement, or notice if something is new or out of place. He is always checking my eyes to see if I see something. We seem to communicate with our eyes. It’s kinda weird how we do that. My wife gets mad because she thinks we gang up on her.

Kash the Dog
Kash scanning the horizon

Well if you have a puppy, young dog, or a head-strong dog, you might want to look into this pretty darn good dog training course. It’s an online dog training course, easy to learn from, and you will be surprised at how quickly your dog “just gets it”!

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Well the snow is too deep right now for both Kash the Dog and I to go hiking in, so we make several trips up and down our 600 foot driveway. Kash did make it out to the “squirrel tree” out in the swamp, a 900 foot round trip, and he was panting when he got back!

He will probably take a nap in his large orthopedic dog bed Furhaven Orthopedic Mattress Pet Bed, Large, Chocolate, for Dogs and Cats New Price: $25.00 Old Price: $25.00 You Save: ! He sure does like that bed!

Hope for a early spring!

Thomas & Kash the Dog

Border Collie-Aussie and his master
Thomas & Kash the Dog

 

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Red Border Collie-Aussie Seen Wrestling Wild Turkey

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog caught a wild turkey!

wild turkey

Can you believe it? While walking in our woods out back, I sat down on a log bench to empty out my shoe. Had a small stone in it. Well all of a sudden a huge ruckus of squawking and snarling, leaves and dirt flying, Kash tackled a big old wild turkey!

I immediately yelled at Kash to “drop it” and he did without hurting the turkey as far as I could see. It was about 50 feet or more away, but I don’t think Kash used his teeth on the big bird at all. He is usually pretty gentle, but does like to “catch” critters.

The turkey flew up into a big tree a hundred yards away and shook his feathers. Kash was looking pretty proud but at the same time a little bewildered. That was a big bird!

Border Collie-Aussie mix

Kash being so gentle with a bird that I sweet talked into holding it!

I have a weird gift that is hard to explain. Every now and then, and I never know when it’s going to happen, I have birds land on me, or they just sit there listening to me “sweet talk” them into letting me pick them up.  I have at least 10 pictures of different birds in my hand, or perched on my arm, and several of Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog sniffing them so gently. Weird, huh?

Border Collie-Aussie mix

So now you see, a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog can be gentle and calm when they need to be. Kash doesn’t seem to want to kill anything he catches. He just wants to play!

A word of advice. The ticks seem to be plentiful in Southwest Michigan. Protect your dog and do check your pet for ticks after going for a walk, especially if in long grass or a wooded area. Check yourself too! I have found several ticks on myself before they have bit and burrowed in.

I have found that bargain brand tick medicine doesn’t work so well. We tried some this spring and went right back to Frontline Flea and Tick Medicine. It works very well.

Hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash
Border Collie-Aussie and his master

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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We Saw a Border Collie-Aussie Just Like Our Dog Kash!

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog…

We saw another dog that looked just like Kash. When asked what kind of dog it was, they said a “red” Australian Shepherd.  Hmmm… We were told that Kash was a Border Collie-Aussie mix, but boy they sure look a lot alike.

We know Kash has a twin brother that looks just like him. Almost identical, at least the last time we saw him, and his pictures.  His name is Jake.  A really nice couple adopted him soon after we adopted Kash from The North Star Border Collie Rescue organization.

Border Collie-Aussie dog

Kash the Dog

We have a lot of Blue Racer snakes on what we call The Blue Racer Ranch, where we live. Kash doesn’t care to much for them. His first encounter with one was this spring. There were two of them in the grass, Kash saw one slither away and quickly moved in to see where it went. He didn’t even see the other snake that he was almost standing over, until it took off. He totally freaked and jumped about 10 feet backwards! He got behind my legs and started barking madly at it. Funny dog. He still gets freaked when he sees one.

Blue Racer at Blue Racer Ranch

Blue Racer at Blue Racer Ranch

The unofficial Michigan State record for the length of a blue racer is 75.2 inches. We have found skins that are 98 inches and 94 inches. I know I have seen one about a foot longer than that even. They are huge. I have gotten close enough to take pictures of their eyeballs!

We weighed Kash the other day. He is 62 pounds of pure playfulness! He still eats his Blue Buffalo dry dog food. We also feed him quality homemade dog food and homemade dog treats that we make. We bought a great ebook with dog food recipes that are easy to make, healthy, and Kash loves the variety with his regular food.

Shelly, my wife, had neck surgery last week. When she came home from the hospital two days later, he was so, so happy to see her! Kash noticed the neck brace immediately and wanted to smell it. He knew right away that something was different. Kash just hangs out with her and walks at her speed, like he is a caregiver. He is such a smart dog.

Don’t forget to hug your dog today!

Thomas and Kash

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Can a Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Understand English?

Kash, who is a more of an Aussie than a Border Collie most days…

My Border Collie-Aussie mix dog certainly does understand English.  Or at least the sound of the words and what that word or sound means.  So I throw in some really offbeat sounding words every now and then just to get his head cocking.

Border Collie-Aussie Mix dog understands english

Collie Mix

Of course Kash knows what “get Shelly” means.  When I say that, he charges over to Shelly and pokes her with his nose, or play bites her hand (which is not always good).  It makes her so mad that he listens to that command so well!

He know the words “squirrel” and “chipmunk” and when hearing them sprints to the arm of the couch and jumps up on it to look out the window for them.  He has caught a couple chipmunks and pulled some tail hairs out of a squirrel, so he know they are a challenge.

He has a favorite squirrel tree on the back property line in the woods.  It is a winter home for a grey squirrel.  He sneaks up on the tree and when he gets about 10 yards from it, he busts ass over to it jumping on the tree like he was going to climb it.  He barks his sharp Aussie bark over and over.  Then he waits for me to tap the tree with a stick to see if the squirrel will come out.  This happens every day, like a routine on our walk. What a nut!

Kash the Dog

Kash the Dog

This is what we are using to control fleas and ticks this year for Kash.   It’s proven to kill all life stages of 4 major tick species, including those which may carry Lyme disease.  We have a lot of ticks on our property so we have to use some kind of protection.

One of the best things is it’s waterproof, so your Kash will remain protected during and after baths, pond swims, swamping and rainstorms.

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Dogs

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for 45- to 88-Pound Dogs and Puppies, 6 Month

This product sure has a ton of good testimonials and is probably the #1 selling flea and tick preventative so I am sure it works well.

Well, that all for now.  We’ll see you in the woods or by the lake,

Thomas and Kash

Video of Kash and his awesomeness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frclzgp2cII

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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.

Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Needs More Dog Training

Whoops!  Our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy needs to get back into dog training again.  I did just what I vowed not to do, I was not consistent on our training of Kash.  I have pulled our dog training course back out to refresh some of the commands and implement some new dog training commands.  The puppy training is over!

Kash has been real challenging again.  Both his biting problem and puppy barking has taken a turn for the worse – and it’s my fault for not staying on top of things.  I don’t know if having him neutered has affected his disposition, but he seems to have gotten more aggressive and plays a lot rougher if you know what I mean.

He has been challenging me (kind of) and has become somewhat defiant.  He even wants to smoke cigars now!

 

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy smokes a cigar
Got a light?

Kash the Dog

We are going to really focus on getting Kash to stop jumping on people, especially visitors.  He is pretty gentle when he jumps on us, but any jumping on any people is really unacceptable. It was kinda cute when he would wake up and stretch out vertically against your body.  Letting him do that was a mistake.  Now it’s not so cute.

So we are going to read our dog training guide all over again and really get consistent with this dog training before it gets too late.  Kash is super smart, maybe too smart at times.   He will learn to be a good dog, if not a great dog – eventually.  He just needs some master who will stay focused, other wise we may have to call in a dog trainer. (yeah right!)

 

Collie mix pup jumps up on people
Kash needs to learn not to jump on people

Collie Mix

Kash is now 1/2 pound from being a 40 pound dog!  We were hoping he would get no more than 45 pounds.  Anyone know of a way to prevent that other than not feeding him?  He still eats his healthy dog food and takes a fish oil supplement every day.  When I go to the grocery store and see some of the cheap brands of dog food, I wonder if the people that buy it really know that they may be hurting their dog’s health. (excellent resource – dog food)

http://www.bordercollie-aussie.com/healthy-dog-food/

Time to let Kash out to pee.  He has been pretty good, sleeping at my feet while I type this post.

Thomas

PS. Here is a video of Kash as a pup.  http://youtu.be/QxVFPXVpI3Y