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Border Collie Aussie Mix = Smart!

Our Border Collie Aussie is Smart!

Kash the Dog, our Border Collie Aussie mix pooch had a impromptu play session with a 1-2 week old fawn in the front field of the Blue Racer Ranch!

Shelly was walking with him when he quickly darted up the trail and when she got around the corner, Kash and the fawn were sniffing each other, tails just a wagging! Then they started to play, chasing each other until Shelly thought it a good idea to stop it before the momma deer came busting over.

Border Collie Aussie
Kash the Dog, Border Collie Aussie Mix

Now fast forward to today. A light snow fell, it was a crisp 21 degrees, and absolutely quiet this morning as we headed out the trail towards the woods out back.

I noticed a very fresh set of deer tracks and low and behold, so did Kash! He never pays any attention to deer tracks. These were different. He slowly and methodically tracked this deer. I came around the corner and there he was, staring at a young deer that was staring right back at him, maybe 30-40 feet away.

Border Collie Aussie
This is the fawn he played with earlier in the early summer. (Taken with a Panasonic Lumix)

Normally he barks and chases deer for about 50 feet and then comes right back. This time he started wagging his tail and turned to look at me to make sure I was seeing this deer! Then he turned and came running back to me making his happy noise. The deer then turned and loped off across the field, stopping once to look back.

I’m sure they must have recognized each other and knew there was no threat. It sure was a very cool, memorable moment to watch this unfold before my eyes. Isn’t it neat how animals can react to each other. I believe it is because Kash is an intelligent dog!

The photos here are taken with a Panasonic Lumix camera. I am a huge believer in these cameras. Highly recommended! Having taken well over 1.3 million digital photos with three different Panasonic Lumix cameras, I can tell you they take a beating and still work like a charm.

So, not only am I a believer in my camera, I am a believer in my loyal Border Collie Aussie dog, Kash.  Such a good boy! (although he is a biscuit whore)

Pet your dog, pay attention to him/her. And if you are entertaining the thought of getting a dog, I recommend trying to find a rescue Border Collie Aussie. If trained right, they are the best dogs!


Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie mix
Thomas & Kash



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Border Collie-Aussie Named Kash Flow Rocks!

Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Travels Two Lane Roads – With Style!

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Kash Flow making a splash!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog, goes into vacation mode the minute we leave on our epic two lane road adventures. It’s like he has 2 distinct personalities, one is the normal at home, go “100 miles an hour” dog, and the other is the calm, well behaved vacation dog!

Border Collie Aussie mix
The sly ambush mode!

You know Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs are extremely smart. They learn good habits really fast, and can learn bad ones just as fast if you are not careful. We invested in a dog training course because this dog gave me fits as a puppy. Best move we made!

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Kash the Dog is so gentle to other living creatures.

The Raccoon in the House Story!

He isn’t kind to raccoons though. Maybe he thought he was protecting me, but when we went out to pee one night, I opened the door and there was a raccoon, 3 feet away! Without hesitation Kash attacked that critter and they tangled on the deck, going around the corner! I yelled at him top let it go! He did.

When my wife came running to see what was happening, I opened the door and grabbed a flashlight to look for our dog. When I went out the door, the wounded raccoon scooted into the house, right past my leg and over top of my wife’s feet!

Now I hate to admit it, but I have a little fear of raccoons – especially wounded ones in my house! Well I finally tracked it down under the bed, pushed it out with a walking stick, and it walked right out the door it came in! Limping all the way.

We checked Kash the Dog over real good and then real good again. We just didn’t want there to be any bites or flesh wounds. (he has a current rabies shot). He was good. The raccoon, not so much..

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This Border Collie-Aussie has no fear – except snakes and frogs!


The raccoon had a bad ending. It only made it to the bushes by the deck, where Kash tore it up again and I had to put it down. Sadly, this was how it ended.

This Border Collie-Aussie Loves to Swim!

Anyway, Kash has traveled all across the USA o two lane roads with us the last 5 summers. He has been swimming in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River, Missouri, Columbia, Hoh, Skagit, Klamath, St. Lawrence Seaway, Hudson, and many, many more rivers, lakes and ponds!

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Me and my pal Kash Flow!

I’m telling you, he is such a fantastic, loyal, well-behaved dog, and I have to give credit to the online dog training course we invested in. So if you have, or are thinking about getting a Border Collie-Aussie, make sure you are prepared. Invest in a little extra help dog training, even if it’s just to learn some tips, it’s worth it

Until next time…

Hug your dog,

Thomas & 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 Milliard Premium Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Bed with Anti-Microbial Waterproof Non-slip Cover, Small 24x18x4 in New Price: $28.99 Old Price: $28.99 You Save: for Kash the Dog for Christmas. We bought a 4lb density memory foam mattress topper DreamFoam Bedding DF20GT2050 2" Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper, Queen, Blue New Price: $78.06 Old Price: $149.99 You Save: $71.93 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.

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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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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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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

DISCLOSURE: You should assume that the owner of this website has an affiliate relationship to the providers of goods and services mentioned (links) on this website and may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. These are quality and trustworthy proven products, but you should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the Internet or offline.  These products have a 100% money-back guarantee.

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.