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Border Collie-Aussie Named Kash Flow Rocks!

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

Border Collie Aussie
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!

Border Collie-Aussie mix
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..

Border Collie-Aussie
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!

Border Collie Aussie mix
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 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 BarksBar Large Gray Orthopedic Dog Bed - 40 x 30 inches - Snuggly Sleeper with Nonslip Orthopedic Foam New Price: $109.99 Old Price: $109.99 You Save: $40.00 ! 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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Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog and a Frog

Kash the Border Collie-Aussie mix dog plays with frogs.

When we go for walks like we do every day, Kash always sneaks up on the frogs in the ponds.  He is somewhat timid of them, but then again he stalks them.  He gets right up to them and tries to touch noses with them before they jump.


Border Collie-Aussie mix dog sniffs bullfrog

Kash loves to mess with the frogs and they mess with him.  The frogs are so used to him stalking them and knowing he jumps back when they jump, the frogs don’t panic too quick.

Tonight we were walking between the gourd garden area and the little woods between us and the neighbors, when I saw some large, fresh deer tracks in the mud.  I thought the deer may have passed through earlier in the day, probably in the morning.  We came out into the meadow with Kash out in front of me, and there was a huge deer (buck?).

Kash was nonchalantly trotting right at him and didn’t even see him until I called his name.  Then the deer let out a loud snort that stopped Kash in his tracks!  The deer took off, I stared yelling to Kash to “come”, and away he went.  He didn’t go too far and came trotting back. (good dog!). Must be that dog training course did some good!

Earlier in the day we went for a walk and he cornered a opossum under the boardwalk that winds through the swamp.  We poked at him and made the opossum snarl and bare his teeth just to let him know he was trespassing.  I told Kash we needed to let him be and he followed me back to the house without protest.  More goodness from the dog training course.

Collie mix dog named Kash sniffs a mothCollie Mix Dog

Kash is a curious dog.  He always wants to sniff whatever I have in my hand.  He knows when I have something unusual and will follow me and nudge me until I let him smell whatever it is that I have.  He didn’t like the piece of snake skin that I had yesterday.

When I opened my hand and he took a sniff, he jumped back about 5 feet and started juking, jiving and then barking.  He is kinda scared of snakes.  Probably because of the size of the first one he saw.  It was a seven foot Blue Racer.  He saw one slither into the weeds and ran to see what it was.  He didn’t even see the one he was standing over in the grass, until it bolted and totally freaked Kash out!

Blue Racer snake freaks Kash the Dog out

Kash the Dog doesn’t like snakes.  If he smells one, Kash gets all jumpy and nervous.  Touch his back leg or butt with a twig and he jumps straight up.  It is so funny, but I don’t do it very often for fear of scarring him for life. The toad already did that to him as a pup!

Well it’s time for me to stir the pot.  I’m simmering some homemade dog food that we make once a month to give Kash some variety in his food schedule.  The homemade dog food recipe book we got online has the most fantastic healthy recipes. Evenhomemade dog snack recipes.  Worth checking out – if you really love and care for your dog. (I know you love your dog)

Until another time, hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

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Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Hikes Hocking Hills, Ohio

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Loves to Travel!

We went on a 2012 Spring Break Mini Vacation to Hocking Hills, Ohio.  It was a 7 hour drive and sometimes we forgot Kash was even in the van with us, he was so quiet.

When we would slow down he would hop up into his seat to be on the lookout for squirrels and other interesting creatures.  When I speed up to over 45 MPH he then goes back and lays down on his memory foam ultra comfy travelling bed.

Border Collie-Aussie named Kash looking out the window
Windows for Kash

Kash just loved the cabin (we did too!) that we rented for our stay.  The windows were positioned at the right height for him.  He woke me up the first morning with a loud, low growl.  He was there at the window having a stare-down with a deer.  The deer was about 40 feet away.  It was the first deer he had ever seen sitting still.

We went on some of the prettiest short hikes you can imagine.  Ohio is so pretty in this region.  Everything was covered with the most vibrant green moss and the plant life was starting to pop!

Hiking in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Incredible moss covered rocks

Kash was a trooper, a very good dog.  The dog training course we bought early on really has paid off!  We even had a couple people comment on how well behaved he was, even with other dogs around.  That made our hearts happy, because we know what we had to go through to train our big stinker some manners!

There was one place we were not allowed to take Kash along on a hike.  That was at Conkles Hollow.  It was a special nature preserve that was truly awesome and totally protected.  I understood once we saw the incredible beauty and experienced the zen-like stillness and peacefulness.  It was an eye-orgasm around every corner.  I swear Hobbits live there.

We even searched for and found an abandoned town called Moonville.  It was way back in the puckerbrush.  We had to get directions from the local a couple of different times because this was out there.  Very steep gravel roads and washouts made us second guess our desire to see this.  It was the haunted train tunnel that drew our attention.

Moonville Haunted Train Tunnel
Ohh, so scary and full of ghosts!

I mean, we had to hike along a muddy riverbank for about a mile to get to this tunnel.  The town was abandoned due to people getting killed by the train, and other unfortunate endings.  So the rumor is, the train tunnel is haunted.  It did have an uneasy feeling surrounding it.  Kash was like a honey badger, “he don’t care”!

All in all it was a great short vacation.  We were all tired the day we got home and slept in until 9:00 AM!  Kash never sleeps that long.  I had a really sore knee, but considering my knee still has months to go to be healed 100%, I did pretty darn good.

So there is a quick summary of our short little trip to Hocking Hills, Ohio.  We plan on going back later in the summer or fall, just because we loved it so much and know it will be even prettier the second time.

Thomas & Kash

Thomas and Kash the Border Collie-Aussie mix








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Another Setback for Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog has seen his master suffer another debilitating injury that prevents him from playing like he’s used to.

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog

Here we go again.  Last week I was lifting a 300 pound eliptical machine and ruptured my biceps tendon at the elbow.  Clean off the bone!

Did it on Monday evening, had 2 hour surgery on Friday re-attaching the tendon to the bone.  It will be 5 months before I can lift any weight.  Unfortunately it is my right hand, my dominate hand.

So with my arm in a cast/brace and wrapped like a mummy, I cannot play rough with Kash like he is used to.  Shelly has a hard time playing as rough as we do, so she usually gets hurt or mad when he gets frustrated and chomps her!

The poor Kashman, he has seen me break my foot last February, have it in a brace/boot for 10 weeks (no hiking), then I ruptured my quadriceps tendon above the knee, had it in a brace, straight out, for 14 weeks, (no hiking) and now this latest injury.  He sure hasn’t had a fair shake in the exercise/hiking department from me.

Hopefully, we can get back to our dog training course because Kash sure seems to be in a quick learning phase.  It is like he understands us when we talk and issue commands far better than he did earlier in life.  I am glad we started the first day we brought him home, but right now he is in the right frame of mind to grasp our oral commands.

I am also working on eye signals with him.  He is doing quite well and it amazes me how quickly he understands my expressions/eye signals and what action to take upon recognizing my signals.  I use eye signals to get Kash to attack (playfully) Shelly.  It makes her so mad that he does this, and won’t do it for her.

We have been sourcing new durable toys for Kash lately.  I am thinking that if I can find a line of toys he likes and can’t destroy (he is a powerful chewer) I may start an online dog toy store.  I am going to a wholesale show in a few weeks and will see what I can find.  Until then I shop at Amazon.com. KONG Extreme Dog Toy, Large, Black

Well that’s all for now.  I am going back to icing my arm and reading up on healthy dog food recipes. Speaking of healthy dog food recipes, I am almost finished with my ebook that will contain some great recipes for homemade healthy dog snacks.  So be on the lookout for it as I will offer it to my readers for review first before I price it to sell.

Hug your dog,

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie dog and his master


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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)


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


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


Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie Made it Through Surgery

Our puppy, the Border Collie-Aussie mix named Kash, made it through surgery.  He was neutered. Ouch! (I’m a male)  Kash is doing fantastic!  He did kind of give me the evil eye when I picked him up at the vet office though.


Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy gives me the evil eye
A not too happy look!

Kash the Dog

Kash is already 38 pounds!  Six months old three days ago.  He continues to amaze us with his funny antics, his crazy fast speed, the over the top intelligence, and just how handsome he is. (bragging)

The two things our dog training course just had no power over is how to stop the straight-to-the-brain high pitched bark, and “play” biting.  The play biting is mostly happening to Shelly, but nonetheless, it should not be happening at all.

We both agree that Kash is wired a little different when it comes to those issues.  Maybe it’s the mixed breed, but we have tried several different techniques that several dog training programs suggested.  None have worked.

The best dog training guide for us has been Dog Training Secrets.  This is by far been the turning point as to whether we kept Kash, or gave him back to the Border Collie Rescue organization where we adopted him from.  If it wasn’t for the techniques that we followed in that dog training program, (they worked so fast) and how easy it was to follow, Kash the dog may be somewhere else.

Border Collie-Aussie and dog training secrets
Looking down the driveway waiting for Shelly


Collie Mix

With all that kinda negative stuff said, I just want to go on record and say that I truly believe Kash Flow Fouts will be a GREAT dog.  He just has some things to learn yet.

Did I tell you about how Kash sat right next to me while I installed a gate latch on the gate that keeps him on our deck?  He watched from beginning to end.  Once installed, I flipped the latch and the gate opened.  When I closed the gate, Kash stood up and flipped the latch just like I did.  Fortunately the latch is where he can’t reach it when he is locked in!  He is so darned smart.

So tonight, bend down and give your pup a warm hug,




Kash, A Border Collie-Aussie Is Driving Me Nuts!

Do all Border Collie-Aussie puppies have this much energy and curiosity?

Kash needs constant supervision in the house or you will end up with chewed shoes, underwear, socks, flip flops, pillows, newspapers, magazines, toilet paper, and anything else he can fit in his mouth!  He even chews the concrete floor tiles! (I think he is really sharpening his snake fang-like teeth)

Border Collie-Aussie imageHe has even emptied out whole laundry baskets, one item at a time.  We secretly watched him without him knowing it just to see if he would complete his “mission”.  It was so funny because he would sneak real quiet-like, knowing he wasn’t supposed to be into the laundry.

If you tell Kash not to take something or go somewhere, he will sit down and study the situation, create a plan, and then slyly proceed to test his naughty plan.  He is a defiant little bugger!

He learns basic commands very quick, but some things are just not going to be learned as fast because of his bull headed attitude.  The dog training course we bought online is very detailed, but our dog invents stuff that the author hasn’t thought up a command for.

It is amazing to watch his problem solving skills.  He’s a thinker.  And a stinker!

To all the stinkers in the world, have fun now, because eventually you’ll get old.


Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy image

Dog Training a Puppy. Be Consistent

Do you need a dog training lesson, or need information on training a puppy?  Read my story below…

training a puppy
Kash, playing with a 2 liter Vernors bottle

I thought and  many others thought I was somewhat a “dog whisperer”.  Kash the puppy never heard of such a thing!  This little 4 legged creature sure took me down a notch or two.

We are so glad we decided to search online for a “dog training” program, course, or DVD on how to train a puppy, due to the breed of Kash, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix.  We had heard how energetic, smart, and quirky a Border Collie can be.  An Australian Shepherd has some strong traits as well.

We wanted to get a little help, suspecting we may need it.  We aren’t as young as we were the last time we had a puppy.  We investigated a lot of books and websites all saying what they believed was the right course of action to take when training a dog.  Some we liked, some we would never do to our puppy.

We finally settled in on one that we thought would fit our way of thinking and style.  It turned out to be a great investment on our puppy.  Without this training, I am not sure we would still have Kash.  He was that much of a stinker!

Kash learned fast.  He is so smart!  The methods we learned with our new training package was incredibly easy to put into action, and the results were practically seen in minutes in most cases!  This dog never ceases to amaze me in how fast it learns.  Maybe I AM the dog whisperer I fantisized I was, but in truth, it is the dog training techniques.

So if you have a puppy or dog that you are having problems with, I highly recommend this dog training course that you can find at this website: http://dogtrainingsecrets.com

This course is very detailed in many areas.  From basic “sit” to advanced commands, your dog will respond and both you and your dog will benefit greatly.

I now feel that Kash WILL be a great dog!  He went from out of control to a well behaved puppy.  This is just the beginning.  Keep your eye peeled right here because I am working on a video to show you what, and how well Kash has learned and responded to this puppy training.

Play with your dog, it will do your heart some good.