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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 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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Border Collie-Aussie Named Kash Chases Weasel

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Rescue Dog, chased a weasel.

As quick as Kash is, he did not catch the fleet of foot weasel even though it was carrying a dead chipmunk!  I had spotted the weasel earlier from the window while in the house.  We don’t see too many weasels, in fact this is only the 3rd or 4th one in 18+ years living here.

The weasel pulled the dead chipmunk down a chipmunk hole with Kash right on his heals. Earlier in the week I had noticed several bird nests I had been watching, and they all were ripped apart, eggs and babies gone. I told my wife I thought it was either raccoons or a weasel. I think I was right.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog named Kash

Collie Mix

Kash has changed his mind and decided he does not like to ride in the Buick. When we go for any length of a ride, we usually take the van, it is just more convenient.  But once in a while we take the Buick because it rides nice and gets better gas mileage. Now he won’t get in the Buick by himself, he has to be forced in by picking him up and plopping him in the seat.  What’s up with that?

He still seems to be growing.  Everybody keeps remarking on how big he is getting.  Kash is 60lbs plus, but I cannot feel any fat on him.  He has not been getting the full out running exercise he used to, but that is his choice. We go for walks everyday in the woods, he just doesn’t run around like a nut anymore.

He still eats really good quality healthy dog food.  We make him some homemade dog food about once a month to give him some variety. We chose a different healthy recipe from the homemade dog food recipe book we bought online. It is the best! It has about 245 recipes in it. Highly recommended.

A Border Collie-Aussie mix dog.

Kash the Dog

Kash loves his dog beds. He has 4 of them. Spoiled little critter!  He does need his naps everyday, or he gets slightly cranky, just like a human. (me)  He can get so comfortable-looking all curled up, or laying on his back, legs splayed out, showing his hairy penis to the world. He can be a weird dog, but can’t we all?

Just a little tidbit of information about some notable Border Collies.

Border Collies of note include:

  • Rico, who was studied for recognising up to 200 objects by name. Another Border Collie, Betsy, was found to have a vocabulary of over 300 words.[43]
  • As of 2010, the Border Collie Chaser has a vocabulary of 1022 words and is able to recognise objects by the groups they belong to.[44]
  • Shep, who was the long-term companion to John Noakes of the BBC‘s Blue Peter and Meg, companion of Matt Baker, former presenter of the same show.
  • Striker, who is the current Guinness World Record holder for “Fastest Car Window Opened by a Dog” at 11.34 seconds.[45]
  • Jean, a.k.a. the Vitagraph Dog who was the first canine movie star (owned and trained by Laurence Trimble)
  • Rex and Fly are two Border Collies that appeared in the 1995 film Babe.
  • Jag, the “First Dog” of Montana, frequently accompanies Governor Brian Schweitzer.
  • Bandit, the stray Scottish border collie from TV series Little House on the Prairie was Laura Ingalls‘ second dog on the show. Laura was reluctant to make friends with Bandit as she missed first dog Jack, but she soon loved Bandit dearly. Bandit premiered in the second season of the show and remained a steady extra for the next three seasons.
  • Murray, Border Collie Mix in the hit show Mad About You
  • Borrowed from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Collie

Well now that summer is upon us, the tick season is starting. We have had the least amount of ticks found this year, but that doesn’t mean you should not protect your pet. Lyme disease can be a bad, bad thing for your dog.  So protect your pet with a good tick preventative medicine.

Well time to take Kash for a walk, camera in hand, out to the woods.


Thomas & Kash


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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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Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie is So Smart!

Border Collie-Aussie dogs are known to be intelligent in the dog world, but I keep on being amazed every day!  Kash is such a good dog now, something I was not saying some months back.  All the dog training courses we invested in paid off!

Kash does love to hunt squirrels.  He learned to sit still with me in the woods and scan the trees for those furry little creatures.  Once spotted he waits until they touch the ground and like a bullet out of the barrel, he’s hot on their tail!

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog after squirrels
If I could only climb trees...

We took Kash to the vet to get his Rabies shot and a checkup.  He was the ideal weight but was told not to let him get any heavier.  He does eat healthy dog food, but not a lot for how active he is.

We also ordered some heartworm preventative medicine for him.  We also pointed out that we have found 2 ticks on him recently. She said that is due to the mild winter weather we are experiencing here in Michigan.  So, we are shopping for a flea and tick medication as well.

I don’t know about you or where you live, but here in southwest Michigan, I’ve never seen such a mild snowless winter!  It is only February so maybe we’ll get blasted yet.  Kash loves the snow!  He is the snowman destroyer!  As fast as Shelly can build them, he attacks them with gusto and digs them down!

Collie mix dog loves the snow

This picture was taken when we did have a 8″ snowfall.  It didn’t last long.  I am grooving on a mild winter -less shoveling, less plowing, lower heat bills, and easier footing on my still healing knee!

We have been having coyotes around a lot.  I have not seen a rabbit in months!  That is really unusual.  We have spotted what looks like beaver tracks along the small creek in the woods, but it is hard to believe we might have a beaver around.  We also have fresh pony tracks going through the front of our acreage, through the yard, out the back trails, and into the woods. That’s strange.

Keep hugging your dog,

Thomas and Kash

How Heavy Do Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Get?

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog is 14 months old and weighs 61 pounds.  A couple people have said he looks like he is fat!  I do not think so.  If you could see how little food we give him for a dog his size and his high energy output, there is no way he is fat.

Border Collie Aussie mix dog

Happy New Year!

I cannot feel any fat on Kash, but we do feed him a nutrient dense food, about 2 cups a day. We do also feed Kash 1-2 meals a week, something from our homemade dog food recipe ebook we bought online.  These are easy to make healthy dog food meals.  I like the fact that I know and control what goes into his food, unlike many commercial dog foods.

Hope you all had a great Holiday Season and stayed healthy throughout.  Kash was able to spend a couple weeks with Shelly, playing and bonding.  Oh how that dog loves her!

Shelly took Kash for a walk the other afternoon (late) in our woods out back.  They got back to the far property line and a coyote popped up from under some fallen trees.  Kash immediately took off after it with Shelly screaming at the top of her lungs for Kash to come back.  He listened and came right back!  That’s pretty good to be able to call a dog off a full out chase!

Turns out, it looks like it may be a coyote den nestled under those trees.  A hole going in the ground and under the tree roots with fresh sign all around.  Something to keep an eye on when walking back there, which we do frequently.

Time is a little short today, so until next time…

Pet your dog.

Thomas & Kash

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

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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Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

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.


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!


Thomas and Kash