Tag Archives: Kash the Dog

Border Collie Aussie Alert

Kash, the Border Collie Aussie mix dog goes on vacation!

Kash is just so cool! He goes into “vacation mode” when we take off on our two lane road trips. He just turns into the patient, well behaved Border Collie Aussie angel dog!

Border Collie Aussie
Swimming at Old Man’s Cave, Hocking Hills, Ohio

We took off and went to Cuyahoga National Park first and visited The Beaver Marsh. It was a good place too view and photograph wildlife, but it is just a little early to get a lot of views of the critters.

Border Collie
We saw turtles mating, but this was just a bystander.

When we travel, we like to take two lane roads, back roads, and avoid expressways if we can. You just get to see so many more cool things that way. Plus, we get to find great hiking trails and swimming spots for Kash the Dog!

Border Collie Aussie
Kash the Dog and his master Shelly, who he just adores!

We even went to Roanoke, Virginia so Kash could meet the black dog “Grace”, who Black Dog Salvage is named after. We love the Salvage Dawgs TV show on the DIY Network, so went went there and visited. Kash met Grace, and we met Mike and Robert, the stars of the show!

Salvage Dawgs
Mike was gracious and kind. He is a tall dude!

Grace the black dog at Black Dog Salvage looks like she is getting up there in years. She posed and didn’t really care if we were there or not.

Border Collie Aussie
Grace, owner of Black Dog Salvage!

Kash the Dog, our Border Collie Aussie, has excellent behavior in motel/hotel rooms. He just knows he can’t bark, even when babies are crying next door and kids running through the halls hooting and hollering! He just is so good!

Border Collie
Kash the Dog on a hike catches the light!

Well there you have it. Kash the Border Collie Aussie returns from another successful two lane road trip!

Always be kind to your dog.

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie mix
Thomas & Kash

 

 

Dog Survival Kit. Is it Necessary?

A Dog Survival Kit? Come on…

Kash has a dog survival kit. I put on together a few years ago and I keep updating it yearly.

There is a pretty good one that is available commercially if you don’t want to take the time to gather the dog survival kit parts and pieces yourself.

For your dog survival kit, you can get a small knapsack or even a gym bag, put some small sealed bags of dog food, an extra leash, an extra collar, copies of your pet’s immunization records, portable water pouches, a portable bowl for food/water, and any medications your dog made need. This is a start.

There, I tried to make it easy by providing links to some dog survival kit items. This is just to give you an idea. You can custom make your own by finding what works best for you and your dog. ( or if you have a cat too, here is a cat survival kit)

Dog survival kit
All fun and games until someone ends up in a cone!

Another item you may need is a first aid kit. You can use it for yourself as well as the dog. Just replace what you use or if any items get outdated. (I have needed our several times now!)

I know this is a bit of a departure from my usual style of reporting on events that have happened to Kash the Dog and I, but felt it was important to kind of make you think about being prepared.

Where we live, we are watching a potentially dangerous storm approaching with strong straight line winds and thunderstorms. Who knows, our power could go out for days, even weeks. I just want to protect my family, and Kash IS family, and be as comfortable and safe as possible.

So, think about what your pet needs before an emergency arises, as well as you and your family. Think, be prepared.

Thomas & Kash

P1000637

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Border Aussie A Great Mix

Our Border Aussie is Smarter Than Your Poodle!

Who knows if that is a true statement or not. Every dog is different, has their own characteristics, skill set, and demeanor.

Border Aussie

Our dog Kash, is a Border Aussie, just turned 5 years old, and is a chunk! Everyone says we feed him too much. If you turn him over, you cannot find fat, you can feel his ribs, and he is solid muscle!

Kash the Dog loves to run. Sometimes he just takes off running and will run the perimeter of the yard, around the house and barn, and then come back and sit at your feet like he didn’t even leave!

He has another quirk. When he goes out to pee at night, he will charge all bravado like, barking ferociously, and then when he is satisfied that there is nothing to interrupt his “peeing time” he will then take a whiz!

Is that normal for a Border Aussie mix?  I don’t know. We just think Kash the Dog is wired a little different.

Border Aussie
Kash, a Border Aussie mix running like a crazy dog.

Well, I think most Border Aussie mix dogs are pretty smart on their own, but it’s how you teach them and what you teach them that really makes them shine.

They are fiercely loyal. It is hard for them to be away from you, the one they adore, the one they would protect at all cost, so separation anxiety can be an issue with some. Kash has a mild case of it. He howls, barks and carries on until we are out of site, then goes and lays down. A couple times I made him think I left, but I was watching him through a side window. He is a character, no doubt.

Hug your dog, take him/her for a long walk and stop to pet their ears and talk softly to them along the way. Thanks.

PS. I use a Panasonic Lumix camera to get shots of Kash. Here is a link to a similar one that I use.

Pansonic Lumix Camera

Thomas & Kash

Border Aussie

Kash, Border Collie-Aussie Mix Travels Well

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Took A Trip

Border Collie-Aussie dogs are smart. They are also know for being rambunctious and fidgety. Not one to sit still long periods.

Well Kash the Dog goes into what we call vacation mode! He changes from his never stop moving self, to a calm, very good passenger/traveler who doesn’t bark unless provoked.

Border Collie-Aussie
Kash the Dog swimming at Horsetail Falls in Oregon

We travel two lane roads when we go on vacation. This August we went from South Bend, IN to Bend, OR on highway US 20. It took us right through Yellowstone Park. Of course, our Border Collie-Aussie dog Kash was with us!

We would make it a daily goal to find a clean, clear body of water for Kash to swim in. He has been swimming all over the United States and even once in Canada! He has been in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, all the Great Lakes, and countless rivers and lakes.

Border Collie-Aussie
Glacier National Park

Kash loves to swim. He can’t wait for you to throw a stick! Sometimes he makes believe you threw the stick and charges out into the water like he is fetching something – just for the heck of it!

P1010727-001
River swimming

Kash the Dog likes to charge waves rolling in with his mouth wide open. What a shock when he does that in the ocean and gets a mouth full of salt water! He is used to swimming in Lake Michigan, nice “fresh” water. His nose wrinkles up and he spits and sputters with salt water.

Border Collie Aussie
He does not like the ocean salt water!

All in all, we always seem to have a good time on vacation. It really helps when your dog is well behaved. I attribute it to the online dog training course we invested in when he was a puppy. You can check the dog training course out here. Best Dog Training Course

Border Collie Aussies are smart. Sometimes too smart. They can learn bad behavior as easy as good behavior. So train your Border Collie-Aussie dog right and you will have a lifetime of awesome, loyal companionship from your dog.

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie
Thomas & Kash the Dog

 

Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs. Awesome?

Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Rocks!

Kash Flow, our dog, who is a Border Collie-Aussie mix critter has more Australian Shepherd traits than Border Collie. He is built wide in the butt, weighs between 60 and 70 pounds, and is solid muscle.

Kash has that ultra high pitch, annoying, brain piercing bark that Australian Shepherds seem to have. At one point before we got the bark under control (somewhat) his barking would hurt Shelly’s ears so bad it would bring her to tears! Now, he controls his bark judiciously.

Australian Shepherd
High pitched bark drives squirrel up a tree!

Kash the Dog is a fantastic companion/family member. He does not stray out of the yard, is a great watch dog, and listens pretty good. It was not always that way. (other than always staying in the yard)

His favorite spot to lay and watch is on our deck. That is home base to him. This is his command center where he strategizes his attacks on squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits. He never hurts them, only wants to play with them and learn about them. (I swear).

My wife was slowed down with a medical condition just a while back. Now, Kash the Dog adores Shelly to the max! So when she was down in bed, he would lay right next to the bed. When she was healing and taking slow short walks, he would slow his pace to hers and walk so passionately with her. He IS a good dog!

Australian Shepherd
Kash the Dog sticking close to Shelly.

Dog Training Courses needed for sure!

So, I know that Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs are one of the smartest dogs around, but Kash seems to be wired a little different. He learns by just talking to him as if he knows the English language. I only wish we knew how to train him better. We invested in some dog training courses early on that have helped tremendously.

This is all probably stuff I have talked about in the past, but it is such a joy to have a dog that doesn’t wander, listens to commands, a fierce protector, and a lover dog to top it off!

Border Collie-Aussie

Hug your dog, they are family!

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie
Thomas & Kash the Dog

 

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.

 

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”!

Get more information

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 Serta Orthopedic Quilted Pillowtop Dog Bed, Large, Brown New Price: $48.83 Old Price: $48.83 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

 

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.

 

Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie Mix & I Are Back!

A Lot Has Happened to This Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Since I Last Posted!

Here is tonight’s photo of Kash the Dog walking on water!

Border Collie-Aussie Mix

We have done a lot of adventures since this past winter (which was brutal!). We went on 2 vacations, both adventurous, one without Kash and one with Kash. My mother-in-law stayed with Kash the Dog at our house for our Spring 2014 adventure. She is the only one we would trust with our pooch.

We went diamond mining! It was so cool. We went to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. (www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com) We spent quite a bit of time sifting through dirt, always with that wonderful feeling of hope, but did not find one. The guy nearby us found one and showed it to us. You wouldn’t recognize it as a diamond! It was worth about $170.00.

The second vacation, we took Kash along on a 16 day road trip, all on backroads, to Maine and Canada. We especially liked upper New York, and Vermont. Well Maine was awesome too! Ate some fresh “lobsta” and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We saw a black bear and three cubs in Vermont. She was a beauty! All shiny jet black and I was able to get fairly close. (calculated risk)

Black bear

Kash, being a Border Collie-Aussie mix needs to run. Often. So when we couldn’t let him run, we would find places for him to swim. He swam every day except one on our “down east” vacation.

Kash the Dog

We stayed in “The Dodge Lodge” 8 nights. I had built a platform in the back of our Dodge Caravan out of wood. It was custom built to fit plastic bins under it (5 of them) to hold our clothes, food, and accessories. Then we put 8+ inches of memory foam on top of it, made screens for the windows, and built in a cooler. It was so comfortable we preferred it to staying in a motel!

Woodstock, NY

 

We even browsed around the famous Woodstock, NY for a day. What a neat little town! I could come back here and hang out a while. Some cool hippie looking dudes and dudesses. Canada was scenic, but we couldn’t read French and it was discouraging to try and deal with some of the antique dealers, so we went back into Vermont.

I’ll reveal some more adventure stories and photos with the next post.

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and Thomas Fouts

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

 

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.

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

 

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.