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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 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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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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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


Border Collie-Aussie Mix, Mixes it Up With Wild Turkey!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy/dog is now a wild turkey hunter!  A turkey, almost as big as Kash has been coming to the feeder the last couple of days.  The first time Kash saw it, he just froze and watched it.  They I went and scared it!

Today, when I opened the office door, he bolted across the lawn to the bird feeder and low and behold, there was the turkey!  Kash went right after it.  It ran under the bridge and took off flying as Kash’s big pearly whites were snapping in thin, turbulent, turkey take-off air!  No feathers in his mouth.

Border Collie-Aussie mix almost catches wild turkey
Not fair! It’s not even close to Thanksgiving!

Kash the Dog – Turkey Stalker

Kash the Collie mix dog coming back from the chaseComing back without the turkey!

Kash has been going riding with me on errands in both the car and the van.  I think he likes riding in the van better, because he is higher up and can see.  He seldom relaxes though, and hates having the windows down.  Maybe the wind noise hurts his ears?

Yesterday we went out to the South Haven lighthouse on the south pier in South Haven.  This is the first time he has seen a beach, waves, and been on the pier with water on both side of him.  He was a little cautious as we got near the edge.

Border Collie-Aussie on the south pier, South Haven MI

Tonight we are going to go see a fawn.  I hope to get some pictures of it to share.  So stay tuned and we’ll see if I can find that fawn to get a picture.

Walk your dog and speak kindly to it.



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


This Border Collie-Aussie Went on Vacation!

Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy went on his first mini vacation!  He is an excellent traveler, something we had to find out.  So this was kind of an experiment to see how well he would do.

Every thing is new to a puppy when you travel.  Well, for the most part, it is new to me to too.  That is the whole point of traveling, to see new vistas, places, things, and have a new experience.  But to a puppy, wow, it has to be all the senses on full alert!

Kash got to see those big giant wind turbines, hundreds of them!  We stopped a couple times and walked out to one of them.  I was pretty amazed myself, as I had never seen any in real life.

We drove one tank of gas worth to the south.  That put us in Parke County, Indiana.  We stopped when the thermometer hit 70 degrees.  It was a great place to start exploring, as Parke county is where there is a large concentration of covered bridges.


Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy in front of a covered bridge
Kash's first covered bridge!

Kash the Dog

We took Kash hiking in Turkey Run State Park.  What a gorgeous day and found some great trails to boot.  Hardly a soul around so we were able to take him off his leash.  By the way, he took well to the leash training we learned from our dog training guide.  Highly recommended!


Border Collie-Aussie puppy stands on a log at Turkey Run State Park
Kash loves to stand on logs, walk on logs, and run on logs.

Kash the Dog

We saw many different animals, birds, and even a salamander to show Kash.  He was really intrigued with a raccoon the first night and the giant bull laying in the field next to the road the next morning.  The geese got him excited as well.  He let them know who could be louder!


The big bull got our Border Collie-Aussie puppy pretty excited
Kash was not allowed to "herd" this one.

Kash the Dog

As you know, we like to feed Kash good healthy dog food.  But, it was vacation after all, so we bought him a Burger King Double Cheeseburger!  We crumbled up one patty onto his regular healthy dog food and mushed it in.  Boy did he like that!  We saved the second patty for the next days food dish.

We sure did have fun, probably because our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy was so darn well behaved!  I have to attribute a lot of it to our dog training guide we invested in when we first knew we were getting a Border Collie mix puppy.  It has made a world of difference in his behavior.  Well worth the money, a hundred times over.  I don’t think I would have made it through his early weeks without it.


Kash the Dog walking through a covered bridge
Walking through a covered bridge.

Kash the Dog

Well our first mini vacation with Kash went smooth and we all had fun, saw a lot of new interesting things and made it back home safe.  Stay tuned as I will have a vacation video posted shortly.

Hug your animal.