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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

Kash the Dog – Border Collie-Aussie Mix is 50 Pounds Already

I thought our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog would top out at about 45 pounds seeing he was the runt of the litter.  Not so.  Kash is almost 8 months old and still has some growing to do, I’m afraid.

The dog training guide has been very helpful since day one.  There is one last issue as far as bad behavior that needs attention.  That is “how to keep dog from jumping on people” especially children.  We are working on that as we speak.

I got a tip from a friend of mine this morning.  She has Australian Shepherds so she knows about our type of Border collie-aussie mix dog.  She said to get a spray bottle and mix a little vinegar in with water.  Spray it in the dogs face when he jumps on you or someone else.  She said he would soon quit the bad behavior.  I am going to try it.

 

Kash, a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog with sun on his ears
Kash, cloaked in green

Collie Mix

The ticks are still prevalent in our area.  I still pull 2-3 ticks a day off from Kash, checking him after being outside.  The ticks like to go for the ears, so that is where I start looking. I have found at least half a dozen of them IN his ears!

The best tweezers I have found to pull the ticks out with are called Uncle Bill’s Silver Grippers.  These are the absolute best tweezers I have ever used.  I have had 2 pair of them for close to 20 years and use them for everything.

Don't forget to check for ticks, and while your at it, rub his belly.

Thomas

Feed your dog healthy dog food!