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June 12, 2012

long and short
The long and the short of it!
Kings R-The with his tail and his father Kings Or-Sum Cookie,
It is illegal for vets to dock tails in South Africa
submitted by Lindsay King

AKC Tidbits and News


June 13th, tomorrow, is closing date for many of the conformation shows that will debut the Miniature American Shepherd in the Miscellaneous Classes!
You can find all available MISC shows, puppy classes, performance, companion and herding events by clicking this AKC link

There are several ways to find and enter the shows.


You can go to  On the first page it will list the shows that are closing the soonest. You click on the one you want to attend and it will take you to a page where you can download the show premium and also an entry form. Lots of information about the show is there also.

IMPORTANT - You can enter the shows online by going to this link.


Another easy and good place to enter is at
they also have a telephone entry system where you can enter..follow the prompts...or call them to enter the shows at
1-800-334-8978 or mon-fri 8-4 est


I hope many of you will attend the first weekend of showing our dogs in Miscellaneous!!

New Grand Champion Brag!

Multi GRCH BIS Southern Star Poison Ivy
Southern Star Mini Aussies
submitted by Leslie Peckham at
*****************Check out the 2012 MASCUSA Nationals website***************

Hi everyone!

The Premium List is out and registration is open for the Nationals Herding Test/Trial. This is going to be an all-breed trial, with Miniature American Shepherds preferred, which means other breeds only get to enter if there's still room at the close of entries.
The premium list states that the Herding Instinct Test will have day of entries available if there is room. There has been so much interest in the local herding community here that I think we may fill, so I think it would be wise to pre-enter the HIC and not leave it to chance. Closing date is August 8, so there's no rush, I just wanted to give everyone a heads up.
The premium list is available at the Nationals Website at

You can register via snail mail or online at

We are finalizing a few things and hope to have the Nationals Premium list out within the next couple of days. Once registration is open online, you will be able to register for Nationals conformation and AKC herding at the same time, as well as meals, seminars, etc.


Results for two awesome herding dogs!!!    

Both photos of are Mattie


 At the ASCA trial in Dewey AZ June 1-3, 2012
6/1 Jack on Course D, Started Sheep
Score of 87, 2nd place
6/2 Jack on Course D, Started Sheep Score of 77, Q'd and earned his Started Sheep title.
6/3 Jack on Course D Open sheep, Score 104, 4th place earned 1 leg

6/1 Course D Started Sheep Score 79, 4th place
6/2 Course D Started Sheep Score 79, Q'd and earned her Started Sheep Title
6/1 Course B Started, Score 86, 2nd place
6/2 Course B Started, Score 89, 1st place and earned her Started Duck Title.


submitted by the VanWilligans

That's My Dog!


Photos and stories showcasing activities with your dogs. They can be graduating from a training class, earning a leg in a trial, winning a fun contest, or sking down the Aspen slopes on doggie skies!
Whatever it is you want to share that highlights your activities with your dog!
Send those stories and a photo to me


Wigglebutt Madeline 6th Dynasty aka Maddie


Maddie and I attended our first AKC All Breed Obedience and Rally Trial held at Champaign, IL June 9th and 10th.
Beginning Novice A (Saturday) 188.5 and 4th place
Beginning Novice A (Sunday) 193.5 and 2nd place
Rally Novice A (Sunday) 93 and 3rd place.
We had fun. My friends that know Maddie know the look in the above photo:) We call this the "Maddie look" Maddie can be quite the Diva:)
Cindy Duggan

Coyote Creek   


MASCUSA AKC Herding TEST and Clinic
Held June 9th 2012 in Oklahoma
Results and Summary
 Total entries: 21
3 Pre -Trial entries, 1 Herding Test entry and 17 for the Instinct Test. 
11 Working spots in the clinic
Herding Breeds that participated:
5 Border Collies
2 Corgis
1 Terv
2 Aussies
10 Miniature Americans - one scratch
1 Sheltie - scratched day of, had a intestinal bug
Results for the Miniature Americans!
All three entered in the Pre-Trial received a qualifying score and earned a leg!!
Chase, Blast and Jazz
All the minis that entered and participated in the AKC Herding Instinct Test qualified and earned their first leg!
Daisy Duke, Flair, Cowboy, Falina, River, and Vivian  
The judge and the clinician had wonderful comments for the minis and said they were very impressed with the amount of herding abilities that the dogs showed!
A huge thank you to our Herding Secretary, Patricia Davis, and to Traci Phillips for working so hard all weekend and for days before the event!!  Thank You Barb Byers for video filming all 21 runs and for driving all the way from Indiana.   
Photos and videos will be posted next week and a detailed summary of the beautiful runs the Minis made this weekend!
Satisfying the Urge to Herd 
Below is a great article about herding

All those herding breeds, sitting on couches, trotting around backyards, trying, whenever possible, to exercise their innermost desire - the urge to herd.

Your own herders might only get the opportunity to satisfy that urge when children visit or a gaggle of geese goes off course into your neighborhood. But all over the country many herding dogs get to sate their most basic instinct by design. Some do it for work, but most do it for fun and titles.


The American Kennel Club, American Herding Breed Association and Australian Shepherd Club of America herding programs cater to different breed lists, divide their programs into various segments and have their own rules and regulations, yet all have a similar purpose.

AKC noncompetitive tests offer "a standardized gauge by which a dog's basic instinct and trainability are measured," while the competitive trials "preserve and develop the herding skills inherent in the herding breeds and demonstrate that they can perform the useful functions for which they were originally bred....
 Comix By Coleen
Just for grins a new comic every week in the Tuesday Talk!
Coleen Swift is our comic graphic designer for this series and she will be treating us to a new comic every week for the Tuesday Talk Funnies!  You can also send a photo to us to be considered in one of Coleens designs! Send to

Sharing My Life Series

Your Everyday Photos!


Send me your most endearing pictures, the ones that make you laugh, cry, pull your hair out, shed a happy tear, working on training, snuggling on the couch, whatever happens in the days of "Sharing My Life" with your best friend!

Send to


Firehouse's Dolly


 Potato Chip Dive

What a goof this girl is! Firehouse's Dolly diving for a dropped potato chip!
Caption should read, "Don't worry Mr. Chip, I'll SAVE YOU!"         
     Submitted by Janet Boursier

Shambaugh April 2012 



Several CGC trainers responded to the question in a recent blog about Canine Good Citizen testing "What do you teach first?"


Here is what the trainers said they taught first:


* name- for both puppies and rescue dogs

* name, leave it, drop it, sit

* the name game, the sit and sit-stay

* sit, recall

* name, what a bridging stimulus is (e.g., clicker)

* name, watch me, come or here

* name, attention, sit

*hand feed and establish self as a reinforcer

* hand feed, name game, watch me, sit

* name, no bite (when taking food) sit


Looks like learning the name is most important!!!


Catalog Ads 


Dear members,

We are seeking BEC member volunteers

(Breed Education and Evaluation Committee)...

Email Jeanie at

Dulaney 2011

Know the Warning Signs of Pyometra

So what is pyometra, and what's the connection with the reproductive cycle? Pyometra is an infection in the uterus that typically happens in middle-aged to older females. When a bitch comes into season, hormonal changes in her system, specifically an increase in progesterone levels, lead to a thickening of the lining of the uterus in preparation for the pregnancy. Progesterone levels remain elevated for eight to 10 weeks following the season, and the thickening of the walls of the uterus continues.

Also during the heat cycle, the cervix is open so that the sperm, if she's bred, can travel up the reproductive tract to fertilize the eggs.

But when a bitch does not become pregnant, or if she hasn't been pregnant for several heat cycles, the uterine lining continues to thicken until cysts begin to form. One reason it happens more often in older bitches - usually those that are 6 years of age or older - is because they've had more exposures to high levels of progesterone. The cysts that form in the uterine lining produce fluid that becomes an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to grow.

With the cervix open during the season, bacteria can enter the uterus, into the perfect environment created by the cysts. The bacteria then begin to multiply. This leads to the development of infection and pus.


Read the entire article by clicking below

Judy Challinger


I think that the Working Aussie Source is one of the best locations on the net to find herding trials and clinics!

The opening page is for ASCA Trials but be sure and click on the Other Calendars and the Regional Calendars and other Events of Interest!

Keep in mind that AHBA does not require a club to put on a trial -- an individual can host a trial. So if you have a facility nearby that puts on AKC trials, there's no reason they can't also host AHBA events at the same location.




The Miniature American Shepherd is eligible to compete immediately in AKC Herding Trials!  As soon as you receive your AKC/FSS number you can enter an AKC Herding Trial.


Find AKC Herding Trials here!


If you have earned an AKC Herding Title please let me know,
Now that we are eligible to compete in AKC Herding Trials, we want to acknowledge those dogs who are out there earning titles and legs towards titles.
Let's have some fun and gather several photos and videos of our dogs herding!!


Send to me and I will place them in a future Tuesday Talk and maybe we can start a photo gallery of minis herding!


Let's do it right away!!


 sheep gif 


Aussie line bar



Litter Announcements

MASCUSA members get one free announcement in the Tuesday Talk for litters with health clearances on both parents (OFA hips, current CERF).

MASCUSA members may purchase additional announcements for litters with health clearances for $20 per package of four announcements.

MASCUSA members may purchase announcements for litters without health clearances for $40 per package of four announcements.


All litter announcements will appear in a section called the "Puppy Pen" at the end of the Tuesday Talk in a standardized format as follows:

one photo, maximum size of 300 pixels wide x 200 pixels high

a maximum of 50 words of description

one web link or email address


Send your litter announcements to Mindy

                     ATTENTION PHOTOS NEEDED!

clip art dog

The club needs good quality photographs of dogs in various settings, i.e., herding, agility, obedience, family/companionship, etc. These photographs will be used for a variety of things such as use in brochures, other forms of advertising, on the website, etc. If you have some great photographs, please send them in. You will need to submit a Photograph Release Form for any photographs you submit. This form can be found on our website under MASCUSA Forms. The higher the resolution, the better.

Send the photos to Mindy


2012 Kim Gardner



A gentle reminder to the membership concerning the MASCUSA name and logo(s)...

The name of our club, and our logos and artwork, are reserved for official club business only. Please do not download any club logo, or utilize the name of the club, for personal or any use other than official club business - per the bylaws:

Section 1.4 - Club Logo - The name, logo and the like may not be used by the Club or its members, unless authorized by the Board.

In This Issue
AKC Tidbits & News Entries Close June13th
New Grand Champion!
Nationals Website and Herding Premium is Ready
Two Awesome Herding Dogs
Thats My Dog!
Herding Results from MASCUSA Trial
Urge to Herd
Comix By Coleen
Sharing My Life
Firehouse Dolly
Name Taught First!
BEC Volunteers!
Warning Signs of Pyometra
AKC Show Links


Karen Keller,

Deborah Dulaney,
Vice President

Jeanie McAdams, Secretary

Traci Phillips, Treasurer

 Board Members

Judy Challinger

 Charles Lasater
Patricia Davis

Linda Perry, Past President

Denise Albright,  many of the photos for TT


Visit the MASCUSA CAFEPRESS Store to purchase items with the top three logo designs and


Click here


 Minis Gone American Item!

1st Place
2nd place
3rd Place
Send in those favorite  photos so we can
post them on the Tuesday Talk!










Remember to send in your winsheets within 45 days of the show for your points to count!!!
 Search for AKC Conformation Shows, Herding Trials, Agility and other performance events. Click Here

Two popular Licensed Superintendents, who have information about upcoming shows and you can enter online thru their sites




Thank you for letting us share our wonderful dogs

Contact the Board

Visit the new MASCUSA website for forms and info about entering the newest AKC Breed, and also for all of our registration forms, including Breeders Listing, Litter Applications and more
Visit MARS (Mini Aussie Rescue) .

Contact the Registrar