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June 19, 2012

Be Happy!
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AKC Tidbits and News


Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders: Sign Our Petition!


The American Kennel Club has created the Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders petition in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) new proposed regulations which would create harsh and unintended consequences for responsible small and hobby breeders in this country. Please join us by signing the petition before July 16 when the public comment period to the Animal Care Division of the USDA's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service ends. The petition, along with AKC's comments on the proposed rule change, will be sent to the USDA.

Support AKC's comments to the USDA regarding the new proposed rule change (RIN 0579-AD57) to the Animal Welfare Act at


Read More Here


Keller's pups
Where is everyone going???
Can we go to!
*****************Check out the 2012 MASCUSA Nationals website***************

Nationals Friday Shout Out
Every Friday we will bring you updated info about Nationals 2012!

Still looking for awesome stories about our wonderful dogs for the Goodwill Ambassador Award! Please send your stories to Karen Oldfather at
I look foward to hearing from you!

Dulaney 2011


Membership Meeting

A Membership Meeting has been scheduled for June 20, 2012 at 8 p.m. CST. Conference call line is 1-312-340-6650, participant code 276249.

The agenda is as follows:

  • Introduction of new Board Members.
  • Discussion of the AKC-mandated change to our breed standard.
  • Discussion of our history.
  • Discussion of ramp vs. table vs. floor for the conformation ring.

Members can provide additional agenda items to the Board at by June 19, 2012. We hope you can join us!

MASCUSA Board of Directors

Judy Challinger


AKC has informed us that folks are trying to register litters that are Miniature American Shepherd and Australian Shepherd.  Those litters must be registered with NAMASCUSA. You can only register litters with AKC/FSS where Both Parents are already Miniature American Shepherds.


If both parents are now registered with AKC/FSS you will go directly thru AKC to register your litters.
The AKC/FSS Litter paper is on the AKC website, you can't use the online process for FSS, you must print and mail the forms
If one of the parents is not an Miniature American Shepherd you must register that litter with NAMASCUSA. Forms are on the MASCUSA website We will continue to register litters and Individual dogs until May 2014. 
NOTE: All foreign members must register all litters and all dogs with us first regardless of whether or not the parents are AKC Mini Americans.
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




Ruby said she could and by golly I think she can. She just recently earned her AKC. Agility novice jww and novice fast title in one weekend. Since April she has won 6 first places, double Q twice and two perfect 100 scores in Jww. Just thought I would let you know how awesome she has done and am soooo proud of her!!! Most of all she is having FUN!!!

Deb & Ruby

Teacup Treasures Belle Of The Ball
owned by Kim Gardner
Timeless 4 On The Floor
owned by Kim Gardner & Karen Keller
Renaissance Retro
owned by Julie Kramer
Raindancer's Little Babushka
owned by Mary Riley
Southern Star Poison Ivy
owned by Leslie Peckham
Linderlands Mar-A-Lago Brumby
owned by Melinda & Katie Peters and Judy Linder

GR CH Linderlands Mar-A-Lago Brumby

Shambaugh April 2012 


Puppies: How to Stop Mouthing/Chewing on Owner


When puppies are teething, you don't have a behavior problem on your hands, you've got a developmental issue, just the same as when human babies teeth.

When puppies are 2 to 4 weeks old, their tiny needlelike teeth begin to appear. Then, when they're about three months old, puppies start getting their permanent teeth. This process continues until the puppy is about 8 months old.

To handle a puppy who is chewing and mouthing, make sure that you aren't the only readily available chewable object.


1. Control the environment.
 Puppy proof your home and provide a rich assortment of acceptable chew toys.


2. Have an acceptable alternative close by.
 Keep the toys in places where you can easily reach them so you can quickly offer an acceptable alternative when the puppy feels a need to chew.


3. Give the puppy the acceptable chewing alternative (to replace the off-limits item).
 If the puppy chews/mouths you or an inappropriate object (your shoes), give him one of the acceptable chew toys.


4. Teach your puppy that nipping and biting hard are not okay.
 If your puppy nips and bites too hard, teach the puppy that this is not okay by ending the interaction. You can pull your hand away, say, "OW!" and leave the puppy for a few minutes. Then try again so that the puppy has a chance to be successful.

Coyote Creek   




Looking for Herding Committee Volunteers.

MASCUSA Little Herders is the official committee facebook site. Barbara Byers moderates the facebook page. . Patricia Davis will be the Board Liaison for this committee. Contact Patricia at


We are seeking BEC member volunteers

(Breed standard evaluation and education committee)...

Contact the new board liaison, Sharon Sloper, at


                                                         Comix By Coleen
wrong way cadet
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


How can you not smile if you are following these three!

3 mini butts 

Julie Peterson
Sun Valley Kennel
Ramona, California

        Did you know that PennHip has a facebook Page?

From PennHip...

We will be adding the Miniature American Shepherd to our database as soon as we receive our first PennHIP evaluation from a dog in this new AKC breed. Breed specific laxity profiles and percentiles will not be available until we have 20 Miniature American Shepherds in our database; however, you will receive the official distraction index for the dogs you have PennHIP tested.

For those dogs that have already been PennHIP tested as Miniature Australian Shepherds that will be AKC registered as Miniature American Shepherds, they can have their breed changed in our database and on their official report by emailing us at with a copy of the AKC paperwork indicating the new breed. We will then email you a copy of the new report. Please feel free to share this information with any additional Miniature American Shepherd breeders/ owners that you have contact with.

Feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing your dog's x-rays soon!




PennHIP is a diagnostic technique for evaluating the integrity of the canine hip.

2012 Kim Gardner



New Membership Numbering System


You will notice that our membership numbering system has changed. The change incorporates all family members for voting purposes and also matches the membership system for AKC.


The first three digits are your unique member number - the next two digits are for single of family member - the third set of digits is the year you joined or re-joined the club.


Example Joint memberships:

898-01-12, this person is member number 898 and they are the main member and joined in 2012

898 -02-12 this member is part of the above joint membership and is designated by the 02


Single memberships:

899-01-12  this member will have 01 as the middle number


This system will allow us to easily send voting ballots to all members whether they are single or joint memberships and help us keep better track of our total membership.




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National Stock Dog Registry


NSDR is now accepting dogs with NAMASCUSA registrations, as long as they submit certified pedigrees with their applications. This is something we have worked on to help give our members a place to register their NAMASCUSA dogs who don't want to pursue AKC. However NSDR will not accept any dog with ASDR numbers in the pedigree.  NSDR is the first original registry for the Miniature Australian Shepherds.


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!!


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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



MillerFrances T.S.


In This Issue
AKC Tidbits & News Sign The Petition
Nationals Friday Shout Out!
Membership Meeting Wednesday
Registering AKC/FSS Litters
Thats My Dog!
Four New Champions!
Two New Grand Champions!
Puppies; How to Stop Chewing
Volunteers for Two Committees
Comix By Coleen
Sharing My Life
PennHip News
New Membership Numbering System
Welcome New Members
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