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June 26, 2012

That Tickles!
Hey, That Tickles!

AKC Tidbits and News


Titles Earned by Miniature American Shepherds

for the Month of May 2012!

Dog TitleDog Name
Companion DogSun-Up Star Spangled CD
Rally NoviceHagan's Charm RN
Rally NoviceHagan's Northern Jet RN
Rally NoviceHagan's Northern Ruby RN
Rally NoviceSun-Up Star Spangled CD RN
Novice AgilityBarnestormer's Blaze Of Glory NA NAJ
Novice AgilityLily's Little Cricket NA
Novice AgilityTimeless Believe It Or Not NA NAJ
Open AgilityTimeless Black Ice PT OA OAJ
Open AgilityTimeless Pipen Red Hot PT OA NAJ
Agility ExcellentTimeless Trudi AX AXJ NF
Agility Excellent PreferredBoot Scoot'n Jozee Blue AXP AJP
Novice Agility JumperBarnestormer's Blaze Of Glory NAJ
Novice Agility JumperTimeless Believe It Or Not NAJ
Novice Agility JumperTimeless Pipen Red Hot PT NA NAJ
Open Agility JumperIf You Ain't First You're Last OA OAJ
Open Agility JumperTimeless Black Ice PT OA OAJ
Open Agility JumperTimeless Nvus From Luckydog NA OAJ
Excellent Agility JumperSouthern Acres' Little Mickey AX AXJ OF
Master Agility ChampionMACH Jeep MXF
Therapy DogZakrzewski's Riley RN THD




4th of July
*****************Check out the 2012 MASCUSA Nationals website***************

Nationals Friday Shout Out
Every Friday we will bring you updated info about Nationals 2012, so watch your email box every Friday morning!

Our dogs touch our lives and other lives every single day. They encourage children to read, they help give them confidence, they love unconditionally. Maybe they keep us going by just being there for us, giving us a reason to keep going. They are more than just dogs, they are members of our families and part of our communities. Every day our dogs are doing things that make them shine in the eyes of those that love them. Please submit your stories of your special dog for the Goodwill Ambassador Award.


Here is a list of just a few of the things our special dogs might do!
Helps someone who is deaf hear the phone, door etc.
Companion for an elderly person
Companion for a child with emotional challenges
A dog that has helped to fill the void of a lost family member
Therapy dog who visits abused children's homes
Therapy dog who visits nursing homes
a R.E.A.D certified dog
A TDI certified dog
A dog that has done a heroic deed that included a service to a person or community
A dog whose friendship and presence gave an autistic child the courage to speak
A dog who found a lost Alzheimer's family member who had wandered away
A dog who alerted someone to an impeding danger
A dog who brings smiles and laughter to a classroom full of children with disabilities
A dog who's presence gives children the courage to read and to speak in a group of people
A dog who is mascot of a team of special Olympic athletes
A dog who has inspired someone to continue life and to live it to its fullest.
A dog who makes a person decide that life is worth living and they get up each day to a wagging nubbin.

Please submit your stories to Karen Oldfather at

Eligible dogs must be registered with FSS/AKC as a Miniature American Shepherd.
Did you take your dog to work last Friday?  Afterall it was National Take Your Dog to Work Day!
Jessey Horn
YES I take my dogs to work everyday I am a mobile dog groomer with a freightliner van/truck and have 6 minis
When its time to leave they all but 1 stand at the door to see who gets their name called
The little one hides in the cat tree LOL
Sometimes I take 2 somedays 3
Whoever gets their name called runs out the door and waits at the truck door They have beds on the floor and on the seat and a spill proof water and food bowl and heat and A/C
My customers love it Some of them take them in their house and spoil them while I have their pet out for grooming.
Tips on Creating a Dog-Friendly Workplace
Good for you, your dog and business
Because dogs are the greatest destressors for both dog owners and the dogless employees in their office, as well as collaborative "assistants."


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When does Down mean Off?

Do we sometime mix the two commands and wonder why we don't get the results we want! I love this story that was printed in the Canine Good Citizen Blog!


"Betty has a Boston Terrier puppy who she is taking to AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes. "She's doing pretty good," Betty told me. "She's good in class, but at home, there are a few things we need to work on. She gets on the couch and when I say, 'Down,' she just looks at me and lays down."


I explained to Betty that if "Down" meant "lay down" in class, she needed to use another word such as "Off" to mean "Get off the sofa."


I told her about this AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy story that was sent to the Canine Good Citizen department from the owner of a German Wirehaired Pointer puppy:

"I was teaching my German Wirehaired Pointer puppy the word, "Down," in puppy classes. One afternoon, I came out of my home office and found my dog standing in the middle of the dining room table. He was looking out the window and watching birds. Wanting him to get off the table, I emphatically said, "DOWN!" So, he looked at me and laid down, right in the middle of the table. He did exactly what I told him to do. It was a good lesson for me about choosing my words wisely when it comes to talking to my puppy."


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



Icy winning her Mach5


Icy earned her 20th double Q for Mach5!!  She is such a good little girl!! AND it was at our local trial, so all my friends were there to celebrate!!

To get a Mach you need 20 double Q's, which means a Standard Q and a Jumpers Q in the same day in EX B, and earn 750 speed points. So Icy has earned 100 double Q's and 3750 minimum speed points over her lifetime.

We also should be in the top 5 for the invitationals, and we are headed to the first Miniature American Shepherd Nationals in August!! I can't wait to see all the little dogs, and meet new people with the same love of our little dogs!!
Thanks for letting me brag! :)

Judy Challinger


OKCThis weekend is the debut for the Miniature American Shepherds in Miscellaneous! Oklahoma City, OK and Redmond, OR are the two hot spots to be to see the dogs showcased for the first time.
This report is just in from Oklahoma City

Come on out to Oklahoma City for the four-day OKC Summer Classic beginning Thursday. Although this is just the eighth year the Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club and Oklahoma City Kennel Club have teamed up to bring us four all-breed shows, it has already become one of the most anticipated events each summer.

The counts are in, and OKC is pleased to find that all four days have drawn well. While Saturday's OCKC entry of nearly 1,700 dogs is quite respectable, Thursday's MDTKC draw of 1,400 dogs is pretty amazing for a weekday show. The four days will offer up almost 6,200 points, more than enough to influence the national rankings. Now that is a lot of dogs and our dogs will be part of the 4 days of competition and fun, Obedieince and Rally is offered also, along with Meet The breeds and Judges Education seminars, Tons of vendors and themes for each days events!

Earning a leg for the AKC Herding Instinct Test can be a lot of fun for dogs and owners.  Just take a look at the fun Daisy Duke is having at the recent Herding Tests in Oklahoma
Daisy Duke
Daisy Duke is owned by Donna Baumann
Love those Herding Dogs!

Here are some pictures Dick Bruner and his son took at the AHBA trial in Genoa City, Wisconsin this weekend.  Dick Bruner of Dick's Photography


Wigglebutt PMF Jasmine "Jazzy" earned both legs of her Junior Herding Dog certificate.

Cowboy HCC

Latigo Long Live Cowboys "Cowboy" earned the first leg of his Herding Capability Test.

Both dogs worked sheep.

Barb Byer




Looking for Herding Committee Volunteers.

MASCUSA Little Herders is the official committee facebook site. Barbara Byer 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
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

Dulaney 2011

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


Kaylee and Preacher!


Submitted by Laurel Mathews

Three of a Kind is no match for River.      

River HIC

River did a great job showing her herding skills during the AKC Instinct Test in OK

River is owned by Traci Phillips

Coyote Creek   


 Another dog to earn a leg for the AKC Instinct Test was Flair, owned by Alison Stubing.  What a nice dog and a fun way to spend the day!



Herding Eligible Breeds

All dogs 9 months of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Herding Events

Effective January 1, 2011 all dogs 6 months of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Herding Instinct Tests.



AKC Recognized Breeds

  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bearded Collie
  • Beauceron
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Bernese Mountain Dog (effective 7/1/10)
  • Border Collie
  • Bouviers des Flandres
  • Boxers (effective 1/1/12 )
  • Briard
  • Canaan Dog
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Collie
  • Entlebucher Mountain Dog
  • Finnish Lapphund (effective 1/1/09)
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Great Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Icelandic Sheepdog
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Norwegian Buhund (effective 1/1/09)
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Polish Lowland Sheepdog
  • Puli
  • Pyrenean Shepherd (effective 1/1/09)
  • Rottweiler
  • Samoyeds
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (effective 1/1/11)
  • Standard Schnauzer
  • Swedish Vallhund

* Foundation Stock Service Breeds

  • Appenzeller Sennenhunde
  • Belgian Laekenois
  • Bergamasco (effective 1/1/11)
  • Berger Picard (effective 7/1/09)
  • Boerboel
  • Catahoula Leopard Dog (effective 1/1/11)
  • Czechoslovakian Vlcaks (effective 1/1/11)
  • Lancashire Heeler (effective 7/1/09)
  • Miniature American Shepherd
  • Mudi
  • Pumi
  • Spanish Water Dog
  • Schapendoes (effective 7/1/08)
  • Slovensky Cuvac (effective 1/1/11)
  • Swedish Lapphund (effective 1/1/11)

    * May compete for suffix titles only

 Dogs of these breeds recorded with the Purebred Alternative Listing Program/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) or dogs with Conditional registration are eligible to participate.

  • Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to participate.
  • Monorchid or cryptorchid males are eligible to participate.
  • Bitches in season are eligible to participate.
  • Lame, blind or deaf dogs may not participate.
  • Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.



Shambaugh April 2012 


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 


2012 Kim Gardner



                     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


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

In This Issue
AKC Tidbits & News
AKC Titles Earned in May
Nationals Website
Send in your Goodwill Stories
Did you take your dog to work?
Dog Friendly Workplace
When Down Means Off
Thats My Dog!
Debut is this Weekend for MISC
Earning Legs for the AKC Instinct Test
AHBA Trial in WI photos!
Volunteers for Two Committees
Comix By Coleen
Sharing My Life
with Preacher
Eligible Herding Breeds
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