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July 3, 2012

 July 4th 
Shared with 
us from the talented Denise Albright

AKC Tidbits and News


The Debut for the Miniature American Shepherds

in Miscellaneous was astonding!


Results for first week/weekend out showing in Miscellaneous!!



First AKC Show offered for the Miniature American Shepherd in the Nation held Thursday June 28th in Oklahoma. 




6-28-12 - Oklahoma

1st Miniature American Shepherd ever shown in AKC Misc.-Great Companions Bow The Knee-Breeder/Owner/Handler: Linda Dubois


1st Miniature American Shepherd Best of Breed/Best in Miscellaneous and 1st Eukanuba Qualifier- Timeless Trilogy


1st Best of Opposite Sex-Taycins Always A Gentleman



Oregon- Best of Breed/Best In Miscellaneous/2nd Eukanuba Qualifier-Chandrea's Gossip Girl at Snake River


Oklahoma- Best of Breed- Timeless Trilogy

Best of Opposite Sex-Taycins Always A Gentleman



Oregon - Best of Breed/Best In Miscellaneous/Eukanuba Qualifier-Timeless Zero Gravity


Washington- Best of Breed/Best In Miscellaneous/Eukanuba Qualifier -McFinleys 1/2 pint of Timeless


California- Best of Breed- Timeless Broke The Mold at 4 Paws


Oklahoma- Best of Breed/Best In Miscellaneous-Taycins Always A Gentleman

Best of Opposite Sex-Timeless Trilogy




Oregon - Best of Breed/Best In Miscellaneous- Chandrea's Gossip Girl at Snake River


Washington- Best of Breed/Best In Miscellaneous/Eukanuba Qualifier - Boldheart N McFinley's TNT

Best of Opposite Sex- McFinleys 1/2 pint of Timeless


California- Best of Breed- Timeless Broke The Mold at 4 Paws


Oklahoma- Best of Breed-Timeless Trilogy

Best of Opposite Sex- Taycins Always A Gentleman


Additional results/corrections/picture submissions may be submitted to &



Dulaney 2011

What a fun first weekend for our Miniature American Shepherds in Redmond Oregon! There was a large turnout with 7/8 bitches and 1 dog. The Chandrea Farms gang was led and ruled by Karen Rohde with CH Chandrea's Gossip Girl at SnakeRiver, 'Whisper', who took BOB and the Miscellaneous Group on both Friday AND Sunday!! I am so proud of Karen and Whisper and the awesome team that they are. On Friday our little 14 month old Chandrea's EBook, 'Kindle', came in second to Whisper. That was exciting.

Just as fun as the showing was the awesome hospitality of Jan Gould @ Dusty Boots. She and her family let us invade her guest quarters to stay and had all of the Mini participants invited for BBQ on Saturday. Most were able to attend and surprise prizes were handed out. It was a warm and friendly time that is so appreciated. Thank you Jan!

As a bonus - my Australian Shepherd, 'DejaVu', also finished her AKC Championship! She is now CH Ryan Creeks Been There Done That, 'Deja'

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful weekend! It was truly wonderful to see old friends and make some new ones.
Cheryl Hass 
4th of July

This is the busiest week for shelters because of all the animals that get lost out of panic. Please help in keeping your pets safe and sound at home.

People celebrate for three or four days, so it's a good idea to keep your animals indoors, especially outdoor cats, during the whole holiday week. A dog in a panic can break a window if they want to run away from the noise so find a quiet room inside the house and make it cozy for them. Draw the curtains and leave a soft light on. Leave the TV or radio on with normal volume or soft music playing. Don't think of taking them with you to holiday celebrations. It's not a good idea. If you know your pets suffer with loud noises, speak to your vet ahead of time. Your vet can prescribe something to alleviate their anxiety. You can tell if the noise is affecting your pet if they tremble, bark, howl, try to hide, or get so anxious that they attempt to break free from their enclosures. 

If you happen to find a runaway dog or cat during the 4th of July weekend, take them to your local animal shelter immediately and be sure and ask for the animal ID number. This way you can check on them a couple of days later to make sure the owners picked them up."


If you stay with them, don't ignore them, but also don't try to comfort them too much. This would reinforce the feeling that being scared is okay. Instead, while you hear the fireworks, talk to them in a happy voice and offer them treats. If you are having a BBQ and there's going to be guests at home, keep the dog or cats in their quiet room. All the people, music, laughter and a firecracker here and there are enough for your pet to panic and get away. Just remember, this can be very, very traumatic for your pets, and they depend on you to keep them safe.
Fireworks can be a nightmare for your animals. No matter how calm your dog usually is, the panic that those loud noises create is enough to have them jump over a fence, run into traffic, dig holes under fences or chew through their leash or a screen. A lot of pets get lost during this time of celebration, and you have to help them get through it. More than ever, make sure your dog is wearing a sturdy collar and a tag with updated information, and your cat should be wearing a breakaway collar and a tag and license as well. If you haven't done it, implant a microchip in your cats and dogs, and if they already have one, make sure the company has all the updated information. Keep the number of the microchip handy. Some owners microchip their pets and then forget to give out their information, rendering the chip totally useless. If you don't have your chip's information, just stop by any veterinarian hospital or Animal Shelter and they can read the microchip and provide you with the necessary information.

Did you know that only about 2% of the pets that go missing are ever reunited with their families? One reason for that dismal statistic is that not all dogs are wearing a visible License and ID tag. They should be wearing a collar with tags on at all times, but what if it slips off or breaks in an emergency situation? That's where the microchip comes in. Microchips act as one more safety net. Imagine all the pets that are separated from their families ... then imagine the reunions that could happen if every single pet was microchipped. That means a lot fewer pets in shelters. It's a win-win.
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Honoring our flag on June 14, 2012 - Cooper's Bailey Gal, Flagtree's Dynamite, and The Amazing Gizmo (Aussie). Our local boy scout unit provides a flag service for the neighborhood. For a small fee they put out flags your yard and pick them up that night 8 times a year. I actually had cars stopping on our street watching me take pictures of them because all 3 are so good to stay and pose. One city truck went by 3 times watching. Then the meter reader walked up during the photo session and I released everyone to go say "hi" and he was amazed at them. Love our breed!
Submitted by Karen Bailey Cooper

Judy Challinger


Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about faith and learning to dance in the rain. 
This is Sawyer
Submitted by DeeAnn Sammons from Flat Mountain Tx.
Have a great Day!!!

In the Swim of It: Teaching Dogs to Swim

 by Canine Good Citizen


Summer is here! It's time for swimming and anything else that helps us stay cool. Here are some tips for teaching a dog to swim.

Let's start with what you should NOT do.


1. NEVER use the "sink or swim" method where the dog is thrown in the water. This is inhumane, frightening and can result in a dog who has a fear of swimming (and you).

2. Don't assume all dogs can swim. It's a myth that all dogs are born swimmers. Some need training and others, in particular those with short legs and proportionally heavier bodies (think Bassets, Corgis, Dachshunds) may sink. While there are dogs of these body types that can swim, be very careful.

What you should do:

1. Use the behavioral procedure called 'shaping' to teach swimming. Shaping means baby steps. Start with low water if possible (a lake) and gradually let the dog get into deeper water.

2. If you'll be starting your pup's swimming lessons in a pool, consider using a canine life vest until your dog is a reliable swimmer.

3. Teach the most important lesson first-how to get out of the pool. Put the dog a few feet from the steps and say, "go to the steps," or "get out." Then back up a few steps and repeat, and finally practice "go to the steps" from different places in the pool. A helper can stay on the steps, call the dog and reward him for coming.

4. Always supervise dogs when they are swimming.



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REMINDER: One additional Board Member is needed. Nominations for this position will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit your nomination by emailing the Board at The new slate takes office on July 31, however the newcomers will be sitting in on meetings during the next two months to get up to speed on the many tasks the Board is working on.

You can email the entire Board at



Dear Members,

A Town Hall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 10, at 8 PM Central, for the purpose of discussing the pros and cons of the table, ramp, and floor designations for examination of the Miniature American Shepherd at conformation shows. The Miniature American Shepherd is currently designated as a ramp breed. The pros and cons of each designation will be collected and included with a survey that is to go out to the membership following the town hall meeting. The Board will instruct AKC Judging Operations to designate the Miniature American Shepherd according to the wishes of the majority of the membership responding to the survey. The survey may look something like the following, with the pros and cons added:

The Miniature American Shepherd (13 to 18 inches) is currently designated as a ramp breed for the purposes of showing in AKC Conformation. The designation is easily changed at any time by the Parent Club. A survey will be conducted to determine what designation the majority of the membership feels is best for our breed. Clarifications to the AKC policies were sought and received from AKC Judging Operations.

SURVEY - Select ONE:

  • Table
  • Table Optional
  • Ramp
  • Table & Ramp Optional
  • Floor

The choices are explained as follows:

  • Table - Breeds designated as table breeds are always examined on the table, even in Group and BIS.
  • Table Optional - Breeds designated as table optional may be examined on the table, at the judge's discretion. If the judge chooses to examine a breed on the table, all entries are examined on the table. Otherwise all entries are examined on the floor.
  • Ramp - Breeds designated as ramp breeds may be examined on the ramp, at the judge's discretion. If the judge chooses to examine a breed on the ramp, all entries are examined on the ramp. The ramp is a bit of a hassle for the judges and show personnel and thus is not used much. A judge has to request the ramp in advance. Even if a judge chooses to use a ramp to examine the entries, the ramp is not used in Group or BIS.
  • Table & Ramp Optional - Breeds designated this way may be examined on the table, ramp, or floor, solely at the discretion of the judge.
  • Floor - Floor breeds are always examined on the floor.

Some general rules:

  • Whenever there is a choice (ramp, table optional) it is always at the judge's discretion.
  • All entries in a breed are always examined the same way (on table, ramp, or floor) once a judge make a decision.
  • It is never the exhibitor's choice.

For comparison purposes, here are the designations of the other breeds in the Herding Group, and their sizes.


Cardigan Welsh Corgi, 10.5 to 12.5 inches

Pembroke Welsh Corgi, 10 to 12 inches

Puli, 16 to 17 inches

Pyrenean Shepherd, 15 to 21 inches

Shetland Sheepdog, 13 to 16 inches

Swedish Vallhund, 11 to 13 inches

Ramp Breeds:

Polish Lowland Sheepdog, 17 to 20 inches

Floor Breeds:

Australian Cattle Dog, 17 to 20 inches

Australian Shepherd, 18 to 23 inches

Bearded Collie, 20 to 22 inches

Beauceron, 24 to 27 inches

Belgian Malinois, 22 to 26 inches

Belgian Sheepdog, 22 to 26 inches

Belgian Tervuren, 22 to 26 inches

Border Collie, 18 to 22 inches

Bouvier des Flandres, 23 to 27 inches

Briard, 22 to 27 inches

Canaan Dog, 19 to 24 inches

Collie, 22 to 26 inches

Entlebucher Mountain Dog, 16 to 21 inches

Finnish Lapphund, 16 to 21 inches

German Shepherd Dog, 22 to 26 inches

Icelandic Sheepdog, Males - 18" tall at the shoulder; Females - 16"

Norwegian Buhund, 16 to 18 inches

Old English Sheepdog, 21 inches tall and upward




Shambaugh April 2012 


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



Erin and Lola
Lola earning her Grand Championship

 Lola has been shown thru out her show career by junior handler Erin Turman!


NEW Lifetime Achievement Titles


Now all of those 'extra' qualifying legs from the Excellent B classes that you often didn't think much about as you were not 'working on a double Q' that day, count towards the new Lifetime Achievement Titles.

In order to recognize consistency and longevity in the Master Agility Excellent (MX), Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves (MXJ) and Master Excellent FAST (MXF) classes, the AKC will record a Lifetime Achievement title on the dog's record. There will be a Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Century title associated with both the regular and preferred standard, JWW, and FAST classes.

The new titles take effect on July 1, 2012. However, they will be retroactive for any legs earned on or after January 1, 1999.

For all Lifetime Achievement titles earned July 1, 2012 and after a title certificate will automatically be sent out. For all Lifetime Achievement titles earned prior to July 1, 2012 those titles will be added to your dog's record. If you would like a certificate mailed out for those titles you can go to the AKC Store and login to your store account. Then go to AKC Titles and Medallions and select your dog. Once you have selected your dog you can choose the title for which you would like to order a certificate. Certificates cost $10 each.

Complete details can be found in Appendix B of the Regulations for Agility Trials.





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

Coyote Creek   


                                                         Comix By Coleen
4th of July
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


Emma & Bailey!

 Emma and Bailey

Instant friends - 20-month old Emma and Cooper's Bailey Gal share the couch arm to watch squirrels and birds in the back yard. My 2 minis and 1 aussie all loved Emma on sight and respected the toddler even though they have never really been around small children. I love my fur kids so much more every time they handle these new situations with grace

Submitted by Karen Cooper


 Mini Horse

This is a picture of our Miniature Aussie Apache Wee Maiden (Patchwork breeding) herding our Miniature filly Junebug born June 3rd, Apache has her paws full herding this little bitty horse she has a mind of her own, still follows mom some but not all the time.
Submitted by Jacquelyn Palermo

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!



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
The Mini American DEBUT!!
Help your pet thru the 4th
Nationals Website
Teaching Your Dog To Swim
One more Board Member
Upcoming Membership Meeting- Table vs Ramp
Thats My Dog!
Agility Lifetime Titles
Volunteers for Two Committees
Comix By Coleen
Sharing My Life
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