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July 10, 2012

First MAS to show



Linda Dubois was the first person ever to show a Miniatrue American Shepherd!

She entered two dogs...

Great Companions Bow The Knee (Tebow) First in the Misc. Ring
Timeless 2 x 2 California Blue (Cal)

Also, Karen Keller and Timeless Trilogy

Jeanie McAdams and Taycin's Always A Gentleman

AKC Tidbits and News





Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders


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 Join With the AKC to Protect Responsible Small Breeders 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. 





***********************TONIGHT *********************


TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012, 8 p.m. CST

Call in number: 312-340-6650

Participant Code: 276249


A Town Hall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 10, at 8 p.m. 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.

Photos from the first weekend in Miscellaneous! 



From Oklahoma -   Karen Keller and Timeless Trilogy  (Blk Tri) female 

                        Jeanie McAdams -Taycins Always A Gentleman  (RedTri)





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



The Redmond Oregon show last weekend was a fun and rewarding weekend!

Sliver won BOB and Best of Misc on Sat, and placed in the other 2 shows!
It was exciting to be in one of the first AKC Shows for the Miniature
American Shepherds and be part of the experience. We all had a fun time
at Jan Goulds of Dusty Boots for a great BBQ and prizes. Thanks Jan !

I had a good experience at the show. I had several show people(handlers
from other breeds) I did not know, approach me and compliment
Sliver. They all mentioned they watched the Misc class. Additionally, two
of the Judges, highly complimented our dogs as we stood in the ring. No
dogs were wicketed and 2 judges used grooming tables.

A special thanks to all the board members that have worked so hard to make
this day happen! A special thanks to Karen Keller for my special girl
Sliver and congrats to Timeless, for all your Best of Misc winnings at the
past two weekends of AKC shows.

Debi Shambaugh and Sliver



Fun Photos from Oregon  

Oregon 6.30.12


oregon blue merles 6.30.12



Have to brag about the first AKC Miniature American Show at the Bel Vernon Shows in WA State.  My girl Windance's Simply Irresistible " Brooklyn" went Best Opp. Sex on Saturday and today she got 2nd in her class. It was so fun showing AKC, I used to show Goldens, but it's fun showing our new breed. Everyone thinks they are so cute.
Lori Langton from Windance Mini American Shepherds

Judy Challinger


Dogs showing in Miscellaneous will receive a Certificate of Merit Title similar to a championship, however the letters CM, will be behind the dogs names.

The Certificate of Merit (CM) requires 15 points awarded in accordance with the following point structure
(Dogs Competing Points) :

2 dogs = 1 point
4 dogs = 2 pts
8 dogs = 3 pts
12 dogs = 4 pts
16 dogs = 5 pts

2012 Kim Gardner




REMINDER - Members need to turn in remaining winsheets for the Top Ten Merit Program by July 15, 2012, for the program that ended June 26, 2012. All other winsheets (for championships or grand championships) are due within 45 days of the show.


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*****************Check out the 2012 MASCUSA Nationals website***************

Dulaney 2011
                 Meet one of our new members!

I'm Frank, 54 years old, married to my wife Rita 49 years old and we live in Germany in the Black Forest.
We have 5 Mini Aussies and a small family farm.

Our dogs are called:
Sam, Maya, Piper, Schnusi,
Peaches. Two boys, 3 girls. Until now ...

We are pleased to be a member of MASCUSA. Two of our minis are from America, three from German farms. We have a daughter Judith, who also has a mini Aussie. Course of our offspring.
We would appreciate good to have contact with other members.

Greetings Frank & Rita



                               Upcoming Adult Handling Clinics

Informal FREE clinics, conducted by AKC Registered Handlers Program members, and open to anyone interested in learning more about handling, with a special invitation to the Novice Exhibitor. The exact times and ring locations are posted at the superintendent's desk on the day of the event. No pre-registration necessary. Show up with a dog on a lead ready for some hands-on instructions from professional handlers. Mixed breed dogs are welcome.

For more information, contact Susan Judge at

 (919) 816-3590.

Harrisburg, PA
Penn Ridge KC
Friday, August 10, 2012

Ballston Spa, NY
Glen Falls KC
Saturday, August 11, 2012

Topeka, KS
Manhattan KS KC
Friday, August 24, 2012

Wauseon, OH
Fulton County Ohio KC
Saturday, October 06, 2012

Yuma, AZ
Desert Cluster
Friday, November 30, 2012



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



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


Alangus Blue Swagger

bike ride

This is Alangus Blue Swagger riding shotgun on the bicycle trail and at the
start of a 5 mile ride.
bike ride 2
Five miles into the ride. Haha
submitted by Debbie Murray



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
tired of pictures
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

Shambaugh April 2012 


 Evaluating Dogs- Part II: Balance

By Christi McDonald


One of the foundation principles for evaluating dogs rests on an understanding of what "balance" means. Webster's defines balance as "a state of bodily equilibrium" or "to bring into or keep in equal or satisfying harmony or proportion." The AKC "Complete Dog Book" defines balance as "a condition wherein all proportions of a dog are in static and dynamic harmony." We know what balance means, and these definitions confirm our mental picture of balance........



Balance can mean many things, depending on the breed, but the balance of angles in the front and hindquarter, in every breed, is fundamental to correct structure and movement.


Click the link above to read the entire excellent article!


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


Gus and Rowdy!

 B. Gilbert pups

I have a young couple as part of my " Picasso puppy family" that have given two of my pups the kind of home I'd wish for all my dogs. The red Merle boy is "Gus", out of my Twila (Patchwork's Twilight Masquerade) and Rowdy (Ch. All Shook Up), and the black tri is "Eli", out of Rosie (Ch. Picasso's Suni Rose) and Bear (Gr. Ch. Taycin's Black Bear of Thistlecreek).

Jane and Colby Neville are the owners,

Submitted by Becky Gilbert

Coyote Creek   


ASHGI News: Podcast on urban search and rescue dogs

In this edition of Genome Barks we hear from Dr. Cindy Otto, Associate
Professor of Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania School of
Veterinary Medicine and the Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Dr.
Otto discusses her CHF-funded research which has monitored the search and
rescue dogs that worked in the 9/11 recovery efforts. Dr. Otto also
discusses the Penn Vet Working Dog center, the importance of increasing
detection dog breeding in the United States, and how science can be used to
identify key characteristics that make for highly successful search and
rescue dogs.

Listen to the Podcast

If you enjoyed this podcast you may also like our other podcasts Emergency
and Critical Care
and Orthopedic Disease

Please also consider making a donation today
to support our educational programs like these.

New podcasts are released every two weeks. They are also available for
direct download at Apple's itunesR or
We are grateful to the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust,
for their support of the Genome Barks Podcast Series.

For more information contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation at
1-888-682-9696 or



HIC Flair 

The herding dept of AKC just added one of our photos from the past OK herding event to the AKC website!

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!!


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Linda Pettersson
Anna Ekstrom
Angie Panczak
Skyler Panczak
Lori McKusick
Rick McKusick
Lani Morris
Ute Tanke
Sandrine Bohn
Pierre Bohn
Christine Aven
Kala Aven-Ivie
Pat Barnes
Michelle Ceal
Jamie Changala
Linda Chappell
Wendy G. Doss
Ron Doss
Caelli Edmonds, DVM
Mark Goggins
Josh Weston
Diane Jackson
Rachel Meek
Heather Phillips
Shawn Phillips
Kelen Phillips
Jadyn Phillips
Levia Phillips
Jeanna Nelson
Jan Sears
Frank Wisotzki
Rita Wisotzki





                     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


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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 July 15th
Meeting Tonight on the Table vs Ramp
Photos from the first weekend in Miscellaneous
Certificate of Merit Title Points
Turn in your winsheets!
Meet one of our new members
FREE Adult Handling Classes
One more Board Member
Thats My Dog!
Volunteers for Two Committees
Evaluating Dogs- Balance
Sharing My Life
Gus & Rowdy
ASHGI - Podcast
We are on the AKC Website!
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