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July 17, 2012

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retired from showing/breeding
Chief Stock Tank Inspector
note the goldfish :-)

AKC Tidbits and News


The First AKC Class!!!!

NAFA Flyball Titles Appearing on AKC Pedigrees

Our very own members, the Fithians, are among the first folks to have thier dogs recognized! AKC Family Dog magazine will feature the Fithians on the NAFA flyball title recognition program in the Sept/Oct issue!

CONGRATS to the Fithians! 


Flyball Dog Champion (FDCH) 

 Boot Top Tasmania FDCH  Miniature American Shepherd

 Carolyn & Patrick Fithian



Flyball Master (FM)

Boot Top Brisbane FM Miniature American Shepherd

Carolyn & Patrick Fithian

Lil' Nubbins Melbourne FM Miniature American Shepherd

Carolyn and Patrick Fithian

Lil' Nubbins Sydney FM Miiature American Shepherd

Carolyn and Patrick Fithian 

 Fithians Las Vegas

The Jam-Min' Aussies burning rubber at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, coming home with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals!

Carolyn & Patrick Fithian

Tasmania, coming off the box with a beautiful box turn
Melbourne, with a very close pass! This is the ultimate goal - to pass Nose to Nose!

We don't want to spoil the article coming out in September so I won't give any more details or photos!


Due to the large volume of dogs entering FSS the registration dept for the FSS dogs is running behind. Papers could take 6 to 8 weeks to be processed, however they are very willing to put a RUSH on a dog needing a number to compete. Please be sure and submit your paperwork well in advance of planning to attend a trial.


Folks please let me know if you need a RUSH. AKC is trying very hard to process as quickly as possible and have been very good to work with!  Email Mindy (registrar) if you need a RUSH.

IMASC Registered Dogs Are Now Eligible For NAMASCUSA Registration. They must use the Hardship Application. Please contact the registrar if you need the application or vist it the MASCUSA Website and look under "Forms"!
Meet The Breed Photo Request

Message from AKC!

I am delighted to inform you that our popular book, AKC Meet the Breeds, will be published in its third edition by BowTie Press this year. This up-to-date compilation of AKC breeds includes descriptions, facts and photos in an easy-to-read format for dog lovers of all ages. It is our goal to include every AKC-recognized breed in each edition of AKC Meet the Breeds. The American Kennel Club would like to invite the Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA to participate in this project by providing at least two digital photos to represent the Miniature American Shepherd - one adult and one puppy!!


We sent the above request for photos on Sunday afternoon to our members and the response was huge!
BEAUTIFUL DOGS we have folks!!!
Please know how very much we appreciate you sending photos so quickly and the only sad part is they can't use all of them in the book! But even if your photo is not the one chosen for the Meet The Breed publication, we will keep them on file and we will be using a majority of them for other publications and projects! 
THANK YOU EVERYONE and I hope your favorite photo is the one they chose !
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*****************Check out the 2012 MASCUSA Nationals website***************

If you are only competing in the National Specialty you can enter with your AKC papers pending! Which means you must have your AKC enrollment application submitted to the MASCUSA office to Mindy.

 If you enter any of the other AKC events you will need to have your AKC number before you enter.

Judy Challinger


                            PUT THIS SHOW ON YOUR CALENDAR!

Wirehaired Vizsla Club of America AKC Open Show for FSS and Miscellaneous Breeds!

Saturday, August 18, 2012
Kansas Expocentre, Topeka, KS
in conjunction with the Capitol City Circuit of All-Breed shows


Stay Tuned for more details and the premium

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


Taycin's Always A Gentleman

Jeanie and Tag 

1st Mini American male to win an AKC Best in Misc.!
6/30/12- Oklahoma City, OK
Taycin's Always A Gentleman
owned by Jeanie McAdams & Jeanine Perron
bred by Jeanine Perron & Karen Keller
judge:Dr. Jose Luis Payro

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

Coyote Creek   




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

The public comment period to the Animal Care Division of the USDA's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service has been extended!


If you haven't gotten your comment in, the time to do so has now been
extended. Please become informed.
NAIA's link has a lot of really good
info and is below:


2012 Kim Gardner



Some of you missed the first part of this series so I am putting it in this weeks Tuesday Talk , last week was Part II




Click this link 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


The Abington Crew!

and the chase is on

The Chase  


ASHGI News: ASHGI Has Moved!


ASHGI has moved its main office to a new location with a new phone number.
Please make note of these changes. ASHGI e-mail addresses, our website and Facebook page will remain the same.
New location: 1338 Trouville Avenue
Grover Beach, CA 93433
Phone (message): 805-473-0093
Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute, Inc. 

Shambaugh April 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



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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Dulaney 2011

                     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
The Fithians ROCK!
Announcement from AKC/FSS
MTB Photo Request
Nationals You can be pending AKC for the Specialty
Open show next month in KS
Thats My Dog!
Certificate of Merit Title Points
Volunteers for Two Committees
Comix By Coleen
Still Time To Comment USDA/APHIS
Evaluating Dogs- Part 1
Sharing My Life
Abington Crew
ASHGI has Moved
One more Board Member
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