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July 31, 2012

Go Oylmpics Team USA! 

Go Oylmpics Team USA!

Jazzy and Cowboy are showing their support for the USA Olympic Competitors!

Owned by Barbara Byers

AKC Tidbits and News


AKC Chairman's Report July 2012 from the AKC Website

--A Shared Agenda for Success--


President John F. Kennedy's address to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, was both an historic and a defining moment for the United States. It was during that speech that he announced a plan to put a man on the moon before the decade was over. A little over a year later, President Kennedy explained further why he believed that was a goal worth pursuing:

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."

There was just one small problem. There was no plan. But there was something stronger than a plan - a shared agenda for success.

Study the participants in any American Kennel Club event - conformation, companion, or performance - and you'll witness the shared agenda for success that exists between exhibitors and their dogs. It is a commitment to work together to achieve something that could not be achieved individually. When the judge points or the finish line is reached or the exercise is completed, both dog and handler rejoice in their mutual achievement.
That essential nature of our sport, the shared agenda for success, is something we intuitively apply throughout many of the challenges we face in our lives with our dogs. Sometimes it is to stand up for our rights; sometimes it is to do the right thing.

Today we are faced with potential USDA regulations that will seriously impede, if not eliminate, a large number of Fancy breeders as well as endanger a number of low-number breeds we are trying so hard to preserve. Our efforts to effectively comment on the APHIS proposed regulations by July 16 have taken on a life of their own, with thousands of concerned members of the Fancy submitting their comments. In addition, the AKC petition in support of the numerous comments made by the AKC Government Relations team has recorded more than 50,000 signatures.

The emergence of a shared agenda to accomplish the right thing was never more evident than our response to the needs of the search and rescue dogs working in New York on 9/11. The request for portable x-ray equipment to help the veterinarians working there treating the dogs was met in one day by Dennis Sprung and a team of volunteers in several states assisting in the acquisition and transport of the equipment. There was no formal plan - just a shared agenda to achieve the mandatory goal. A success celebrated through the DOGNY project.

Together over the years, we have accomplished small miracles by simply establishing a goal and working together to make it possible. We have also achieved success with game-changing ideas that altered our course dramatically. In 1994, there was an idea for a new AKC event. It was an idea that a number of our constituents embraced, wanted to see succeed, and committed their time to work to make it happen. From those small, yet enthusiastic beginnings, Agility was born at the AKC. Last year, Agility entries reached one million - making it our fastest growing event and the second largest AKC event in terms of entries.

In each instance, we answered in the affirmative to the Mission Impossible offer of "This is your mission, should you choose to accept it." In each instance, we worked together to achieve success made possible by common purpose - a shared agenda. In each instance, we stayed the course until we achieved success.


What will we choose to do next? What will be our next game-changing idea that will propel us forward by the end of the decade?

I propose this goal for your consideration: Increase the number of dogs which annually participate in the AKC's Canine Good Citizen program to ten times what it is today - from more than 50,000 to 500,000.

The benefits of accomplishing that would be enormous. AKC's CGC program attracts the general public, particularly young people and parents; brings new people and new revenue to our training clubs and events; serves as a bridge to companion, performance, and conformation events; strengthens our story in the legislative arena; amplifies the ability to insure homes when "redlined" breeds are present; significantly enhances the public's image of the AKC; and dramatically expands our base.

Currently 43 states and the U.S. Senate have issued proclamations in support of AKC's Canine Good Citizen program. An additional goal would be to have all 50 states support the program.

Training a dog is at the core of everything we do - from conformation to coursing, from heeling to herding to hunting - nobody knows how to do it better than we do. We can help make America's dogs be better members of their families and society. We can help make America's dog owners be more responsible owners. We can help make America think differently about our role in their lives.

We can do it, if we choose to do it.

As always, your comments are welcome -


Alan Kalter



Meet The Breeds and other public showings of our dogs are quickly introducing the Miniature American Shepherds to the public and the world of AKC!


Flagtree's Dynamite also ran over between classes to meet the breed at Reliant. . Mia thought being up on a table an surrounded by people was a little overwhelming, but was a good sport about it. 
This September, hundreds of AKC affiliated clubs and other dog organizations will be celebrating AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day all across the country. The Canine Good Citizen test is often given at these events. You can join the fun by attending an event in your area!

2012 Kim Gardner



Shambaugh April 2012 


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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.


Filling Out the Entry Form for an AKC SHOW
This short tutorial will help you in filling out your first entry form. Just move the cursor over the name of the area of interest and the pop-up will tell you all you need to know to correctly enter the required information


This site shows you what to put in each box.
Check it out here:

Pass the link along to anyone you know who may be mentoring new exhibitors, or who would appreciate a little extra help filling out their entry.
I've put the link on our National's website as well.


Wellness Spa weekend -

I am getting ready, pampered and beautiful for the Nationals!
-Baltic Sea Spirit True Sun Lucy -
 greetings from Germany
Ricarda Baumann

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


Sizzln Hot Bear's Replica of Thistle Creek

Sizzln Hot Bears Replica of Thistle Creek    

A New NAMASCUSA Champion!
Owned and handled by Juliene Laughy


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


The premium is out for the Greater Lafayette Kennel Club shows Sept. 15 and 16 at Lebanon, Indiana just off Interstate 65 northwest of Indianapolis.
There will be two conformation shows, 2 obedience trials, 2 Rally trials and a Puppy match. There will also be a CERF clinic. Come and have fun with us!


Who: The Greenwich Kennel Club, Inc.
What: AKC Sanctioned B, OB, Rally Match; Rain or Shine
Where: Bruce Park, Bruce Park Drive, Greenwich, CT
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012 
GKC invites you to attend our first AKC Sanctioned B, OB, Rally Match to be held in Bruce Park, Greenwich, CT. This is the home of our very first show held in 1930.

New England Herding Dog Association

3rd Annual Conformation Fun Match

Saturday August 25, 2012 @ the Eastern States Exposition

Better Living Center 1305 Memorial Ave W. Springfield MA 01089


4-6 Puppy, 6-9 Puppy, 9-12 Puppy, 12-18 months, BBE, Open, Veterans, Junior and Adult Showmanship

Ribbon/Prizes for each entry plus Prizes for BPIM, BAIM & BIM

Entries taken all day at DBSC set up and 15 minutes after BIS at Newtown KC. Judging begins 30 minutes after BIS.

Approximately 6:00 P.M for Juniors and 6:15 P.M. for breed judging.

Entry Fee: $5 per dog per class; Juniors & Adult showmanship are free.

50/50 Raffle


 For more information please email Patricia at

                                                         Comix By Coleen
 I win 
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
Blood Test For Canine Cancer
Cancer test 

Hello everyone, when we first started the National Canine Cancer Foundation and wrote our mission statement to saving dogs lives by finding cures, better treatments and accurate, cost effective diagnostic methods in dealing with canine Cancer, it was my hope and belief that I would someday get to write to all dogs owners a letter like this.

It is with great pleasure that the National Canine Cancer Foundation can announce to all dog owners and veterinarians, the availabilty of a new tool to assist in the management of canine cancer. It is a blood test called VDI-TKcanine+.

VDI-TKcanine+ test is a very good adjunct to assess if cancer might be present in dogs where there are other signs of the disease. A positive test should always be followed by additional confirmatory tests, including imaging, biopsy, etc.

If you want to know more about if this test is the right tool for your dog, we encourage you to contact your Vet and discuss the all the options available to you and your dog.

Read more here


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


Colleen Andres 

 Here are some of my favorite photos taken during a break at an agility trial. The black tri is a standard Aussie and the red merle is my Mini American but they could care less, all they want to do is play....

Coleen Andrews

Dulaney 2011
How long do we have to swim before the people wake up
from their nap!   
Sent in by Michele Ceal
Training the Triple Jump-
triple jump 
Click the link above for more
Go take a look at a spread jump from a dogs' point of view and you'll see why! It can look like a single high bar, and that's what your dog jumps and expects, not three bars! How can you help your dog learn that it's not a single bar and to jump successfully?
Change the look
In practice, hang something on the back bar like a towel or dark blanket. This allows dogs to see the depth as well as the height of the jump. Once your dog gets the concept, it'll remember the practice.

Does he understand?
Does your dog really understand jumping? If you're not sure, go back to the very basics of bar jumping. Make sure he understands varying heights and if you tell him 'jump' he should find the jump and take it!

Give it a command
This is especially good for dogs that already have vision issues. A verbal cue like 'big jump' or 'go long!' is helpful. Set up your jump with the back bar at your dogs' jump height, and the front bar only a few inches from the ground. Recall your dog over the jump and give a jackpot reward for clearing the jump. Build value for it like it's the most important thing ever.

Lower the jump
The second rule in agility (after 'have fun!') is start low, go slow. If your dog is tripping, go down a few notches in practice and work your way back up. Make certain your dog understands what you want him to do before you go nuts doing it. Since the triple jump is also a deep jump, try adjusting the depth to make it easier.

Set up for success
Cavaletti aren't just for conditioning! You can use them to relegate strides before a jump, and if your dogs' take-off point is what trips the jump, then cavaletti can be useful in teaching your dog the correct place from which to jump to clear the triple. If you'd rather not use cavaletti, setting up your course to dictate the take-off point.

Remember to repeat
Like all 'specialty' jumps that we don't see much outside of competition, it's important to practice this jump at every opportunity. If you don't own a triple jump, some people have success setting three adjustable jumps up right on top of each other. Perfect practice makes for perfect competition!

Triple jumps are a challenge at all levels of competition, but with time and patience, they're a challenge you can overcome and soar over. Have fun with them and your dog will have fun too! 

Judy Challinger


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 


Coyote Creek   


                     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 AKC Chairmans Report
Nationals website
How To Fill Out an Entry Form
Thats My Dog!
Sizzln Hot Bear of Thistle Creek
Put these shows on your calendar
Comix By Coleen
Blood Test For Cancer
Sharing My Life
Training The Triple Jump
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