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August 21, 2012

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Good Luck to everyone this week at Nationals!!


AKC Tidbits and News

So many exciting things are just around the corner at AKC!

Our dogs are smokin hot and will be at the following events this December in Orlando Florida!!!! 

Click the logos to see who is qualified!


                               AKC Eukanuba National Championship


agility   Obedience

                         Agility Invitationals and the Obedience Invitationals


AKC loves our Juniors too!

Important Deadlines are coming up soon

obedience juniors  

                                             2012 AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition

                                                    Click above to enter!

The Companion Events Department is excited to announce our 2nd annual AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition in conjunction with the AKC National Obedience Invitational to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Competition will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012. We are looking forward to opening our doors again to our talented Junior Handlers from across the country!!

If you have any questions please contact Lisa Strickland, Project Administrator at (919) 816-3816 (in NC) or by email at

2012 Kim Gardner



Agility Juniors  

2012 AKC Juniors Agility Competition

Click above to enter


The Companion Events Department is excited to host our 2nd Annual Juniors Agility Competition in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Competition will be held Friday, December 14, 2012. We are looking forward hosting this event again.

If you have any questions please contact Carrie De Young, Director of Agility at (818) 886-8212 (in CA) or by email



Agility Sweden

 Miniature American Shepherds competing at the European Open Agility Championships 2012 in Sweden

MASCUSA members Detlef and Ilka Hegeler from Germany competed with their Miniature American Shepherds at the Agility European Open Championships 2012.

The contest was held July 27-29, 2012 in Kristianstad, a lovely city in the south of Sweden. The level of this Open European Championships is equal to the FCI Agility World Championships. More than 700 world class teams competed in three height classes (small, medium, large) for the podium finishes, most of them will run in October 2012 at the FCI Agility World Championships for their countries. Because the EO is an open contest not only starters from Europe but from all over the world (i.e. USA, Brasil, Japan, South Africa, Venezuela and many other countries) travelled to Sweden.

Detlef and Ilka were two of only 3 Miniature American Shepherd handlers there. Ilka and her 7 year old MAS "Chelsea" (Black Mountain Just-A-Mazing) competed in the large class (Chelsea for sure was the smallest dog there with exactly 43 cm height). Ilka had some bad luck with 2 eliminations and 2 runs each with one fault - but at the EO one cannot run without risk....

But where bad luck is there must be some fortune too, right? Detlef started with his 4 year old MAS "Bagheera" (Paws On Heavenīs Keen Bagheera) in the medium class against 190 competitors. Although Bagheera was hurt with a pulled muscle 3 weeks before and a heavy stomach upset just a week before the EO she was fit exactly to the day. With two clean runs (agility and jumping) on Saturday they qualified for the individual medium final. And overwhelming again in the final they had another clean run and placed 27th.

On Sunday the team competition was held. In this contest all small and medium dogs were judged together so all in one 370 teams competed. And again Bagheera and Detlef had two clean runs - in Jumping they placed 18th in the medium dog valuation.

Detlef and Ilka went back home very happy - and very proud of their dogs. Now they hope that someday our Miniature American Shepherds were allowed to compete at the FCI Agility World Championships - for that our breed must be recognized by the FCI.


This is the Youtube link to the run of Detlef and Bagheera in the individual medium final:


                                                         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

2012 Cutler Mini Am 

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

Chandrea's Striking Maverick

Chandrea's Striking Maverick 

I just wanted to share this photo of our dog, Chandrea's Striking Maverick, who just became a therapy dog registered with Therapy Dogs Inc. The minimum age to go through the testing process is 1 year...he became registered at 13 months :). We are so proud of him!
Erin Finstad




 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


From Wright County Kennel Club:
Please note that on Friday October 5th the Wright County MN Kennel Club will have an Open Show - all MISC and FSS as well as regular breeds are eligible for CM points in the official AKC event. Information as it is available will be at


the American Boerboel Club has been approved to hold 2 open shows this Oct 6/7

2012 in Davidsonville MD, all Misc and FSS. Ms Pat Hess will judge 1 show and
Mr Jim Owens will judge the other. Right now we are asking that you spread the
word to your club members in the Washington DC area

Shambaugh April 2012 


If you haven't joined the AKC Facebook page yu might want to do so,

They have a lot of great information on there!

Who will be the person to 100,000?

They now are at 99,880 likes

see below


Love Your Dog? Like Us on Facebook!

We're approaching 100,000 likes on the AKC's Facebook page and we need your help to put us over the top. Stop by our page at

 and click 'like' right underneath our cover photo.

Judy Challinger


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


Conformation is a big part of a lot of our members lives and the important part about it is the time spent with the dogs. Hours traveling to shows, grooming, training, and usually the travels include a family member or friend, maybe several family members and freinds!. All quality time well spent and thoroughly enjoyed by many people. So today I wanted to post a photo of one of our members who has taken on this journey and enjoying every moment of Sharing their Lives with Sassy!
Sassy, so far has three Best of Breed, and two Best in Show, Miscellaneous, all with competition. Our next shows are in September. Sassy is on he current list for the Eukanuba Honor Roll
Owned and handled by Linda DuBois

Dulaney 2011
ASHGI News: Podcast on Canine Rehabilitative Therapy

In this podcast we hear from Dr. Janet Van Dyke, a veterinarian, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and founder of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Wellington Florida.

Dr. Van Dyke discusses the benefits of veterinary rehabilitation and the different techniques in which canine rehabilitative therapy is applied.CHF is pleased to bring listeners a series of seven weekly podcasts

pertaining to the health and wellbeing of the canine athlete, and all dogs.


Listen to the Podcast




Anal Sacs???

by Susan Chaney

Who doesn't remember Tricky Woo doing the "flop bott" in James Herriot's stories about the veterinary surgery in Yorkshire, England? The vet would simply express the anal sacs of the overweight Pekinese, remind Tricky's owner to cut down on the dog's treats, then head off to his next call.

You may have never seen any of your own dogs do the flop bott, but you've likely witnessed other dogs as they drag their rear ends across carpet or grass. The behavior helps alleviate the discomfort that accompanies anal sac impaction.

Fortunately, veterinary medicine has progressed since Herriot practiced, and the possible causes of the condition are well-defined, according to Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, D.V.M., clinical coordinator of community practice at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins.

  Click here to read more


Coyote Creek   



Looking over the Honor Roll for the Miniature American Shepherds we now have two dogs who have earned their Certificate of Merit! 


Applewood's Song Of Liberty

Boldheart N Mcfinley's Tnt

Chandrea's Gossip Girl At Snake River

Great Companions Fancy Pants

Linderland Birchview Hop2it

Lone Pine's Ironhorse Truman BN

Mcfinley's 1/2 Pint Tankard Of Timeless HT

Misty Ridge Whiskey Rose

Raindancer N Mcfinley's Written In Stone

Sun-Up Star Spangled CD RN

Taycins Always A Gentleman CM 

Taycins How Do You Like Me Now

Timeless Broke The Mold At 4paws

Timeless Trilogy CM 

Timeless Zero Gravity


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


Your own dog counts as one dog.... but if you are the only dog in your Breed, you can still go onto the Best In Miscellaneous Class (MISC is NOT considered "Group" at the regular dogs shows, by the way).

Each BOB Misc. dog gets to compete with the other BOB Misc breed winners and can earn more points (total of up to 5 in any show) by counting ALL (not just the BOB winners) of the MISC dogs that were actually shown.

* To be awarded the Best In Misc (BIMISC) ribbon, you don't need to have any other dogs in competition. If you are the only MISC entry and you show in the BIMISC competition ..... you win the BIMISC.

NOTE : You may also earn CM points in Puppy Competition and at "Open" shows. At these competitions the Misc Class winners and the FSS Class winners do go onto compete in their "Groups" (confusing, huh?) But they also get to compete for the Best in Show as well.

Open Shows and Puppy Competition do not allow Breed Standard DQ's in the 4-6 month puppy class .... so a puppy could earn a CM and not actually meet the Breed Standard (oversize, bad bite, pink noses, etc.).

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Dogs Eligible for the Miscellaneous Competition Honor Roll

Miscellaneous breeds who have won a CM (Certificate of Merit title) or at least three (3) Best of Breed WITH COMPETITION or One (1) Best in Misc. class WITH COMPETITION during the current qualifying period will earn a place on the Honor Roll. Those who qualified under the Misc. Requirements, and are now a regular status breed, will compete in the Regular Classes.






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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                     ATTENTION PHOTOS NEEDED!

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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
Good Luck At Nationals
AKC Tidbits & News - Big Events Coming Up
Juniors - Deadlines to Enter
European Open Agility Championships!
Comix By Coleen
Thats My Dog!
Chandrea's Striking Maverick
Put these shows on your calendar
AKC Facebook be the 100,000
Sharing My Life
Podcast on Canine Rehabilitation
Anal Sacs ??
Two CM's now!
AKC Herding Trials
AKC Show Links


Karen Keller,

Judy Challinger,
Vice President

Patricia Davis, Secretary

Traci Phillips, Treasurer

 Board Members

Sharon Sloper

Sue Fontaine



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