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September 04, 2012



Odyssey's way of cooling off in 118 degree weather

Submitted by Deanna Mooney 

AKC Tidbits and News


Public Education


Students across the country are headed back into the classrooms. Will you be making a classroom presentation with your dog in the upcoming months?

Take a look at the materials we have available to teach safety around dogs, responsible dog ownership and more! Place your order by contacting
  with the items you're interested in and shipping information.


2012 Kim Gardner




Photos from Nationals!
Over 8000 photos take byTherese Stoebners husband.
What a fantastic photographer!
Prints are available for purchase at
Cost for prints are:
3x5 $0.75
4x6 $1.00
5x7 $2.50
8x10 $5.00
The DVD that was shown at the banquet is also available for purchase at $15.00 each. Send me a check; I'll burn them the weekend of Sept 15/16 and mail them Mon 9/17.
Make checks for the DVD out to:
c/o Therese Stoebner
10670 114th St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
Enjoy the photos!

Shambaugh April 2012 


Welcome to our newest Board Member!

Ellen Friedman-Smith

I live in the small town of East Haddam, Connecticut with my husband Chuck.
I am pleased to become a member of the Board of MASCUSA. I am a retired public school music teacher and now work privately with piano students. I have had dogs my entire life and have been active in the sport of pure bred dogs for 45 years. I bred and showed Old English Sheepdogs and Champion Bulldogs for many years until the activities of my children took precedence over my time.
Nine years ago, when I retired, I actively began to look for a smaller herding dog that would be able to travel with us. After a lot of research my husband Chuck and I decided on a Miniature Australian Shepherd. We now have 4 at home and are active in conformation, therapy and breeding.
I was a founding member of The Connecticut River Valley Kennel Club many years ago and now am a member of The Kenilworth Kennel Club.
I am also on the Board of NEMASC. I look forward to bringing knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication to my position on the MASCUSA board.
                                                         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

Here is a fantastic video that Donna put together from the Mini Nationals from her Agility runs with Icy..



Dear Members,


The new MASCUSA Show Rules and Special Programs and Awards has been approved and is available at We are excited about this new program which not only allows points to be rolled forward from the old program, but also allows points to be earned through AKC licensed conformation shows and MASCUSA sanctioned non-AKC shows and/or show venues. We are hoping that this program will help ease our members into the AKC conformation world! Any questions regarding these new rules should be submitted to


Responsibility for calculating points has been transferred to Patricia Davis, MASCUSA Secretary. Patricia will notify each individual directly of all points that will roll forward into the new program and what section of the new show rules your dog(s) fall under.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:All winsheets accumulated from AKC and MASCUSA sanctioned non-AKC venues from June 27, 2012 through the current date must be postmarked within 30 days of this notice. The old winsheets will be accepted for these initial submissions from non-AKC venues. However, from this point forward, all submissions must be on the new winsheet as shown in the new show rules. Additionally, winsheets must be submitted for AKC shows and the print-out of points earned (which can be obtained on the AKC website) must be attached. ALL WINSHEETS FROM THIS POINT FORWARD MUST BE POSTMARKED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE SHOW IN WHICH THE POINTS WERE EARNED. ALL WINSHEETS MUST BE COMPLETELY AND ACCURATELY FILLED OUT OR THE POINTS WILL NOT BE COUNTED.


At this time, the following venues are the only non-AKC show venues sanctioned by MASCUSA:





The Miniature American Shepherd is already making a significant impact on the AKC world. This is an exciting time for our breed and we wish you all much success!


MASCUSA Board of Directors

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


This week I am featuring one of the two honorary runner ups to the Goodwill Ambassador Award.

Next week I will feature the other very deserving dog


2012 Goodwill Ambassador Honorable Mention! 



The Story of Benjy

Benjy has a little "history". Will try to make this part short and sweet.

Benjy was the chubby first born Christmastime puppy from the first litter of my precious Lego and Boldheart's Little Rascal. At that time his name was "Bowl Full of Jelly". He and his siblings were very sweet and always happy and playful - normal little puppies. Even then you could see in his eyes that Benjy was even smarter than the average intelligent Mini.

Benjy went to an active family with 4 children with plans to do agility when he was older. In following up with the family after they took him home I was always told that he was "perfect". We all know that is impossible no matter how good a puppy is. Eventually they stopped answering my calls. One day I received a frantic call from the mother - seems that sweet little Jelly-Belly had turned into "Cujo". They wanted to return him and have me "fix" him and then give him back. I took him back alright, gave them their money and vowed to myself to fix him and find him a perfect forever home.

I'll never know exactly what had happened to the little guy for all my prodding and inquiries. I can only guess that in trying to socialize him they took him to all their children's soccer games, tied him to the bleachers and had every sort of human and other critter come at him without their support. The poor little guy was a mess. We started calling him by his litter name Jelly-Belly hoping he would forget them and whatever had gone on in his short little 5 months of life. Jelly was so happy to be back with his mom Lego and brother Ozzie. At home he was completely normal. Taking him out in public was another story.

With the help of our wonderful vet and skilled obedience trainer we worked for about 3 more months to rehabilitate Jelly. We got him back to good, but not quite the way he was when he left us the first time.

We decided that Jelly needed a "big boy" name and decided on Willow Rock's Benjamin Franklin because he was so smart and ran fast as "lightning".

Several months later I received a message from Carol who trains assistance dogs as well as therapy dogs. She had a friend who had lost her precious Aussie of many years and was finally ready to bring another dog into her life. Her friend wanted either another Aussie or Queensland Heeler. Carol wanted to know if I had any puppies available and I told her about Benjy.

Her friend Pat and I connected and Pat came over to see what Benjy was all about. Benjy was still extremely leery of strangers. Pat came to the door and all the other dogs were barking. Benjy just sat there. Pat came in and sat on the stairs at his level. To our utter amazement Benjy simply sat next to her and looked up with his beautiful brown eyes. It was as though they were absolutely meant for each other. I gave Pat full disclosure and told her we would hold Benjy for her if she wanted to think about it. Pat thought all of one day and called and said she would take Benjy. I was a little concerned having an almost retired person take this extremely active little 8 month old puppy, but Pat had Aussies in the past so she knew what she was in for. I have only placed 4 litters of puppies, but I have never seen the intensity in the eyes and love that flowed between these two. Now Benjy had both a new mom and an auntie - Pat who had recently lost her husband and her sister Joan who was in the first stages of dementia.

Checked in with Pat often and of course Benjy was active and a character so I knew all was normal and well.

Benjy now had a real job to do - taking care of these two lovely ladies who loved him so unconditionally. Benjy enjoyed traveling and went on trips in their motor home to several National Parks in the Western US. He is reported to be a very good traveler and protector. With Pat's affiliation with CampFire, Benjy was also able to accompany Pat to Camp Fire Camp WoLaHi in Cuyamaca where he enjoyed being in the mountains and all that camping has to offer.

Joan's dementia worsened and Benjy sensed that something was wrong. She spent more and more time in her room and Benjy stayed with her to be her comfort. Joan did eventually pass away and Benjy misses her so very much. He is so smart that I'm sure deep down as animals do, he knows and understands what happened.

Benjy still has a full time job taking care of Pat. One recent summer Pat had her front door open, but the security screen locked. Benjy started to bark and Pat saw a man get out of his pick-up truck and start walking toward the house. Benjy went into security cop role as the man approached the door. The man stated that he came to fix the refrigerator, but there was nothing wrong with the refrigerator and no repairman had been called. All the while Pat said that Benjy was doing his best impression of a guard dog. Pat finally told the man that he had better leave the premises or she would let her dog out. Pat reported that he was gone in the time it took him to hurry to his truck and take off. Pat says that she believes that Benjy saved her life that day. She said she had no idea what this man would have done to her and Benjy both if he had entered their home.

Pat and Benjy have recently moved to a smaller home located in a rural NorthSan DiegoCountywith both tame and wild animals around. Benjy is adjusting slowly, even giving the outside cat a wide berth. Pat said that Benjy may always need a firm hand but she believes he is worth it and states that "a better companion and protector I could not ask for".

Submitted by Laura Ann Lotz on behalf of Pat and Benjy




 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.


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

             Great Explanation of the Open Shows!!

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


 I am featuring Tank for this series, because he exemplies the very essence of our journey with our dogs. I was following a discussion about herding when Judge, Karen Trimble, wrote and said, "Dogs are meant for more than one role in life just as we are"  I am sharing that sentence with her permission. What a great way to embrace all the things we share with our dogs. Tank is a Gr Ch conformation dog, has earned a Herding Title, and now is taking Deb into the Rally/Obedience ring!

Life is Good with Tank and Deb!


Gr Ch McFinley's Pint Tankard of Timeless HT CGC


Tank ( Gr Ch McFinley's Pint Tankard of Timeless HT CGC ) had an awesome weekend! We had a little too much drive on Wed during herding but he made up for it the rest of the week...

Thursday MASCUSA Nationals:

Premiere Male

4th place Head Type

5th PlaceMovement

Friday AKC - BOB/Best In Misc

Saturday AKC - BOS

Sunday AKC - BOB/Best In Misc

Beginner Novice Obedience - earned 1st Leg Sunday

Rally Novice A - Qualified with 96 out of 100 with a 4th place finish (tied for 3rd but got beat on time by 11 sec.)

Rally Novice A - Qualified with 97 out of 100 with a 1st place finish!

I am so excited with his first weekend of Obedience/Rally runs!



McFinley Aussies


Dulaney 2011
  Meet our new Member Doree Lamm


Glad to be a member of the MASCUSA and to receive info about the breed. So glad the AKC has recognized this incredible dog.
This is my second one and she is smart as a whip. I have trained and shown Arabian horses for 30 years and always had dogs, but have found the Miniature American Shepherd to be the smartest and most loyal. Maggie is a 3 year old Black Tri and have just recently begun Obedience and Rally classes. I live in Deland, Florida, close to Daytona Beach and in July took Maggie to her first Rally competition in Novice. On Saturday she scored a 95 out of 100 and took first place and on Sunday she scored 99 out of 100 and again was first. It was so exciting. Looking forward to the next competition in Orlando in October.
Doree Lamm 




The new OFA Eye Certification Registry will be available as of November 1, 2012. Transition to this new registry should be seamless for both owners and examining ophthalmologists:

EXAMS - There will be no changes to the existing exam protocols. The standard exam process will still be conducted by ACVO Diplomates assessing dogs for the presence or absence of observable hereditary eye disease.

RESULTS - There will be no changes to the interpretation or classification of the exam results. Dogs with normal eye exams will receive OFA eye clearance numbers similar to the OFA numbers issued for hips, elbows, cardiac, etc. Dogs with observable, but passing conditions (currently known as Breeder Option Codes), will be issued notated OFA eye clearance numbers. Dogs with observed eye diseases of significance will be reported as ineligible for eye clearance numbers. A complete list of Breeder Option Codes and Ineligible Categories will be available on the OFA website soon.

FORMS - All active ACVO Diplomates will receive the new OFA exam forms by mid-October in advance of the transition. The forms will be similar in format to the exam forms currently in use. Go to this link for more information:


 1st dog to be in the CHIC program  

Judy Nordmeyer from Coyote Creek is very happy!

Brassy Acres CC Tyler Henry, "Henry" is breaking out the champagne! He is the Very First AKC Miniature American Shepherd to qualify for the CHIC program!!! Thank You, Nicole Dalton of Brassy Acres for letting us purchase this wonderful dog!

Go to his CHIC link:


Coyote Creek   



Stop Mastitis in Its Tracks

By Susan Chaney

The secret to managing mastitis, a bacterial infection that invades the mammary glands of nursing bitches, is to identify it as early as possible.

"I think most important is to always check the mammary glands," says Margret L. Casal, D.V.M., associate professor of reproduction and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia. It's easy for breeders, she says, to focus on the rear end of the dog because that's where the puppies come out, but a twice-daily check of the area around the teats can stop mastitis in its tracks. This is especially important when the puppies start teething, she says. A slight cut in the skin from a wayward puppy tooth can easily allow bacteria into the mother's skin.

The mammary gland is a complex gland found under the skin in the area of a dog's teat. The complex gland is made up of many simple glands that secrete milk into ducts that move toward a central duct, then to the teat, or nipple.

"The mammary gland is like a tree," writes Helena Wensman, D.V.M., Ph.D., of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, in her doctoral thesis on canine mammary carcinomas and sarcomas. "At the tips of the branches, there are glands ready to proliferate, differentiate and produce milk in the case of pregnancy. From the glands run ducts that collate with other ducts with a final purpose to collect and bring the milk to the nipple."



Click here to read more.....


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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2012 Cutler Mini Am 

                     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
Public Education Schools
Nationals Photos
New Board Member
Comix By Coleen
Amazing Agility Video
New MASCUSA Show Rules
Thats My Dog!
Put these shows on your calendar
Open Show Explanation
Sharing My Life
New Member Doree
New OFA Eye Cert Registry
1st Mini American to have a CHIC #
Stopping Mastitis
AKC Herding Trials
AKC Show Links


Karen Keller,

Judy Challinger,
Vice President

Patricia Davis, Secretary

Traci Phillips, Treasurer

 Board Members

Sharon Sloper

Sue Fontaine

Ellen Friedman-Smith


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