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September 11, 2012


We will remember  

In rememberence

Pictured here is one of the Canine Heroes from 9/11

AKC Tidbits and News


Your September/OctoberAKC Family Dog Magazine is here!

 Click here
to open your FREE digital edition.

You'll find more than 50 colorful pages packed with helpful information for the health, happiness, and training of your one-of-a-kind pet, including:
AND MOST IMPORTANT Scroll to page 38 to see some of our very own Miniature American Shepherds in the news!!!



  Minis loving agility!
Love the Nationals tshirts
Mini At Nationals Agility 

Donna  with Tru, Icy, Bell

Linda Smith with Jeep

Coleen Andrews with Ozzi




Dear Members,

There is an official sanctioning request form for organizations/clubs wanting to get MASCUSA approval of their show.


It is online:


show dog     
                                                         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 Kim Gardner



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


2012 Goodwill Ambassador Honorable Mention! 



Read the heartwarming story that shows the beautiful sensitivity of our dogs!


Six years ago my life was changed forever by a little black puppy. My daughter was visiting a breeder to play with some puppies. She was planning on getting one of them as soon as they were old enough but until then she went to play with all of them. One day I went with her to visit the puppies and I fell in love with a little black tri. It really was love at first sight. I played with all of the puppies but this little guy kept coming back for more and more love. The breeder finally said that I should just take him home for a few days to see how he did with my husband and other dogs and then to bring him back if I didn't want to keep him. Like that would ever happen! I already had a German Shepherd that I was supposed to have been a foster home for but filled out the paper work and kept her. I also had another mini Aussie at home and really did not need another dog. I later learned that there is an unwritten rule that you can't have just one mini Aussie. So of course I kept him and I have loved him ever since and since him got another mini Aussie. They are now registered as Mini American Shepherds.

When he was a puppy we started in obedience and agility. We continued, and later added herding, rally obedience, and confirmation classes. At home he loves to play fetch and is always the one to bring the ball all the way back to you. He is also great to cuddle with and is a great lap dog. He is great with all of the grandkids. Due to my foot surgeries and at the age of two Mikko was diagnosed with Lyme's disease and Ehrlichia disease, so we decided to try therapy dog work. He passed the TDItesting and we started visiting nursing homes and the Children's museum. He was so good with all of the children we took the READ course. We are now reading education assistants dog certified. There were times at the Children's museum that a parent would ask if they could have him since he was so good with the children and the children did so well with him. Every time we visit the Children's museum his line is one of the longest and he loves all of the children.

One story that stands out from visiting our favorite nursing home was about a gentleman named Dave. Dave was always there when we went to visit the nursing home. Dave was not a resident of the nursing home, but his wife Jane was a resident and he would go twice a day to visit her. She had severe Alzheimer's, but he would still go and they were always together in the TV room where they would visit with other residents and families. Jane was completely nonverbal so these dogs were always a welcomed addition to the day. Frequently their families were there to visit and they loved to greet and visit with Mikko. Mikko also loved visiting with everyone there. He would literally bounce into the building. Mikko was always so excited to see Dave and would snuggle up to him and always had this look of pure joy when Dave would pet him and give him attention. A couple of months ago I was unable to visit on our scheduled day, so I told Dave I would stop in later that month to bring Mikko to visit him. One Sunday morning I was getting up and ready to go to church and the next thing you know I was getting Mikko and my other dog ready also. My husband asked me where I was going and I told him that the dogs and I really needed to go to the nursing home. Mikko and I walked into the nursing home and went to the TV room where we normally visit Dave and Jane. But Dave and Jane were not there, so we stopped and visited with many other residents that we normally visit with. Then we went to the desk and asked about Dave and Jane. Jane had been ill so they were in her room. I asked if we could go see them and since everyone at the nursing home knew us they let us go in. Mikko went straight to Dave and greeted him. Dave's face just lit up seeing Mikko. I sat down with them and we talked for a quite a while. Mikko enjoyed being petted and talked to by their entire family. Jane had been in bed and was now in a coma. We were a very welcomed visit that day. Suddenly Mikko lifted his head, turned towards the bed and sniffed. He then went up to Dave and rubbed his entire body across Dave's legs and then wanted to leave. We said our goodbyes and I walked out into the hall. When we got to the hall you would not believe the line of wheelchairs waiting to see Mikko. After visiting with all of the people that were waiting for Mikko we finally made it to the car and Mikko was exhausted. I called the nursing home later in the week, planning on visiting again. But when I called I found out that Jane had passed away the next day. Somehow Mikko knew how sick she was and tried to snuggle with Dave.

We obviously were supposed to be there on that day!


CH Birchviews' Hat Trick Hero - CL-1, Cl-2, CGC, HCT'S, TDI, certified READ companion, TDIA

Mikko's owner is Joan Koskiniemi




Shambaugh April 2012 



 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


Nationals BOB 2012 

Multi GR CH Taycin's Always A Gentleman, owned by Jeanie McAdams and Jeanine Perron, won the 2012 Mascusa Nationals BOB class under judge Mrs. Lynn Klingel Brown. Pictured are judge Mrs. Lynn Klingel Brown, Jeanie McAdams, 'Tag", some of the Nationals show committee and co breeder Karen Keller.
'Tag' also won movement and placed 3rd in head type under judge Ms. Mary Murphy East! 

Wagon at Nationals 

2012 Nationals BOB Multi GR CH Taycin's Always a Gentleman, owned by Jeanie McAdams and Jeanine Perron and 'Tag's' daughter Coal Dust Love That Lady in Red, owned by Jerisha Ganske and Jeanie McAdams, who won the 2012 Nationals BOS at barely 12 months old!

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

 My dog hero!
Saturday morning I took all my two mini shepherd girls and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy to the little city park a couple of blocks from my house for a walk on the wonderful trails. I got Missy and Gracie (Missy's daughter) from the back seat, put on their leashes and and when I opened the hatch to get Abbie (baby Cavalier) out, she hopped out and dashed across the parking lot chasing leaves. I am no great competition for leaves so pondered what to do about this situation. (She walks on a double lead with Missy). I called to her and she said, "Nah nah nee nah nah". I decided she would probably follow if I started to walk so I turned around and started to walk away with the big girls. Abbie decided she didn't want to be left behind so dashed up about 10 feet away. Missy took over, pounced on Abbie, barked in her ear to tell her she was a really bad puppy and held her down until I got the leash on her. Abbie was flattened on the sidewalk and looking completely contrite. What a good girl, Missy!
I always knew Missy was smart and wonderful, but had no idea that she would be so completely in charge of Abbie. Missy has had two litters of puppies and definitely is the boss of the dog family (and me). 
                           Shared by  Barbara Vanek  from Shakopee, MN

Coyote Creek   


ASHGI News: Podcast on Early Spay and Neuter

In this podcast we hear from Dr. Benjamin Hart, a distinguished professor
emeritus and active researcher at the UC Davis School of Veterinary
Medicine. Dr. Hart is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary
Behaviorists and discusses his CHF-funded research into the health
implications of spay and neuter in Golden Retrievers, the results of which
he and his research team have just submitted for publication.

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


Dulaney 2011

Agility Map key 


Learn more about Agility courses and reading them by

clicking here  



 If you love agility you'll enjoy this blog from Agility Fusion


Here is the latest tip for chute troubles

Chutes can be very scary! It might help your dog for you to shorten the chute for practice you can use binder clips to pin it up.

Another tip is to have a helper hold the chute open for you, so your dog can see through to the end, like a tunnel. Then call your dog through the chute. After a few successful runs, have the helper start dropping the chute on the dog's back so they get accustomed to the fabric touching their back. Work your way along until the dog charges through without the fabric needing to be held at all. This is especially important if you practice on a heavy competition chute, since they let less light through and require more effort to push through.

Always call your dog straight through the chute - run to the end and call from there, because calling from an angle can cause tangles.

Make chutes a high-reward obstacle, with lots and lots of cookies. I wouldn't practice this obstacle to death - keep your sessions short and have one or two sessions a day if possible. Keep it up, you'll get there!




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
MASCUSA Show Sanctioning Form
Comix By Coleen
Thats My Dog!
Open Show Explanation
Podcast Early Spay & Neuter
Reading an Agility Map
Agility Chute Troubles
AKC Herding Trials
MASCUSA Cafepress
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 30 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