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September 18, 2012


This Weekend
I did Agility with my Dogs.
Love greetings, Heike Brune from Germany

AKC Tidbits and News


Welcome to the New www.AKC.ORG

The American Kennel Club just launched its newly redesigned website - - with intuitive navigation to find information that matters most to you on puppies, responsible dog ownership and AKC dog sports. New socially interactive features let you instantly share what you discover with your network of dog-loving friends.



An Absolute must see video!

I Love My Dog As Much As I Love You  

Dulaney 2011
                                                         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 

       Canine Good Citizen Award is now an AKC Title!

Here is information for those asking about the AKC CGC test becoming a Title for dogs registered with the AKC in January 2013. For dogs not registered, there is still the Award option, offered at a reduced fee. Here is a link for more information.

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


Linderland Long Drive to Fairway

Lacey and herding 


Laura Hamer invited me to her farm to introduce Lacey (Linderland Long Drive to Fairway) to ducks. Lacey has always been the most well mannered, quiet little girl since the day I first got her. Then she met the ducks. A switch turned on and my laidback "Lump" (as my husband affectionately calls her) turned into a herding machine. Needless to say, we both found this alot of fun and can't wait to continue our studies. Sheep next?

Linda Malaussena

Coyote Creek   



Past Weekend News, Brags and Fun!
What a huge weekend for the Miniature Americans

Our Miniature American Shepherds did it again!
Congrats to Ashley Badgett of Ausland Aussies for winning the Misc. on Friday at the AKC show at Purina Farms. She was showing Boot Tops Dare To Compare. Thanks!
Cindy Shaykett

Great Companions Fancy Pants took 3 Best of Breeds, and 2 Best in Show Miscellaneous. We came oh so very close to taking Miscellaneous today. The judge was thinking, and thinking, but the Pedango took the win, with Sassy a close second. There were also Coton's and Rat Terrier's in the show.

Timeless 2 x 2 California Blue took one Best of Breed, and 3 Best Opposite Sex.

Linda Dubois


Timeless Laughing Out Loud received her final leg for her Rally Novice title this weekend. Shown, Owned and Loved by Lisa Wilson
Multi Ch Bravehearts Ms. Blue Eyes of Taycin, CL1, CL2, CL3-F/H/S, JS-N, SL1, mHIC, HCTs, CGC, DTI, MVA-08, V1 got her first Rally Novice Leg this past weekend
BIS Gr Ch Multi Ch McFinleys's 1/2 Pint Tankard of Timeless received his Certificate of Merit Title and his Rally Novice Title
Karen Keller


At the Wenatchee Kennel Club show.
Tank & Frankie both qualified in Novice Rally - Tank earned his 3rd leg and his first rally title - Rally Novice (RN).
Frankie earned her first leg in her debut and took 4th place (beating her son).

We then moved over to the conformation ring and Tank took BOB/Best In Misc to finish his Certificate of Merit (CM) award "unofficial result". Win pictures to follow.
But the most awesome part of the day was the announcement of the Misc Group. Instead of running Best in Misc right after the misc dogs - we were judged in the group rings after the sporting breeds. Each breed was announced and so as Tank & I took the ring we were announced as the "Miniature American Shepherd" with lots of clapping from the onlookers. And then when Tank was selected - we were announced "The winner of the Best In Misc. is the Miniature American Shepherd!" Pretty awesome finish to a wonderful day!

Deborah Dulaney 


Went to an AKC show in Chino Valley, 9 Miniature American Shepherds entered. Patti Cutler won BOB & Misc with her young boy Abington's Sky's da Limit and I took BOS with Teacup Treasures Mercedes. Sunday Pam England took BOB & Misc with Alta Vista All Cinched Up and Teacup Treasures Mercedes was again a bridesmaid with BOS. Great weekend!

Kim Gardner 


My girls (Giggles, Pearl, Jewel & Madison - aka 4 legged children) & I went to the SANTA MARIA/SAN LUIS BAY GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG CLUB OBEDIENCE TRIAL this weekend. I only had 1 of the girls entered - everyone else went to hang out, socialize, school & have fun.

I am happy to say that Giggles (Timeless Laughing Out Loud) wrapped up her Rally Novice title this weekend. She's doing very well & really enjoys her rally training/work. It's her time when she has me all to herself & doesn't have to share - that and all her 2 legged training friends love her so she's all for it! I'm very fortunate to not only have great little dogs but a super obedience trainer that the girls love as much as their agility trainer and a great bunch of gals that train with us. People at the trial thought we were having a party at our set-ups because everyone was so supportive of each other & cheering everyone on - literally!

Great weekend with the dogs & in our home town too!

Lisa Wilson


My boy Alta Vista All Cinched Up aka Cinch, won BOB at the AKC show Sunday

in Prescott, AZ. I'm so happy for him!!
Pamela S. England

Mia earned 2 more legs towards her RAE in Victoria, TX 2 weekends ago - that makes 8 towards the 10 needed for the title. I'm pretty proud of my 2 girls now both with titles in herding, rally, obedience and agility. 
Karen Cooper
Trudi's Standard run from Saturday. She was terrific, EXCEPT for creeping up on the starting line and triggering the timer before she actually started running...little stinker!
We not only took first, but we beat a world team dog. Pretty cool. If we could just get to where we don't make mistakes!!!
Chip Gerfen


Here is pic from the AKC show in Amarillo TX this past weekend. Multi CH Love That Taycin Texan ('Dallas') won the Best in Misc. class and qualified for the 2012 Eukanuba show! Judge is Dr. Alvin Krause, handler is Maggie Pryor, Broadway Aussies (thank you Maggie!) and myself. 'Dallas' is by Multi GR CH Taycin's Always A Gentleman CM and out of Multi CH Pocket's Love That Red. I am the owner/breeder. Now...let's knock out that CM!


Jeanie McAdams









Lori Michaels   

I was so fortunate to be able to attend a clinic with Lori Michaels,

Lori and her Border Collie, Solei, were last year's US Open Champions in agility, and this year's World Agility Open Champions (gold and bronze metalists).


             We are working a tight course on some interesting turns here!


Submitted by Mindy

                            A Mystery Novel and ASHGI

I know what you are thinking.. how in the world can these two go together? Well Sheila Boneham has so graciously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds to her new mystery novel,

Drop Dead on Recall........

Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute, Inc.

2012 Kim Gardner




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.

Also, if any club members that may attend have a Jr handler, have them contact me ASAP, we want to host a "fun match" for the Juniors and want to make sure we have participants and schedule the time for them. Thanks

 Great Explanation of the Open Shows!!


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

 Cooper's Bailey Gal doing a little under water toy diving!! 
Under Water Play
Submitted by Karen Cooper

Shambaugh April 2012 




Little Mac 

I would like to have a brag about my little Mac. At his second ever Agility competition he came home with a 3rd and 4th place out of 38 dogs! He is the first and only MAS to compete in Agility here in the UK! Very proud of him!

Franzisca Albisser



Full Detention Database 

At the request of the American Rottweiler Club, the OFA has developed a new dentition database. The database is used to certify full dentition and is open to all breeds. Any attending veterinarian may perform the examination. There is no minimum age, however, prior to certification, all adult teeth must be fully erupted. The database is intended to certify that all adult teeth are fully erupted and present. It is not intended to certify compliance with any specific breed's standard.
Miniature Americans can also send in your test results! Click below!


Get the Most out of a Clinic

excerpt from Lori Herbel


"Don't expect, or ask your dog to work perfectly at a clinic. No one is judging you at a clinic and you didn't sign up to prove to everyone how well you and your dog already work. You signed up to learn! A clinic is an opportunity to fix mistakes and solidify foundation and training. Work your dog as you normally would in a training session at home. Acknowledge and look at your mistakes as learning opportunities. Better to work through the mistakes during a clinic than to confront them for the first time at a real trial!"


"Take advantage of the learning opportunities! Arrive early, and stay all day. Watch the other handlers' sessions, and learn something from each one. Don't just show up once in the morning and again in the afternoon when it's your turn! Would you pay full price to get into Disneyland and then just ride one ride?! No! Would you pay for an All-You-Can Eat buffet and then choose only one dish?! No! Clinics are like an All You Can Learn Buffet.... take advantage of it!"


Read the entire EXCELLENT article by clicking below


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!!


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                     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




Michaela Starks

Lacey Roylance

Cathie Tyler

Halli Tyler

Gloria Cross

Joseph Cross

Maria Isabel Guerrero

Doree Lamm

Shyann Haddock-Seng

Laura Hagey

David Hagey

Jeanne Johnson

Valerie Bruce

Randall Bruce



In This Issue
AKC Tidbits & News
The New AKC Website
A Must see video!
Comix By Coleen
CGC is now a Title
Thats My Dog!
Linderland Long Drive Fairway
Weekend Brags, News and Fun!
Mystery Novel and ASHGI
Put these shows on your calendar
Open Show Explanation
Sharing My Life
Coopers Bailey Gal
Agility in the UK with Mac
Full Detention Database
Get The Most Out Of A Clinic
AKC Herding Trials
New Members!
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
 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





Remember to send in your winsheets within 30 days of the show for your points to count!!!
Send in those favorite  photos so we can
post them on the Tuesday Talk!

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