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September 25, 2012


Celebrating all our members during the Responsible Dog Ownership Days of September, you folks are the best!

AKC Tidbits and News 

 The 9th Annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day (RDO), held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC, was a great success! The free event welcomed dog lovers for a day of demonstrations, giveaways, games, and much more! Hundreds of dog owners got the chance to try the fun sports of Agility and AKC Rally® with their dogs at the AKC's My Dog Can Do That! attraction. Attendees met dozens of different breeds at the Meet the Breeds area and enjoyed learning more about them during the breed parades. Dogs showed off their good manners during the AKC Canine Good Citizen testing and also received lifetime protection at the microchip clinic. In addition, spectators enjoyed shopping at numerous vendors, and children had fun at a special games area just for the younger folks.


A huge thank you to Lisa Grose and her husband for representing us at this event and to Dory& John Erickson and one of Lisa's puppy owners. Click on the link below to see some very fun photos that are on the AKC website! There are several photos of our dogs on there!      WAY TO GO!!



MTB in NC Lisa Grose

Lisa wrote... "

Just wanted to share with everyone about the Meet the Breed this weekend. I have never been to one of these events and to my surprise it was a popular event. The building was packed. You could hardly walk anywhere without having to wait and everyone brought their dogs! It was awesome and we had a GREAT turnout at our booth for the Mini Americans!! Handed out alot of info and gave out alot of treats for the dogs and candy for the people. Hummmm...I gave away more candy than I did dog treats!! I very much enjoyed it and meeting new people and also seeing some of my customers there with their dogs! It was GREAT!!! Hope to do it again next year! I will post some pics as soon as I get them downloaded. And also I big THANKS to those that helped me make it a success!!!"


This above is a pic of us being introduced as the Miniature American Shepherds in the Parade of Breeds in North Carolina during the 9th Annual AKC Responsible Dog ownership Days. Lisa Grose is in the middle, one of her puppy owners has the pup and Dory Erickson has the blue merle..... 

Parade of breeds  

This is a photo from the Parade of Breeds for FSS and Miscellaneous


Peaceful Acres 

Members in Indiana were busy representing the Miniature American Shepherd at the Responsible Dog Ownership Days in Valparaiso, IN this weekend too!  

Maverick and Leslie 

Here's Wigglebutt Maverick doing an agility demo at Responsible Dog Owner day in Valparaiso, IN!

Dulaney 2011
candy and puppies       
                                                         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 

      I, Mindy, sent this story to AKC after the event and they were thrilled to see members take such an active role in educating the public! I would like to thank Susan for being such an active person in the community!

Below  is the write up from Susan Gesting


September in the Puget Sound area of Washington State means "THE FAIR".

This year Miniature American Shepherds were introduced for the first time at

The Puyallup, Washington fair which is one of the largest fairs in the world and runs for 17 days in September.


Well over a million people will enter through the gates each season to see the animals, crafts, arts, flowers, concerts, rodeo and carnival.

This is the 4th year of an event at the fair that is called the All Around Dogs and we have over 25 booths in a large barn with representatives from special clubs, all breed clubs, 4-H, Guide dogs, therapy dogs, field dogs, a community college vet tech program and the Prison Pet Partnership Program. Demonstrations were held by Boeing Explosive K-9 unit, US Customs, US Army K-9 unit, Overlake Collies with their trick dogs, Saint Bernard's with their cart pulling, Tuxedo's Kennels with their sporting dogs, and the Irish Settler Club of Puget Sound on obedience.


Mission: All Around Dogs to educate the public about being a responsible pet owner, to answer questions from the public on the breeds. Show how the working dogs are used everyday for the public and how they help the public and to showcase the purebred dogs on how to care for them and to show the public responsible purebred breeders and what sports we participle in.

City Lights Miniature American Shepherds (Carol and Kerry Nelson) were there for all three days and they were busy explaining the breed and brought a couple of them down to be petted all three days. Talk about socializing on a small scale. The public loved them and was greatly impress on their temperament. The following dogs were at the fair were City Lights Legacy (Jake), Valhalla's Never Ending Story (Story), Valhalla's Cinderella Story (Cinder), and Valhalla's Red Mist (Red). City Lights Legacy (Jake) was at the Puyallup Valley Dog Fancier booth as we host the events.

This event does qualify for an education requirement for AKC. We find a lot of clubs joining us to educate the public during September AKC Pet Responsibility Month as a lot of us together can cause a loud message.


This event is about education in regards to what it the perfect pet and what does it take to be a responsible pet owner. To be responsible is for us as Purebred dog owners and a breeder is to educate the public. By bringing different agencies together we are there to show the public that besides being our pet, we train and work our dogs in the private sector or in the public agencies. We are there to answer any questions from the public in regards to taking care of them, educating the public of the demands of each breed.

Thank you,

Susan Gesting

Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers


All Around Dogs Chair

PVDF Specialty Chair

Namascusa Member

Puget WA Fair City Lights 

Valhalla's Never Ever Story

Kerry Nelson of City Lights with Story


Valhallas Red Mist   

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


No Limit Kevin

Kevin and I had an awesome experience at our first dog show! Kevin won best in show in the miscellaneous category! We only competed with two other breeds, but Kevin was the only puppy. The show was in Santa Ana and miserably hot so I left without taking a photo with the judge. Mrs. Marilyn O'Neil was our judge. I went alone so I had no one to capture the moments this time. I'm so thrilled though! Our next dog show will be in November. I will send better show pics in the future. Thank you for all your help Mindy. This has been an outstanding experience.
Jamie Changala

Coyote Creek   


Win Picture From Prescott! 


 Weekend Brag!

Multi BIS Multi Grand CH. Timeless Zero Gravity, HIC wins Best Of Misc wins in WY and CO. Sliver had 2 great weekends of winning Best of Misc and is the first mini to win a Best of Misc in WY and CO. Kuddos to my girl!

Debra Shambaugh

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!!

 How to Count The CM Points!

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.


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


Just received this lovely picture of Macs first ever

clear round coming 3rd overall!

Submitted by

Franzisca Albisser in Europe!


Funny sent in by Tammy Flaga!

Shambaugh April 2012 


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.
Click here for a list of eligible breeds for the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Eligibility Period: October 12, 2011 through October 10, 2012
For Events Processed Through: Sept 6, 2012
Alstars A Stormy KnightMiniature American Shepherd
Applewood's Song Of LibertyMiniature American Shepherd
Boldheart N Mcfinley's TntMiniature American Shepherd
Chandrea's Gossip Girl At Snake RiverMiniature American Shepherd
Gottabe's I'M A Fool For YouMiniature American Shepherd
Great Companions Fancy PantsMiniature American Shepherd
Linderland Birchview Hop2itMiniature American Shepherd
Linderland N Triple R's Black IceMiniature American Shepherd
Lone Pine's Ironhorse Truman BNMiniature American Shepherd
Love That Taycin TexanMiniature American Shepherd
Mcfinley's 1/2 Pint Tankard Of Timeless HTMiniature American Shepherd
Misty Ridge Whiskey RoseMiniature American Shepherd
Raindancer N Mcfinley's Written In StoneMiniature American Shepherd
Sun-Up Star Spangled CD RNMiniature American Shepherd
Taycins Always A Gentleman CMMiniature American Shepherd
Taycins How Do You Like Me NowMiniature American Shepherd
Timeless Analyze ThisMiniature American Shepherd
Timeless Broke The Mold At 4pawsMiniature American Shepherd
Timeless Trilogy CMMiniature American Shepherd
Timeless Zero GravityMiniature American Shepherd




This is such a huge honor that I want to be sure our members see the announce made earlier this week by Torre Waller! 


Gr Ch Smokey Valley's Neko (9yrs) and Multi Ch Patchwork's Rock-A-Hula Baby (7yrs) both have now recieved their TDIAOV (TDI Active Outstanding Voulenteer) Title which took years to achieve. This is a nice addition to their titles they have achieved over their lifetime. We are very happy to say that both dogs love doing therapy and working with older people and young children doing Tail Waggin Tutors!

Torre Waller & HAF2HAV Aussies
 Reading to Neko and Hula 
Reading to Neko and Hula


Looking for the Win Pictures from Nationals?

Here is the link to the pictures Kathy.

Go to the St Croix photos


Judy Challinger


What is your Agreement or Contract to sell like? If you sell to one of these States, you had better read the laws governing that State in regards to pet sales. Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, & Virginia.


Thank you Judy Nordmeyer for sending in this information!


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

In This Issue
9th Annual Responsible Dog Ownership Days
Indiana Members at RDOD!
Comix By Coleen
Puget WA A Great Event!
Thats My Dog!
No Limit Kevin
Win Brags!
Put these shows on your calendar
Open Show Explanation
Certificate of Merit Calculations
Sharing My Life
Agility Funny
Honor Roll Dogs!
Torre and her dogs!
Win Photos from Nationals
Look at these State Laws if you sell puppies
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
 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