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October 2,  2012


Hegeler pack" resting during a break on an agility seminar held with the 2011 FCI World Champion Roy Fonteijn from the Netherlands. We attended the seminar with Bagheera and Chelsea and doing some trick work in the breaks with 7mo old Pebbles and nearly 12 years old Nico (although registered with ASCA Nico measured 16.5 ").

AKC Tidbits and News 

Highlights from the September 11, 2012 Delegates Meeting and September 11-12, 2012 Board Meeting


AKC announced that effective September 11, 2012, it will award Urban Search and Rescue Titles to dogs that are FEMA certified as deployable on FEMA task forces and to dogs that are certified by States as deployable on State task forces. The first such title was presented to Juno, a FEMA certified English Springer Spaniel owned and handled by Becky Stanevich, Delegate for the Mountaineer Kennel Club.


Effective January 1, 2013, eligible clubs will be permitted to hold up to twelve Agility Trials in a calendar year.

Read more below 




Indigo did a great job getting us 3rd place in the World Championship Qualifier on friday ! What a great weekend it was watching everyone compete & having fun. ~Angela Camarada-Koster            Submitted by a very proud Monica Rinehart!
Peaceful Acres 

tipping hat 

A tip of the John B Stetson to those of you who

supported the auctions at Nationals.

MARS and Aussie Rescue of MN. For those of you who didn't make it, we held a live auction for MARS support and a silent auction for Aussie Rescue of MN, our local rescue organization which rescues many mini Aussies/Americans as well as the larger Aussies.
We raised $ $1,980 for MARS
and $ 449.45 for Aussie Rescue of MN

Thanks to all who participated in the auctions and helped raise money for these vital services for our little dogs!

Therese Stoebner
2012 National Specialty Co-Chair


Dulaney 2011
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                                                         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 



Dynasty's Instant Replay "Ref" had his first outing in the AKC world just two weeks ago, in the first four shows he has now taken the BIS Misc Class twice, he has also won the breed each time. We are having a great time out there and really enjoy the fan base he is getting at the shows. He is a great ambassador for the breed and he enjoys all the attention he is getting. Can't wait to see everyone at Eukanuba!

Kim Johnson


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

POPP's Little Tin Man    

POPP's Little Tin Man 

My dog's name is POPP's Little Tin Man (Ozzy) from Flagtree. Ozzy received his AKC registration in July and the attached photos are of him competing in his first AKC agility trial and our first results. We've competed in NADAC and ASCA trials before, but this was our first time at an AKC trial. We ended up with a Q-3 in novice regular and a Q-2 in novice JWW. Ozzy's only complaint was why they had to go ruin jumpers by adding weaves!

Ozzy lives in Steilacoom, WA and when he isn't trialing, he likes to hike and swim in the great Pacific Northwest!

Cindy Connally

Coyote Creek   


Here is a pic of Mini Americans Multi CH Love That Taycin Texan and his boy, Love That American Red White and Blue relaxing at the Iabca show in Glen Rose, Tx in Sept. Between the 2 of them they won several BIS BBX Adult & pup awards, BIS pup, Res. BIS adult etc. Not shown in photo but contributing to the over 20 medal count is Multi CH Love That Taycin Gentleman and Love That Gentleman John Wayne. Thanks for letting me share!
Jeanie McAdams


Podcast on Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies and Intestinal Obstructions
In this podcast we bring you an interview with Dr. Lisa C. Shaw. Dr. Shaw is

a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary

Medicine, has been practicing veterinary medicine for 17 years and is the

owner of the Indian Land Animal Hospital just outside Charlotte, NC. Dr.
Shaw discusses the diagnosis and symptoms of intestinal obstructions and
gastrointestinal foreign bodies in dogs and what you can do if you suspect
your dog has ingested something dangerous.

Listen to the Podcast

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.


MASCUSA Board of Directors voted to approve sanctioning of the shows below...

Name of Organization/club: Texas Mini Aussie Club

Website: n/a

Address: PO Box 1098 Whitesboro, TX 76273

Club Representative: Julie Voge

Phone: 785-317-4334



Dates of Event: October 26- October 28, 2012 Number of Shows: 4

Location of Event: Whitesboro, TX

Show #1 Judge: Norman Kenney, AKC

Show #2 Judge: Mike Loller, AKC

Show #3 Judge: Carol White-Moser, AKC

Show #4 Judge: Peggy Conger, AKC


Show Chairperson and Secretary: Julie Voge 785-317-4334

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

Kenny Smith sent this photo of his girls sharing outdoor fun
with their Mini!

  1st Place

MASCUSA has a very nice New Membership form now available on our website, thanks to Judy Challinger!  The form can even be filled out online and then printed and mailed to the registry office. 

Check it out and be sure sure to send prospective new members to the site


The new application form is online:


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 13, 2012

Alstars A Stormy Knight

Miniature American Shepherd

Applewood's Song Of Liberty

Miniature American Shepherd

Bluegrass Fancy Elijah

Miniature American Shepherd

Boldheart N Mcfinley's Tnt

Miniature American Shepherd

Chandrea's Gossip Girl At Snake River

Miniature American Shepherd

Gottabe's I'M A Fool For You

Miniature American Shepherd

Great Companions Fancy Pants

Miniature American Shepherd

Linderland Birchview Hop2it

Miniature American Shepherd

Linderland N Triple R's Black Ice

Miniature American Shepherd

Lone Pine's Ironhorse Truman BN

Miniature American Shepherd

Love That Taycin Texan

Miniature American Shepherd

Mcfinley's 1/2 Pint Tankard Of Timeless HT

Miniature American Shepherd

Misty Ridge Whiskey Rose

Miniature American Shepherd

Nw Aloha Cody Bear

Miniature American Shepherd

Prodigys Some Days Are Diamonds

Miniature American Shepherd

Raindancer N Mcfinley's Written In Stone

Miniature American Shepherd

Sun-Up Star Spangled CD RN

Miniature American Shepherd

Taycins Always A Gentleman CM

Miniature American Shepherd

Taycins How Do You Like Me Now

Miniature American Shepherd

Timeless Analyze This

Miniature American Shepherd

Timeless Broke The Mold At 4paws

Miniature American Shepherd

Timeless Trilogy CM

Miniature American Shepherd

Timeless Zero Gravity

Miniature American Shepherd





Crosstraining Your Show Puppy: Part III

By Deb Eldredge, D.V.M.

Excerpt from the article....

In addition to obedience and agility, you might also want to consider introducing your show prospect to tracking.

A big problem that many exhibitors fuss over with their dogs is sniffing in the ring. This is generally more of an issue outdoors. Even a mature, experienced show dog may try to sniff out the huge hunk of liver bait dropped in the grass or the chicken located conveniently along the down and back route. So how can anyone expect a young dog or pup to handle all those smells?


Scent Is What the World's About

Realistically, a hunk of liver or a piece of chicken is a bit much for almost any dog to ignore. For those situations, we can only hope judges will reinforce making handlers find and pick up any bait they throw. Some judges don't even allow bait in their rings. Quite frankly, with some of the summer outdoor circuits, the rings are truly foul by the weekend. Bees are attracted to the rotting food, it stinks, and if you get any rain - whew!

But many dogs also sniff "just because." They smell where the other dogs have moved or stood. They smell where the superintendent's crew stood to stake in tents, etc. We have to remember that for dogs, scent is what the world is about. So what can you do to turn that sense off for a short time in the ring?



Looking for the Win Pictures from Nationals?

Here is the link to the pictures.

Go to the St Croix photos


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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We'll be announcing new members every two weeks!
Carol Brown
Jade Marsh
Sarah Rossell

                     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
Highlights from Sept Meetings
World Championship Qualifier!
Doations to MARS and Local Rescue
Comix By Coleen
Brag for Ref
Thats My Dog!
Win Brags!
ASHGI Podcast
Put these shows on your calendar
Open Show Explanation
Certificate of Merit Calculations
Texas Show Sanctioned!
Sharing My Life
New Membership Form
Honor Roll Dogs!
AKC Herding Trials
New Members
AKC Show Links
Send Photos


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