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October  9,  2012

Goodwill 2012  

Pam Clark and Shasta!

Winner of the 2012 Goodwill Ambassador Award 

AKC Tidbits and News 

2012 FCI World Agility Championship October 4-7, 2012 - Liberec, Czech Republic
  • Results
    All results from the 2012 FCI Agility World Championship.
  • Photo Coverage
    Photo coverage from the 2012 FCI Agility World Championship.    

 Sterling Dress up


 Our grand daughters put Sterling it a toto a few weeks ago they love playing with him and he lets them do anything they want as long as he can be with them.

from Abbys Place

Isn't this what our dogs are all about, loving their family, performing their hearts out and all because they simply want to be a huge part of our lifes. They are family.




Coyote Creek   


                                                         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 

Chandrea's Gossip Girl at Snake River      


Win pic from Helena Montana Sept 21-23.

Chandrea's Gossip Girl at Snake River earned the points needed for her Certificate of Merit in Helena Montana Sept 21-23. 2 BOB, 1 Best Mic and 1 Best Opposite Sex. The judges and spectators alike, had very positive comments. Owned and loved by Karen Rohde, Bred by Cheryl Hass

Karen Rohde
Snake River Mini's
Peaceful Acres 
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


Darlin' Darby Winters 


 Just thought I'd share some good news with you. My little MAS, Darby, finished off his NADAC, NATCH & V-NATCH championship titles last month. So for this year, he has managed to achieve his agility championship titles in three different agility venues (AKC, USDAA & NADAC). This was the goal that I had originally set out to accomplish with him. I just didn't expect it to all come together so soon, and within the same year! Needless to say, I'm very proud of my boy. My life has been truly blessed by the presence of this little red merle dog.
Kimberly Winters & V-NATCH, NATCH, ADCH, MACH Darby

Dulaney 2011
ICKC Show  
The Mini Americans cleaned up at the ICKC show in Keller TX this past weekend! Here is a pic of the ribbons won by the following 2 dogs....
Just barely 7 months old, Love That American Red White and Blue 'Merlie' (by Multi CH Love That Taycin Texan x Multi CH Timeless Love That Classic Look) won 8 Best In Show Jr. Puppy Ribbons, the special Bred By Exhibitor class with apx. 20 adult and pup entries and even beat his father and uncle and won the BOB class 5 times! He then went on and won a couple of reserve adult Best In Shows!
Merlie's uncle, 'Lil Tee', Multi CH Love That Taycin Gentleman (by Multi GR CH Taycins Always A Gentleman CM x Multi CH Pockets Love That Red HC) also contributed to the ribbon collection and won several adult Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show ribbons in addition to his group and breed wins!
                                         Proud of my boys and proud to be an American!

Jeanie McAdams

Judy Challinger


Some awesome videos from the 2012 FCI Agility World Championships!

2012 Kim Gardner



 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

I placed Zena with this family, they came to buy a puppy and took a 2 year old
Take note the daughter and Zena both have red hair freckles and blue eyes
And she played dress up this day
Jessey  from Dodge City Aussies

   Being a puppy poops you out 

Being a puppy sure does poop a fellow out!

Submitted by Karen Keller  

Shambaugh April 2012 


 Certificate of Merit  Brag!

Timeless Zero Gravity earned her Certificate of Merit in NE this weekend. From Debra Shambaugh



   Introducing one of our new members!

 Ron Christianson

Hi my name is Ron Christianson and I live near Bode (north central) Iowa, on an acreage. I would like to introduce my Aussie's.

First is "Heater"... Pocket's Take N The Heat. Heater is a son of Pockets Sizzle N Red N Hot, aka: "Sizzle" and his mother is TMR Lucy Love. Heater is a black/white/copper toy with brown eyes and is offered at stud.

My second Aussie is "Feature"... Pocket's Special Feature, her father is Southern Cross Augustus McCray and mother is Southern Cross Charolais. Feature is a blue merle mini with blue eyes. Both dogs were bred by Ruth Vanderhoof.

Both Heater and Feature came to me via Gypsy and Tim O'neal of Kansas. The photos are by Gypsy... thank you. I am really looking forward to a litter of puppies from these two. Their last litter produced both toys and minis.

I offer a little more information on them on my web-page: .

Thanks and have a great day. Ron

Heater Feature





12 General Rules for Training Dogs
By: Dr. Nicholas Dodman


I will list the first two here but please click the link and read all twelve!!


1. Training should be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog. If you are not in the right mood for training, don't even start. Keep training sessions short, on the order of 5-10 minutes, to maintain your dog's motivation.

If your dog doesn't respond appropriately to a command after several attempts, don't reward him. Resume training a few seconds later using a simpler command. Return to the more complex task later.

Always end training on a positive note. Ask your dog to respond to a command you know he will obey. Then reward him for a job well done and issue a finish command such as "free" or "release." Avoid common words such as "okay." Following a training session, both owner and dog should be left with a feeling of accomplishment.

2. Every dog should be familiar with the basic
obedience commands, including come, heel, sit, down and stay

Teaching your dog to sit-stay and down-stay off leash is also a valuable lesson. Additional commands that are useful include: leave it, give it, stop it, and enough or cease.
Keep in mind that a dog's motivation to respond to a command decreases as the complexity of the task increases. The odds of success, hinge not only on the degree of sophistication of the task but also your dog's motivation to respond. From a dog's perspective the question is, which is more rewarding, chasing the squirrel or returning to the owner?
                                 Click here to read all TWELVE!


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
Shasta with the Goodwill Award
AKC Tidbits and News
Comix By Coleen
Thats My Dog!
Win Brags!
FCI Agility Videos!
Open Show Explanation
Certificate of Merit Calculations
Sharing My Life
New Member Ron!
12 General Rules For Training Dogs
AKC Herding Trials
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