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October  16,  2012


It's All About The Smiles!!

Photo of Patchworks Delilah as a youngster - breeder Linda Perry 

AKC Tidbits and News 

                           Photographs for Online Catalog!!!

AKC is offering all entries in Eukanuba the opportunity to include photos of their entry for display in the online catalog at


These photos will be archived as part of the permanent history of the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. When anyone views the show results, they will be able to click on your dogs name to see photos of your dog along with your dog's placement at the event. You may submit up to four photos of each dog. The cost for the first photo is $15.00 and any additional photos of the same dog may be added at $5.00 each. Photos can be submitted electronically to the AKC at the following web page as of October 17, 2012:


By submitting photos for entries, exhibitors and/or owners assume all responsibility, legal as well as monetary, for all copyright issues.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS - Photographs submitted in digital format are acceptable. Please follow these guidelinese. In order to produce the best quality, in full color and cropped to show only the dog. Acceptable file formats are TIFF and JPEG. Images should be 600x525 pixels at 300 pixels per inch, or 2 inches wide by 1.8 inches tall at 300 dpi.



Icy and Donna are making history everywhere!

USDAA Icy and Donna 

USDAA Agility World Championship Finalist!!

Here is a video of the semi's, and finals of the USDAA Nationals

This has been another amazing couple of weeks for the Miniature American Shepherds! 
If smiles were counted as gold, we would be millionaires! Hope you enjoy the many happy faces in this weeks Tuesday Talk!



Karen Cooper and her agility dogs are off to a great start!


Mia and Bailey 

Karen Cooper writes...But, unlike Icy, we have a long way to go with only have 3 agility weekends under our belts. Pictures are attached of Mia and Bailey with AKC and CPE ribbons from their first 2 AKC trials and 1st CPE trial. Mia finished her AKC Novice standard and jumpers preferred titles and CPE level 1 standard title. Bailey finished her AKC Nov. standard preferred title and her CPE level 1 standard and handlers titles. It was a nice "warm" 90 degrees Saturday with very high humidity making it tough for any dog to want to run. On Sunday it dropped to the 60's for the high, making it hard for any dog to want to do anything but "play" in the cool weather! 

2012 Kim Gardner



Mini American Shepherds earn three new Rally titles
in Louisiana over the weekend : 

Janet & Mocha 

This is one happy dog!

CPE, yippee 1st place & a qualified run.
Janet Axtell & Mocha

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


Whistling Dixie of AIM 


Well, here my little darling is. She hates to pose hence the droopy ears but
in the agility course those ears fly !! Her first AKC trial and she Q'd in
50% of her classes. I have no doubt she would have qualified in all her
classes but mom hasn't been consistent in practicing for the past month.
Anyway, I couldn't be prouder of her. She was worn out after the weekend and
then I got to share my favorite activity with her, snuggling !!!!!



RainDancer's Label Me Uri, RN

with Rainy Browning Titled and Placed in 3 days at his first AKC Show in Novice Rally!

Peaceful Acres  
Alta Styling in My Jaquar
 had a great weekend in Helena MT!
Best of Opposite,Winners Dog, Best of Breed, Best in Miscellaneous
The jr handler is Skylar Panczak
Junior Handler 
submitted by Valerie Nilsson

Judy Challinger


" Triple R's Aqua Azul,HIC"
takes Best Of Breed & Best In Misc
at her first AKC Dog Shows!!!
Mary Rutkowski

Shambaugh April 2012 


MCSTORMS Sweet Alyssum CGC (Allie) 

Carole Hill 

We are proud to announce that MCSTORMS Sweet Alyssum CGC (Allie) won the Misc Class at the Richland Kennel Club show in Richland Washington on September 29th and qualified for the Eukanuba Nationals. Allie is co-own by Carole Hill and Colleen Storms; bred by Michael Storms.

 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.

        FIND INFO ON SHOWS HERE - Show Superindentents!

Jack Bradshaw -

Garvin Show Services -

MB-F -

Jack Onofrio -

Roy Jones Dog Shows -

NW Aloha Cody Bear
Best of Misc. in his 1st AKC show!
NW Aloha Aussies, Florence OR
Owner/Breeder - Virginia Verville
'Merlie' , ICKC Int. Supreme GR CH Jr. Pup Love That American Red White and Blue, winning the AKC Best in Misc. class at the 2012 Tyler TX AKC Kennel Club show 10/13/12 in Canton, TX. He is only 7 1/2 months old and this win unofficially qualifies him for the 2013 AKC Eukanuba Nationals show!
Jeanie McAdams

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

Bar D Soleil In Hot Pursuit
Sharing this little dog all the way to Japan!
Under a week ago, "Bar D Soleil In Hot Pursuit" made her journey to Tokyo Japan. Soleil, now 11 months old, finally made her long 2 day trip to Japan. As far as we know, Soleil is the first Mini American or Mini aussie to go to Japan. 10 months is the length of time it took to do all of the vaccinations and testing to qualify her to gain entry into Japan. Akira Nagae is the happy dog owner and excited to have his new dog finally there. Akira's father and brother came to Despain's Livestock in September to meet Soleil, and it was love at first sight! I was so glad to actually meet the people this sweet little dog was going to live with. Good luck to Akira and Soleil!!!  Nannette Despain / Bar D Kennel


Shoes not Chews          
                                                         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

Dulaney 2011

New Members and Renewed!


Cheryl Witte

Diane Borden-Billiot

Ron Christianson

Dana Hillman

Linda Schertz

Wanda Alsleben

Jamie Bicknell


Coyote Creek   


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
AKC Tidbits and News
Photos for Eukanuba!
This week is all about the smiles!
Thats My Dog!
Win Brags!
Open Show Explanation
Certificate of Merit Calculations
Sharing My Life
Going to Japan
Comix By Coleen
New Members
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


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 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) .

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