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October  23,  2012

Football colors 
This is Zoya and Molly, Go Teams, Green Bay and the New England Patriots.
Photograph by Mary Riley

AKC Tidbits and News 

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Dogs Eligible for the Miscellaneous Competition Honor Roll


Abingtons Skys D Limit

Miniature American Shepherd

Alstars A Stormy Knight

Miniature American Shepherd

Alta Vista All Cinched Up

Miniature American Shepherd

Altas Stylin In My Jaguar

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

Boot Tops Dare To Compare

Miniature American Shepherd

Cadallies Reign Of Fire

Miniature American Shepherd

Chandrea's Gossip Girl At Snake River CM

Miniature American Shepherd

Dynasty's Instant Replay

Miniature American Shepherd

Gordonview Four On The Floor

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

Linderlands Casanova

Miniature American Shepherd

Lone Pine's Ironhorse Truman BN

Miniature American Shepherd

Love That Taycin Gentleman

Miniature American Shepherd

Love That Taycin Texan

Miniature American Shepherd

McStorms Sweet Alyssum

Miniature American Shepherd

Mcfinley's 1/2 Pint Tankard Of Timeless CM RN HT

Miniature American Shepherd

Misty Ridge Whiskey Rose

Miniature American Shepherd

No Limit Kevin

Miniature American Shepherd

Nw Aloha Cody Bear

Miniature American Shepherd

Passions Gottabe Darkfever Jerica

Miniature American Shepherd

Patchworks Take It To The Max

Miniature American Shepherd

Prodigys Some Days Are Diamonds

Miniature American Shepherd

Raindancer N Mcfinley's Written In Stone

Miniature American Shepherd

Sandy Creeks Mayhem Like Me

Miniature American Shepherd

Sizzln Hot Hard To Resist Of Applewood

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

Teacup Treasures Mercedes

Miniature American Shepherd

Timeless 2x2 California Blue

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 CM

Miniature American Shepherd

Triple R's Aqua Azul

Miniature American Shepherd




VanWilligans are busy earning AKC Herding Titles!

Congrats Mattie and Jack

Mattie and Jack  


This weekend was an AKC Herding trial put on by the Golden State Rottweilder Club. Timeless Jumpin Jack Flash got his title on Started Course B, coming in 3rd with a 90. He ran it again today and placed 4th with a 79. Timeless Mattie Ross got a 76 on Intermediate Course B placed 4th for her first leg. She placed 5th with a 84 on Advanced Course A, and earned her first leg.
I believe she is the first MAS to get a leg in intermediate B and advanced A.
Peaceful Acres   
The Breed Standard Evaluation and Education Committee would like to have breeders with 10 or more years experience to take part inan short survey. If interested please contact
and you will receive the survey via email.
Thank you for your time and contribution during this exciting time in our breeds history.

Thank you the BEC
move along ladies           
                                                         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


Judy Challinger


I am collecting Photos for a Judges Education Calendar for 2013. Deadline for submission is November 15th. Send high resolution photos (ones from phone cameras won't work) to Julie Voge at

if you feel your dog meets one of the following criteria:

Coat, Chest/Front, Movement/Gait, Head, General Appearance, Topline/Neck/Body, Size in Proportion to Substance, Temperment, Hindquarters, Color and the Whole Package:)

Shambaugh April 2012 

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



My daughter Kylie entered her first AKC Agility Trial this weekend and earned 3 Q's with her Miniature American Shepherd Hollyhock! Proud Momma I Am!
Hugs & Belly Rubs,
~Monica Rinehart

Rolf Peter

Paws on Heaven's Lovely Belina". The foto shows Belina sitting in front of very picturesque autumnal decoration, like a "Queen of Pumpkins". greetings from Germany,


AVMA Ear Cropping and Tail Docking Policy letter dated 09/27/2012 - Attached is a letter to the American Veterinary Medical Association from AKC, in regard to ear cropping and tail docking done by veterinarians. "We urge you to take this opportunity to reconsider current policy that opposes ear cropping and tail docking and encourages the elimination of these procedures from breed standards."

Following your passions no matter where you are in life just shows how grand life with dogs can be!


Television viewing might not lead to life-changing moments for most people, but it has for Lee Fairchild. Fairchild, 53, had just ended his career as a team roper in 1999. Lee Fairchild and his dog, Gracie, (above) demonstrate their dog disc skills recently in Goldsby, OK. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Read the entire article about Lee below ........
( Gracie measures right under 17")

One night he was watching ESPN and stumbled upon the disc dog world championships. He was mesmerized.

"I saw a man named Bob Evans who was 65, the oldest guy in the competition, and his dog was also the oldest dog in the competition and they ended up winning," he said. "It was just a really neat thing." That was 13 years ago.

Now Fairchild is a world champion, capturing three titles since 2005, and finds disc dog competition to be compatible with his age.

Team roping isn't. "This is something I could do into my 70s," Fairchild said.


Read more:



 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 -

Motel 6 

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

Flagtree's Dynamite!
Mia has a lot to say these days, can you hear me now!
from Karen Cooper
Teacup Treasures Mercedes owned & bred by Kim Gardner is now on the Honor Roll and headed to Eukanuba!!! She might have finished her Certificate of Merit, it shows she has 14 pts as of 10-6 but she won BOB w/competition & BIM 10-7 & 8 so hopefully that will finish her. Looking forward to Florida and our first Eukanuba!!!

2012 Kim Gardner




Sizzlyn Hot Hard To Resist of Applewood "Pippin" at her first point show. We showed outdoors in heavy rain. The rain just ended a short while before this photo was taken. As you can see Pippin's hair faired much better than mine. A big "thank you" to Juliene Laughy for entrusting this wonderful puppy to us.
Ellen Friedman
Applewood Mini American Shepherds

Coyote Creek   




Dear AKC Canine Good Citizen Graduates,

We are extremely pleased to tell you that beginning in January 2013, as the result of frequent, ongoing requests from proud CGC dog owners, Canine Good CitizenŽ will become an official AKC title!
This means that CGC can be listed on your dog's record and you may use the suffix, "CGC" after the dog's name.

Key points related to CGC becoming a title are:
  1. You will be able to choose to get the CGC certificate only ($8.00) or have CGC as an official title (the processing fee for the title is $20 and includes a certificate with your most recent AKC titles listed).
  2. If your evaluator gave you an older test form that does not show the title option, there is a downloadable ADDENDUM that you can attach to your test form to request the title.
  3. We will grandfather dogs who have already earned the CGC award (back to January 2001) if their owners wish to apply for the title. To have a CGC award "grandfathered" as a title, use the form, APPLICATION TO ADD CGC TO YOUR DOG'S TITLE RECORD: The Grandfathering Form. Many of you many want to add the title to formally recognize your CGC dogs who are now deceased - we are honored to offer this choice to memorialize your beloved dogs.
  4. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy remains as it has been; it is not a title.
  5. How soon can I apply for the title? We will not start entering titles until January
    2, 2013. For dogs tested between now and January, you (as the dog's owner) have 3 options:

    1. Submit the CGC Test/Registration Form now for the CGC Title option ($20: Certificate and CGC will be added to the dog's title record), understanding that your check will be cashed now but the CGC Test/Registration form will not be processed until January 2, 2013, or,
    2. Submit the CGC Test/Registration form before January 2, 2013 choosing the $8: Certificate only option, and have the CGC Test/Registration form processed now for the Certificate Only. A Grandfathering Application (for CGC as a title) can be submitted at a later date. This option means that the dog owner will pay $8 now for the Certificate Only, and $20 when the choice is made later to apply for the official title. A new certificate will be sent when the CGC title is added to the dog's record.
    3. Take the CGC test before January 2, 2013 and hold the paperwork until January if the owner is choosing the title option. This means that the owner will only pay the $20 title processing fee.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of you who successfully trained your dogs to the Canine Good Citizen test. We're proud of you!

Dulaney 2011

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!

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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 List of Honor Roll Dogs
VanWilligans Herding!
Comix By Coleen
Win Brags!
Need Photos for Judges Education Calendar!
Certificate of Merit Calculations
Win Brags!
AKC's letter to AVMA on Tail & Ear Cropping
It's Never To Late!
Open Show Explanation
Sharing My Life
Public Education Schools
CGC Title!
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