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November 6,  2012


Another amazing photo of Morgan

Owned by Denise Albright

AKC Tidbits and News 

[Monday, November 05, 2012]

After the recent devastation in the northeast caused by Hurricane Sandy, the American Kennel Club Humane Fund has created the "Sandy Fund" to assist organizations that provide support and services for dogs and owners faced with the challenges of natural disaster.


"The AKC is greatly saddened by the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy," said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and CEO. "The creation of the Sandy Fund will help us do everything we can to assist companion animals and their owners in the region during this trying time and in any future disasters."


The "Sandy Fund" will allow AKC clubs and affiliated organizations to provide assistance for pets and their owners in their own communities during a time of disaster. The new Fund's first donation was made to the Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club to aid their relief efforts in Staten Island, New York. Clubs interested in applying for a grant to assist local disaster relief outreach can send a request in writing to


Anyone interested in donating to the Sandy Fund please donate here and mark your donation as for the Sandy Fund


Sassy CM  

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


Vancouver Washington show Oct 27 28 /12
Alta Stylin In My Jaguar
He got 2 x1 st 2 x BOBand Miscellaneous!
Valerie Nilsson



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

Power Nap 

Rebecca and I took our 3 girls to a CPE trial this weekend. The field was up in the San Diego East County mountains. It started out in the low 40's in the mornings and went up to high 80's in the afternoon and then started really cooling off again at sunset.


Rebecca ran her Sally who is still having a blast in agility at 11 years old. She went 7 for 10. (Her other 3 runs were clean; only missed time by a few seconds on each.) She had a perfect day on Saturday - 5 for 5


Lego who just celebrated her 9th birthday on November 2 had a PERFECT WEEKEND - 10 for 10! I had almost pulled her from the trial as she is getting over a recent bought of nystagmus. She had so much fun and I'm so glad I didn't pull her after all!


Bonnie was 8 for 10 - she is still our goofy young girl, but she really turned it on this weekend!


So our 3 generations of Willow Rock girls rocked the agility trial!!!



From left to right is Sally with her head on her daughter Lego and Bonnie snuggled up to her mom Lego. Guess those power naps really work!

Laura Lotz



(Flagtree's) POPP's Little Tin Man (Ozzy) and I had a great time at our second AKC trial. Ozzy got his first AKC title in JWW in his first three jumpers runs and both of this last weekend's JWW runs were both Q1's! We tried FAST for the first time and ended up with a Q2 and a Q3. We also got a Q2 in one regular run and ended the weekend with Q's in five of six runs!

Cindy Connally 

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:)

Warm Lap             
                                                         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


Beautiful Fall Photo!   

Submitted by Rainy Browning

Introducing a fabulous Facebook Discussion Group!

MIniature American Shepherd Structure and Movement

There are currently 156 members


Peaceful Acres   

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

Paws at computer  
You can see here that Falina, my youngest Mini American, is the one who does most of the registry work at the computer when I am away from the desk!
Check your paperwork for pawprints :o)


The American Kennel Club's Meet the Breeds!! Our breed, the Miniature American Shepherd, will be in this BOOK!! Call MICHELLE at 800-738-2665 ext 4138 between 9am to 6pm CST to order the 2013 edition. If you order the book now, the arrival date of this book to your home is estimated to be before the end of November 2012!!!
The cost of the book is $14.95 + shipping = $20.94
Make sure you ask Michelle for the 2013 edition!!!

"The American Kennel Club's Meet the Breeds™ presents the dog breeds, including every breed currently recognized by the AKC as well as the new breeds in the Miscellaneous Class. Authorized by the AKC and fully up-to-date, this colorful publication is the ideal puppy buyer's guide, encapsulating all of the information a potential owner needs about each breed in one handy resource. Author: The American Kennel Club Format: 200+ pages, Paperback, Full-color images."

Shambaugh April 2012 

 Great Explanation of the Open Shows!!

        FIND INFO ON SHOWS HERE - Show Superindentents!

Jack Bradshaw -

Garvin Show Services -

MB-F -

Jack Onofrio -

Roy Jones Dog Shows -


Puppies in leaves 

Karen Kollmer sent this fun photo of some puppies in the leaves! 

AKC/FSS department has asked me to remind owners that long names are difficult to put in the system. The system allows for up to 35 characters and then it is an additional $10 fee for long names. 






Introducing a new Member

Tracie Shaw

I am Tracie Shaw, I am the Secretary of the Shasta Kennel Club and Rally chair at our AKC show in Gridley. Also a member of the Nor Cal Training Club in Redding and Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America. I have 2 Bulldogs and an Icelandic Sheepdog. The Bulldogs are the last of a great run in the show ring. I got my Icelandic in 2008, the Icies were FSS and had just been put in Misc in 2008. I feel the Mini Aussie (I am not sure which verbal description is correct) would be a perfect addition to my family. My dogs have Conformation, Rally and OB titles. I am going to start learning about herding and treibball. I plan to do all the above plus Flyball with the Aussie. Thank you for allowing me to join the club and groups.

 More New and Renewed Members!

Helene Lamerenx
Tuggie Arnold
Jana Earls
Diana Curl
Randy Carter
Judy Miller
Tracie Shaw
Tanya Wicht
Shea Wicht
Jolynn Messerly
Lisa Moir



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!!


 sheep gif 


                     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


Aussie line bar



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
Sandy Fund
BEC looking for Breeders!
Show Brags
Thats My Dog!
Performance Brags!
Need Photos for Judges Education Calendar!
Comix By Coleen
Beautiful Fall Photos!
Facebook Structure and Movement
Sharing My Life
Falina and Pawprints
AKC's Meet The Breed Book!
Open Show Explanation
Find Shows and Enter Shows!
Some names are too long!
New Members
AKC Herding Trials
New Members!
AKC Show Links
Send FALL 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