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November 20,  2012


Lola ~ Swagman's Pin Up Girl

Denise Albright

AKC Tidbits and News 


AKC Family Dog is accepting entries for the 26th Annual Fiction Writing Contest. Entries must be original unpublished stories. The story may feature a purebred or mixed breed dog. Maximum length is 2000 words. 1st prize $500, 2nd $250, and 3rd prize is $100. Deadline is 1/31/2013. More info on this page link.




Linderlands Casanova

Winning best of breed and Miscellaneous at the Araphoe show in Colorado. He also won two Best in Miscellaneous at the recent Buckhorn Valley show!

He is owned by Melinda Peters and co-owned with Judy Linder.


The Financial Review Committee would like to give the following update to the Board and members:


At this time we are in the stages of obtaining and reviewing several documents that govern the operation of the organization as well as recent years' financial records and documents for this club.


Our intention is to conduct a review of several month's receipts and revenues along with the general operation of the club's business practices and offer process improvement suggestions, if needed, for the club.


Our committee is made up of volunteers with several years experience in the financial field who want to ensure that this audit is done following the standards set forth for a small non-profit organization.   Currently we are striving to have our first report to the members during the month of January due to the upcoming holidays. Please remember that we are volunteers working hard to make sure that we provide accurate and useful data back to this club.


The Financial Review Committee


Members: If you were notified by the Registrar that your payment was not received with your paperwork to be processed, please send those payments in now along with the registration number for the payment. As the end of the year approaches we need to close out the books for the previous year and request that all members send in any payments that are due. Please include the registration numbers on the dog or litter you are paying for with the payment. Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions.


The Financial Review Committee

Colleen Storms

Susan Gesting

Kimberly Johnson

Judy Challinger


Looking for a minimum of 4 hardy souls willing to share the joy of working on the EVENTS COMMITTEE. NO PAY, LOTS OF SATISFACTION IN HELPING TO PLAN EVENTS FOR MASCUSA AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN AKC. Meetings will be held via conference call and will try to acomodate everyone's busy schedule. Information on the committee and an application can be downloaded at Please send the applications to

Ellen Friedman-Smith
Events committee liason to the MASCUSA board



October AKC show in Boise, Idaho. Best of Miscellaneous!
Owned by Kris Wolfram & Lori McClelland
GottaBe's Dressed to the Nines
2 Best of Miscellaneous
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

The title should also read "That My Dogs!"

Breeder Tammy Flaga has a lot to brag about!



The new OFA Eye Certification Registry will be available as of November 1, 2012. Transition to this new registry should be seamless for both owners and examining ophthalmologists:

EXAMS - There will be no changes to the existing exam protocols. The standard exam process will still be conducted by ACVO Diplomates assessing dogs for the presence or absence of observable hereditary eye disease.

RESULTS - There will be no changes to the interpretation or classification of the exam results. Dogs with normal eye exams will receive OFA eye clearance numbers similar to the OFA numbers issued for hips, elbows, cardiac, etc. Dogs with observable, but passing conditions (currently known as Breeder Option Codes), will be issued notated OFA eye clearance numbers. Dogs with observed eye diseases of significance will be reported as ineligible for eye clearance numbers. A complete list of Breeder Option Codes and Ineligible Categories will be available on the OFA website soon.

FORMS - All active ACVO Diplomates will receive the new OFA exam forms by mid-October in advance of the transition. The forms will be similar in format to the exam forms currently in use. Go to this link for more information:
Many thanks to Judy Nordmeyer for keeping us informed!


We attended the AKC Seminole Dog Fanciers Association Dog Show at Ocala, FL
Friday November 16, 2012 Judge: LaMar Mathis
Alstars A Stormy Knight a.k.a "Jack" won BIMISC with competition...
Cindy Duggan
Eukanuba Meet The Breeds

MASCUSA, the Parent Club for the Miniature American Shepherd is participating at this years Meet The Breeds in Orlando Florida.

"AKC Meet the BreedsŪ", designed to educate the public, will be held at the Orange
County Convention Center. National Parent Clubs will have a booth with knowledgeable
representatives accompanied by adult dogs and puppies (over four months of
age). The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Competition
for Best Parent Club Booth in Show. Only AKC designated and pre-approved
Photographers will be allowed to photograph in the AKC Meet the BreedsŪ area.

Competition for Best Booth in Show
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship offers a Competition for Best Booth in Show
sponsored by Showsight Publications. As part of the AKC Meet the BreedsŪ display,
there will be competition for Best Booth decoration, culminating in the awarding of
Best Booth in Show. We invite your club to participate. A panel of judges will select the
winning booth based on visual appeal, originality, the ability to educate the public
about the origin of the breed and providing information about the characteristics
of the breed.
Awards: Preliminary competition will offer Rosettes for 1st through 4th in each group
(standard AKC variety groups), with the winner of each group competing for Best Booth
in Show. Best Booth in Show will receive a $500 donation offered by the American
Kennel Club to any charity or rescue fund of winning Parent Club's choice that benefits
purebred dogs.

If you would like to participate at this years Meet The Breeds Booth, please contact Karen Keller at
 or call (805)450-5088.
We need enthusiastic individuals and well behaved dogs to represent the next best thing coming into the AKC.
It would be great to compete for "Best Booth in Show", let me know if you would like to do this as well.

Thank you,

Karen Keller
President of MASCUSA
Natural Balance   
Lee, the Natural Balance Rep for our region out here is willing to provide us with some gifts baskets for the ones that have qualified for the nationals with the Honors recognition and I need them to send me an email letting me know who is coming. We will be doing a group photo of everyone in the show and everyone else that is there, BIG photo so he can send to his boss and they will post it somewhere.....not sure where that would be, maybe their website.....

We could do right after the show on sunday with our dogs and in our 'Sunday' Best....where else would you get a group of minis and ladies all dressed up!


Send an email to:  if you are attending and are being recognized as one of the Honors dogs at Eukanuba.

Melinda Wolfe Peters


 This week I would like to include a few videos from two of our up and coming performance stars.  It is such a joy to watch a youngster train and then go on to success.


1) First is Tru, from one of our most renowned agility trainers, Donna.
His jumpers was great for a baby dog, he stayed the course, very proud of him!! His first Q, and a first place!
and his Q the following day in jumpers run!

2) JD- Jim Dandy, a new pup that Lee Fairchild World Champion Disc Dog competitor just acquired from Linda Perry. This pup is destined to be a star!



Best of Breed/Best In Show Miscellaneous
I Can Climb at Timeless
Judge: Mr. Henry J. Williams

Best of Breed/Best in Show Miscellaneous
I Can Climb at Timeless
Judge: Ms. Mary Anne Brocious



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


Gardner 2013  


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


                     Morgan-Swagman's Carribean Spice

 Turkey Day

Morgan is one of the smartest and definitely the most entertaining dogs I have owned. As you can see from this picture she will just about do anything I ask.

How many of you have a dog who would stick their head through a Wooden Turkey in order to take a picture?

Love her to death!
Denise Albright

Introducing a fabulous Facebook Discussion Group!

MIniature American Shepherd Structure and Movement

There are currently 156 members


                                                         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
Peaceful Acres   

 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 -

Introducing a New Member! 

Alice Heckman



I am a new member of this group. My year and a half little American Shepherd named Isis is by far the smartest little dog we have ever owned. She keeps us on our toes! I am also new to the world of dog training and have lots to learn. Isis and I go to an obedience class and an agility class every week. It seems I have as much or more to learn than she has! Hopefully we will be ready to compete at the novice level next spring. Isis is quite a character and follows me everywhere. Here is a picture of her "helping" make Christmas presents!
Alice Heckman and Isis

Kearney, Nebraska

Note from Mindy (Registrar)  my land line is having problems keeping up with the phone messages so when at all possible please email me. The machine is not able to keep a lot of data and for some reason I have to go thru my phone company for the service. I apologize!

Email when possible so I can respond quickly :o)


Happy Thanksgiving !!!!


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



 Ellen's pups

We are thankful for all the good friends that we have met on our mini journey.
We wish you all a warm and joyful holiday.
From our newest babies and Jack, Rhapsody, Blossom, Peanut, Libby and Pippin ALSO Ellen and Chuck Friedman-Smith
Applewood Mini American Shepherds

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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
Fiction Writing Contest
Financial Review Committee Update
Event Committee Needs Volunteers
Show Brags
Thats My Dog!
New OFA Eye Cerf Registry
Eukanuba Meet The Breeds
Natural Balance and Honor Dogs!
BEC looking for Breeders!
Sharing My Life with Morgan
Facebook Structure and Movement
Comix By Coleen
Open Show Explanation
New Member Alice!
Note from Registrar
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos
New Litter
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