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January 8, 2013


It ain't easy being pretty and smart,

they both take a lot of work!

photo by Denise Albright

AKC Tidbits and News 


AKC Titles earned in November 2012
Dog TitleDog Name
Certificate of MeritAbingtons Skys D Limit CM
Certificate of MeritTeacup Treasures Mercedes CM
Beginner NovicePleasant Woods Sunshine Through The Rain BN RN
Rally AdvancedCompact Classic' Magnolia Blossom RA
Rally Advanced ExcellentFlagtree's Dynamite CD BN RAE HT NAP NJP
Novice AgilityBlue MTN Echo Doodle Lu NA NAJ
Novice Agility Preferred74 Ranch Blue NAP
Novice Agility PreferredGordonview Diamond Rio NA OAJ NAP
Novice Agility PreferredMac's Touch Of Midas RN OA OAJ NAP NJP OF
Agility ExcellentGottabe's Doin' The Hustle AX AXJ
Agility ExcellentLovin Lil Whispering Jesse Jade AX AXJ
Novice Agility JumperBlue MTN Echo Doodle Lu NA NAJ
Novice Agility Jumper Preferred74 Ranch Blue NAP NJP
Open Agility JumperBrown's Torque'em Up OA OAJ
Open Agility JumperCoat Tails Missy NA OAJ
Open Agility Jumper PreferredMACH Darlin' Darby Winters MXB MJB OAP OJP MXF
Open Agility Jumper PreferredMac's Touch Of Midas RN OA OAJ NAP OJP OF
Excellent Agility JumperGottabe's Doin' The Hustle OA AXJ
Master Silver JumperOzzy Party Dog MX MXB MXJ MJS NAP NJP
Time 2 BeatDoc's Little Red Masurati AX AXJ OF T2B
Flyball MasterBoot Top Tasmania FM
Congrats to Bubba!!

C-ATCH Wanna'be Just Ducky Razberry Gem "Bubba"

So proud of my little guy New Years weekend on getting his

C-ATCH! Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Owned by Melinda Cribb


New York, NY - In celebration of dogs with good manners at home and in the community, beginning January 1, 2013, passing the AKC®'s Canine Good Citizen® test can be recognized as an official American Kennel Club® title for all dogs.
Since the program began in 1989, the CGC® has been considered an "award." Dogs that passed the 10-step test received a certificate, but CGC was not listed on the dog's title record. Now as a result of frequent requests from dog owners and instructors, owners of dogs registered or listed with AKC will be able to use the CGC suffix after the dog's name and include Canine Good Citizen on their dog's official title record.
"We're pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of the thousands of dogs that pass the Canine Good Citizen test each year by offering CGC as a title," said Mary Burch, PhD, director of AKC's Canine Good Citizen program. "The CGC program tests the skills that make dogs a joy to live with and many owners have expressed the desire to officially add this 'badge of honor' to the end of their dog's official AKC name. We hope that CGC is the first of many titles these dogs earn."
For dogs that pass the test on or after January 1, 2013, owners will be able to choose from two options on the CGC test form: CGC as a title or CGC certificate only.
Mach5 ADCH Kandlelite's Icyhot CD RE MXF (Icy)
ICY earns her Mach6 on December 30th!
 Congrats to Donna and Icy!





Effective immediately, the club's official business address for all mail (including registration paperwork, memberships, and winsheets) will be:

Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA, Inc.
Attn: Patricia Davis, Secretary
PO Box 967
Shawnee, OK 74802-0967

This change of address has been done in order to provide a better system of checks and balances. Paperwork will be held for a sufficient time to allow checks to clear the bank prior to being forwarded for processing. Payment made by PayPal must be against an invoice generated by MASCUSA for specific processes. Foreign money orders and cashier checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank. All mail that has been sent to PO Box 141097, Broken Arrow, OK and PO Box 65, Shawnee, OK, will be automatically forwarded to the new post office box.
If you have any questions regarding this change, you can email the Board of Directors at


REMINDER! - The MASCUSA Board of Directors approved an extension of the deadline for winsheets for the awards period beginning June 27, 2012 and ending December 31, 2012. The new deadline for winsheets for this program period is January 15, 2013. All winsheets for this program period must be postmarked by that date to be accepted and no exceptions will be granted.

The new awards program period is January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. During this awards program period, all winsheets (for AKC and non-AKC venues) must be postmarked within 30 days of the show at which the points were earned. All points earned towards Championships or Grand Championships during the previous program period will roll forward into this new program period. Merit points will start over for the new period.

Information and forms for the MASCUSA Awards Program can be found here:


Please mail your winsheets to:


PO Box 967

Shawnee, OK


Best wishes for success in the show ring in 2013!

MASCUSA Board of Directors




Effective February 1, 2013 there will be new and improved registry forms, some fee increases, and a few changes to the registry rules. The new forms and a fee schedule will be available on the MASCUSA website - - at that time. These changes are being made to facilitate the new role of the NAMASCUSA Registry as an entity for registering outcrossed litters and verifying pedigrees of dogs for entry into AKC/FSS as Miniature American Shepherds.

As a reminder - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY - all forms and club correspondence should be mailed to:


PO Box 967

Shawnee, OK


As always, you may contact the MASCUSA Board of Directors directly at


MASCUSA Board of Directors


AKC Litter Registration

Per our agreement with AKC/FSS, beginning January 1, 2013 all litters born of two parents that are registered as Miniature American Shepherds must be registered with AKC. NAMASCUSA will not register litters born on or after January 1, 2013 of two Miniature American Shepherd parents.


 This photo had me smiling all day!

Stock Market's Cash-N-In on Skylar is one of 2 puppies out of Morris' Sparkling Sprite by Southern Star On The Money. She is pictured here at her new home in Powder Springs GA. Skylar goes for her first Cart Ride in the arms of her Daddy, Randy Cason being pulled by Touché .

Picture by SiSu Morris, Stock Market's Miniature American Shepherds
Dripping Springs TX

'Merlie' Multi CH Love That American Red White and Blue was the 2012 ICKC #1 Junior Pup All Breeds and just finished his Mascusa Championship!
Owned and Handled by Jeanie McAdams!   

Snow on the A Frame! 

Fun in the snow, (top to bottom) Zoya, Jubilee and Molly

Weather doesn't stop this agility lovers!

submitted by Mary 



 Everyone's Win photos have been gorgeous so keep them coming and I will post them! Send those brags and a photo to me


Teacup Treasures Mercedes at our first Eukanuba
Certificate of Merit & Honor Roll
Kim Gardner


Love That American Red White and Blue ('Merlie') won the 9-12 month old class at the 2012 AKC Eukanuba Nationals.

'Merlie' is by Multi CH Love That Taycin Texan ('Dallas'-who just unofficially won enough points for his AKC CM and Mascusa Grand Championship!) who is by GR CH Taycin's Alway's a Gentleman CM ('Tag') the #1 Top Ten Mini for 2010 and 2011-6/26/12 and 2012 Nationals BOB & Movement Champion!

Merlie is out of Multi CH Timeless Love That Classic Look (Bella) by CH Engergie's From Zero To Hero, out of CH Taycin's Ms. Congeniality.
Peaceful Acres   
CenMASC Seminars
DISC DOG from Puppy to Advanced and TRICKS!!!
When:Saturday, February 16th, 2013 from 9am-5pm
Where:Canine Connect Dog Sports:3102 Cascade Drive., Valparaiso, IN46383
Astroturf flooring.All breeds welcome.
How Much:All Day $50.00 or $10.00 per hour session.
Some classes are with dogs and some without.Be sure to make provisions to secure you dogs during sessions without dogs.
Schedule (Central Time)
9:30am-10:30am - Intro to Disc Dog: 1 hour (PUPPIES & DOGS WELCOME)
Building interest and drive, getting your dog excited for toys including the disc and managing their play;
Rewards and managing play.Bite work and tugging, building control and drive to bite the disc and release on command.
10:30am-11:30am Throwing Basics: 1 hour (No dogs)
Throwing basics and drills.Throwing consistently to optimize your dog's abilities, and to encourage a safe leaping catch.

11:30pm-1:00pm- Lunch!We can all go out together.
1:00pm-2:00pm - Understanding the sport: 1 hour-(No Dogs)Disc dog rules of the game.Freestyle concepts. Putting tricks together for a routine.
2:00pm-3:00pm - Tricks & Freestyle Maneuvers: 1 hour- (PUPPIES & DOGS WELCOME)
Trick setups and setup moves, body positioning for both you and your dog to provide a safe and consistent setup for learned tricks.

3:00pm-4:00pm -
Advanced Throwing: 1 hour (No Dogs)
Advanced throwing, learn to go long and float the disc for maximizing your dog's potential.
4:00pm-5:00pm - Advanced Disc Dog Tricks: 1 hour- $10 (PUPPIES & DOGS WELCOME)
Disc dog freestyle, advanced tricks including overs, vaults, close and distance work, and linking tricks into freestyle sequences.Most of the work covered will allow any dog of any age to learn the game of canine disc. Like other dog sports, learned maneuvers requiring a requested leap should be prohibited and/or monitored for canines based on height, age, and physical ability. In the Advanced session some over, vault, and stall basics may be taught. Handlers are expected to understand their dog's abilities while entered in these sessions and adjust their efforts accordingly.
Matt Bilderback has been involved in disc dog and performance dog training since 2004. He has competed and preformed in numerous states with his, high performance canines, Buddy, Bella & Bazooka. Notable accomplishments include two time National Champions, over a dozen National/World
Championship invitations, multiple local and long distance champions, as well as, competing in the 2009 & 2012 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. His goal is to promote the sport in hopes to encourage others to interact with their dogs in fun and exciting ways.
Contact Angela Ogle at or 219.465.1624 to save a spot.Otherwise, you can pay for the seminar when you arrive on February 16th.


   MARS logo 

Hi again - I promised an update with the results of the MARS
End of Year Fundraiser and I have been a bit slow in reporting.

Before you think I'm negligent, let me tell you the real reason -
the donations just keep coming!!!

Thanks to all the Mini Lovers out there, MARS has raised nearly
$13,000 in the last few weeks - all of which will be put to good
use in the coming months as we continue to care for the ones
that, through no fault of their own, need our help.

For those of you that donated, for those of you that cheered
us on through many many days of hourly posting and calculating,
thank you so much. For those of you that haven't yet participated,
there's still time...



New Member,  Lee Fairchild!

Lee Fairchild 

Hello my name is Lee Fairchild, I need to add that I am 53 years young to disprove that you have to be a kid to do what i do. I am from the Norman Oklahoma area, and I am happy to be a new member of the MASCUSA and the proud owner of an awesome Mini-Aussie that i am already predicting great things for in the future. He came from Patchworks Farms, Linda Perry, and some of you may have already watched his you-tube videos. He is progressing rapidly by the day and is already pushing my 2 time Skyhoundz Micro-dog Gracie in the picture to keep ahead of him, and is beating my other Micro-dog DD, that finished 7th in the World Finals in 2012, 2 out of 3 times in local practices. At some point i would like to do a seminar on disc dogs, throwing, tips etc that some could attend and make it a sport where the mini's could dominate...Good luck with your dogs in 2013 just being your best friends as well as any dog sports that you do and Happy New Year.................Lee--- Gracie the 2010 and 2012 Skyhoundz World Micro-Dog Disc Dog Champion below, she is over 9 years old.
Here is Jim Dandy !


Gardner 2013  


What day is it?"
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh." 
A.A. Milne
Oklahoma and the dog world lost a very wonderful person and dog trainer this past week. Please take a moment and read this short story about "Phoebe, a pretty little blue merle Australian Shepherd with intense blue eyes that seemed to look into your soul".  In the story you get a glimpse of the woman, Sandy Case, and her great passion for understanding her dogs, for helping people learn about dogs and her sense of humor. Hope you enjoy the story as much as she hoped people would and maybe even understand a little more about dogs! Click the link below....
written by Sandy Case

Judy Challinger


 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 -

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



Anyone who may be in Southern California this month please come by and watch herding at the San Diego Winter Classic. There are eight days of herding. January 11-13, 15,16, 18-20. AKC sheep, cattle and ducks. AHBA sheep and cattle. Come and see some great dogs. Boxers, Rotties, Australian Cattle Dogs, German Shepherds, Tervs, Corgis,Aussies, Border Collies and Miniature American Shepherds!
15671 Old Milky Way, Escondido,Ca 92027. At Action K9 Sports.
Please no dogs that are not competitors.
Advanced dogs start running at 8am
Hope you will drop by and watch!
Marla and Larry Van Willigan



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

Looking for winter photos, photos with family, performance photos, training photos and any fun photo you want to share with us! 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 Titles for November
AKC Tidbits and News!
Icy Mach6
Four important messages from MASCUSA
Natural Balance and Honor Dogs!
New Member Lee Fairchild
Public Education Schools
Lessons From A Dog
Open Show Explanation
Comix By Coleen
Herding In San Diego
AKC Herding Trials
AKC Show Links
Send Winter 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