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April 09, 2013 



Timeless Trudi in flight

Counting MISC Pts  

AKC Tidbits and News 

Published Monday, April 08, 2013


New York, NY - Heroes may not necessarily lend a helping hand - for some heroes, it's a paw! To celebrate the life-changing and important ways that dogs impact our lives, the AKC Humane FundSM is once again seeking nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). ACE nominations are open to all dogs. The submission deadline is June 1, 2013.


Former ACE dogs have been awarded for everything from recovering $70,000,000 in drugs and drug-tainted cash to participating in "read-to-a-dog" programs at local libraries .



 Jack & Mattie

Jack and Mattie both have their Herding Ranch Dog II now!

From the VanWilligans

The deadline for registration or renewal of kennel names has been extended. All kennel name applications (initial or renewal) must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2013. Individuals applying for new kennel names must have been a MASCUSA member for at least one year. If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Davis at


It is time for our creative members to submit their creations for the annual logo competition. Please follow the information below.


Deadline: Submit entries by April 25, 2013

Send to : Lucinda Schuft via email @
 You will receive a confirmation email that your entry has been received. If you do not get this, please send another notice or call me at 605-490-7757.

Any current member of MASCUA is eligible to enter this contest.
Logo submissions need to be a high quality DPI and best if can be transparent such as a PNG and as large a file as possible.
Art work that is submitted has to be copyright free. Do not use images or clipart in the logo from the internet that are not free of copyright and any artwork not your own has to have a release from artist.

Once the entries are received they will be voted on by the membership and the winning logo will be used for this year's national specialty.

We had a nice weekend showing in Bakersfield at the Kern County Kennel Club show with Timeless Jewel CGC, RN ( Jewel - blue merle) & Timeless Laughing Out Loud CGC, RN (Giggles - red merle). Jewel qualified both days in Rally Advanced earning 2 legs in her 2nd show ever. Giggles qualified both days in her Beginning Novice Obedience class earning a 3rd & 4th place. The girls didn't get any tune up before the show as their handler (aka me!) was working long hours & out of town on business. They were such troopers in the 80+ degree heat on Saturday I decided they deserved a present. Here they are admiring the new collars they got for hanging in there.
Lisa Wilson

Carole Hill and her dog GR CH MCStorms Sweet Alyssum (Allie) were featured in an article in the Seattle Kennel Club news about Miscellaneous breeds. She competed at their show last month. Allie is Carole's first Miniature American Shepherd.

Carole Hill at SKC 

They may be Miscellaneous breeds but these five have certainly captured your attention!

 Read the entire article here!   


Julky Lenoci 

  Darling pups from Julky Lenoci


AKC OPEN SHOW - followed by a MASCUSA Specialty for Club Points!

Entries Are Now Open

Premiums can be found on the two websites below!


Relaxed atmosphere and a great show to prepare for the Nationals in June!
Open Show will be followed by a MASCUSA Specialty for club points!


K-9 Manners and More, 1000 E Memphis St, Broken Arrow, OK

Mid America Club Website

Parent Club Web Site:


Approved for All

FSS Breeds (Incl.Misc)

 Sunday - May 05, 2013

 Hosted by MASCUSA and Supported by Mid America!

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Excellent article from Dr Dodds!
General Recommendations
 Excerpt...."Foremost, I recommend administering heartworm preventive every 45 days instead of every 30 days, but only if this interval is strictly adhered to. If it's difficult to keep track with a reminder calendar, then your dog may need to stay on the medication every month.

Spinosads are found in Trifexis, a monthly heartworm/flea preventive, as well as Comfortis for flea prevention. While I believe these are effective for flea prevention and killing, spinosads are contraindicated in epileptic or seizure prone dogs and should not be given to these dogs. Unfortunately, this is generally unknown and should be shared with your veterinarian, friends and family."


Thanks to Denise Albright for submitting this to share with you


Send Patti an email and let her know you want to help
Grooming spaces for nationals are available at $20 for 5' x 7.5'.
I have 5 left if you are wanting one.
Contact Kim Gardner,
make out check to Kim and mail to her at
46585 Teacup Ranch
Florence, AZ 85132


Gardner 2013  


 we need you

We are looking for Breeder/Exhibitor/Fancier Folks that want to make a significant contribution to the future of the Miniature American Shepherd.   One of the most important aspects in achieving the results is in Judges Education. The Breed Standard Evaluation and Education committee is looking for Seminar Presenters across the US to work with local AKC clubs when they offer requests for judges' education.


Don't worry... we will not be asking you to come up with a program... just deliver it.   There will be a Power Point program which will include the breed standard, educational slides with a semi-scripted outline for you to follow, and other handouts which will be presented to the judges on a flash drive. We're looking for people that are knowledgeable in conformation and able to answer any questions the judges may ask in the Q & A session.


If you are interested much more information is available at  then click The breed, then Education. If this is for you, please read the guidelines and fill out the application. Do not be discouraged if you can't meet every requirement on the application. The committee is considering a training session for prospective (and already approved) "presenters" during the weekend of each year's National Specialty if we have enough interest.  We do need you.


The BSEE Committee looks forward to hearing from you.


What is It   
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

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


Timeless Zero Gravity, CM, CGC

Mitchell, NE

2 BOB and 2 BIM



  DISCOUNTS! DISCOUNTS, we all need and appreciate DISCOUNTS!


The Health and Genetics Committee is busy working for Discounts for you!  They are targeting the month of May to promote them so please help out by contacting Lyndsi Guillien if you wish to participate. Optigen and WSU, both are willing to give us a discount. With WSU, it would be $60 as long as we had more than 5 dogs submitted, I don't forsee that being an issue!

With Optigen to get the 20% off and the 5% additional off we would have to have 20 samples to submit. Members please notify Lyndsi if you are interested in one or both of these discounts and how many samples you would be submitting.  Everyone would complete their own paperwork but all submissions will be mailed to Lyndsi in the days following.
                        Contact Lyndsi  at

MASCUSA returned check policy approval date 3/13/13.

Guidelines for returned checks or payments:

1. A $25 non-sufficient funds/returned fee is assessed.

2. If MASCUSA receives a returned check from our bank for a payment, the payer will be invoiced for the original amount of the check plus the bank fee. The payment of the invoiced amount will be due within 20 days of invoice date. We will not resubmit the original check, nor will we accept another check for the payment. The payer will need to take care of the amount due with a "cash only/ money order/ cashier's check/ or Pay Pal".

3. No processes will be completed until the amount due is paid in full.

4. If a process is stopped and no payment is made all paperwork, applications, etc., will be returned to the person or persons who submitted them.


 Alta ad  





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

Note from the Board: PAYPAL

If you are submitting registration transactions and want to speed the process up, please include a request for a PayPal invoice with your paperwork. Please do not make PayPal payments in advance - payments must be made against an invoice. Once the PayPal invoice is paid, the paperwork is immediately forwarded to the registrar. If making payment by check, the process will be delayed approximately two weeks to ensure the check clears the bank. 

New  Fees & New Forms Effective Feb 1, 2013

You must pay all applications using the new fees and be sure to download the new forms!


The Tuesday Talk is now only available to current MASCUSA members. Keep your membership updated!


Gardner bus card 

Are you wanting the best products and food for your dogs???
Check out Life's Abundance, all natural, human grade and never a recall!
If you are interested in having your dog food, supplements & treats paid for check out my breeders page of Life's Abundance

 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 -

For those looking for AKC shows to enter, please check the AKC superintendent for your region and ideally, get on their mailing list for show premiums to be sent to your address.

This is a list of all the AKC superintendents:

Important Note:
According to the Records Manager for Entries, Betty Nightingale at ext 3585: "There are no Champions in the FSS or Misc class. The dogs can earn a CM.
People should not be listing CH as in Champion in front of the dog's entries for AKC shows"
deep sheep 
Join us for the AKC Licensed Herding Tests

Sponsored by Mid America an affiliate of MASCUSA


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One day of AKC Herding Tests - Instinct, HT, PT

Sunday, June 9th, 2013 - AKC Event # 2013701901

Judge: Susan Abrams, AKC Judges # 45891)

Event Site: Latigo Farms, Melinda Stevenson

27560 E. 77th St S., Broken Arrow, OK 74014


Open to all registered AKC Herding Breeds and all other breeds approved by AKC to compete in AKC Trials as of June 9, 2013, and dogs with ILP #s. In these breeds, six months of age or older for Instinct Test and nine months of age or older for HT/PT.



Limited to 35 runs - Sheep for HT and PT

Sheep, Goats, or Ducks at Judges' discretion for Instinct Tests

Day-of entries will be accepted for Instinct Testing if space is available.

Entries Open: Monday, March 18th, 2013 - 8:00 am

Pre-Entries Close: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 6:00 pm at Secretary's office after which time entries cannot be accepted, canceled or substituted. When numerical limit is reached, additional entries will be placed on alternates list.

Drawing for running order: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6:00 pm at Secretary's office.

Event Secretary: Robin Provencher, 4112 S. Birch Pl., Broken Arrow, OK 74011

Phone: (918) 978-3475 or E-mail:

Day-of entries will be accepted for Instinct Testing if space is available.

Day Of Entries for Instinct Tests Only Close: Day of event, June 9th, 2013 and will not be listed in the on-site catalog.

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 



Welcome New Members for April! 

The following applicants have applied for membership in MASCUSA. Any current member may protest the acceptance of an applicant by emailing, and providing the reason for the protest and the full name of the member that is protesting acceptance of the applicant.
  1. Douglas Wright

  2. Christi Wright

  3. Beth Lockwood

  4. Nancy Long

  5. Deborah Justice-Fields

  6. William Fields

  7. Keira Marie Nguyen

  8. Mark Silvert

  9. Chantal Holmes

  10. Cindy Baughman

  11. Debra Blanchard

  12. Melinda Peters

  13. Melinda Armstrong

  14. Patricia Clark

  15. Donna Fish

  16. Terri Jennings

  17. Shawn Lenz

  18. Theresa Norcutt

  19. Jack Norcutt

  20. Karen Raduziner

  21. Catherine Schafer

  22. Megan Sucha

  23. Sheri Wetekam

  24. Bonnie Wintersteen

  25. Kathleen Wise

  26. Megan Coste

  27. Shelley Murphy

  28. Diana Gegg

  29. Angie Hall

  30. Elizabeth Lund

  31. Cheryl Warren

                     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


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Litter Advertising without Health Clearances - package of four


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In This Issue
AKC Tidbits & News Submit your HERO!
More Herding Titles for VanWilligans
Kennel Deadline Extended
Nationals Logo Contest
Seattle Kennel Club Article
Open Show & Specilaty in May
Heartworms with Dr Dodds
MASCUSA Nationals Sponsorships & Grooming Spaces
Looking for Seminar Presenters!
Comix By Coleen
Advertising in the Tuesday Talk
AKC Show Links
Send Your 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