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June 11th, 2013  

Luke The Speedster 
Herding Fun in Oklahoma!

AKC Tidbits & News!

Be sure and check your registrations certificates from both AKC and MASCUSA for any errors!

Notify Mindy ASAP if you see an error. We are working hard to make sure pedigrees and names are all correct but mistakes do happen and they are easy to fix if you will check your certificates closely and let us know right away.


Also if a dog is now registered with AKC and has been transfered, we will need a copy of the AKC papers showing the new owner if the new owner is registering a litter with us or and an Individual puppy from that dog.


MASCUSA AKC Herding Test/Trial Overview & Results!

22 Entries for the trial, 5 Pre-Trial , 6 Herding Test  and 11 for Instinct Test

Five Miniature Americans came out to work on those Test Titles and certificates.

Several other breeds participated and were very grateful to MASCUSA and Mid America for hosting the Herding Test/Trial. A informative herding seminar followed the last test . 

I would like to congratulate the MAS dogs who earned legs and/or Titled!

(Unofficial Results)


Latigo Falina Eyes Black As Night - Falina, owned by Billy Fleming of Oklahoma, passed her 2nd leg of Instinct Testing and has earned her AKC Instinct Testing Certificate.   - Photo coming later


Painted Meadow Red Hot Vegas, CGC - Vegas, owned by Kathy Agan of Illinois, passed her 2nd leg of Instinct Testing and has earned her AKC Instinct Testing Certificate.



Coopers Bailey Gal, CD BN RE NAP NJP CGC - Bailey, owned by Karen Cooper of Oklahoma, passed her 2nd leg of Herding Tested and has earned her HT Title!

Bailey HT 


Maximum Spontaneous Combustion - Blast, owned by Mindy Stevenson of Oklahoma, has passed his 2nd leg of Pre-Trial Test and earned his PT Title.

Photo coming later



The Karma Crew had an exciting 4 days showing and trialing in Spokane WA and Coeur d'Alene Idaho. This was our first AKC show, and we are hooked!!.
Ripley was a star and received his CD title in 3 consecutive trials making him "CRG CRS CRB Patchworks Ripley Believe it or not CD,CGC, CGN, PJC,HIC,CRNCL,CRAMCL,CRNT,CRECL, CRV,CRAT".
Karma' Sophisticated Lady really enjoyed strutting her stuff Our first weekend in the conformation ring. Sophie took best of breed, and best misc in Spokane!!. Then we went on to receive a best of breed in Coeur d' Alene Idaho!.
Look for these two shinning stars at future AKC events!!.
Karma's Sophisticated Lady pictured with her best of breed and best miscellaneous ribbons Spokane Wa May 2013
"CRG CRS CRB Patchworks Ripley Believe it or not CD,CGC, CGN, PJC,HIC,CRNCL,CRAMCL,CRNT,CRECL, CRV,CRAT". Pictured With his Novice obedience (CD) title ribbons Spokane Wa May 2013.

Breed counts out for the Oklahoma City shows

held in conjunction with our Nationals!

There is a range from 12 to 28 mini American entries each day for the five day show!

For the three open shows there is a range of 38 to 43 total breed entries per show
For the AKC miscellaneous shows there is a range of 17 to 27 breed entries per show.

There are a considerable more number of mini Americans there than any other breed

Gardner 2013  


Another great article from AKC's Website

Pool Safety


The dog paddle may seem like it comes naturally to dogs - and for some it does - but even the best swimmers need some training. The American Kennel Club (AKC®) helps dog owners teach their four-legged friends how to swim and be safe around the pool so they can beat the summer heat together.

  • First and foremost, never leave your dog unsupervised while in the pool! He may need your help and be unable to bark to grab your attention.
  • Start slowly. It's important to build confidence in your dog around the pool. Even breeds that are natural swimmers tend to be afraid the first time they enter the water, so be sure to take it slowly in shallow water and praise your dog every step of the way.
  • Take it one step at a time. Don't let your dog overdo it when he swims. Swimming is great exercise, but as with any workout it should be increased in small increments. Your dog is using new muscles and may get tired quickly.
  • Learning the dog paddle. If your dog begins to dog-paddle with his front legs only, lift his hind legs to help him float. He should quickly catch on and will then keep his back end up.
  • Using a ladder to exit the pool can cause your dog to panic. Dogs are not used to using the ladder, and will need to be taught how to use them.
  • Spray your dog with the hose after he gets out of the pool to rinse off the chemicals from the pool water.
  • Dab your dog's ears with a dry towel or use a blow dryer on cool to get rid of excess moisture. Most ear infections in dogs with floppy ears are caused by too much water and dampness.

For more pool safety tips, visit the AKC at

©American Kennel Club




Ella Isabel of Honeylks has finished 4 novice NADAC titles and two of them were this weekend! She has earned her NAC, NJC, TN-N, and WV-N, but tunnelers is her favorite (by far)! Can't wait to try AKC in a couple of weeks;

Lea R. Medeiros, PhD


 Check out the Nationals info on our web site.



NAMASCUSA CH Bold Legend's In Honor of Bart.
Entered the CHIC program last week 
Laurel Colon
Bertrom's Mini American Shepherds
Mini American Shepherd Pedigree Database
Big Hooves            
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


SIZZLN HOT HARD TO RESIST OF APPLEWOOD, Pippin, finished her CM on May 18th at Oyster Bay N.Y. under judge Mrs. Joan Scott. It was quite a week-end for us with 3 AKC shows and 2 Open Shows. Pippin took 3 BOB and 1 BMIS. APPLEWOOD'S SONG OF LIBERTY, Libby, handled by my husband Chuck took 1 BOB
Pippin was bred by Juliene Laughy and Libby was bred by us at Applewood.
Ellen Friedman-Smith
 Gardner 2013  

                             OptiGen's Health Registry Reporting Policies  

(It would be great if the Miniature Americans could receive this report, thank you Judy N for sending this information!)   Read the entire policy by clicking here


OptiGen makes every effort to work closely with a variety of breed clubs to help foster the breeding of healthy dogs. One of the ways that we do this is by providing data reports, at no fee (except for those registries that require one) as described in the table below. These reports are sent to designated repositories, such as the breed club's health committee, or to a national health registry such as the OFA. We only will institute a reporting scheme after the breed club has taken official action requesting and authorizing us to do so. Reporting schemes for the clubs that have taken this action to date are shown in the table.

Breed clubs that would like to initiate such a reporting scheme must take official action within the club to decide the following:

  • To whom or to what database are the results to be sent? (e.g. Club's Health committee chair, OFA, CERF).
  • What class of results are to be sent? For example, do only Normal results get reported or will this be an "Open" registry where all test results are reported?
  • For those breeds that have multiple tests available at OptiGen, which of these tests are to be reported?

  VanWilligans are rocking the herding world!

More new Titles in ASCA with their two Miniature American Shepherds!
Jack Mattie
Jack ended with a 2nd and his Open sheep title
Mattie's  was 1st and 3rd in Open Sheep and her title and a Q in Advance sheep

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:


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 June! 


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. Lisa Riley & Junior Member Devin

  2. Lynn Snider & Junior Member Kaiden

  3. Nicole Werth

  4. David Nagle

  5. Patrick Caylor

  6. Patricia Hotchkiss

  7. Kathy Batchelor

  8. Mary Cullinan

  9. Khristine Humpal

  10. Deborah Vann

  11. Samantha Laming

  12. Trudy Bromley

  13. Sharon J.Cannon

  14. Courtney Farmer

  15. Cynthia D. Gegg

  16. Helen M. Gipe

  17. Linda Tomolonis

                     ATTENTION PHOTOS NEEDED!

clip art dog

Looking for photos, photos with family, performance photos, training photos and any fun photo you want to share with us! Send the photos to Mindy

The following new kennel names have been requested. Any current member may protest the acceptance of a kennel name by emailing, and providing the reason for the protest and the full name of the member that is protesting acceptance of the kennel name.














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In This Issue
AKC Tidbits & News
MASCUSA Herding Trial Summary
Breed Counts for OKC
Pool Safety Tips from AKC
Performance Brags!
NATIONALS info on the Website!
Another CHIC for MAS!
Comix By Coleen
Win & Brags Photos
Optigens Health Registry
Rocking the Herding World
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Welcome New Members for June
New Kennel Names Requested
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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


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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