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June 19th, 2013  - Wednesday

Rattlesnake clinic  

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.


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 for everyone attending Nationals this week!


Rattlesnake Aversion Training!!!


You wouldn't have to train me to stay away from them, but our dogs are a different story.

Member, Denise Albright, went to a Rattlesnake Aversion Clinic with her dogs and shared these awesome photos and information.


You and your dog could encounter rattlesnakes almost anywhere: your yard, local park, hiking trail, ranch, etc. Help protect your dog from a painful, costly and often deadly encounter with a rattlesnake!

The purpose of this kind of training is for the dog to understand that he should stay away from the smell, sight, and sound of a rattlesnake. Scent is loud - he'll pick up on it and you have to learn to read his signals that a dangerous snake is near. It could be 100 feet away and you will have no idea what he's reacting to - you need to know your dog and reward that behavior. One thing that owners have to remember - in the dog's mind, the rattlesnake used in the training is giving the correction, not you! That's why he doesn't want to be near the rattlesnake. He never knows the stimulus came from the human. Most importantly, do your research.

While nothing is 100% guaranteed, rattlesnake avoidance training has proven highly effective in preventing envenomation by rattlesnakes. An added bonus is that paying attention to your dog's behavior can help you avoid the snake as well! Many people feel that this is the most effective method out there right now to teach your dogs to stay away from rattlesnakes. If you decide to go through with the training, only do so with a professional trainer.

More Details    Rattlesnake aversion training has been shown to be safe and effective in helping to prevent an envenomation by a rattlesnake. Aversion training teaches your dog to avoid the sight, sound and smell of rattlesnakes. NONE of the snakes used for rattlesnake aversion training are harmed during the training process. The snakes are muzzled to ensure the safety of your dog and our trainers. During the rattlesnake training, your dog is led by a handler up to live rattlesnakes. They use live snakes because nothing moves, smells or sounds like a rattlesnake but a real rattlesnake. Your dog is taught aversive behavior using a low level stimulus from a "shock collar".

The snakes used during the rattlesnake avoidance training are either muzzled or contained in a "blind box" to ensure the safety of the dogs being trained.


The rattlesnake aversion training consists of three phases:

First Phase - Smell Recognition

The handler will take an inanimate object that has been scented like a rattlesnake and introduce it to your dog several times. After the dog shows interest in the scent a low level stimulation will be applied. This teaches your dog to avoid the smell of a rattlesnake. After your dog learns aversion behavior, he/she will proceed to the next phase.

Second Phase - Sound Recognition

The handler will bring your dog to the "blind box" multiple times and from different angles. A low level stimulus is applied each time your dog acknowledges the rattle from a live rattlesnake. This teaches the dog to avoid the sound of a rattlesnake. Once your dog learns aversion behavior, he/she will proceed to the next phase.

Third Phase - Putting it all Together

The handler will bring your dog up to a live rattlesnake multiple times and from multiple angles. The dog has the ability to see, hear and smell the rattlesnake. This is where the animal can put all three together and understand what a rattlesnake is. When your dog shows consistent avoidance behavior they have been successfully trained. Next you will be asked to call your dog to you.

Grab the leash or collar as your dog comes to you. Congratulations you are done!

Yearly Followup

Yearly training is recommended. This will re-establish and strengthen your dog's rattlesnake awareness and avoidance behavior.



Alstar Aussies wishes to congraduate Pam Juliano from Blitzen Canine Academy at Frankfort, IL. and Allie on there accomplishments at the 2013 CPE Nationals (as you can see from the photo) and all of her accomplishments so far.
C-ATCH ,ARCHMX , Alstars Blitzen Smokin Allie NA, NAJ, NF,
T.T, CGC, TDI ,U-Ag I, U-Ag II, CL1 - R, CL2 - R, CL1-S, CL1-F, CL1-H, RL 1, RL 2, RL1X, RL2X, RL1X2, RL2X2,
plus her Back Packing Certificate
Allie will be getting a "Special" award from CPE nationals for 2013 for running clean in every single course all weekend. Out of 700+ people who were there only a handful of dogs did that.!   Connie Orwig



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

Perry GA   

This is our girl Co-owned by Myself, My daughter Serina Nguyen and Mary Rutowski Of Triple R . Triple R's Dances On All 4 Of Kalani with Handler Cheryl Mika, she won Best Of Opposite with Judge Jon R Cole at The Peach Blossom Cluster Saturday April 13th, 2013 Perry, GA
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Specialty hosted by Mid America Miniature American Shepherd Club, Broken Arrow, OK, GR CH Love That American Red White and Blue CM (Merlie) won BOB while his mother CH Timeless Love That Classic Look (Bella) won BOS. Judge-Linda Moore. "Merlie' & 'Bella' are owned & shown by Jeanie McAdams, 'Bella' is co owned with Karen Keller


On May 5, 2013 at the first AKC Open show sponsored by MASCUSA, hosted by the Mid America Miniature American Shepherd Club, GR CH Love That American Red White and Blue CM (Merlie) won Best in Show while his mother CH Timeless Love That Classic Look (Bella) won BOS. Judge -Don Duerkson. 'Merlie' & 'Bella' are owned & shown by Jeanie McAdams, 'Bella' is co owned with Karen Keller


 Check out the Nationals info on our web site.
Gardner 2013     


ASHGI News: Podcast on Pain Medication and Canine Immune Function

Canine Health Foundation HealthE-Barks
Podcast on Pain Medication and Canine Immune Function

In this podcast we bring you a research update with Dr. Amy DeClue,
Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of
Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. DeClue was funded by CHF to
investigate whether any of the common pain medications used in dogs could
inadvertently suppress the immune system, leaving dogs susceptible to
infection after surgery or a major procedure. 
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Too Different             
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

  Another Miniature American Shepherd added to CHIC!

  Jessey Horn 
TMRs Annie Oakley of Dodge City MAS-DNA-10/B

 We will be breeding her the end of June Thank you Turtle Mountain for this wonderful girl

Jessey Horn


We are off to get our CERF exams.
Photo by Mary Riley

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!!


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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!

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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
Best Of Wishes at Nationals!
Rattlesnake Aversion Training
CPE Nationals Brag
Win & Brags Photos
NATIONALS info on the Website!
ASHGI Podcast of Pain Med & Canine Immune Function
Comix By Coleen
Another CHIC Dog!
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Welcome New Members for June
New Kennel Names Requested
Advertising in the Tuesday Talk


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


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 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