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July 30, 2013  

DeeAnn Sammons
Flat Mountain Tx Kennels 

AKC Tidbits & News!


Please remember when you are filling your entries to only include AKC titles on your entry form. IE: NA, CGC, RN, JH, etc. We have included the links to the prefix titles and suffix titles for you.

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Suffix Titles




Please check your AKC and your NAMASCUSA registrations papers when they arrive, if there are any errors contact Mindy ASAP.  It is much easier to correct papers now then a year or two down the road, and typos are unavoidable so read your papers carefully. 

Thank you! 


It is very important to remember to include a copy of your AKC Miniature American Shepherd papers when submitting paperwork to us for processing! 

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A new weekly photo series!

Thelma and Louise Terry Hargraves  

 Thelma & Louise

owned by Terry Hargraves


Please send me your most stunning head shots of your dogs and I will post one or two each week, in the order they are received

 Send to





SEPT. 28 & 29



MASCUSA has been invited by AKC to partcipate in their yearly MTB. In order to do so we must have volunteers willing to set up and man the booth for Sat. & Sun.

We must give AKC an answer "yes" or "no" by Aug. 15th. A MINIMUM of 3 people plus dogs are required in order to participate. I would like to see more people so that breaks can be taken as needed. I have not received time information from AKC yet. To be posted upon receipt.

You will receive free admission, lunch, and a stipend toward gas and parking.

The best booth will receive an award. This is a wonderful PR opportunity for our breed and I hope that we can be there, BUT we need our members, LIKE YOU, to step forward.


Please email me at:

Ellen Friedman-Smith


Disc Dog 

Wigglebutt Bazooka Full of BonBons and Wigglebutt Bling

both Qualified for Skyhounds Worlds in Microdog!!!

Bazooka had her first dropless round. J

 Go Seven & Lucas Babies!


Bazooka also qualified in Pairs with Matt Bilderback and Sharon Anderson.

Woo-hoo! Chatanooga bound...


Matt & Bazooka - no drop round!


Submitted by Angela Ogle, Wigglebutt


  European Nationals Agility

Robin and Wishes ended up with the 11th place Junior European Open 2013 -
Individual Kids Medium.
"Aussie Loves Minnie" who competed with Melinda Burgos for Switzerland won 1 place Junior European Open 2013 - Team medium/small with the swiss team!!!!
  Submitted by Ulrike Pottrick
Introducing a NEW Weekly Article!

Author Judy Nordmeyer


Records & Identifying dogs - general

Question: Does the AKC require me to keep a written record to
identify each puppy when I have more than one litter at a time?

Answer: Puppies from different litters must be segregated, marked
or identified so there is no doubt as to a particular puppy or it's
parentage. The breeder must keep a written record of each puppy's
identifying information.

Question: A buyer wants to purchase two puppies/dogs. I will need
to ship both dogs at the same time. What does the AKC require from
a breeder when shipping puppies/dogs together?

Answer: If more than one dog is shipped to a buyer then a system
each dog. The seller/shipper must keep a written record of each dog's
identifying information.

♦If microchips are used as the primary means for identification of
dogs on a premises, then a scanner must be present at all times if
more than 20 dogs are OVER SIX MONTHS OF AGE on those premises.

"The opinions and information offered in the FYI section are those of the contributing authors"

Two New MASCUSA Champions!!


CH Paws In Hot Pursuit of Bar D & Sagonige's Cuff 

Owned by Nannette Despain & Debra Shambaugh 


Owned by Rainy Browning



MASCUSA will be hosting a Meet The Breed booth at the Eukanuba shows
in Orlando, FL in December.
We had a WONDERFUL booth at last years show and we want to outdo ourselves this year. In order to accomplish this we need YOU!! The club is looking for volunteers with creative ideas to make this happen AND volunteers to host the booth, meet the public and tell them how our breed is so SPECIAL.
Please send an email to: 
Ellen Friedman-Smith
MASCUSA director




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



Kollmer Meg 

Kollmer Meg 

First Two Pts for Meg and Pepper

Owned by Karen Kollmer 


Timeless 4 On The Floor does well at Oklahoma City!!
He took 2 BOS and on BIS!
He also finished his Certificate of Merit and got his Grand Championship!!
Thank you Karen Keller and Cindy Taylor for trusting me with this boy.
Kim Gardner, Teacup Treasures Mini Aussies


SIZZLN HOT HARD TO RESIST OF APPLEWOOD CM is shown winning BEST IN MISCELLANEOUS under judge Pat Hastings at the Naugatuck Valley Kennel Club on July 3rd. "Pippin" is owned and loved by Ellen and Chuck Friedman-Smith of Applewood Miniature American Shepherds. We are grateful to Juliene Laughy for entrusting us with this beautiful girl.


Jazzy BOB 


These win pix are from the W. Springfield Shows At The 4th Of July Cluster Shows.

First pic was:Kenilworth Kennel Club, Inc. W. Springfield July 5, 2013
BOB; with Judge: Mrs Judy Webb
BIM:with Judge: Robert H Slay
1 point

Second pic was: Holyoke Kennel Club, Inc. W. Springfield, MA July 7, 2013
BOB: with Judge: Mr Larry Berg
2 points


All disciplinary actions approved by the Board will be published in the Tuesday Talk of the following week 

July 30, 2013


I move to suspend the membership and registry privileges of Kathy Nedelka, 386-01-11, until such time as she provides proof of compliance with AKC DNA testing requirements in regards to the complaint brought by Jessey Horn in which the AKC/FSS transfer for the dog Diamond State Red Hot Ember could not be completed due to incorrect parentage. In addition, any dog from this cross, Lone Pines Diamond Codi X Lone Pine's Diamond Cinder, DOB 10/29/11, and any descendants of this cross, will have their registrations revoked if they exist, or will not be allowed to register, until such time as the parentage issue is resolved.


Motion voted and approved by the MASCUSA Board of Directors.

Kayak Race                   
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
Gardner 2013     
Toby Foundation 
Celebrating our 9th Anniversary of service to epilepsy research and education!

Research News


Dr. Ned E. Patterson of the University of Minnesota has been given a one year extension for CHF Grant 01615: Identification of Idiopathic Epilepsy Genes in Australian Shepherds. The grant is now extended to December 31, 2014.

Dr. Patterson's mid-year 2 report states "Once we identify a confirmed mutation we will then develop a DNA based genetic test." Dr. Patterson has obtained new cases and new controls and plans to " analyze these new DNA samples with complete standard genetic analysis with the latest SNP chips. In addition we continue to analyze the 3 identified areas for more markers and possible mutations."

Researchers have made progress-let's keep the momentum going!

The researchers are continuing in-depth analysis to find the genetic mutations contributing to epilepsy in Australian Shepherds in three chromosome areas that have been identified.

We need your help! New blood samples from affected dogs are needed. Please send in a blood sample from your dog with idiopathic/primary epilepsy for Dr. Ned Patterson's Aussie Epilepsy research at the University of Minnesota. 



Dont miss the 10th year K9 College cruise!! Lots of fun, great seminars and a super nice time.  Visit the website for details and pricing.

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:

   Gardner bus card
Herding Instinct Testing Video- thanks for sharing Keira!
Here is a video of Triple R's Sky's The Limit Of Kalani aka Skylar
Skylar earned her AKC Herding Instincts Test.
Keira Nguyen, Kalani Kennels

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 July! 


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. Julie M. Linebaugh

  2. Constance Schwertner

  3. Shaela Bloomgren

  4. Tonya Nance

  5. Jesus (Jesse) Ortega

  6. Tammy Martindale

  7. Brandy Steele Oates

  8. Naomi Hall

  9. Shanon Want

  10. Tina Winston

  11. Annette Stockton

  12. Holly Burzawa

  13. Nancy Stein

  14. Sally Saxton

  15. Cecile Bouttier

  16. Courtney Schmidt

  17. Bradley Schmidt

  18. Antoinette Porter

  19. Scotty Rose

  20. Kim Taylor

  21. Sandra Wozar

  22. Yvonne Lynch

  23. Rebecca Bocchino

  24. Tina McGuire

                     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.


None at this time........


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In This Issue
AKC Tidbits & News
Only AKC Titles
Copies of AKC Papers
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
Meet The Breed Needs Volunteers!
Qualified for the Skyhounds Worlds
Junior European Open Agility
FOR YOUR INFORMATION - Records and Identification
Two New MASCUSA Champions
Meet The Breed in Orlando
Win & Brags Photos
Disciplinary Actions
Comix By Coleen
News for Tobi Foundation
K9 College Cruise
AKC Superindendents
Herding Instinct Test Video
AKC Herding Trials
Welcome New Members for July
Advertising in the Tuesday Talk
AKC Show Links


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