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August 6, 2013  

 This is a picture of my son, Jackson (10 yrs old) playing Frisbee golf along with our black tri male, Abington's Sam Adams (Sam) on a beautiful summer day.
Sarah Seefeldt

AKC Tidbits & News!


July 22-23, 2013


Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 3, Section 22, - Certificate of Merit
The Board VOTED to amend the Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 3, Section 22, to provide for the awarding of additional Certificate of Merit titles. CM title initials will be followed by a numeric designation indicating the quantity of times the dog has earned the requirements of the CM title as defined in Section 22. Currently the Certificate of Merit Title requires earning 15 points.
Miscellaneous Class, Additional Adult Class
The Board VOTED to amend Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 3, Section 22, to add a Bred-By Exhibitor Class for each sex of each Miscellaneous Class breed. This will be read at the September Delegates meeting for a vote at the December Delegate meeting.

Here are the top 5 Miniature American Shepherds that will be invited to the AKC Agility Invitationals in Orlando Florida Dec.14-15th!! 


1 MACH7 Kandlelite's Icyhot CD RAE MXG2 MJG2 MXF REG 1,966

2 If You Ain't First You're Last MX MXB MXJ MJB T2BREG 1,392
3 MACH3 Hope MXG MJG XF REG 1,353
4 Coat Tails Missy MX MXB MXJ MJB OF T2B REG 1,251
5 MACH3 Wiseachers Sheila MXC MJS2 OF




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!


   Dodge Citys Marshall Dillon CGC JHD-S Therapy Dog

                                                   Jessey Horn 


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

2014 Nationals Call
Attention Members:

The 2013 Nationals are behind us now and its time to get going on the 2014 Nationals.
Who, When and Where?
If you have an affiliate or a group of dedicated individuals that would like to submit a proposal, please send it to the MASCUSA Board .
The goal would be to have it with an AKC cluster that offers all venues, especially herding!
The board will consider all requests. Proposals need to be to the board no later than October 1st for consideration.

Thank you!

Karen Keller
President of MASCUSA



My dog Zena just completed three AKC agility titles!

Makana Gracie's Amazing Zena NAP NJP NFP AKC#DN35319502

7/26/13 Novice Agility Preferred
7/27/13 Novice Agility Jumpers Preferred
7/27/13 Agility FAST Novice Preferred
Shirley Jacobs




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


          Gardner 2013  

   Laurie Morrow  

Since my husband's emergency surgery in Feb. 2012, we've been pretty much OUT due to my complete lack of computer speak!

But when she could leave him alone for a few hours in May, Laurie and Banner went to some nearby shows. He got his Companion Dog (novice) and Rally Novice titles with an obedience High in Trial and 2 High in Rally Trials. See Photo).

In November 2012 Banner finished his Companion Dog Excellent (open) and Rally Advanced with another High in Rally Trial.

December ended with Laurie's heart attack, but in May Banner earned his Rally Excellent with still another High in Rally Trial.

GR. Ch. Sun-Up Star Spangled, CDX. RE (Banner) is now on the march for AKC agility titles. His first trial was only 2 days and he won 1st in both standard and Jumpers with 2 perfect scores! Not bad for having a substitute handler! (Laurie's heart attack and recent bronchitis does not permit her to run yet)


Catch up with us at

We're B-A-A-C-K !!

Laurie Morrow

sent by Bill her old man J

Introducing a NEW Weekly Article!

Author Judy Nordmeyer



Question: What are the AKC's requirements with naming my dog?

Answer: Naming guidelines are as follows:

  1. All letters in a dog's name are limited to the standard
    English alphabet. When registration certificates are printed,
    all letters are capitalized. Diacritical markings (accent grave,
    accent acute, umlaut, etc.) are not printed on registration
    certificates in a dog's name.
  2. Registered Kennel Names cannot be included in a dog's
    name unless the use is authorized by the owner of that
    Kennel name.
  3. Roman numerals MUST NOT not be included at the end of
    the dog's name. The AKC reserves the right to assign roman
    numerals for identification purposes. The AKC permits
    thirty-seven (37) dogs of each breed to be assigned the
    same name.
  4. There are NO RESTRICTIONS on cardinal (one, two, three)
    and ordinal (first, second, third) numbers.
  5. Words and phrases that may NOT be included in a dog's

    a. Champion, champ, sieger and any AKC title or show term,
    either spelled out or abbreviated.
    b. Obscenities and words derogatory to any race, creed or
    nationality or transliterations of such words.
    c. Kennel(s), male, stud, sire, bitch, dam and female.
    d. Breed names alone.
  6. An imported dog must be registered with the same name
    under which it was registered in its country of birth, except
    for the addition of a registered kennel name.

Name choices are limited to (36) thirty-six characters. Spaces
between words, apostrophes and hyphens are counted.
Note: Effective, February 1, 2008, AKC is testing a pilot
program that allows for the registered name of a dog to contain
up to (50) fifty characters. An additional $10 fee will be
incurred when more than (36) thirty-six characters are chosen.


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

Correction for MASCUSA Champion!!


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

is CH 4Paws in Hot Pursuit of Bar D & Sagonige's Cuff

Owned by Nannette Despain & Debra Shambaugh 

 Karen Cooper

Bailey's new title is UKC AGI1. New title in 2 days with a 194, 193 and 200. In her first 4 runs she earned a 3rd, then a 2nd, then 2 firsts. Mia won 2 firsts today towards her UKC AGI1 title, but needs one more leg.  Photo from UKC Rally, Obedience Trial in June -

Flagtree's Dynamite, Cooper's Bailey Gal, and big brother The Amazing Gizmo all won their URO1 titles in one weekend. Mia won 2 legs towards her Novice Obedience Title.     From Karen Cooper



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



"Indigo did it again got 2nd place micro dog & 2nd place pairs. We are now qualified to go into the world finals again In two different divisions! ~Angela


Proud of my Wiggle Rump Indigo and

his Momma Angela for doing it again!

Hugs & Belly Rubs,




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


Desert Sun's Teddy's Legacy takes Best of Miscellaneous out of the Puppy Class for 3 Pts July 4, 2013 under Judge Tom Hale. Owned by Cynthia Booth & Deanna Mooney. Bred by Deanna Mooney. Thank you Deanna for entrusting me with this wonderful girl.

Heartland's Matrix of Desert Sun takes Best Opposite for 1 pt on July 28, 2013 under Judge Peggy Beisel-McIiwaine. Owned by Deanna Mooney.
Photos submitted by Cynthia Booth 


Alta This Girl is on Fire
 she is by Away to Me Cadillac Jack and out of Alta Jarah Rose. She won BOB and MBIS on July 26th and 27th at the Lackawanna Kennel Club in Bloomsburg, PA with my handler Britany Long. The judges were Ms Gloria Geringer and Mr Luc Boileau. I would like to thank Valerie Nilsson of Alta Aussie for selling me this fantastic dog.

Linda Tomolonis


This is Alta King of the Kastle with his very first win on the day he turned 6 mo. He took best of breed and best miscellaneous under judge Sari Brewster Tietjen with handler Sue Mccoury. Kastle is owned by Valerie Nilsson.

Nationals Win Pictures
We need your win pictures from this years 2013 Nationals in OK.
Please email them to
MASCUSA will be getting a link together for the Parent Breed Club Website to showcase the winners.
Thank you,
Karen Keller
President of MASCUSA


This is my Bliss on the front cover (My Magic EH Blissful Journey) and pictures inside with one of my own puppies (Basileas Bing It On)

from Basileas Minis

Miniature American Shepherd Breed to be featured Worldwide in Showsight Magazine for 1st time!!!

As we hope that you have heard, we are publishing a special feature on Mini American Shepherds.Featuring the breed in a special September/October FALL EDITION! We would love to have you be a part of this exciting issue that will tour the world!!!

We are going to have multiple different educational written topics on the breed-such as judging,history,versatility of the breed,judging and amusing stories. We are also going to concentrate on versatility and not just conformation.
Advertising wise we will have owners and breeders advertise their kennels ,past ,current show dogs, dogs that they are competing with in different eventsor just celebrating the breed in any way anyone would like. Even if you compete with your dogs in other events and not as active in conformation you are more than welcome to showcase your kennel-versatility of your dogs all over the World. It is a great way for you to show all over the world yourself,your kennel,
past and present dogs.

DISTRIBUTION: The summer issue will be distributed for free at close to 90% of shows all across the United States and Canada starting mid September and will go through all October. However, our best audiences are the judges and breeders who enjoy ShowSight in the comfort of their home, where they have the time to relax and read in comfort. EVERY SINGLE AKC AND CANADIAN JUDGE will receive a copy for free and this specific issue will be sent to as many Mini American Shepherd clubs WORLDWIDE as we find . That is all printed glossy coffee table magazine copy .Best to our knowledge this is the first time that All Breed Magazine is featuring the breed Worldwide. Besides the hard copy ;ALL ARTICLES AND ADVERTISEMENTS WILL BE ON OUR JUDGES ED WEBSITE at least for 24 months- probably permanently -this will be sent every month to over 250,000 dog breeders,owners,exhibitors and judges Worldwide .Mini American Shepherd Breed will have its own digital book on our website . Our breed features are particularly popular with judges and breeders; we get letters, calls, and comments from judges regarding each and every one. Here I will be very blunt so my apologies; if you are interested in representing the breed and showcasing your past,current dogs or puppies this is where you should be. Best bang for the buck! The whole point to this edition is to educate on the breed and show all the Judges,breeders,exhibitors and handlers a lot of great Mini American Shepherds -which is you-your dogs.

We are offering special breed feature rates: one full page color at $475 or a two page color spread at $750. That is a one time breed feature rate. All you need to do is email the photos and wording, then let our award winning graphic artists design your page. All ads will be cover quality ads.We will not print the ad until you say that you love it!!! The deadline to submit all ad information to us is August 18th.
If an extension is needed, please call
863 640 8848. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime

We look forward to your support and plan to give you all the exposure in the world as we put together a lively presentation on the breed that you love so much. Here's wishing you a great week and continued success in the show ring.

For more information, contact me at:
863 640 8848 or AJ@DMCG.COM



Love my lawn                   
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


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.

   Gardner bus card
Check out Life's Abundance Breeder Program
KIM GARDNER 602 377-8972

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:

Puppies in Norway from Backyard Shepherds

Frode Eidsvoll


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 August! 


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. Gabriele Duhlmeyer

  2. Ian O'Byrne

  3. Kerstin Patzold

  4. Stacey Henry

  5. Bob Henry

  6. Kathy S. Cain

  7. Julie Duffney-Begalke

  8. Amber Fitzgerald

  9. Denise Hillman

  10. Catherine Murphy

  11. Lorel D. Sack

  12. Teresa R. Verling

  13. Pam R. Williams

  14. Lena Palmberg

  15. Shawna Peachey

  16. James R.Pyle

  17. Beate Roesler

  18. Cynthia Booth

  19. Beverly Chang

  20. Julie Gary

  21. Janice Thingelstad

                     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.


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


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In This Issue
AKC Tidbits & News
Top 5 AKC Agility Invitational
Copies of AKC Papers
2014 Nationals Call
Qualified for the Skyhounds Worlds
Meet The Breed Needs Volunteers!
Meet The Breed in Orlando
Nationals Win Pictures
AKC Herding Trials
Welcome New Members for August
New Kennel Names Requested
Advertising in the Tuesday Talk
MASCUSA Cafepress
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