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August 20, 2013  

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AKC Tidbits & News!

********* 46 AKC Titles Earned in July **********


Dog TitleDog Name
Certificate of MeritAlta Vista Masquerade Of Sstar CM
Certificate of MeritPainted Meadow Red Hot Vegas CM CGC
Companion DogKaren's Twist Of Fate CD
Beginner NoviceTimeless Laughing Out Loud BN RN
Rally NoviceDesert Sun's Kozmic Oscar RN
Rally AdvancedTimeless Jewel RA
Novice AgilityHagan's Northern Jet RN NA CGC
Novice AgilityHagan's Northern Ruby RN NA CGC
Novice AgilitySouthern Star Off My Rocker NA
Novice AgilityTimeless Highly Ambitious Harper NA OAJ
Novice AgilityTimeless Rock My World NA OAJ NF
Novice AgilityVictory Lanes City Of Syn NA NAJ
Novice Agility PreferredMakana Gracie's Amazing Zena NAP
Novice Agility PreferredMini Pearl NAP NJP
Novice Agility PreferredTimeless Laughing Out Loud BN RN NAP
Open AgilityMakana's Ob-La-Di Desmond OA OAJ OF
Open AgilitySouthern Star Off My Rocker OA NAJ
Agility ExcellentViolet AX AXJ OF
Master Agility ExcellentDoc's Little Red Masurati MX MXJ XF T2B
Master Agility Excellent PreferredMACH Darlin' Darby Winters MXB MJB MXP OJP MXF
Novice Agility JumperSouthern Star Off My Rocker NA NAJ
Novice Agility JumperTimeless Minnie Pearl RA NAJ
Novice Agility Jumper PreferredMakana Gracie's Amazing Zena NAP NJP NFP
Novice Agility Jumper PreferredMini Pearl NAP NJP
Novice Agility Jumper PreferredMolly NJP
Open Agility JumperGreat Companions Miss Gabriella Rager NA OAJ CGC
Open Agility JumperVictory Lanes City Of Syn NA OAJ
Excellent Agility JumperPocket's Saddle Bags Silver Spur UDX3 OM1 OA AXJ
Master Excellent JumperLovin Lil Whispering Jesse Jade AX MXJ NF
Master Excellent JumperSchultz's Macy AX MXJ
Master Silver JumperMACH If You Ain't First You're Last MXB MJS T2B
Master Excellent Jumper PreferredMACH Darlin' Darby Winters MXB MJB MXP MJP MXF
Agility FAST NoviceDwelly's Outlaw RA OA AXJ NF
Agility FAST NoviceLovin Lil Whispering Jesse Jade AX AXJ NF
Agility FAST NoviceTimeless Rock My World OAJ NF
Agility FAST Novice PreferredMakana Gracie's Amazing Zena NAP NJP NFP
Agility FAST Novice PreferredSouthern Star Franny AXP AJP NFP
Agility FAST OpenCoat Tails Missy MX MXB MXJ MJB OF T2B
Agility FAST OpenMakana's Ob-La-Di Desmond NA OAJ OF
Master Agility ChampionMACH If You Ain't First You're Last MXB MJS T2B
Master Agility Champion 3MACH3 Hope MXG MJG XF
Master Agility Champion 5MACH5 Puttin' On The Ritz Riley RN MXB2 MJS2 OF
Master Agility Champion 7MACH7 Kandlelite's Icyhot CD RAE MXG2 MJG2 MXF
Time 2 BeatMACH3 Wiseachers Sheila MXC MJS2 OF T2B
Canine Good CitizenMcfinley's Someone To Watch Over Me CGC
Therapy DogGhost Creeks Tango THD



This weekend our daughter Kylie and her Mini American Hollyhock achieved their first AKC Agility Title at their second trial! I am so proud of them and their amazing teamwork! It is beautiful to watch how devoted this Mini is to Her Girl looking to please her from start to finish. :)
Hugs & Belly Rubs,
~Monica Rinehart



Please check your AKC and your NAMASCUSA registrations papers when they arrive, if there are any errors contact 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!

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RainDancers Dressed In Red Lapels 

Rainy Browning


 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

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I love these brags from Juniors!

"Alstars Never Say Never." Jasper

from Connie Orwig


He is now recognized by AKC as "BN Alstars Never Say Never" as he completed his Beginner Novice title.  He'll start showing more this year. By UKC he is recognized as "UAGI Alstars Never Say Never." He completed his level one agility title in UKC last fall. He had his debut agility show at the UKC Gateway Nationals, taking High in Trial Junior his second time ever in the agility ring! He took another two High in Trial Junior at our Peoria fall trial. He also has one leg towards his Rally Level 1 title in UKC (He's only shown once). He took 1st place at our county 4H fair in both Obedience and Showmanship and went on to the State Fair, where he proceeded to take 1st place in Obedience and 3rd in Showmanship.


Jasper is also a registered Therapy Dog now through Delta Society Pet Partners. We haven't done any visiting yet as my schedule hasn't allowed for it, but hopefully we'll get started with that before too long. I plan on doing reading assistance with him at the Grade School when I'm a Junior (I'm currently a Freshman).


We just got back from showing Saturday and Sunday at a UKC Obedience/Rally show. In Rally, he Q'd every time with consistent scores of 99 or 100. He earned his RO2 title and had lots of fun. On Saturday, he also managed to bring home High In Trial, along with many High In Trial Juniors.

He will be showing at Premier this year in the Junior Invitational in Agility.

Jasper's Titles:




As far as UKC rankings go, I'm now on the Junior Rankings in Showmanship and Agility and am currently ranked first in Obedience and Rally. For All Stars both dogs are in the Novice rankings (Jasper is 28th, Angel is 34th). They're also both on the Rally rankings in all three levels - in RO1 Angel is 5th, Jasper 10th... In RO2 Angel is 14th, Jasper is 31st... and in RO3 Angel is 15th and Jasper is 45th.It's been a really busy but fun summer. I'm looking forward to Gateway Nationals as well as our AKC and UKC shows in Peoria that are coming up this fall.

I'm so happy with Jasper and how he's doing.


Thank you!



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

Hope aka Rockin R Hope Floats, CGC,TG1,
 This summer she showed in her first UKC agility trial, only got in one day, 2 runs, but got a Q on both, so is 2/3 of the way to an AGI title, with our next UKC trial in November.

She showed at her first ever Teacup Agility Trial, and placed in 8 of 9 classes, got a title in games 1 (TG1), a leg in Standard Beg., and of her placings got 4 firsts, a second and 3 Thirds. She and Cooper's Bailey Gal did a great job of representing MAS at the Teacup Trial with their enthusiams, willingness and overall happy selves.

Hope also is continuing her therapy dog work with Paw Pals, mainly visiting at St. Francis Children's hospital, where people often ask, 'is she always this calm and quiet'.

People remarked many things about her over the weekend, but as the weekend went on..the phrase 'she's really fast' was said a lot!
Shelley Geyer
Cooper's Bailey Gal attended her first Teacup Agility Trial this last weekend. It was in Tulsa, OK. She earned a 1st, four 2nd's, two 3rds, and two 4ths in her 9 runs. She also earned her TG1 (Teacup Games Title) and a leg towards her standard title. It was loads of fun and Shelley Geyer's mini, Hope, and Bailey made very good impressions on the group as well as bringing home their share of ribbons..
Karen Cooper

The Miniature American Shepherd has been accepted

into CDHPR (UKC!!)

The Miniature American Shepherd has been accepted into the Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry (CDHPR) with UKC. This is the first step in seeking full recognition with UKC! In order to receive full recognition, our breed will need to show growth and have litters registered with CDHPR. There is not a time frame on when we will receive full recognition, but I am hoping that we can show them what a strong breed we are as we move forward!

At this time, we are to begin registering our dogs with them. I will be submitting the initial electronic database as well as a written one to CDHPR. This is your chance to get your dogs registered at an affordable price!! Cost is $5.00 per dog being registered with the initial database. After that time, you will submit all applications to CDHPR directly and the fee will be $35 per dog.

This is what you will need to include and send to Deanna Mooney:

1.A Single Registration Application Click here on the red(Please note on the application, that 3 photographs of your dog are required)


2. Copy of your dog's AKC Miniature American Shepherd Registration papers

3. A 3 generation pedigree with registration numbers (the one used to register your dog with AKC, or a copy of your AKC pedigree)

4. Include all owner's and co-owner's information up to 4. This includes addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses if possible.

5. If your dog is DNA'd with AKC, you can submit that information as well. There is a $10 additional fee and form to fill out. DNA form click here on the red!


Please make checks out to CDHPR. I am aiming to submit the database by the end of September. I am requesting all applications be submitted to me no later than September 15th.

Mail your complete packet with check made out to CDHPR to:

Deanna Mooney

2202 N. 201st Ave.

Buckeye, AZ 85396

Once the initial database is completely registered any offspring resulting from the mating of 2 CDHPR registered MAS's may be litter registered. During the time we are in CDHPR, please be aware, they do require both the sire and dam to be DNA profiled. The DNA process takes 4-6 weeks, so you may want to take that into consideration before preparing to register a litter.

CDHPR does allow for the registration of deceased dogs as well, so the pedigrees can be more complete for future generations.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at

Thank you,

Deanna Mooney



McFinley's Some To Watch Over Me

 St John(Sinjon) has earned his CL3 and his CGC!!

 Sue Fontaine

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QUESTION: Does the AKC have rules on how old or how young a dog can
be if being used in a breeding program?

ANSWER: If the SIRE &/or DAM are over TWELVE (12) YEARS OF AGE at the
mating, then the LITTER WILL NOT BE REGISTERED unless the application for
registration shall be accompanied by an affidavit or evidence which shall
prove that fact to the satisfaction of The American Kennel Club.

In the case of an overage sire, we would ask whether a recent sperm count
was done by a veterinarian and, if so, that we receive a copy of the
veterinarian's findings.
If you own an overage male and you intend to use the dog at stud, we
recommend that you have a sperm count done by your veterinarian. If the
veterinarian finds that the male is capable of siring a litter you should
make several photocopies of his findings, which can then be submitted in
the future with applications for litters sired by the dog. We would also
recommend that you have a sperm count done every six (6) months thereafter.

If you have had a litter registration application form rejected because the age
of the sire and/or dam that was not in compliance and you request the AKC
to reconsider the matter, you should submit as much information and
supporting material as possible.
The AKC would want to know if the breeding that took place was a "planned"
breeding. We would also want to know if there were any witnesses to the
breeding who are in a position to identify the sire and dam and, if so,
statements from those witnesses should be submitted. You should tell us
how the bitch was confined during the entire heat period and whether or not
there was any possibility of the dam being exposed to any other male during
the season in question.

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




What is a sound dog?
by Joanna Kimball

"Across the spectrum of animals that are deliberately bred, there is a concept that in dogs we call "soundness."

When I first heard it used in connection with dogs, it took me a long time to figure out what was meant; I finally realized that it was the same thing I'd learned in rabbits twenty years before.

Soundness is, basically, the architectural quality of an animal. It's so consistent across all dogs, and across virtually all animal species, because the same problems are being solved by all living things. They have to stand up (and bear their own weight), they have to move while consuming the fewest calories, and they have to convert food into energy that allows them to get more food."  Read more below..........


thank you Liz Mcguire for submitting


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


Sizzln Hot Motion in Red(Stormy)
Head Type first place win and 4th in Movement at Nationals
Laughy 2  
Sizzln Hot Bear's Replica of Thistle Creek (Maya) with her first place win in Open Bitch, Stormy in the middle and Taycins Radiant Red Rogue with his best of opposite sex win and Best of Opposite Sex Veterans

Juliene Laughy 


New MASCUSA CH & CM Title Earner: Alta Vista Masquerade at SSTAR

Riata earned her CM during the Houston Reliant show last month and is now working towards her MASCUSA GRCH. Owned by Leslie Peckham & Carla Lewis, Bred by Carla and Handled by Leslie & Angel Peckham.



New comer to the showring, Southern Star Dot Com took a BOS Day 2 at the AKC Show in Longview. Dottie was also BIS Puppy, and BIS BBX Puppy for 3 shows at the IABCA show last week. Sired by Rimfire Ty and out of Linderlands Flyin High @ SSTAR "Raven". Bred & Owned by Leslie Peckham and handled by Leslie Peckham.


Prodigy's Turn Your Party Lights On At Woodridge "Duff"

earned his Nat/Int. Puppy Ch. and a GROUP 1 at his first show. He was 4 months old. Owned by Sheila Hoskins and Linda Dufner, breeders Lyndsi and Nick Guillien



Thank you to the MASCUSA board for approving UKMASC as an affiliated club, we look forward to sharing our members news & achievements.

The United Kingdom Miniature American Shepherd Club was formed in 2011 by a group of Miniature Australian Shepherd enthusiasts and breeders. Now with the move to AKC we are very excited to be able to have our dogs recognised by AKC as Miniature American Shepherds and to promote the breed and MASCUSA in the UK. In the last eight years the UK population of Mini's has grown to over 80 dogs and we have a great community of owners and fans of this amazing breed! Although we cannot conformation show in the UK yet we enjoy promoting the Mini's in other areas such as agility, flyball, obedience & pets as therapy dogs. UKMASC has an associated facebook group which has regular photo competitions and we are busy organising an agility points league and future events & activities for our members to enjoy.
Please see our website
for more information about our club.

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

Giant Toy                     
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

 How do you know when it's time to euthanize?

By Dr. Andy Roark 

"Remember that pets live in the moment. One of the most wonderful things about animals is how they embrace the present. Every time I walk into my house, my faithful dog

throws a one-dog ticker tape parade. The fact that I have entered the house thousands of times before, or that I will leave again in a few hours, means nothing. All that matters to him is the joy that he feels right now. When our pets are suffering, they don't reflect on all the great days they have had before, or ponder what the future will bring. All they know is how they feel today. By considering this perspective, we can see the world more clearly through their eyes. And their eyes are what matter"
Read more below..........


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 2013  

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:


This past weekend little Cupcake was introduced to stock for the first time. As you can see, she is going to enjoy this activity. Also this past weekend, little Spice earned her AKC Open FAST agility title and then headed over to her herding lesson - where she figured out how to "keep her cool" while also keeping an eye on her sheep : )

 Breeder - Tammy Flaga

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 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 -46 New AKC Titles for July
Junior Brags!
Copies of AKC Papers
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
More Junior Brags!
2014 Nationals Call
Agility Brags
What is a Sound Dog?
Meet The Breed in Orlando
Win & Brags Photos
UKMASC - A New Affiliate
Nationals Win Pictures
Comix By Coleen
When is it Time to Euthanize?
K9 College Cruise
AKC Superindendents
Herding Fun
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Welcome New Members for August
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