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September 17, 2013  

Submitted by Kathy Floyd

AKC Tidbits & News!


Breeders Stay Informed - USDA/APHIS Regulations FAQ


(Friday, September 13, 2013)
On September 10, 2013, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) finalized new federal regulations that narrow the "retail pet store"
exemption which has historically exempted many small/hobby breeders from regulation under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Their purpose is to bring internet-based pet breeders and sellers under the regulation of the AWA. The rule expands USDA oversight of pet breeders to include people who maintain at least five "breeding females" of any species


sell one pet "sight unseen.""The rule is overly broad and will do more damage than good. The federal government has missed an opportunity to introduce a smarter, more effective rule to deter unscrupulous breeders and sellers by imposing a regulation based on the number of dogs sold, not the number of dogs a person owns," said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson.



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RavenRock's Harmony 501 Denim Blues

The trial was hosted by the Great River Stockdog Club, Saturday Sept 14. The judge was Dana Hasemeier, score was 91 with a perfect pen and a comment on how nice the pen was. This was our third leg towards our Herding Started Sheep title and was an awesome way to finish his title!

Levi is now Multi CH RavenRock's Harmony 501 Denim Blues HSAs CL1-R CL1-H


We are pleased to announce that the CENMAS affiliate will be hosting a Miniature American Shepherd Specialty on Friday 13 Dec 2013 in conjunction with the Eukanuba pre-show and Eukanuba National Championship.

This event will be held after the MISC Open show on Friday at the Orange County Civic Center where all the other events are being hosted.

We are excited to have Mrs. Joanne "Jan" Paulk as our judge with many years of experience in herding breeds. MBF will be our show superintendent for online entries. CM Points will be awarded for the WD, WB, BOW, BOS, BOB, this show will follow the Open Show rules. Closing date for the show will be Nov 27,2013. We will also offer ads in our catalog to be submitted by 10/20/13 with more information to come on where to send your ad's and the pricing.


The following classes will be offered.

Puppy BOB, BOS

4-6 mo.

6-9 mo.

9-12 mo.

12-18 mo.

Open Dog

Open Bitch


Head type Dog

Head type Bitch

Stud Dog

Brood Bitch

Winners Dog, Winners Bitch



This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our breed at such a large event and hope that we will have a great turn out from our members to showcase our wonderful breed.

We will have additional information on the class sponsorships and catalog advertising in the following weeks.

We would like to thank the board for its support and assistance in helping us to host this show. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Kim Johnson at 912 572 3045 or Fran Withers at 269 501 4095.

Let's show the Eukanuba crowd that we are Proud to be an American!




 Wigglebutt Han Solo

Congrats to Bill and Wigglebutt Han Solo for getting their first AHBA Junior Herding Dog leg !

So proud of them. Picture of them at practice...


Angela Ogle


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





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 weekly photo series!

Int'l/Nat'l Ch Herd About Back To Black

Lani Morris 


  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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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


We had a great day, and the Wigglebutt dogs were 8 for 8 at their NACSW Nosework ORT. All four of them passed both Birch & Anise scents with style. Wigglebutt Zenyatta, handled by Sharon Jonas, Wigglebutt Screamin' Guitar "Fender" handled by Lisa Bataska and Wigglebutt Han Solo, and mama Wigglebutt Seven of Nine handled by me. What a fun thing to do with old doggies - Seven is 10 1/2 and had a great time today. Special thanks to Sharon for handling Zen - they were a great team! Now to enter the next trial... Picture of Fender

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Angela Ogle

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A Weekly Article!

Author Judy Nordmeyer


QUESTION: Is there a way to register my puppies on line with the AKC?

ANSWER: AKC has a new Breeder E-Z Registration link!
It's an online alternative to the Full Litter Offspring Plus application.
Breeder E-Z Registration gives breeders an efficient and effective
method of registering all of the puppies in their litters.

Some other benefits of using Breeder E-Z Reg include:
  • $10 discount on each puppy registration.
  • Locking in the puppy's name, which can include your Registered
    Kennel Name.
  • Ensuring your puppies are registered with the correct full or
    limited registration status.

    Some of the options at this new link will not be available to our
    breed until we reach full recognition.

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


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


 Spanish Water Dog Club and Bergamasco Sheepdog Club of America are having their Open Show (two shows, one day) on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan, New Jersey.


Affiliates please send any special updates to me for a weekly spot on the

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Mid America will be supporting another MASCUSA AKC Herding Trial in November!

Entries now Open! See the premium at

CENMAS is holding a Specialty in December at Eukanuba!

and SEMASC a new club forming!


We are in the process of organizing an affiliate club for MAS fanciers in the NC, SC, GA & FL area. We chose these states based on population and the possibility of enough working members from this area and trying not to infringe on areas where others may want to form another club. More clubs mean more opportunity for sponsorship of shows and educational programs to benefit all.
According to AKC, we will need to keep a smaller core group but this, in no way, is meant to exclude anyone who would like to be a part of our organization. Our tentative name will be SouthEastern Miniature American Shepherd Club, subject to vote by the charter members. So come, get on board now and be part of the initial organization.
Please let Lisa Grose at know and she will send you an application for membership. We will then add you to our discussion forum (fancy word for list). No dues are required until we, as a group, vote on our bylaws and what we feel is needed.
Shirley Shannon, Acting President
Lisa Grose, Secretary


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


Podcast on Ehrlichiosis and New Strategies for Tick Control

Canine Health Foundation HealthE-Barks

Podcast on Ehrlichiosis and New Strategies for Tick Control
In this podcast we bring you a research update with Dr. Rebecca Trout
Fryxell. Dr. Trout Fryxell received her PhD in veterinary entomology from
the University of Arkansas and she is now an assistant professor of
veterinary entomology at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Trout Fryxell will
be discussing her new CHF grant which involves the tick-borne disease,

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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.



Any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at

Thank you,

Deanna Mooney


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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:

Wigglebutt Stardust N The Wind
First time on stock!
Owned by Gloria Cross

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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Official MAS Facebook Page 

Please join us on the new MASCUSA Official Facebook Page, where you will find news, upcoming events and all the happenings surrounding the Miniature American Shepherd and MASCUSA !



Welcome New Members for September! 


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. Kirsti-Lee Kingwill

    2. Christine Garcia

    3. Heather Mabrey

    4. Esther Shrader

    5. Thorsten Wunsch

    6. Linda Cay

    7. Jeffrey Mangrich

    8. Lisa Mangrich

    9. Jill Maher

    10. Shelley Geyer

    11. Lisa Nathan

    12. Darlene Deanie Morris

    13. Marcella Buchanan

    14. Bob Hancock

    15. Pam Jacobs

    16. Tiffany Wilson

    17. Linda Hunt

                     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

 Time to send in your ads for September, Tuesday Talk is a great place to advertise and reaches more than 600 members weekly!



 Ads  - per month$15.00
Litter Advertising with Health Clearances - ONE AD FREE
Litter Advertising with Health Clearances - package of four$20.00
Litter Advertising without Health Clearances - package of four


 Download the Advertising form by clicking here!


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.

In This Issue
High In Trial!!!!
CENMAS is hosting a Specialty at Eukanuba
JHD Herding Title Brag
Meet The Breed in Orlando
Inspect Upon Arrival
Copies of AKC Papers
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
2014 Nationals Call
Nosework brag
FOR YOUR INFORMATION - Register Entire Litter
Send Win Photos
Affiliate News
Entries Now Open For Nov Herding Trial
Comix By Coleen
Podcast on Tick Control
UKC Deadline Extended
AKC Superindendents
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Official MASCUSA FB Page
Welcome New Members for September
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


Click here


 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 Editor

Contact the Registrar