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October 01, 2013  

Fall is Finally Here!!
photo by Denise Albright

Continued prayers for member Lyndsi Guillien!

Lyndsi's husband Nick was in a horrific auto accidient a few days ago and they are in need of many prayers as Nick battles for his life, suffering a traumatic head injury. Nick and Lyndsi have a 4 yr old son and a two month old son. Our club is a great source of support and friendship and during this difficult time I hope each of us can find a way to lift them up and believe in the best outcome for this precious family. Mindy 

AKC Tidbits & News!


 Does Flow Chart put out by AKC




  Skyhoundz World Champions!


This weekend Wiggle Rump Indigo and his Mom (Angel Koster) & Dad (Scot Koster) became the new World Champions in Freestyle Pairs a the '13 Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championships! I am so excited for them and their amazing success! What an awesome Team!

Hugs & Belly Rubs,




****** UPDATE******** 

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 Open show and during 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 according to Open Show rules for BOS, BOB, this show will follow the Open Show rules. Closing date for the show will be Nov 27,2013. Our show superintendent will be MBF with entries accepted by them in the upcoming weeks. 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

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.

There are still a few class sponsorships open and we will send out information on advertising for the catalog once our premium is completed. 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!


Sponsorship for Eukanuba Open Specialty Classes! 

We have everything lined up for a great show at Eukanuba. It is time to sponsor classes! Please claim whatever class (classes) you would like to sponsor ASAP. We only have 2-3 weeks to get the list of sponsors to the show secretary ( MBF) for listing in the catalogue.

Please email me: with your request

The only classes available are Brood Bitch, 9-12 month, Open tri male, Open tri female, Open merle male, Open merle female. Thank you everyone for sponsoring. I will put up a new list of names and classes claimed in a couple days. Also, I have already stated this in an earlier mail but want to make sure everyone gets this. You can only use either your name or your kennel name for the catalogue listing.

Make check out to CenMas and send to : CenMas Secretary : Alice Kenyon 4330 Harper Rd Mason Mich. 48854


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 MASCUSA member and World Champion Skyhoundz Competitor, Lee Fairchild, has been preparing a young dog,  Patchworks Jim Dandy (JD) for disc dog competition and at his very first competion this dog qualified for last weekends Skyhoundz Championship! That is an amazing feat and I wanted to share one of JD's training videos! 
Very  Impressive!

Jim Dandy Video :






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!



owner Rochelle Granger


  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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A Weekly Article!

Author Judy Nordmeyer


QUESTION: How do I get started in the tracking events &
what are the AKC titles?


ANSWER: Go to this link to help you get started in the tracking

AKC tracking events are the competition form of canine search
and rescue demonstrating the extremely high level of scent
capability that dogs possess. Unlike Agility and Obedience
events that require a dog to qualify three times, a dog only
needs to complete one track successfully to earn each title.

Tracking Dog (TD) A dog earns a TD by following a track
440 to 500 yards long with three to five changes of direction.
The track is laid by a human tracklayer and is "aged" 30
minutes to two hours before the dog begins scenting. The goal
is to use the scented track to locate an article left at the end of
the trail by the tracklayer. The owner follows the dog on a long
leash and can encourage the dog during the tracking test.

Tracking Dog Excellent (TDX) The TDX is earned by
following an "older" track (three to five hours) that is also longer
(800 to 1,000 yard) and has five to seven directional changes
with the additional challenge of human cross tracks.

Variable Surface Tracking (VST) In the real world, dogs
track through urban settings, as well as through wilderness.
A VST dog has demonstrated this ability by following a
three- to five-hour-old track that may take him down a street,
through a building and other areas devoid of vegetation.

Champion Tracker (CT) A dog that has successfully completed
all three tracking titles (TD, TDX and VST) earns the prestigious
title of Champion Tracker.

Owners who do tracking with their dogs find joy in seeing the dogs
at work using their innate scenting skills.


"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.



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

**** Across A Threshold ****

Does your dog sometimes "lose it" or shut down? Understanding his "thresholds" will help you teach him to stay calm and happy

Good article from Whole Dog Journal!...."


The term "threshold" is often tossed around by dog behavior experts when they talk about working through a canine behavior issue. When you work with your dog on, for example, reactivity with other dogs or fear of children, the usual recommendation is to work with the dog "under threshold."

The concept is most often used in relationship to canine aggression, fear, and reactivity. But understanding a behavior "threshold" is helpful for everyday training and learning situations, too. It can be a key element when socializing puppies or young dogs, instrumental in teaching excitable dogs to be calm, and essential for insecure dogs to find confidence.

What exactly is a threshold? Consider the threshold of a front door. When you cross a threshold, you move from one space to another. A behavior threshold is a similar concept; it's when your dog crosses from one emotional state to another. If you spend time with a dog who is concerned about other dogs, you have probably witnessed the moment when he or she moves from seemingly okay into out-of-control behavior. That is going over threshold.

Here are five things that everyone can benefit from knowing about thresholds."  Click here for the entire article!

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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


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 is puppy Celebritywards Destah Blew to AJOI, standing his ground against our herds leader goat Emily :)
Bred by Wendy Ward, owned by Jade Marsh at AJOI FARMS

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 October! 


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. Jenny Pettersson

  2. Karin Pettersson

  3. Sabrina Schoetschel

  4. Kristy Bowen

  5. Madison Bowen

  6. Cindy Burden

  7. Sharon Wheeler

  8. Jenny Zink

  9. Manuela Haydn

                     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


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!!!!
Update CENMAS Specialty at Eukanuba
Copies of AKC Papers
Sponsor a Specialty Class!
Inspect Upon Arrival
Copies of AKC Papers
Meet The Breed Needs Volunteers!
Meet The Breed Needs Volunteers!
Send Win Photos
Catalog Ads Due May 31st
Affiliate News
Comix By Coleen
Across A Threshold
Rocking the Herding World
UKC Deadline Extended
AKC Superindendents
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Official MASCUSA FB Page
Welcome New Members for October
K9 College Cruise
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