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November 05, 2013  

Mia owned by Karen Cooper

         Rally Brag!

Flagtree's Dynamite  aka Mia ( pictured above) earned the first two legs of her RAE2 in Tulsa after a year off from Rally. She had good scores of 96, 95, 95 and an 88 when she lost 10 points from clipping a jump. She won 2 4th places in her excellent classes. -
Karen Cooper


 More Halloween Photos! 


 Happy Halloween from aJOI FARMS, N.S CANADA


Serina Nguyen getting ready for Halloween with her cheerleader

Triple R's Dances On All 4 Of Kalani aka Jazzy

We are planning something very special for our Meet The Breed booth but we need YOUR help.If you are showing at either or all of the following shows: Our Mini American Specialty, The Open Show sponsored by the Cotons on Friday December 13th or The Eukanuba Championship on Sunday December 15th or any of the performance venues please send a head shot photo, either front or profile. The photo must be in full resolution. Include the registered name of your dog AND the call name.
Email to Linda DuBois at (
Photos must be sent by November 15th.
I look forward to seeing everyone there.
Ellen Friedman-Smith (

Never Too Old for Agility! Agility really is a sport for all ages.

We all see the many junior handlers competing in agility on any given weekend. Junior handlers have been on AKC world teams, competed at the Nationals, and even have their own annual Juniors Agility Competition, held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational.

So how about people that are at the other end of the age spectrum? Can they successfully compete in this wonderful sport? The answer is a resounding yes! We have many "senior handlers" competing in agility, have won Nationals, been on the World Team and most are quite proud of their age.

In order to recognize this wonderful group of exhibitors we need your help. If you are an agility exhibitor and are at least 68 years old, we would like to post a picture of you and your agility dog in a future issue of In The Zone.

Please email all pictures to

IMPORTANT: Please include your name, your age, your dog's name, breed, and the class level at which you are currently competing. Also, please let us know in just a sentence or two why you like competing in agility and/or how this benefits you and your dog. We are so looking forward to hearing from you!

Please pass this information on to all senior handlers that you know; we do not want to leave out anyone who wishes to participate! Thanks for the help.


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

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


Wigglebutt Bazooka Full of BonBons

 owned by Matt Bilderback, bred by Bill & Angela Ogle


  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


MASCUSA Facebook Page!

Don't forget to "like" our new Facebook Page

Mid America is collecting funds for a member of MASCUSA, due to the tragic death of her husband. Lyndsi Guillien lost her husband Nick just a few weeks ago, they have two young sons and the members of Mid America have established a fund that will be sent to Lyndsi on November 8th.  You can contribute by sending a donation of any amount to the Mid America paypal account  . If you mark the box Gift when you are in the paypal section it won't take out any fees!
Please note it is for Lyndsi and you are welcome to write a note, we will be including the notes with the final donation amount.  For questions contact
THANK YOU for your help!!! Our goal is $1000


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



                        Battlefield's Mason Dixon, Best of Misc. and Best of Breed
at Newton Kennel Club, August 30, 2013 Professionally handled by Angel Daniel Rosa
bred by and owned by Karen Kollmer, Battlefield Aussies
He is doing a great job and very proud of him. Daniel does an awesome job presenting Mason. Go team Mason!
                        Battlefield's Mason Dixon, Best of Misc and Best of Breed
Professionally handled by Daniel Rosa, Bred by and owned by Karen Kollmer, Battlefield Aussies at the Gloucester Country Kennel Club, October 19, 2013 in Buena, NJ
He is one step closer to his CM. Thank you all for supporting him at shows and continued enthusiasm for our budding breed!

Go Team Mason! 
 Tux (Lone Pine's Black Tie Affair) won Winners Dog, Best of Winners, Best Head Type and Best in Show at the Mini American Specialty at TASAA Nationals. We are so proud of our boy!
Pleasant Woods Cheyenne Rose wins Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite at the
Mini American Specialty in Ridgefield, WA. Under judge Leslie Sorenson. Also placing in the IABCA show, Best of Breed, 3rd in Group out of 19 dogs!, a reserve Best in Show, and a Best in Show in the Family Group.
Owned by Virginia Verville of NW Aloha Aussies in Florence, OR.


NW Aloha Black Maverick wins Best Puppy 2-4 mo., Best head-type and a 1st in the Movement Class at the Mini American Specialty in Ridgefield, WA

under judge Paul Chen.

Owned and Bred by Virginia Verville of NW Aloha Aussies in Florence, OR
Note: (this is a correction from the mis-print last week on Patti Cutler's announcement of Leo winning the Movement)


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

Tuesday Talk!   Send updates to 


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

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:

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The Break-Away Tire - not an open and shut case

Effective September 4, 2013, clubs holding AKC agility trials must use a break-away tire in place of the standard tire jump.

However, because we want to look at all options for the break-away tire and come to the best decision possible for the exhibitors, there will be an additional six month review period of the new tire (September 4, 2013 - March 3, 2014).

During this review period the tire may either stay open after a dog has caused the tire to break apart, or the tire may automatically close and reset




Day of Entries accepted for the MASCUSA AKC Instinct Herding Test on Sunday, Novemeber 17th, in Broken Arrow, OK.  Also day of entries for the entire AHBA Trial Saturday Nov 16th

Held at Latigo Farm

AKC trial is sponsored by the Mid America affiliate !



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 November! 


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. Christine Streubel

  2. Thomas Eichner

  3. Pat Edwards-Brown

  4. Cyndy Strickland

  5. Sara Beth Strickland

  6. Heather A. Fiero

  7. Heather Kessler

  8. Kathy Manuel

  9. Bobbetta Fincher

  10. Randy Fincher

  11. Barbara Beutler

  12. Tracey Chapman

  13. Inge Young

  14. Polly N. Barney

                     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.

Get to thinking about it!
Board Elections next year.
If you want to serve get involved.

Karen Keller
President of MASCUSA
In This Issue
Eukanuba Meet the Breed
Never too Old for Agility
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Funds for a Member
Send Win Photos
Affiliate News
Comix By Coleen
AKC Superindendents
Break Away Tire
Enter the Herding Instinct Test
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Welcome New Members for November
K9 College Cruise
Board elections next year
MASCUSA Cafepress Makeover
AKC Show Links
Send Your Photos


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



It is receiving a makeover and new designs will be uploaded over the next few weeks! 


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 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