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December 03, 2013  

 Timeless He's So Fine, aka Mickey. Taken by Linda Llanes.
Marla Van Willigan


Send me a picture of your Christmas card or scenes with your dogs!  We'll post new ones every week till Christmas!

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  Do you have Eukanuba on your December wish list?



Dogs from All 50 States and More Than 50 Countries

To Vie for Title of National Champion

 Thousands of dogs will have year-end competition opportunities in a variety of world-class dog sporting events on December 10-15, 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. The week, culminating with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, tops all other dog events in the nation with more than 16,300 combined entries.

Dogs will compete in one million square feet of canine-centric event space in the:


* AKC/Eukanuba National Championship


* Eukanuba World Challenge


* AKC Junior Showmanship Finals


* AKC Agility Invitational


* AKC National Juniors Agility Competition


* AKC Obedience Classic


* AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition


* AKC National Owner-Handled Series Final


* Specialty Shows and the FSS/Miscellaneous Breeds Open Show


*****Click this link*****

 for vital information and more links to everything Eukanuba including our Miniature American Shepherd Premium


Also be sure and add these two important links to your favorites!


AKC Eukanuba National Championships


AKC Agility Invitationals at Eukanuba 598 entries!

 Gardner 2013  

598 entries in the AKC Agility Invitational


 162 breeds from 41 states and six countries. Eukanuba and J & J Dog Supplies are proud sponsors of the AKC Agility Invitational.


Of the five minis, 3 will be in the 16in division:

 Icy, Hope, and Missy


3 in the 12in division:

Sheila, and Ricky Bobby


 The 3rd Min Am Shep in the 12" class is being run by a Junior Handler:

the dog is: Sarah

C-ATCH for Willow Rock's Legolas Greenleaf, ThD, call name Lego on Sunday, December 1, 2013.


 She finished her championship with a perfect run in the first run of the day on Sunday and was perfect 8 for 8 weekend!


The judge is Anna Potter and the young lady is my daughter Rebecca who has run Lego on weekends that I work and has helped with Lego's Q total. It was a perfect autumn day in La Jolla, CA. We're as excited as we can possibly be!


Laura Lotz



I'm pleased to announce that Bluegrass Bella has won the "Spoiled Princess" award at the Spoiled Dog Winery on Whidbey Island for the second year in a row. I have attached the winning picture. We were especially happy for her because she has been very ill this year. We traveled across country in our RV and she picked up a tick on the East Coast and developed a tick related disease in July. It is now almost December and we are still fighting this invasive disease that attacks the immune system but we hope that 2014 has happier days for Bella. She remains a happy, friendly dog despite her discomfort.

Merv and Kathy Floyd, owners



The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


  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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Alstars A Stormy Knight. aka Jack
Cindy Duggan



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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 be considered in one of Coleens designs!  She said I don't want peoples' perfect pics, just the accidental ones :-)
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Here are the latest MISC CM Title Holders announced from AKC

Congrats to all. These are from 11/2/13 - 11/16/13

Eidi N'Amanar Eddiyet CM AZAWAKH
Youwarou Wa N'Tafouk CM AZAWAKH ...
Hopecrest's Once In A Blue Moon CM COTON DE T
Battlefield's Mason Dixon CM MIN AMER SHEP
Dynasty's Triple Crown CM MIN AMER SHEP

Comes Cordis Orcia CM LAG ROM


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



GR CH Love That American Red White and Blue CM

made a 'clean sweep' by winning 3 AKC Best in Misc. classes (out of 3) at the AKC Nationals in Oaks, PA recently. (You may have watched it on TV on Thanksgiving day) One day there were 24 Misc entries! Thank you to judges Mrs. Geraldine Kelly, Mr. Clay Coady and Mr. Randy Garren. At just 22 months old, 'Merlie' has won 39 AKC Best in Misc! Shown by breeder/owner/handler Jeanie McAdams
   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:



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Looks like lots of us will have or did have snow recently!

Enjoy this video from Donna and Spice


Spice's First Snow

"We had snow last weekend, so I added a little Christmas music......."


Timeless Hot Tamale (Spice)

Rest Stop Delux!
Cora Puff wrote..."hit the road for two weeks in our travel trailer with our 3 minis in tow. from California to Houston and up through Texas to Bridgeport and then back through New Mexico and Arizona. This was the nicest k9 friendly rest stop we found. And of course it was on the last leg of our trip".

Sent in by a member hoping to save others from this sad scenario! 


NEVER, NEVER, NEVER let a pregnant bitch get exposed to any other dog for the last 3 weeks of her pregnancy and the first three weeks after birth. I just lost Penny's litter to Canine Herpes Infection.

The pups were 3 days old and went to the vet for their docking. She mentioned that one pup had some bruising in the groin area and a spot in the mouth which I had not noticed before and she thought the mother had maybe pulled on the cord too hard. The docking was successful and I took them home. Within an hour I called the vet back and said something is wrong, they feel limp... rushed back over.


In the meantime she had looked up bruising and called a specialist. The pups' temp had dropped to 90 degrees. We started the warming process and gave fluids and antibiotics but they were gone in 7 hours... never had a chance. It was so fast with no warning. The only cure for this is PREVENTION. I had called another vet about something totally different but asked and he had never heard of it. Following is just a small part of an article you all need to read:


"Herpes infection manifests in pregnancy as resorption of the embryos, abortion of the fetuses, stillbirth, or death of puppies within a few weeks of life. Transmission occurs by direct contact (sexual contact will do it but the usual route is simply normal nosing, licking, and sniffing) between the infected and uninfected dogs. For this reason, it is recommended that a pregnant female dog be isolated from other dogs for the last three weeks of pregnancy and the first three weeks after birth.

Let's say that again: Any pregnant female dog should be isolated from other dogs for the last three weeks of pregnancy and the first three weeks after birth. If she gets infected during this period, the litter is likely to be lost.

Puppies can be exposed before, during, or after birth. Just because one member of the litter is infected does not mean they all are. The incubation period is 3 to 7 days following infection. Once symptoms begin (shallow breathing, loss of appetite, vomiting) death follows within 48 hours. Infected puppies uniformly have low platelet counts and may show red spots called petechiae that actually represent small bruises."

Here is a link to the full article:

The Pet Health Care Library

Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Litter


I was attending dog shows the week prior to her due date. I allowed Penny to play in the yard with her kennel mate when she got home, even though Penny had already been moved to her own room for whelping. I feel so responsible.


I've heard different takes on ever breeding the bitch again. One says never and the other says that she has developed her own immunity and will pass that on to the pups. If anyone can get an expert opinion on that, I sure would like to know.




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 December! 


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. Chris Anctil
  2. Sharon L. Jonas
  3. Esther G. Minton
  4. David Peterson
  5. Judy Peterson
  6. Cora Lee Poff
  7. Bobbie M. Warehime
  8. Samantha Morrison
  9. Nancy N. Jenkins
  10. Lori Smith
  11. Tyler Smith
  12. Ellen Hartikainen
  13. Wendy Lamb
  14. Lexie Lofgren
  15. Mary Mokler
  16. Janie R. Pollard
  17. Allyson Senek
  18. Lynette VandeVenter

                     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 News and Links
AKC Agility Invitational!
C-ATCH Agility Brag!
Spoiled Princess Award
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Comix By Coleen
Send Win Photos
Rocking the Herding World
AKC Superindendents
Affiliate News
Fun First Snow Video
Rest Stop Delux
Warning for pregnant dogs!
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Welcome New Members for December
K9 College Cruise
Send in your ads for September!
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



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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) .
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