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December 10, 2013  

 Sham Vanni in the snow!
Sandi Vanni


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

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Pet Safe Holiday

It's time to put up the Christmas tree.  

While Christmas trees delight us in so many wonderful ways, they can also be dangerous.  In addition to fire hazards, your Christmas tree could cause safety issues for your pets. That's why it's so important for pet owners to make sure they have a pet-safe tree.

If you are thinking about putting up your tree, or if you just put it up, take a minute to look over our pet safety tips for your holiday tree. Thousands of Christmas tree related pet injuries are treated every year. We've seen everything from dogs eating the pine needles and chewing on cords to trees actually falling over on them. It is really amazing to consider all the different problems that a Christmas tree can cause. And it's even more amazing how our adorable pets just seem to seek out that trouble! 

I have an important article for you to read - 
Simple Tips to a Holiday Safe Tree. Even if your tree is already up, see if it is as safe as it can be. 

Last year I saw an 8-year-old dog that had never bothered the tree before, but he chewed on a glass ball on one of the branches and cut his mouth badly. He never bothered the tree in 8 years, and then boom - he decided to do something silly. If it happened to this dog, it could happen to your dog. So please make sure your Christmas tree is safe. The last thing you need during the holidays is an emergency trip to your vet. 

Please read: 


Right click to save this photo and once saved you can then set as your desktop picture for December! 


Icy and I are ready for Invitationals in Orlando next week and are keeping with the theme of red, white and blue for the Miniature American Shepherd!

Donna Carry Johnson   


Three Mini American's are a BIG hit at the

Teacup Agility Trial in Norman, OK


Cooper's Bailey Gal earned her TIAD (Teacup Intermediate Agility Dog)

Flagtree's Dynamite earned her TG1 (Teacup Games 1)

Flagtree's Simply Spicy earned her TBAD (Teacup Beginner Agility Dog), TIAD, and TG1 titles

New Titles
Cheryl Warren and Flagtree's Simply Spicey earned their Teacup Agility Beginner Standard (TBAD), their Intermediate Standard (TIAD), and their Games 1 (TG1) Titles in Norman last weekend, as well as a truly deserved High in Trial Female. Kris Hurley was judge. They also won the 12 Dogs of Christmas game Sunday (musical chairs with the dog having to STAY while the owner found a chair).





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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"Merlin" Brown's Torque'Em Up, CGC, NAJ, NA, OA, OAJ, AE, AEJ, ANF, CAD, RN, MA, MAJ
Jannessa Brown



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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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   Gardner bus card
Check out Life's Abundance Breeder Program
KIM GARDNER 602 377-8972
Winter Wonderland Picture!
Lucky J Kessie Kat, CGC, STAR Puppy
Lorel Sack


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



Best of breed win pictures of "Hidden Treasure @ Rockin B"

owner Rochelle Granger


Snake Rivers Little Black Bear aka Mik went BOB and MISC
3 out of the 4 days at Roseburg, Or
Jan Thingelstad

Choosing the Right Sire

It's not the weight of the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it -  L. Horne


Dr. Carmelo L. Battaglia


"There are two reasons that will cause most people to hesitate when selecting a stud dog.

The first is the uncertainty of possible health problems and the other does not know if they will produce the traits that needed.


But regardless of the lack of information and these concerns, the selection of the right sire begins by knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the bitch to be bred. If she has well over all conformation, health and temperament the job of finding the right sire is less difficult. If she has some good traits and several faults, the job of finding the right one requires more research.


The selection process should begin with a clear understanding of what is expected from

the breeding and what the bitch has to offer. Using pedigree analysis techniques a breeder can learn about the qualities and the lack of qualities in her pedigree as well as those of each sire being considered.


As soon as the strengths and weaknesses of the bitch are known, a list of stud dog

Candidates can be developed. Start with a large number of good candidates. Ten may seem to be more than enough but you will find that ten is not too many once you begin to check them out. Developing a list of 10 stud dogs begins by contacting breeders, handlers and judges who are knowledgeable about the breed. This will take time so the search must begin several months before the bitch comes in heat. In gathering information avoid using photos and advertisements. Most are flattering and are not forth coming about problems. Most usually promise more than a stud dog can produce. As a general rule, one should be cautious about those who recommend their own dogs because of they have a vested interest in the matter. "


Interested in reading more click here!


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:

Gardner 2013      


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 Bluegrass Sonata, Taycins Dulcimer, and Patchworks Fancy Bluegrass
Lynn Gray


Away To Me Aussies wishes you a Holiday Season bringing the fondest of
memories entwined with Joy, Peace and Prosperity
Happy Holidays
Shana Witbeck
Alta Away To Me Shades Of Passion. (RMF)
Alta Away To Me Scarlett Rouge. (RTF)
 "Tag" and  "Jorja"
Enjoy !
Gayle from Twin Ridge Kennel
Utica, Kentucky

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
Pet Safe Holiday
Ready for Invitationals
Minis Big Hit at Teacup Agility
Agility Brag!
Wigglebutts and Skyzhound!
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Comix By Coleen
Send Win Photos
Choosing The Right Sire
Christmas Greeting!
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Welcome New Members for December
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



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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