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December 31, 2013  

Ready to Tackle 2014! 

 This will be fun!!!

What were the highlights from 2013 that you

accomplished with your dogs?

What's your New Year's resolution?

All Photos encouraged!


Send them to me for the Tuesday Talk, Mindy at!


Here's Rose Stoebner & Levi testing out their new skijoring equipment.

 My highlight for the year dog-wise was definitely getting a herding HIT with Levi!!

Therese Stoebner


2013 was a year of beginnings. New home, job, and town. New venues to play in - Teacup Agility, UKC, and American Herding Breeds Assn. We herded goats and ducks, as well as sheep. New dog clubs and groups - Mindy's BA Herders, 4-Corners Herding Assn, Tulsa Dog Training Club, Companion Dog Club of Tulsa, K9 Manners & More, Obedience Training Club of Bartlesville. New friends! New friends! New friends! I got to go see the Mini American Nationals in OKC; was priviledged to be rally scribe at the AKC Rally Nationals Competition in Tulsa. New dog - Flagtree's Piece of Cake (Cupcake) is like being on a perpetual sugar high!

I look forward to 2014 and it's opportunities. I've already scheduled weight watchers meetings and have orientation at our company fitness center on my calendar. I have a 10-day trip to Houston planned when I can attend 4 days of CPE trials. Cupcake is enrolled in Advanced Beginner Obedience; Mia in Advanced Open Obedience; Bailey and Mia in Weave Poles 2 and Advanced Agility. We'll be working on more agility titles, more advanced herding titles, Mia's RAE2, and I hope to at least get Cupcake's HT, CGC, RN and BN this year. I have a 20 X 30 foot shop to get cleaned out, matted, fitted with water, heat and air for my training room. Hopefully, my skills in grooming improve and I start learning something about conformation.

Good luck, health and fortune to every in 2014!
Karen Bailey Cooper
and Flagtree's Dynamite (Mia) CD BN RAE PT NAP NJP CGC CL-1R CL1-F CL1- H URO1 UAG2 TBAD TAG1; Cooper's Bailey Gal (Bailey) CD BN RE HT NAP NJP CGC CL1-R CL1-H URO1 UAG1 TBID TG2; The Amazing Gizmo (Gizmo) CD BN RE CGC URO1; LeeLu's Satellite Socks (LeeLu) CGC - retired; Flagtree's Piece of Cake (Cupcake) in training with first leg in Herding Instinct


Flagtree's Simply Spice says she is ready to jump into 2014.

This photo taken by Phyllis Ensley at AKC agility, Sports Blast Soccer Arena, Birmingham, AL this past weekend

Cheryl Warren



GCh Abingtons Skys D Limit "Aiden" was the #2 dog in Mascusa and earned his Grand Championship in 2013.


Gch Abingtons Mercyme Vera Wang "Bella" was the #1 Dog in TASAA and earned a Grand Championship, Bella also earned a BOB Bred By, BOB Adult and 1st in Movement at the Tasaa Nationals.


GCh A Kings Castle Abingtons Beau "Jimny" earned a Grand Championship in Masca.


Ch Abingtons Da Vinci "Leo" earned a Best of Breed at the Mascusa Nationals and earned a Mascusa Championship at 9 months.

Patti Cutler



My Dream's Ruff Rider, "Theo," CGC, CL3, NW1, HIC

Theo has had a banner year:

He moved up from Level 2 to Level 4 in CPE Agility, qualifying him for the 2014 CPE Agility Nationals in Minnesota.
He earned his NW1 Title (NASCW Nosework Level 1) in Missouri. I was so proud of our boy Theo -- He took First Place in Containers and PRONOUNCED FIRST PLACE OVERALL. For any non-nosework folks, this means he had to find an odor (a Qtip soaked with Birch essential oil) hidden in four different locations: Containers (basically a room full of boxes, hence containers), which he found in 9 seconds; an interior room full of equipment; an exterior (25' by 50' foot outside area full of farm equipment, and debris -- the hide was drilled into the cornstalk in the pix); and on a vehicle parked amongst other vehicles. He had 10 minutes total to find all the hides and he did it in 1 minute 19 seconds, making him the top dog overall! (I'm including a pix of him with his ribbons.)
Even with all that hard work, he continues to make us laugh with his talking and smiling!
He truly is a love.
Jean and Ron Jahnke,
Breeder Sarah Seefeldt

 Gardner 2013      

New Fee for advertising in 2014!! 




Ads - per month $15 

Litter Ads - per month $30


Litter Announcements - MASCUSA members may advertise their litters in the Tuesday Talk. Litter ads are $30 per month (all Tuesdays in the month). All litter announcements will appear in a section called the "Puppy Pen" at the end of the Tuesday Talk in a standardized format as follows:

one photo, maximum size of 300 pixels wide x 200 pixels high

a maximum of 50 words of description

one web link or email address

Send in announcements of expected litters, litters on the ground, or available adults. You may include your kennel name, your name, your state, telephone number, your e-mail or web site address, name of sire and dam, color/size of sire and dam, color and sex of puppies. Listing of health clearances is encouraged! Adjectives describing puppies, such as "flashy" or "special" will not be included, nor will selling prices.


Advertising - Paid advertisements appearing in the body of the Tuesday Talk are not to be used for litter announcements and should not exceed the maximum size of 600 pixels wide x 400 pixels high. Paid advertisements are $15 per month (all Tuesdays in the month). Paid advertisements must be in the form of a jpg, png, etc. Creation of ad layout is not a service that TT offers.


Is this not the perfect valentine puppy
MiniMiler Dynastys Quiver



Do you know a young dog lover that may be interested in taking part in dog shows or Junior Showmanship?

Have them take a look at this video!

Former junior handler and AKC Junior Scholarship recipient Allison Kirk gives a great overview of how to get started in Junior Showmanship and the fun young people can have with their dogs in AKC events.

  From the December AKC Board Meeting Minutes! 



The AKC Board VOTED to amend the Herding Regulations, Earthdog Regulations, Regulations for Lure Coursing Tests and Trials, and Regulations for Coursing Ability Tests, to allow clubs holding Herding, Earthdog and Lure Coursing events, at their discretion, to provide lower entry fees for dogs handled by Juniors. A Junior Handler must be younger than 18 years of age. This change becomes effective immediately for events that have not yet published their premium.




The Board considered a proposal from the Delegate Parent Clubs Committee to reduce the transfer fee to add or remove a Junior Handler as a co-owner of a dog,

Following discussion, there was a motion by Dr. Battaglia, seconded by Ms. Scully, and it was VOTED (unanimously) to make the transfer fee to add or remove a Junior Handler as a coowner of a dog $10.00, effective February 1, 2014.



The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


GR CH Linderlands Casanova.

Owned by Melinda Peters and Judy Linder

  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 

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


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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 :-)
 Send to


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



Possiblity of us being able to host two shows in one day!!

from the December AKC Board Meeting Minutes



Alan Slay and Bri Tesarz, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting via telephone


Multiple All-Breed or Limited-Breed Shows in One Day

The Board reviewed a recommendation for a pilot program which will allow clubs with relatively

small entries to hold two shows in one day. There was a motion by, Ms. Cruz, seconded by Mr.

Powers, and it was VOTED (affirmative: Mr. Gladstone, Dr. Newman, Mr. Amen, Mr. Kalter, Mr.

Powers; Mr. Feeney, Mr. Arnold, Dr. Battaglia, Ms. Cruz, Mr. Wooding, Ms. Scully, Mr. Ashby;

opposed: Dr. Garvin) to approve the implementation of the following pilot program which allows

multiple All-Breed or Group shows in one day.

The shows may be held by the same club or multiple clubs. The number of

point shows for an individual breed is limited to two per day. Club(s) may hold

two all-breed shows in one day, two group shows of the same group in one

day, or a combination of all-breed and group shows. Consecutive days of

multiple shows in one day are allowed. After one year of implementation, the

success of the pilot program will be assessed and a report will be presented to

the Board with a recommendation for future shows.


The following limitations be placed on this pilot program:

* Available for shows held after May 1, 2014.

* Clubs that had a show of 500 entries or less the previous year are

eligible for the pilot program. Appeals for exceptions will be reviewed

on an individual basis.

* All-breed shows must offer group and best in show competition.

Group shows must offer group competition.

The use of multiple group rings at all-breed shows is encouraged.

* No concurrent or evening specialties may be held in conjunction with

the shows.

* Junior Showmanship competition is allowed.

* Obedience and Rally competitions are allowed, and encouraged, but

must have their own ring(s) for competition.

* Ownership of the corresponding date must be agreed upon in writing

and submitted to AKC prior to event approval if two clubs are holding

the same type of events on the same date & site.

* Clubs that participate in the pilot program will have the right to return

to their original (corresponding) date(s) the following year. Failure to

return to their original date the following year will result in forfeiture of

ownership of the date. Other clubs may use the dates that are

available due to participation in the pilot program, on a one-time

approval basis.



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:


Hope everyone found what they were looking for under the tree!
Lucky J Kessie Kat and her pal Snuggles did :) Lorel

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!!


 sheep gif 


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

Change to Litter Advertsing Fee!
There will be a flat rate of $30.00 a month for litter
advertising. Download the Advertising form by clicking
Get to thinking about it!
Board Elections next year.
If you want to serve get involved.

Karen Keller
President of MASCUSA
In This Issue
Highlights of 2013 and 2014 resolutions!
Do you know a Junior?
Agility Brag
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Comix By Coleen
Catalog Ads Due May 31st
Two Shows Per Day
AKC Superindendents
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Welcome New Members for December
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



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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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