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January 07, 2014 

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Obedience and Rally Regulation Changes


The AKC Board VOTED to amend five sections of the Obedience Regulations and one section of the AKC Rally® Regulations to make the events more enjoyable.

These changes are effective January 1, 2014; please share this information with your Obedience/Rally Trial Chairmen and Trial Secretaries/Superintendents.

 In summary the changes (underlined below) are:

  1. Allow premium lists to measure not less than 5˝ x 8˝ inches up to 8˝ x 11 inches. (Obedience Regulations Chapter 1, Section 3)
  2. Require clubs to refund the entry fee for females in season. A processing fee may be retained by the club. (Obedience Regulations Chapter 1, Section 14)
  3. Allow clubs, at their option, to establish a wait list to fill openings created by entries that are withdrawn prior to the event closing date. (Obedience Regulations Chapter 1, Section 27)
  4. Allow dogs to be picked up by their handlers when they are called back into the ring for the awards ceremony. (Obedience Regulations Chapter 2, Sections 11 & 22)
  5. Allow rally ring sizes to be determined by square footage (2,000 to 3,000 square feet, with a minimum width of 30 feet). This will provide clubs flexibility in determining the location of their rally trial, perhaps allowing them to lower their cost. While the square footage area listed above is the minimum size allowed, a 40' x 50' or 50' x 60' ring size is ideal for rally. (Rally Regulations Chapter 2, Section 1)









Affiliate News!


Here is your Mid America Miniature American Shepherd Board for 2014-2015!

Mid America is an affiliate of MASCUSA

President: Julie Voge

Vice President: Leslie Peckham

Secretary: Karen Cooper

Treasurer: Mindy Stevenson

Affiliate Rep: Jeanie McAdams

Board Officers:

Linda Perry

Gloria Cross

Kathy Agan


Icy Earns the Agility MACH8
Icy will be 10 this year, so I will cherish every run!!
I love this little blue dog so much!!!
Mach8 Icyhot!!
Donna Crary Johnson  

Could I Be A Dog-Loving Mentor?

This is a great read by Susan Garrett


"Why would Susan Garrett be considered a mentor?

Possibly because of the national or world championships I have won in dog agility. Maybe because of my successes with both  "high drive" dogs and "motivationally challenged dogs"or because of the success I have had  focusing on the manipulation of positive reinforcement in dog training rather than the consequences of various forms of punishment.  Or maybe there is some other reason I haven't even considered...

The truth is, if I had my way, what people would  take notice of is not just my training, handling or performing but also of the way I share my life with my dogs, the fact that my life at home with my dogs, reflects the love and respect I have for each dog equally."  Read more below


Gardner 2013         

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


Prodigy's Turn You Party Lights On At Woodridge

Owned by Sheila Hoskins


  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

        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


From The Institute of Canine Biology - this is a great read!!!


The Pox of Popular Sires


 by Carol Beuchat PhD

"The most common admonition of the geneticist to the dog breeder is to "avoid the Popular Sire Syndrome". At the same time, the most common advice from breeder to breeder is "breed the best to best". So the conundrum is obvious and the consequence predictable - the "best" dogs are the most sought after, so they sire the most offspring and become popular sires"......




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

wins Best of Breed at the MASCUSA Specialty, hosted by CENMAS on 12/13/13 in Orlando, Florida! Judge was Ms. Jan Paulk

Earlier that day 'Merlie' won AKC Best in Show in the AKC Open show

with apx 120 FSS and Misc. entries!

'Merlie' now has 117 AKC points and 41 AKC Best in Misc., Multi BOB Specialty wins, Multi AKC Best in Open Shows, 2013 Mascusa Nationals #1 Premier male, 2013 Ickc #1 Mini American Shepherd, #6 all breed, 2012 Ickc #1 Jr. pup, all breed & Ickc Jr. Hall of Fame, 2012 Mascusa Top 10, 2012 AKC Eukanuba class winner, etc..! breeder/owner/handler/chauffer-Jeanie McAdams



 Dynasty's Triple Crown, CM "Remi"


BIS MISC at the Central Florida Kennel Club 12/12/13



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

 USDA/APHIS Lawsuit 

Update on the lawsuit to stop the APHIS revised regulations. HSUS has come in on the side of the defendants (APHIS) claiming their business will be harmed if the regulations aren't implemented.



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 January! 


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. Steffi Hindorf

    2. Rickard Rundquist

    3. Nadja Karlsson

    4. Iris Sablery

    5. Lelie Sablery

    6. Marie Sablery

    7. Adam Conrad

    8. Kim Enevoldsen

    9. Torin Enevoldsen

    10. Stacie DeVolld

    11. Debra A. Fisch

    12. Maria Isabel Guerrero

    13. Andrew Jensen

    14. Angie Knowles

    15. Traci Middleton

    16. Connie Kay O'Day

    17. Annemarie Pack

    18. Scott Pack

    19. Linda Smith

    20. Marcie Watson

    21. Sandra Behrens

    22. Cynthia Jacobs McAleer

    23. Leah G. McAleer

    24. Karla Benjamin

    25. Michael Benjamin

    26. Sonja Daday

    27. JoAnn Mejia

    28. Evelyn Monckton

    29. Michael Morgan

    30. Kelly Noaker

    31. Douglas L. Pierce

    32. Martina Kreuger

    33. Heather Jones

                     ATTENTION PHOTOS NEEDED!

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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
Advertise in the TT!
Obedience and Rally Reg Changes
Mid America New Board
A Dog Loving Mentor
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Comix By Coleen
Pox of Popular Sires
Send Win Photos
AKC Superindendents
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
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