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January 21, 2014 

Owned and Photo by Denise Albright 
Dear Members, Here are the results of the survey on proposed changes to the Champion/Grand/Merit Program for 2014. Based on these results, no changes will be made to the program in 2014. Thank you to those who participated in the survey. The Board sincerely appreciates your input!
MASCUSA Board of Directors

Do not make any changes to the Champion/Grand/Merit program for 2014. The Board should focus their efforts on getting the breed fully recognized in AKC



Eliminate the ability to earn points at non-AKC events in 2014.



Add ICE - as a sanctioned non-AKC venue in 2014



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Gottabe's Doin The Hustle, MX, MXJ, MJB, T2B2 - "Hustle",
owned and loved by Kathy Sado

 At the New Year's trial @ Happy Dog in Moorepark, Ca. Hustle was awarded: 
1st places standard, Gamblers, Jumpers, Pairs( relay)
2nd place snooker.

Best regards,
Lori McClelland
Gottabe Miniature American Shepherds
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Check out Life's Abundance Breeder Program
KIM GARDNER 602 377-8972


Agility Brag!
City Slicker Mocha had tons of fun this weekend at an
AKC Event at Indian River County Fairgrounds in Florida.
Mocha got her Title Ribbon, 1st Place and a Qualifying run
all in Novice Standard.
What a great way to spend the weekend.
Phil, Janet & Mocha


Our first new title for 2014! Flagtree's Simply Spicy earned her Teacup Agility Games II (TG2) title.
Cheryl Warren



Alstars A Stormy Knight aka "Jack"

received his first leg in AKC Beginners Novice Judge: Kenneth Kincaid. Trial: Marion-Alachua Dog Training Association , Ocala, FL. Score: 181.5

Cindy Duggan

ASHGI News: Early Scent Introduction for Puppies

Canine Health Foundation HealthE-Barks

Webinar: Introducing Scents in Neonate Puppies
January 9, 2014

In this webinar, Dr. Gayle Watkins, a long-time breeder of Golden
Retrievers, explains how she applies scientific principles to produce
healthy, stable, and talented dogs. For close to 30 years, Dr. Watkins has
produced, owned and/or shown over 50 American and Canadian conformation,
obedience, agility, tracking and rally champions, as well as Master Hunter
and Qualified All-Age field trial Goldens. Most recently, Dr. Watkins and
two of her co-breeders started Avidog International to share these methods
with other breeders and puppy owners. In this webinar, Dr. Watkins explains
one of the methods she and her team have been using in the breeding program
for nearly a decade.


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The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


Daloro Garden in Sweden  


  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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MASCUSA Facebook Page!

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

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AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is the American Kennel Club's popular puppy training program. STAR is an acronym that stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner, all the things every puppy needs to get started on the right paw in life.

Socialization means letting your puppy interact with other people and dogs. While there are many benefits from letting young puppies play together, it is important to supervise and manage the activities to keep all puppies safe.

10 Tips for Supervising Group Playtime for Puppies

  • Carefully watch your puppy and other dogs; this isn't a time for you to zone out and read a book
  • Keep an eye on your puppy's canine body language. If you see fear in your pup's eyes, trembling, and attempting to hide are signs that this is not the ideal activity for your dog
  • Keep the sessions short
  • Watch for and ask that canine bullies be removed from the play session
  • Remove your puppy immediately if you see any dog with aggressive tendencies
  • Find a group for smaller dogs if you have a small dog
  • Don't push your puppy if she is shy or doesn't want to play
  • Plan a calm down activity such as taking a short walk
  • Practice calling your puppy out of the group and reward him for coming
  • Any time you don't feel comfortable with the way dogs playing together, remove your puppy from the group


AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes provide a great setting for you to train and socialize your puppy. For more info, visit:

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


Here is the official win photo for MASCSA CH Dynasty's Triple Crown, CM2 "Remi" for his Eukanuba National Championship MISC BIS win. Thank you to Judge Roberto Velez-Pico for this wonderful win



Remi just started 2014 showing with two MISC BIS wins at the Oak Ridge Kennel Club in TN, this club gave group placement ribbons and wonderful MISC BIS ribbons! Love those clubs who make it fun for the MISC breeds to come!

 Kim Johnson




Silvermist Rise and Shine "Harrison" (blue merle)
wins Best of Breed and Best in Misc. at the North Star Herding Group Specialty, on 1/3/14 in St. Paul Mn. Thank you Judge Paul Willhauck
and Best of Breed Best in Misc. at the Land O Lakes
show on 1/4/14 in St. Paul Mn.
Thank you Judge Edd Bivin
Harrison now has 8 points toward his MC in 2 weekends
Joan Koskiniemi breeder/owner & Sharon Sloper - breeder/handler 
Silvermist KooKoo for KoKo Puffs "KoKo" (red tri)
wins Best of Opposite Sex at the North Star Herding Group Specialty, on 1/3/14 in St. Paul Mn. Thank you Judge Paul Willhauck
and Best of Opposite Sex at the Land O Lakes show on 1/4/14 in St. Paul Mn.
Thank you Judge Edd Bivin
Joan Koskiniemi breeder/owner /handler


"The Picture Finally Arrived"
"SIZZLIN HOT HARD TO RESIST of APPLEWOOD" won Best of Opposite Sex at Eukanuba on December 15,2013 in Orlando Florida. "Pippin" is owned and handled by Ellen Friedman-Smith of Applewood Minature American Shepherds. Thank you to Judge Roberto Velez-Pico.


Piedmont Kennel Club Show Site

Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC


February 15th and March !5th

Judging will be indoors: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

COST: 3 tickets for $5.00 or 8 tickets for $10.00

No points! No prizes! Priceless practice time!

You can purchase as many tickets (ring times) as you want.

This is a casual, friendly event to help get your dogs show ready.

Arrive at your convenience, leave when you're ready.

Practice showing your dogs, socialize and try judging if you'd like.

Lunch, drinks, snacks will NOT be available; bring your own.

Got Questions?


Mary Dolde 803-519-7928 or

Maggie Blutreich 704-282-4947

 Info sent by Shirley!


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:

Triple R's In The Moment (AKA Chloe) with her puppy Darwin
(born 10-16-13).

Chloe is co-owned by Mary Rutkowski of 'Triple R Miniature American Shepherds and Miniature Australian Shepherds' and co-owned and lives with Kristy Bowen. Darwin is owned by Kristy Bowen.


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
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In This Issue
Agility Brags
Obedience Brags
Early Scent Intro for Puppies
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Socializing your Puppy AKC S.T.A.R.
Comix By Coleen
Send Win Photos
AKC Superindendents
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Welcome New Members for January
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