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February 4, 2014 


 Cooler's First Snow


Transfer fees will double if transfers are submitted more than 2 months past the transfer date effective for transfers postmarked after 3/5/14.


The Health Tested Emblem will no longer be provided for any registration transaction. It is recommended that breeders register their health data through the CHIC Program or provide copies of health test documents to new owners effective immediately.


Thanks to a members suggestion, we have added the state to the new members list!  If you have a suggestions for the club, the Tuesday Talk or anything else relating to our dogs, please feel free to contact MASCUSA! for questions and suggestions - for the Tueday Talk


 Valentines for Morgan
Morgan photo by Denise Albright
   Valentine Day seems to be a perfect time for cute photos,
send them to me at!


Timeless Trudy MX MXJ MJB MXF

will be the first Miniature American Shepherd to represent our breed at The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She has been selected to compete in the first ever Masters Agility Championships. Each dog will run a Std and jumpers with weaves. The top fastest dogs from each jump height will move to the finals. This will be aired on FoxSports1 at 6:00 PM Eastern time. Bred by Karen Keller. loved, owned and handled by Chip Gerfen.

Way to go Chip and Trudi! History in the making:) 


Chip with Trudi as a puppy!

 The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, between the hours of 11AM and 10PM at Pier 94 in New York City. 


 Get all the info by clicking the link above! 

 Live television coverage!!


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

ASHGI News: C.A. Sharp at On-line Canine Population Genetics Class

The Institute of Canine Biology will be
offering a Basic Population Genetics online course starting NEXT WEEK, 3
February. ICB wants to extend a special invitation to Australian Shepherd
breeders. ICB courses are taught by Dr. Carol Beuchat but for this session
ASHGI President C.A. Sharp will be sitting in to field Aussie-specific
questions. CA has written award-winning articles on canine population

Here are some of the questions the course will answer:

- Why you should care about the "gene pool" of your breed.

- Why your breed's "founders"; are so important.

- How your breed can be smaller than you think - and why it matters.

- What does coefficient of inbreeding really tell you?

- Why DNA tests alone will not make your breed healthier.

Read the "Elevator Pitch" -

Information and registration at

Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute, Inc

Herding and Conformation!!!
April 26th and 27th
2 AKC Herding Trials and 2 Open Shows   
Broken Arrow, OK
Mid America will be hosting these events for MASCUSA
(pending final approval from AKC)
Premiums available soon!

Gardner 2013    

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!





Sapphire's Gottabe Mr. Micah McGee


  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


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 CM8

shown winning AKC Best in Misc. recently in Ocala, Florida under judge Mr. Nelson Huber.
Breeder/owner/handler/chauffer-Jeanie McAdams


Sizzln Hot Motion in Red

with Best in Show Misc. at the Orange Empire show in

San Bernandino, Ca.

Julienne Laughy


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:

Greenwich Kennel Club
GKC 82nd All-Breed Dog Show, Obedience & 10th Rally Trial
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Taylor Farm Park, Canfield Ave., Norwalk, CT

With the cold winds still blowing, let's think spring! The annual Greenwich Kennel Club Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trials will be held at Taylor Farm Park in East Norwalk, Connecticut on Saturday, June 7th , rain or shine. GKC is pleased to have PRS Air Elite, experts in worldwide hand delivery and chaperon services, as show sponsors. GKC is excited to announce some
NEW features to be held on the show grounds, pending AKC approval:

  • Miscellaneous & FSS Breed OPEN SHOW hosted by the Berger Picard Club of America including a Misc & FSS Puppy 4-6 Month Competition will be held on Saturday. NOTE: Specific information including closing date, entry procedure, etc. will be sent in early March, pending AKC approval.

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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Your Breed Standard Evaluation and Education Committee needs your help.
Please take a moment to go back and look up the judges that you have shown MAS under. We are trying to gather a list of judges that have actually had "hands-on" experience with our breed. We would greatly appreciate the judge's name, date and location of the show. Please email your information to

Welcome New Members for February! 


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. Shyann Haddock-Seng

  2. Beth Whitman-Pitzer

  3. Dieter Sundermeier, Ontario

  4. Carla Bowler-Sundermeier, Ontario

  5. Erica Beattie, PA

  6. Lisa Bouffard, TX

  7. Davis Wall, TX

  8. Denise Covington, SC

  9. Georgia Bell Hull, CA

  10. Stephen Anthony Hull, CA

  11. Gina Leone, ME

  12. Eileen McGough, NY

  13. Doug Nickel, SD

  14. Janice L. Turner, TX

                     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

In This Issue
Transfers must be sent by 60 days
Thank you for suggestions
Valentine Photos
First MAS to represent our breed at Westminster in Agility
Westminster Information and Live Coverage
C.A. Sharp Online Population Genetics Class
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Comix By Coleen
AKC Superindendents
Greenwich Kennel Club
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Welcome New Members for February
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! 


Click here



 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