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February 25, 2014 


 Meet the Breed at the Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show in Del Mar, CA this past weekend. This show is one of the largest to the held in Sothern California. Meet the Breed was a 2-day event.


Picture from left to right is Suzette Olguin holding her Thunder and my Bonnie and Rebecca Lotz holding my Lego and her CJ and Sally. All of the humans and dogs were magnificent ambassadors for the club and the breed. All of the dogs are from Willow Rock Ranch and are related.


Laura Lotz




A good weekend at the local AKC OB/Rally trial -

Sadie (C-ATCH Kenandy's Sadie of Ridge Park - ChFH RS-E GS-O JS-N-OP JS-O-OP JS-E OAC NCC O-NJC OJC TN-O TG-N WV-N PDI PSII PJII PGI PKI OA NAJ BN RN SL1 HCTds JHDs STDs PT CGC TDI)finished her Beg Novice Title and both Sadie &

Frankie (Multi Ch Bravehearts Ms. Blue Eyes of Taycin - CL2 CL3-F/H/S JS-N RN SL1 mHIC HCTs CGC TDI MVA-08 MV-MAS-11 V1)finished their Rally Novice title! Sadie took another first in both classes, finishing her Rally Novice title with scores of 97, 99 & 98! Not bad for my agility girl that will be 12 next month!

Thanks, Deb Dulaney





Icy and Tru enjoyed a weekend at a USDAA trial in AZ this weekend and did very well!! Both earned Q's in GP and team as well as numerous platings in other classes.
Donna Crary Johnson

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 Ella Isabel of HoneyLk


finishing up a tunnelers run in great form!

We just finished our O-NAC and O-TN-N this weekend which makes her "official" name Ella Isabel of HoneyLk GS-N JS-N-OP RS-N O-NAC O-TN-N NJC WV-N TG-N. Quite the list she's got started! Ella was bred by Honey Lake Mini Aussies and out of Sam x Chanel.

Lea R. Medeiros

 Gordonview Four On The Floor


doing Agility in Chattanooga,TN last weekend. He earned his novice standard tiltle in 2 days in the Atlanta Australian Shepard Club of America.

His registered name is Gordonview Four On The Floor (he is 2 years old), breeder is Lorri Gordon(Gordonview Farm, Shelbyville,TN)
and my name is Ann Berryman and I am also the handler.
I look forward to getting his AKC agility title in JWW in Murfreesboro,TN on Feb 28th.


Joe and Ann Berryman


Gardner 2013       


(Monday, February 24, 2014)


By: Mary Burch, Ph.D., AKC's Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Director, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist


"I can think of at least three friends or relatives whose dogs bark when they are talking on the phone. The conversation usually goes like this..."And then she said...BRUNO!!! STOP BARKING!...anyway, she said she would be coming to the party...BRUNO! QUIT IT!...and she will be bringing... BRUNO!!!!!!" And on and on it goes.


The main reason that dogs bark when we are on the phone is that the behavior is attention maintained. Barking is one way for a dog to say, "Pay attention to me." Your canine companion can hold you hostage if you are so embarrassed by the noise that as you talk, you scurry around the house with the portable phone trying to find something, anything, that will put on end to the barking so you can have a peaceful conversation.

You find yourself thinking, "Here, have a dog biscuit and be quiet," as you grimace at the dog and shove his preferred treat toward him. Or, "Come on!" you mouth silently with a scowl on your face and snapping your fingers, indicating that the dog should come to the door NOW to go outside.

And throughout the call, you hope that your caller isn't hearing all of the ridiculous manipulative shenanigans that your precious pup is pulling right now.

The bad news is if you give in and try to stop the barking with a reward such as a treat or activity the dog enjoys, you may stop the racket briefly, but you've just strengthened the behavior and you're on your way to having a dog who barks every time you talk on the phone.

So what do you do? Here are a few alternatives:

1. Teach the dog an incompatible behavior such as, "Go to your place." If the dog is in a down stay or in his crate where he is usually quiet, he is less likely to bark.

2. Reward quiet behavior. Be ready with some treats before you start talking on the phone. Periodically give the dog a treat if she is quiet.

3. Consider pairing talking on the phone with an activity that the dog enjoys. If the weather is beautiful, it might be nice to sit on the back porch to have your weekly hour-long phone visit with Aunt Sue. The dog can enjoy the back yard and sunshine. However, the dog should not be calling the shots and forcing you to go outside once the call has started.

4. Set up extinction training sessions. For a behavior such as barking, extinction (ignoring the behavior) is an appropriate way to handle the problem. But it is hard to ignore a barking dog when you are trying to have a phone conversation. Consider staging a phone call to train your dog. You can call yourself from a second phone to make the phone ring. The dog doesn't know no one is talking on the other end. Then have a conversation with yourself, using the same tones and demeanor you use when you talk on the phone. Observe to see how early in the chain that your dog starts to bark. Is the ringing phone the stimulus that causes the problem? Does the barking start a few minutes into the conversation? Ignore the dog until he is quiet and then reward him with a treat. "


The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


Maeby owned by Marles Bradley and Morgan Stapleton

  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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Let's negoiate whose couch this really is!  


From L to R Micah, Zoya, Molly and Jubilee

Photograph, by Mary Riley


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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.


 Love That Sizzln Hot Kiss
" Smooch" finishes up her debut weekend at just 3 months old
at the ICE show in Hamilton, Texas on 2/24/14.
The judges showed their appreciation by awarding her multiple Best in Show
awards over the weekend. Thank you to judges Luanne Williams, Terry Berrios, Mary Napper and Dr. Carol White Moser.
Breeder/owner/handler/chauffer-Jeanie McAdams. Co breeder Julienne Laughy
3 months old at her debut show!


Desert Sun's Ignite My Fire took Best Opposite under Judge Mr. Lee Brown at the Lost Dutchman Kennel Club show on February 2, 2014.
Deanna Mooney


GCh Abingtons Da Vinci "Leo" took 4/4 BOB, 4/4 BOB Bred By, 2 BIS and 4 RBIS this weekend at the IABCA Show
Abingtons Marco Polo "Player" took 4/4 BOB, 3/4 BOB Bred By and 6 BIS at the IABCA Show. Sire Masca # 1 Dog 2013 GCh A Kings Castle Abingtons Beau and CH Teacup Treasures Princess Kate of Abington.

Player and Leo are 1/2 Brothers out of CH Teacup Treasures Princess Kate of Abington "Diana".
Alstars newest addition from Pages litter last year. Alstars Moseying Along 5 Months old, Red Merle , Standard AKC and UKC registered.
My show prospect for 2014.
Connie Orwig   


      Picture of our 3 dogs Jack ,Paris and Chief running in our yard!

Rochelle Granger


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:

        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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CAFEPRESS Winter Specials!

Just listed some really warm items on sale at our MASCUSA Cafepress Store!

Look for the tab that says Winter Specials.

We also listed several new products displaying our Logo design.

Check them out, when you have a moment!

Click on the new products link on the storefront

Happy Shopping!

Getting ready for the spring trials!   
Latigos Falina Eyes Dark As Night
Owned by Billy Fleming
 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
See all the premiums at or

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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MASCUSA has updated our registry rules and forms.
They are located at

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with these rules.

Thank you,
MASCUSA Board of Directors 

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
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.

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
Meet The Breed
OB/Rally Brag
Agility Brags!
Stop Barking I'm On The Phone
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
Win Photos & Brags
Fun Everyday Photos
Comix By Coleen
Cafepress Winter Specials
Herding and Conformation in April
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Breed Standard Committee needs your helps!
Transfers must be sent by 60 days
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



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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!

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