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March 18, 2014 

Photo by Denise Albright

Top Ten Merit for 2013


Congratulations to the Top Ten Miniature American Shepherds of 2013!


(Please send one favorite win picture for the website to

 If you wish to have handler information listed, please send that as well.) 

1. Gr CH Love That American Red White and Blue, CM8

176 pts (113 AKC, 63 Other)

Breeder: Jeanie McAdams & Karen Keller

Owner: Jeanie McAdams

2. Gr CH Mercyme Dressed For Success, CM6

102 pts (97 AKC, 5 Other)

Breeder: Pam Bender

Owner: Pam Bender


3. Gr CH Alta Stylin In My Jaguar, CM5

53 pts (53 AKC)

Breeder: Valerie Nilsson

Owner: Valerie Nilsson

4. Gr CH Timeless Zero Gravity, CM4

46 pts (34 AKC, 12 Other)

Breeder: Karen Keller

Owner: Debra Shambaugh & Karen Keller

5. Gr CH Timeless 4 On The Floor, CM2

43 pts (25 AKC, 18 Other)

Breeder: Karen Keller

Owner: Kim Gardner & Karen Keller

6. CH Abington's Da Vinci, CM2

40 pts (11 AKC, 29 Other)

Breeder: Patti Cutler & Kim Gardner

Owner: Patti Cutler

7. Gr CH Timeless Trilogy, CM6

36 pts (31 AKC, 5 Other)

Breeder: Karen Keller

Owner: Karen Keller

8. CH Dynasty's Triple Crown, CM3

35 pts (35 AKC)

Breeder: Fran Withers

Owner: Kimberly Johnson & Fran Withers

9. CH Battlefield's Mason Dixon, CM2

29 pts (29 AKC)

Breeder: Karen Kollmer

Owner: Karen Kollmer

10. Gr CH Great Companions Fancy Pants, CM3

26 pts (26 AKC)

Breeder: Linda DuBois

Owner: Linda DuBois


Mark your Calendars:
PURPLE DAY is March 26, 2014

Please wear purple on March 26th to support Epilepsy Awareness globally for canines and humans! "Same Disease Different Species!" It's not too soon to plan your Purple Day photos. Send them to Toby's Foundation after March 26th and they will post them. Thank you.
If you have any questions please email 




Flagtree's Simply Spicy - 2013 Top 5 Obedience, 2013 Top 5 Agility, and Performance Versatility Excellent (PVE). Bred by Tammy Flaga

Year End Awards presented by Mid America

Cheryl Warren

 How many of you are involved in Therapy dog work, or work in the  R.E.A.D dog program or something similar to all of the above!
 Please send me an email about your involvement and a few photos!
Meet Wully Bully
My "Dance's Wully Bully" has been a member of Love on a Leash for over 10 years and we have been listening to stories read by children for the last 6 years. Wully has always loved to meet and be petted by young kids, so when he retired from agility competition at the age of 8, we joined the local library reading program. Wully gives each reader some wiggles and kisses and then settles down next to them to listen to the story. He may sometimes fall asleep on the job, but hey, isn't that allowed in retirement? After the story, Wully eagerly does a trick or two for a treat and then is ready to greet the next child. Now that he is nearing 14 years and beginning to show signs of old age, we may have to stop going to the library soon but what a long retirement he has had!
Diane Dance
Tucson, AZ



Alstars A Stormy Knight earned his AKC BN Obedience title
Lake Eustis Kennel Club, Eustis, FL
Judge: H Edward Whitney
March 14, 2014  

Cynthia Duggan



March 27-30th 

Lots of Miniature American Shepherds entered!!

Wishing you all no bars down and clean runs!


Reg Coleen Andrews Sunflower Ozzi MX MXJ XF

Reg Ninette Arnold Dingy MX MXJ XF T2B

Reg Donna Crary-Johnson MACH7 Kandlelite's Icyhot CD RAE MXC2 MJC2 MXF

Reg Donna Crary-Johnson Araqua True Colors CD RA MX MXJ MJB NF

Reg Lindsay Devito MACH If You Ain't First You're Last MXB MJS T2B

Reg Tammy DeVito MACH Coat Tails Missy MXB MJS OF T2B

Reg Michael Evard MACH6 Alias' Call Of Freelancer MXS2 MJG2 XF

Reg Kathleen Forsythe MACH5 Puttin' On The Ritz Riley RN MXB2 MJS2 OF

Reg Chip Gerfen Timeless Trudi MX MXJ MJB MXF

Pref Lori Kline Jackaroo CD RE MX MXJ MXP MJP

Reg Hope Kuo MACH Duncan MXS MJS MXF TQX

Reg Sarah Long MACH3 Hope MXG MJC XF

Reg Tammy Martindale Doc's Little Red Masurati MX MXJ MJB XF T2B2

Reg Cathy Philipps MACH Philipp's Apache Sunrise PT MXB MJG MXF T2B

Pref Susan Reese Boot Scoot'n Jozee Blue MXP2 MXPB MJP3 MJPB NFP

Reg Janice Richards MACH4 Wiseachers Sheila MXB2 MJG2 OF T2B

Reg Kathy Sado Gottabe's Doin' The Hustle MX MXJ MJB T2B2

Reg Linda Smith MACH Jeep MXS MJC MXF MFB T2B2





March 29-30th 


The top 25 dogs are selected to attend the event based on Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) points earned from December 1st, 2012 through November 30th, 2013. In addition, the top three dogs of each breed, ranked by OTCH points, will also be invited. If the number of dogs within a specific breed exceeds 30 dogs, then a ratio of that breed will be selected


Newman UD RE Miniature American Shepherd Jo Ann Tucker

Coat Tails Lariat UD RAE MX MXJ Miniature American Shepherd Darlene Deanie Morris

Pocket's Saddle Bags Silver Spur UDX4 OM1 AX AXJ Miniature American Shepherd Darlene Deanie Morris





March 28th

Eligibility Information

Qualification Period: December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013

All dogs that have met the following eligibility requirements for the Rally Novice, Rally Advanced, Rally Excellent or Rally Advanced Excellent class levels are eligible to enter when the event opens for entries. Dogs should be entered at the highest level class for which they have qualified.





 Miniature American Shepherd showing in Agility.

Sprite with her ribbons from last weekend!

SiSu Morris


Pictured left to right:

yours truly, Bonnie, Gabriella Ravani, (best agility trainer ever!), Lego.


This picture is to celebrate a very successful CPE agility weekend, (most of it in the rain). Lego had a perfect weekend of 10 for 10; (Lego had back to back CPE perfect weekends), and Bonnie had a very respectable 8 for 10!

 Lego's 3rd "perfect weekend" pin.


Thank you,

Laura Lotz

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


    King's Y-ed

  Chantell Homes

  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 

UPDATED INFO ON MDR1 and heartworm prevention:

The Australian Shepherd Health and Genetics Institute (ASHGI), American Heartworm Society, and Washington State University have all revised their information on the use of heartworm preventives in MDR1 positive dogs.

From the American Heartworm Society Canine Health Guidelines published January 2014:
The heartworm preventives currently marketed (ivermectin, milbemycin oxime, moxidectin, and selamectin) belong to the macrocyclic lactone class of drugs . . . . .The standard chemoprophylactic dosages of all macrocyclic lactones have been shown to be safe in all breeds.

From Washington State University:
Fortunately, the dose of ivermectin, selamectin, milbemycin and moxidectin in the commercial heartworm preparations are low enough to be used safely even in dogs with the MDR1 mutation. It is only when the drugs are used at high doses, such as those used to treat mange (50 times higher dose than the heartworm prevention dose), that dogs with the mutation will develop neurological toxicity. Attempting to use large animal formulations of these drugs is likely to cause neurological toxicity because it is difficult to accurately measure.

Ivermectin at low dosage, as found in heartworm medications, will not cause a reaction. The larger doses needed for worming will.

WSU has updated the list of drugs to avoid with MDR1 positive dogs. See the link above.



MASCUSA Facebook Page!

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


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

        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

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:


Visit our CAFEPRESS Store


MASCUSA Cafepress Store has some fun items with the MASCUSA Logo!

Check them out, when you have a moment!


Happy Shopping!

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



Flagtree's Simply Spicy 
Practicing for the upcoming herding trials!  

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 

Welcome New Members for March! 


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. Victoria Harrild-Jones, UK

  2. Livia Harrild-Jones, UK

  3. Carina Stabel, Belgium

  4. Pamela Benjamin, BC

  5. Andrea Hass, WA

  6. Jennifer Jarosz, TX

  7. Holly Rupprecht, MI

  8. Jill Swedlow, CA

  9. Chris Geerts, Belgium

  10. George Hume, UK

  11. Paula Graf, AZ

  12. Alanna Graf, AZ

  13. Valerie Bruce, NV

  14. Randall Bruce, NV

  15. J. Melinda Cribb, SC

  16. Michelle B. DuBois, MA

  17. Catherine Duffy, NY

  18. Judy B. Hill, AL

  19. Dana Pike, IL

  20. Stephanie Wiedenhues, CO

  21. Sophie Wiedenhues, CO

  22. Cheryl Yaws, CO

                     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

In This Issue
Top Ten Merit for 2013!
Award Brag
Therapy, Service Dog, READ Program?
Obedience Brag!
AKC National Agility Championship
AKC National Obedience Championship
AKC National Rally Championship
More Agility Brags
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
Updated Info on MDR1 and heartworm medication
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Win Photos & Brags
Comix By Coleen
Herding and Conformation in April
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Welcome New Members for March
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