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April 01, 2014 

Please wake me when Winter is REALLY over!
Lori McClelland puppy 
The MASCUSA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following deadline extension:
  1. The deadline to convert an Australian Shepherd to a Miniature American Shepherd has been extended from May 2014 to December 31, 2014.
  2. The deadline to outcross to an Australian Shepherd has been extended from May 2014 to December 31, 2014. Litters must be whelped on or before December 31, 2014 and registered with MASCUSA/NAMASCUSA on or before February 1, 2015
For confirmation from AKC, please see
MASCUSA Board of Directors



 Congratulations... to Mary Lou Hayden, Dogwood Farm and Swampy Creek HAF2HAV Indigo Blu aka Molly earning their last leg for Molly's AKC HSAS Herding title today . March 29, 2014 St Louis Herding Club Trial at Purina Farms. Placing third. Proud of Miss Molly...Special thank you Mary Lou Hayden. March 30, 2014 Molly placed second. ...

Cindy Duggan


Gottabe's Doin the Hustle
Goes MACH at Border Collie Club Trial in Camarillo, Calif
March 30, 2014!
Lori McClelland
 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!

 Hope has 2 national therapy dog certifications. One is through TDInc. The process with them is that you do to their website, find an evaluator in your area, complete the initial paperwork, and schedule an evaluation time. The evaluation is usually done in conjunction with your first visit somewhere, and your dog must be at least 1 year of age. You must do 3 supervised visits and then the paperwork from you and your supervisor (the tester), are submitted to TDInc. The credentials for TDInc are a 'registry', so you are a nationally registered therapy dog team, and can go places independently.

Hope is also certified nationally through LOAL (Love on a Leash). Their process is that you are evaluated with a test much like the CGC. You do not have to use an LOAL evaluator if one is not available in your area (and there isn't one that I know of in Tulsa), you use someone who has knowledge of dogs and dog training, like a CGC evaluator. We used our instructor who is a CGC evaluator.
Then you must have 10 supervised visits. Again with no LOAL supervisor in Tulsa we were able to go with our local group, Pawpals which is through our training club. The team leader of each visit was our supervisor for LOAL. Following the 10th visit, you submit your paperwork. This process also leads to being able to do visits independently.
As I mentioned we are also members of our club's therapy dog group, Pawpals, and this is the group that we visit with now. But we have visited a hospice center, several nursing homes or retirement centers, been reading buddies at two different schools, and most often visit a children's hospital.
Hope has amazed me particularly in her work at the hospice or hospital settings. She is allowed (by her certification and the group rules) to be on the bed, and with the permission of the patient and their parents (if it's a child). She will avoid things like IV lines instinctively. With some kids she snuggles in automatically (and also did so at the hospice setting with a 34 year old woman dying of breast cancer), and with others she looks at them and interacts, and with still others she flops over on her back for tummy rubs. She also loves greeting people in the halls, and probably does more there than even in the patient rooms. She has several things that she does to 'show off'. She will dance on her hind feet, and also has a 'sitting happy dance' that she does. Wherever she goes people smile at her because she is just such a happy dog!
Finally AKC has a therapy dog title, which requires documentation on their forms of 50 therapy dog visits.
The pics are of Hope in her LOAL jacket (she also has a TDInc one), and the other is at Carnegie elementary waiting for a stud.


 Submitted by Shelley Geyer


AKC National Championships

The Miniature American Shepherds did a fabulous job of representing our breed this past weekend. Trudi and Chip even held the top spot for quite some time in agility.


Eleven AKC® National Agility Champions, one National Obedience Champion and the first-ever AKC Rally® National Champion were crowned from a record entry of more than 2,000 purebred and mixed-breed dogs at the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) Companion Events Extravaganza, which took place this weekend in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Read more here






Timeless Laughing Out Loud
earned her first Open Preferred JWW leg with a
1st place at the Golden Retriever Club of Greater LA on March 15.
It was our first time out since Sept. & I am very proud of how my little perfectionist
did. Her best time ever too.
Lisa Wilson
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Check out Life's Abundance Breeder Program
KIM GARDNER 602 377-8972

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!



RainDancer's Dressed N Ready

Rainy Browning


 Please send me your most stunning head shots of your

dogs and I will post one each week!

 Send to  

 Gardner 2013

        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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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.



Swampy Creek Wigglebutt Rhett Butler

Buddy has Multiple Championships,
MASCUSA Gr.CH, Multi CH. Swampy Creek Wigglebutt Rhett Butler, HiC

 Owner Mary Tamer


Timeless Uptown Girl
Picked up Best in Breed & Best Misc Saturday & Sunday
at the Kern County Kennel Club this weekend.
Madison was starting to enjoy herself in the ring Sunday.  

Lisa Wilson

   Where does your puppy like to sleep while napping in the house!
This sweet puppy choses to sleep in the diaper holder
under the baby bassinet! 

Send your photo 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!

 Herding and Conformation!!!
April 26th and 27th
2 AKC Herding Trials and 2 Open Shows   
Broken Arrow, OK
 Pre Entries Close April 16th
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 

Welcome New Members for April! 


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. Vanessa Morato, France

  2. Diana Curl, AZ

  3. Shelley English, Canada

  4. Katie English, Canada

  5. Erec Lindberg, NY

  6. Sue McCoury, WA

  7. Karine Mielczarek, IL

  8. Dina Patterson, ID

  9. Rhyse Potts, GA

  10. Cacey Tubbs, OK

  11. Kathleen Yaw, OR

  12. Sophie Richard, France

  13. Debby J. Deckard, IN

  14. Krissy Garner, UT

  15. Felice Hibbard, MT

  16. Linda Medina, GA

  17. Kristina Montgomery, IN

  18. Ben Preston, CA

  19. Steve Luzzadder, CA

  20. Edie Raymond, CA

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

                     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
Deadline Extension
Herding Brag
Therapy, Service Dog, READ Program?
AKC National Championship Results
Agility Brag
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
Comix By Coleen
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Win Photos & Brags
Where does your puppy nap?
Visit our Cafepress Store
Herding and Conformation in April
Working Aussie Source
AKC Herding Trials
Welcome New Members for April
Top Ten Merit for 2013!
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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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