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April 15, 2014 


Membership Meeting. April 17, 2014, 8 p.m. CST (6 p.m. PST).

Call-In Number: 1-646-307-1300, Participant Code 276249


Slate of Nominees for 2014-2016 Board



Dear MASCUSA Board Members,

The 2014 Nominating Committee proposes the following slate for MASCUSA Board for the term of July 31, 2014 - July 30, 2016. All committee members have approved the slate as listed below:



Karen Keller

Vice President:

Judy Challinger


Linda Dubois


Patricia Davis

Board Member:

Sue Fontaine

Board Member:

Ellen Friedman-Smith

Board Member:

Suzanne Ritter

Past President:

Linda Perry


Traci Phillips

At this time all nominations from the general membership have been accounted for & taken into consideration


Lisa Wilson, 2014 MASCUSA Nominating Committee Chairman

Conference Call Membership Meeting

Call-In Number: 1-646-307-1300, Participant Code 276249 

Call to Order

 Rules of Conference Calls Roll Call Treasury Report-Traci Phillips Registry Report-Traci Phillips Committee Reports Affiliate Report MARS Report  Old



1) Approval of Minutes

2) Other Old Business

New Business

1) Elections-Present the Slate of Nominees/Open the floor for additional nominees as prescribed by the Bylaws

2) AKC Update

3) Any Other New Business

4) Member Input


5) Registry Rules (moved to the last order of Business)


Adjourn Meeting


 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!
"Here are a few pictures from the Mint Hill Library last Saturday morning. There is a weekly program for kids to read to the dogs. Various therapy dogs with their handlers come.
Terri Arnold, Nalaland with Nala,"
submitted by
Shirley Shannon, President SEMASC
 Please send me an email about your involvement and a few photos!




 I do a dog safety class, dog obedience and disc dog shows for Kids in schools, bible camps, Vets in veterans centers, with my miniature american shepherd and his other small aussie pals...This came about as I did therapy dog work for many years and that dog passed away and we teamed up with Valir Hospice in Okc Ok and created this venue...the kids and vets love it....Lee Fairchild and Patchworks Jim Dandy

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!



Multi Champion Bluegrass Encore Of Heartland

 owned by Lynn Gray, bred by Karen Oldfather"


 Please send me your most stunning head shots of your

dogs and I will post one each week!

 Send to  


Here are some thoughts to consider before getting your show photos:

(all the things I did wrong.)


*Don't wear a skirt, pants or dress the same color as your dog unless you want to hide the topline.
*Don't look at the photographer until you're absolutely ready. (In this case he said, "Ooops, you weren't ready and took a second picture after I got set up but still sent me this first one." Why?)
*Look at the camera. Not in this photo but in the past, the thrown toy attracted my attention and my eyes followed it so you only ever saw the whites of my eyes in pictures.
*Make sure your lead isn't dragging, hanging or otherwise in the way. Again, I wasn't ready for this picture.
*Be sure you have your brush with you when you go to the photographers stand.
*Don't let the other exhibitors in line rush you. These pictures are too expensive to let someone bully you. An example is they move too close in behind you and distract your dog. You can ask them to please step back if your dog is trying to see who is back there.
Submitted by Shirley Shannon and Emma (Shandell the Dilemma)
UK magazine Dogs Today ran a feature on the MAS in this months (may) issue. It featured my boy Dunnellon's Boomerang and his full brother Dunnellon's Man in Black, along with some other minis from another breeder. We are really excited about the publicity for the breed in the UK!

Kind regards
Victoria Harrild-Jones
 Herding and Conformation!!!
April 26th and 27th
2 AKC Herding Trials and 2 Open Shows   
Broken Arrow, OK
 Pre Entries Close April 16th, however we do have "Day of entry" for Herding Instinct and also for the Open Shows!
Mid America will be hosting these events for MASCUSA
See all the premiums at or


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 


Visit our CAFEPRESS Store


MASCUSA Cafepress Store has a new summer design available ,"Got Sheep" 

and other fun items with the MASCUSA Logo!


Check them out, when you have a moment!


Happy Shopping!



MASCUSA Facebook Page!

Don't forget to "like" our 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.



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:


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
This is a Conference Call
Valir Pawformance
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
Tips for great show photos
Welcome New Members for December
UK Magazine features the MAS
MASCUSA Facebook Page
Win Photos & Brags
Cafepress Winter Specials
AKC Herding Trials
Welcome New Members for April
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