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May 20, 2014 

Rockin R Hope Floats ( Hope) and she is floating!
Shelley Geyer
photo by Laurie Morris Witt

MASCUSA would like to welcome our three newest affiliates.


Mini Berger Americain Club De France (MBACF) .

 Sandrine Bohn, President


Northeastern Miniature American Shepherd Club (NMASC) .

 Julia Lenoci, President




South Eastern Miniature American Shepherd Club (SEMASC). 

 Shirley Shannon, President.


To view a list of all of MASCUSA's current affiliates click here:


If you are an affiliate I would like to have a short introduction to your affiliate or make announcements to the Miniature American Shepherd membership, please send them to Mindy at


Affiliate Reminders: If you have not sent in your annual report, please do so at

Thank you,

 MASCUSA BOD and Officers




The Board would like to publicly thank Donna Crary-Johnson for spearheading the project to get MASCUSA approved as a licensed agility club.

Thank you Donna!

The Board has agreed to have a group start working on getting licensing for Rally and Obedience as well.


Karen Keller

President of MASCUSA



North Star MASC with the support of MASCUSA is holding a Supported Entry Specialty on June 21st at the Anoka/Cambridge Summer Solstice Cluster. This is an AKC event so make sure your dogs are AKC registered. Come on out and enjoy 4 days of conformation and fun just 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities.

The premium list is available at:
Shows Close 6/4/14

The North Star MASC club is awarding special awards for BOB, BOS, Open Dog, Open Bitch, BBX-Dog, BBX-Bitch, 6-9 Puppy Dog, 9-12 Puppy Dog, 6-9 Puppy Bitch, 9-12 Puppy Bitch and All Junior Handlers.

We are planning on having a picnic on Saturday after BIM. Details to follow.

Hope to see all of you there!

The members of Northstar Miniature American Shepherd Club

If you have questions, contact Sharon Sloper at
or 612 246-1001

Dear MASUSA members:

We have a team of three people working on obtaining the information needed for an Obedience & Rally license for our club so that we can hold Obedience & Rally trials.  AKC requires that we show that the members have an interest in these events, and what experience that they have.

If you could respond ASAP to 

 via e-mail with the following:  


Your name:

What experience you have in Obedience and/or Rally, what jobs you have worked at a trial, and if you teach Obedience or Rally


Thank you in advance!

 Mindy Stevenson, Barb Byer & Karen Cooper




Fascinating article printed on the AKC website this week . This also relates to the keen eye dogs have for moving stock.


A Vet's Take on Canine Vision

Q: Do dogs see in color?

A: Your question is one of the most intriguing and frequently asked that I have experienced as a veterinarian. Just how well and what dogs see has been a much-debated topic for decades. The canine eye is well-developed, roughly the same size in all breeds, and about the same size as ours. Certainly there are many similarities between the eyes of people and the eyes of dogs. Nevertheless, there are many fascinating differences.

For vertebrates, structures in the retina (rods) help with discriminations in brightness, and another retinal structure (cones) help determine color. Humans have three types of cones (red, green, and blue) and dogs have only two (green and blue). Furthermore, dogs lack the number of cones in the retina that are found in humans. As a result, most researchers believe that dogs lack the color discrimination that is found in humans.

However, dogs have certain anatomical adaptations that give them many visual benefits that we lack. First, dogs have more rods than people do. As a result, they see better in the dark and their eyes adjust to the dark faster than ours do. Second, our eyes are positioned fully on the front of our faces. Subsequently, our field of vision is around 180 degrees maximum. A dog's eyes are much more on the sides of the skull, giving them a field of vision somewhere between 240 degrees and 280 degrees. Wild dogs are crepuscular animals-they hunt at dusk and at dawn when prey objects are most active. In addition to having much keener vision in darker light, the canine eye is very motion-oriented. Their eyes are much more keyed in on moving things. The movement of an object is more important to a dog than its shape. Finally, dogs are social animals. Wild dogs have good capacity for facial recognition in distinguishing pack members. Our domestic dogs use this important visual skill in identifying and distinguishing human family members.

Although we often pity dogs for lacking the color-distinguishing abilities that we possess, their eyes actually give them several advantages. They do much better than we do with far less light and, although their nose beats out their eyes as the most important sense, they still see fairly well.

The eye has been called the "window to the soul" and vision called the "queen of senses." Many of the same problems and disease processes that affect human eyes attack the visual organs of canines. Any damage or injury to the eye is potentially dangerous and your veterinarian can help safeguard your dog's eyes and vision. Board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists can also help protect your dog's eyes. Early detection is critical for a favorable outcome for many ophthalmic problems.

Kevin Fitzgerald is a staff veterinarian at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver and is featured on Animal Planet'sE-Vet Interns. 



The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!



MACH 4 Wiseachers Sheila MXC MJB2 OF T2B, owned by Jan and Dave Richards and bred by Nancy Stein (Wiseachers Kennels)
Please send me your most stunning head shots of your

dogs and I will post one each week!

 Send to  




My son who is in 6th grade had to write and illustrate a book for a project. He chose his MAS to write about. Zeus is a Blue Eyed Tri that Devin shows in confirmation, Jr. handler, obedience, rally and agility.  

Submitted by Lisa Riley  



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



SIZZLN HOT HARD TO RESIST OF APPLEWOOD CM2 (PIPPIN) owned by Ellen Friedman-Smith and bred by Juliene Laughy received her 40th AKC point at the St. Hubert Kennel Club show on May 9th to complete her MASCUSA GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP. Pippin also went on to receive Best in Misc on May 10th at St. Hubert's and May 11th at the Windham County Kennel Club shows. We had a great three days. Pippin is always proudly shown by her owner/handler.


"Canadian Superstar!"
"Bluegrass L'il Miss Delta Cargo aka Joanne

made history on May 10 at the All Breed International show in Flamborough, Ontario. She won Best Junior Puppy in Group and Best Junior Puppy In Show, quite an achievement for her first time showing with owner/handler Courtney Long of Port Perry, Ontario, Canada. To further the kudos Joanne is reportedly the first Miniature American Shepherd to win a Best In Show puppy in Canada. Joanne is by Multi Champion Bluegrass Boomerang Of Chandrea and out of Champion Boldhearts Sierra April Love and was bred by Lynn Gray of Bluegrass Kennels. A big congratulations to Courtney and continued good luck showing."



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 :-)
 Send to 


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

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 May! 


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. Maria Brunzull, Sweden

  2. Linnea Brunzull, Sweden

  3. Paul Doran, UK

  4. Edith Signoret, France

  5. Amanda Armitage, OR

  6. John Fuller, NH

  7. Hazell Fuller, NH

  8. Karen Goddard, PA

  9. Dawn Hendrickson, MT

  10. Carole Hill, WA

  11. Jody L. Lumley, OK

  12. Mary Wiersma, MT

                     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
Three New Affiliates!
Licensed for AKC Agility
4 Days of Conformation!
Obedience Experience
Dogs and Vision
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
6th Grader wrote his book about his MAS
Win Photos & Brags
Canadian Superstar!
Comix By Coleen
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Welcome New Members for May
MASCUSA Cafepress Makeover
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