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June 3, 2014 

There are never enough toys!
Quest, Cinch & Ty
photo by Hazell Fuller   


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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


Flagtree's Simply Spicy BN RN HT NA NAJ OF SR SS TIAD TG2

earned her Starters Jumpers title at USDAA this weekend in Tyler, TX. Spice is owned and handled by Cheryl Warren of Baton Rouge, LA. Photo by Phyllis Ensley.

Cheryl Warren


The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!



Picasso's Desert RainDancer owned by RainDancer Pups

 Rainy Browning

Please send me your most stunning head shots of your

dogs and I will post one each week!

 Send to  


I entered Mochas picture in our local newspaper for Pet of the Month
and she was picked. What a surprise, figured it might be good spreading the word about this wonderful breed.
Submitted by Janet Axtell


The Berger Picard Club of America is proud to announce an open show in conjunction with the Waukesha Kennel Club Show on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Waukesha County Exposition Center, N1 W 24848 Northview Rd, Waukesha, WI.
Show time is 30 minutes after Best in Show

Pre-entry: $15 Day of Show: $20.

Pre-entries close at the Event Secretary's address on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:00PM EST
Day of Show Entries will be accepted on the day of the event one hour before start of the event.

The Waukesha Kennel Club is offering a BARN HUNT competition during their show. Mark your calendars!!

If you are interested in sponsoring a best of breed trophy for your breed, contact Event Secretary, Valerie Black by June 26, 2014.

For more information, see the attached premium list or visit the club website:


Betsy Richards
Berger Picard Club of America



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




Here is the recent Win Photo from the Macon Kennel Club show in Perry Georgia for MASCUSA Grand Champion Dynasty's Triple Crown, CM4 "Remi"

MISC BIS that day under Judge JJ Ham

We included a new photo taken of him in a free stack outside the show grounds that day which really captured how he has matured in the last few months.

Kim Johnson


GR CH Love That American Red White and Blue CM11

winning his 52nd AKC Best in Miscellaneous under
judge Dr. Carol Moser White in Denton, Texas!
Breeder/Owner/Handler/Chauffer-Jeanie McAdams



Wiggle Rump Stargazer (Lily),
15 months old, attended her very first show this weekend hosted by the Yakima Valley Kennel Club. We were very tickled that she won all of her classes on Saturday under Judge Mrs. Terry B Carter who was very fond of her movement. ;o)
Bred by, owned, handled, and loved by Monica Rinehart and the crew here at Wiggle Rump Ranch.
Hugs & Belly Rubs,

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 
Paul Chen, a MASCUSA member, shared the below with me today for the Tuesay Talk.
Educational and the continuation of seeking knowledge is alway appreciated!
"Raymond Oppenheimer was a very successful famous Bull Terrier breeder (Ormandy Bull Terriers). He wrote several significant books on breeding and on Bull Terriers. These are his "20 Basic Breeding Principles" that have been quoted and reprinted in many articles and magazines over the years.  I have followed these principles for 50 years and found them a sound and very wise guideline for my breeding program.
Paul Chen
Afara Welsh Corgis

20 Basic Breeding Principles by Raymond Oppenheimer


1. Don't make use of indiscriminate outcrosses.  A judicious outcross can be of great value; an injudicious one can produce an aggregation of every imaginable fault of the breed.

2. Don't line breed just for the sake of line breeding.  Line breeding with complimentary types can bring great rewards; with unsuitable one, it will lead to immediate disaster.

3.  Don't take advice from people who have always been unsuccessful breeders.  If their opinions were worth having, they would have proved it by their successes.

4.  Don't believe the popular cliché about the brother or sister of the great champion being just as good to breed from. For every one that is, hundreds are not.  It all depends on the animal concerned.

5.  Don't credit your dogs with virtues they don't possess.  Self-deceit is a stepping stone to failure.

6.  Don't breed from mediocrities.  The absence of a fault does not in any way signify the presence of its corresponding virtue.

7.  Don't try to  line bred to two dogs at the same time; you will end by line breeding to neither.

8.  Don't assess the worth of a stud dog by his inferior progeny.   All stud dogs sire rubbish at times.  What matters is how good their best efforts are.

9.  Don't allow personal feelings to influence your choice of a stud dog.  The right dog for your bitch is the right dog, whoever owns it.

10.  Don't allow admiration of a stud dog to blind you to his faults.  If you do, you will soon be the victim of autointoxication.

11. Don't mate together animals which share the same fault.  You are asking for trouble if you do.

12,  Don't forget that it is the whole dog that counts.  If you forget one virtue while searching for another, you will pay for it.

13.  Don't search for the perfect dog as a mate for your bitch.  The perfect dog for every bitch does not exist - never has, never will.

14.  Don't be frightened of breeding from animals that have obvious faults, so long as they have compensating virtues.  A lack of virtues is by far the greatest fault of all.

15.  Don't mate together non-complementary types.  An ability to recognize type at a glance is a breeder's greatest gift.  Ask the successful breeders to explain this subject - there's no other way of learning.  (I'd define non-complimentary types as ones which have the same faults and lack the same virtues).

16.  Don't forget the necessity to preserve head quality.  It will vanish like a dream if you do.

17.  Don't forget that substance plus quality should be one of your aims.  A fool can breed one without the other.

18.  Don't forget that a great head plus soundness should be one of your aims.  Some people can never breed either.

19.  Don't ever try to decry a great terrier.  A thing of beauty is not only a joy forever, but a great terrier should be a source of aesthetic pride and pleasure to all true lovers of the breed.

20.  Don't be satisfied with anything but the best.  The second best is never good enough


A young 6 month old puppy showing beautiful
natural instinct to control the stock. 

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 June! 


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. Britta Ekkert, Germany

  2. Joyce Errichettl, CT

  3. Jean Frueh, IA

  4. Cynthia Gevaart, IN

  5. Deborah Justice-Fields, FL

  6. Nicole Wakida, CA

                     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


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In This Issue
Purina Parent Club Partnership
4 Days of Conformation!
Agility Brag!
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
Pet of the Month!
Open Show in WI
Win Photos & Brags
Comix By Coleen
20 Basic Breeding Principles
Puppy showing natural herding instinct
AKC Herding Trials
Send Herding Photos & Videos
Welcome New Members for June
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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 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