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June 17, 2014 


1D Dog Dixie and her owner Ruby

photo by Patti Cutler


Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Bylaws

Monday, June 23, 2014 ~ 8 PM Central Daylight Time
By Conference Call: 1-646-307-1300 ~ Access Code:276249

One of the requirements for full recognition is the approval of bylaws that meet AKC requirements. The bylaws must be voted and approved by the membership of MASCUSA and approved by AKC. The link below will take you to the proposed bylaws. They have already undergone a first review by AKC and some minor changes were implemented at their request. At this time the Board would like the membership to review the proposed bylaws and come to the Town Hall Meeting where any and all questions will be addressed, concerns discussed, and proposed modifications taken into consideration. If you cannot attend you may also email any questions, concerns, or suggestions you might have to

Link to draft of proposed bylaws:

MASCUSA Board of Directors


MASCUSA is now licensed to hold AKC Rally Trials!


It was Obedience license last week and Rally license this week!


Once again a  HUGE THANK YOU to the members who responded so quickly!! Because of all those fabulous responses we were able to receive approval from AKC,  you folks are the best!


Thank you to the team of Karen Cooper, Barb Byers and Mindy Stevenson for working on this project for MASCUSA!


        Off to plan the first Obedience/Rally trial!!             



 Lucky J Kessie Kat CGC


at the ASCA Agility Trial 6/7/14 hosted by Around The Farm ASC
This was our very first trial & on her second run Kessie earned a Q / 1st place in Novice A Standard with zero course faults!
( OK, so I won't mention how ugly the first run was.... or how bad my nerves were! )
Thank you Diane Jackson - I love this girl!)

Lorel Sack 




Triple R Barrel of Fun
Cooper earned his NoseWork 1 title in his first trial. Cooper earned "Pronounced" efforts in Interiors and Containers and was 8th out of 40 dogs. He was not too thrilled with having the ribbon hung on his harness and then the iPad pointing at him!

Sue Lohrer

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!



Coat Tails Ruger Pistol. Bred by Heidi Saling.

Loved and owned by Anne Boehlje of Florence, Or.


Please send me your most stunning head shots of your

dogs and I will post one each week!

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   The Minisoda Shepherds at the CPE Agility Nationals!


Minisoda's Ruby Splash CGC:

Splash and I had 3 perfect Standard runs at CPE Agility Nationals June 6-8 at Lake Elmo, MN. We placed in each run 3rd, 3rd and 2nd regardless of the weather which was hot and humid on Friday, pouring rain on Saturday and perfectly lovely on Sunday. This all added up to attaining High in Trial 16" Level 4 Standard dog out of about 30 other Level 4 dogs at the competition. We also placed in two of the games and had qualifying runs in 7 of the 9 events. We hope to start trialing in AKC Agility next year!




Wigglebutt Agapo Mr. Darcy:

Fitz will be 6 years old this week on June 19th. He is a great buddy and super fun agility partner. We got 6 Q's at Nationals out of 9 events. (He should have had 7, but his partner lead him completely off course in the Snooker game! Ugh! ) He absolutely loved running in the pouring rain and mud! Happy Birthday Fitz!


 Lori McKusick

Minisoda Shepherds


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


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



GCh Abingtons Da Vinci CM6 wins 5/5 BOB and BIS at the Idaho Circuit

Breeder Owner Patti Cutler
Handler Stephani House

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:



Gottabe's Keely from our current litter

what a happy princess!

Sire: Gottabe's Dressed to the Nines
Dam: Mult CH. Gottabe's I'm A Fool for You
Best regards,
Lori McClelland


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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 Herding Instinct Testing !


What do I need to know before entering a Herding Instinct Test and what does my dog need to do and what happens at this test?



     You will enter the pen on a leash and the judge will hand you a long line to snap on the collar and have you remove your leash. The long line is light weight and lets the judge or you get control of your dog if he decides to frantically chase the stock. Don't be embarrassed; it happens a lot of times! Your dog only needs to know a few things: a sit or down, a short stay and a recall. The sit or down and short stay shows the judge that you do have control over your dog, that he does listen to you and does have some respect for you as the owner, and that he is capable of listening. The re call shows the judge that you can get your dogs attention and can draw him to you. As you enter the pen the judge will ask you to sit your dog and make him stay for a second as you walk away and then call him to you. Don't worry it doesn't have to be perfect. Just show a little control.


     Most dogs do well and your dog will also be on a long line. When the test begins you will leave your dog and follow the judge to the center of the pen and stay close to her as she tries to engage your dog in a few fun moments of herding. The sheep or goats are very accustomed to dogs and will quietly follow the judge as she walks around the pen.


     Everything happens in a very small round pen and only your dog is in there with the judge, yourself and probably three sheep or goats. It is a very controlled situation. The judge will actually do most of the work for you. Your job is just to listen to her as she directs the dog around the pen and tries to get him interested in moving the sheep, The Judge will attempt to let the dog follow the sheep in both directions and see how much interest the dog shows. Some dogs are very excited and are bouncing around like fireballs and others would rather ignore the sheep and investigate the sheep poop. After a few minutes most dogs will find the sheep interesting and start to actually try to move them or gather them into a circle. The judge will be caring a long cane or crook and will guide the dog by stepping in front of him to change directions and sometimes sweep the cane across the ground to make the change of direction.. The dog needs to show he can move both ways.


    There are a couple of stages we are looking for, play and prey drive as these two things can be turned into herding drive given the proper direction. At an instinct test we do not "expect" these dogs to work the stock we are just looking for the natural raw ability to be present. (especially with young dogs) And the dogs ability to take direction from the handler.


     When the test is over the judge will fill out a score sheet that has several things on it she is marking. You will get a copy. The score sheet tells you many things about your dogs first experience. The test is a PASS/FAIL test so you will know immediately whether or not your dog passed. But the score sheet will tell you why he did or did not pass.


     Some dogs take a few exposures to stock before they become really excited and want to work so don't be disappointed if your dog seems to ignore them or fails the test. Some dogs take more time than others and they can instinct test more than once if the dog doesn't "turn on" the first time. However many dogs with a natural instinct will show some interest at first sight of the stock. And you might find yourself surprised your dog could move them around so well.


By all means have fun. Herding is a fantastic sport and one your dog will really enjoy.

 written by Mindy Stevenson

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!!


 sheep gif 


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

In This Issue
MASCUSA now licensed to hold AKC Rally Trials!
Agility Brag
Nosework Brag
Beautiful Faces of the MAS
CPE Agility Brag
Comix By Coleen
What to Expect at a Herding Instinct Test
AKC Herding Trials
Cafepress Winter Specials
Welcome New Members for June
MASCUSA Cafepress Store
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