July 4th 
 photo by Denise Albright 


Tuesday Talk

July 01, 2014


July 4th    

Call for Judges Education Presenters!!!


The MASCUSA Breed Standard Evaluation and Education Committee is looking for presenters for Judges Education seminars. Please visit for requirements, guidelines, application and exams to become a presenter. If you are interested in becoming a presenter, review the requirements, study the breed standard and PowerPoint, and submit your application and exam to


An extensive PowerPoint Presentation has been posted for MAS Education. Please refer judges to this document for more information about our breed.



WOW, Amazing!!

Matt Bilderback throws a 100.5 yard toss, and Wigglebutt Bazooka Full of BonBons catches it!!!! I believe she is one of only four dogs ever to catch over 100 yards in competition. So proud of her! Bazooka won the Quadruped this year for the series. Best long distance dog (all breeds) for 2014. Amazing how fast those short little legs can go. Bazooka is a Wigglebutt Seven of Nine and Wigglebutt Light Up My Life "Lucas" puppy, bred by Bill & Angela Ogle. Check out the catch!


Cupcake and Mia, Karen Cooper's Mini Americans, attended a duck herding clinic this past weekend with Joyce Norris in Ponca City, Oklahoma.  First stop was to come by Latigo Farm and pick up some ducks and ducklings!



Bindi earned her CDX title in Open A with a 2nd place on June 9.
In 1 year, I had 2 dogs, brother and sister littermates, earn 2 titles each. It has been a very wonderful experience for me. As I continue to train and show in Obedience, I encourage others to obedience train also as it's very rewarding and has many benefits. This is such an amazing, intelligent breed.
Karen Goddard



Wigglebutt Zenyatta got her NACSW Level 2 title!


1st place OVERALL out of 45 dogs (1 of 13 qualifiers) Zen is an amazing scent detection dog - 3 out of 4 pronounced. One of the judges said, "SHE'S A VACUUM CLEANER!" Love her! Also, Happy 3rd Birthday to my enthusiastic pup.

A photo flashback of why we couldn't let her go.


Thank you to Lisa Bataska, of Lisa Bataska Dog Training, for teaching us everything we know about nosework/barnhunt. Zen also got a 1st place and her first leg in Senior Barnhunt - up to finding 4 rats!


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

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!



Sandy Creek's Kenya Of Bold Legend

 Owned, bred, and loved by Wanda Alsleben


 Please send me your most stunning head shots of your

dogs and I will post one each week!

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


My Magic Special Invitation Cuba Libre "Cuba"
First MASCE e.V. Show Rheinau, Germany
Two Best of Breed and Best in Show at 14 month under judges Shelly Hollen and Angela Kleinhans.
Breed by Ulrike Pottrick
Owned, loved, trained and shown by Nadine Buchholz Special Invitation Shepherds, Germany

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:

 Brenley helping with the Dishes!


She is out of "Picasso 's Unexpected Treasure Diva" and " Multi Ch Heartland's Matrix of Desert Sun" m-hic.

Bar D Kennel



An old Internet rumor resurfaces and has dog owners wondering:

Is ice bad for dogs?

Have you been getting a lot of questions from clients and friends asking if ice water is lethal to dogs?  It's a rumor that's circulating the Internet and worrying dog owners.

The cautionary tale (titled "NO ICE WATER FOR DOGS...PLEASE READ ASAP") was written in 2010, but the rumor has been circulating since 2007. It centers on a dog named Baran, and his owner who unthinkingly added ice cubes to the dog's water bowl to help him cool off on a hot day. Shortly after, Baran appears to be in distress and is rushed to the animal hospital. The veterinarian tells the owner that the ice water caused the dog to experience violent muscle spasms in his stomach, which led to bloating. Bloat - also known as gastric dilation-volvulus-is a life-threatening condition in dogs.

Dogs can bloat after eating or drinking too fast in general, regardless of the temperature of the water or whether or not the water contains ice cubes. When a dog is hot and thirsty, he very likely might drink the water too fast -- and swallow lots of air in the process -- which can be a recipe for bloat. When a dog's stomach bloats, it twists and traps air, gas and food, cutting off the blood supply to the stomach and nearby organs. The dog's stomach then becomes distended, and without immediate help, the dog can suffer from shock or organ failure, or even die.

If worried clients come to you about this myth, take the time to educate them about the dangers of ice, heat stroke and bloating.


What To Tell Your Clients About Ice

Although eating ice technically is safe for dogs, ensure owners are aware that eating ice can pose a few dangers. Dogs that munch on ice can potentially damage or break their teeth, or the ice could possibly become lodged in the dog's throat. Supervision is required whenever ice is given to a dog.


What To Tell Your Clients About Heat Stroke In Dogs
Offer tips on how to treat heat stroke in dogs. Veterinarian John Geller tells his client this:
* If a dog becomes overheated, it's important to cool your dog off gradually
* Dog owners should initially use a wet towel to cool off any dog suspected of heat stroke or overheating, and then gently mist them off (do not spray them or submerse them in water)
* A fan can be used to help increase evaporative cooling, and the dog can lay on a cool floor surface.

* Once the body temperature is gradually reduced to 103 F, further cooling efforts are not necessary. If a dog is cooled off too quickly, they can go into shock and organ failure.

Enjoy the Fourth but stay cool!  
The red tri pup is Southern Star Kozmic Zuzu and the merle is Desert Sun's Kozmic Cowboy.
Have a wonderful day!
Elizabeth Pina
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 



Karen Cooper

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

 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!!!




Click here



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

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