Tuesday Talk

July 15, 2014


On Koda's 7 month, yesterday, we celebrated by getting his

Advanced Trick Dog title!
Koda is now, Wigglebutt's Kodak Moment, ATD!
Here he is doing his "wave hello!"
I am so proud of my wonderful boy!

Liz Maslow

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.



High Point Youth



Kaiden Snider

 Won overall high point at the Texas state 4-H dog show this past weekend with his dogs Blaize and Kyloh. He showed both dogs in conformation, showmanship, rally, obedience, and agility. And Kyloh received her CGC!!


National Rally Combined Rankings 2013.

Miniature American Shepherd.

My name is Deb Sinclair my partner in AKC Rally Combined is
Winterbrook Auzzie BN,RAE,CGC.

Auz and I had a very short show season in 2013 due to an automobile accident which sidelined us for most of the season. To my amazement Auz has been ranked 9th in Miscellaneous Breeds for Rally Combined and among Miniature American Shepherds she is ranked 2nd for Rally Combined. I am so very proud of her.



 Ace doing a disc dog demo at only 10 months old

Ace was bred by Lee Fairchild 

 He is a JD and Gracie son

Both parents are Skyhoundz Champions!

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!



Mockingbirds Colder Weather

 bred by Karey Marrs and owned by Lani Morris. 

 Please send me your most stunning head shots of your

dogs and I will post one each week!

 Send to  



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


Pleasant Woods Cheyenne Rose


MASCUSA Grand Champion Dynasty's Triple Crown, CM5 "Remi"

Win photo from Virginia Kennel Club from 6/22/14 for MISC BIS

Thank you to Judge Kenneth Buxton for this win.

At the mid-way point of 2014 Remi is undefeated in breed wins, we are very proud of his success, plus he is having a great time.

Kim Johnson

Announcing Multi CH Desert Sun's Teddy's Legacy
My "Bear-Bear"!!! Owned & loved by Cindy Booth and co-owned with Deanna Mooney of Desert Sun. What a wild weekend, she completed her Intercontinental Ch and MASCUSA Ch. Also has 9 points towards her International Ch. All BOBs & a Group 4. Thank you Triple R for the photo.
Wyndemere's Country Girl
(Wyndemere's Just Darling x Heartlands Matrix of Desert Sun)
Wins Reserve Best in Show Puppy at her second ICKC show
just under 5 months old. Rayna is Bred-by and owned by Cindy Booth -
Photo by Mary Rutkowski of Triple R.

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:


Eastern Ontario Classic 2014

Also International Championship Competition  
This is ARBA's first Canadian Show and we are getting quite a few Mini Americans entered.
Also, Nick Whelan from Guelph would like to offer a CERF clinic one of the days as well if there is enough interest... if you are interested registering for CERF test please let me know ASAP. If we have enough dogs he will make the trip from Guelph.


Good Article written by Sarah Stremming

Connection> Control

see below....

I" hear the word "control" a lot in my line of work.

In behavior:
"I want to be able to control him on walks."
"I need to control these aggressive outbursts!"
"How can I control her anxiety in new situations?"
"What I want is to feel like I can control him when he's off leash."

 In agility:
"How can I control that turn better?"
"I need a two-on-two-off so that I can regain control!"
"This dog is out of control on course."
"How do I control her start line in trials?"

These "problems" seem to require a specific type of solution; one that puts the handler in the driver's seat and doesn't validate the dog's point of view. I fully believe that treating dogs like the intelligent, sentient creatures they are is the route to the solutions of these problems. Maybe if we change the way we talk about these problems we will start to change the way we seek solutions.

Consider re-constructing each sentence by replacing the word "control" with "connect.":

"I want to be able to connect to him on walks."
"I need some connection during these aggressive outbursts!"
"How can I connect to her through her anxiety in new situations?"
"What I want is to feel like I can connect to him when he's off leash."

"How can I connect on that turn better?"
"I need a two-on-two-off so I can regain connection."
"I have no connection with this dog on course."
"How do I connect with my dog on the start line in trials?"

Reflects something different, doesn't it? I wonder what would happen if the next time you have a problem with your dog you focused on the connection, and not the control? And be careful not to place the responsibility on her-you are responsible for opening the door to this connection.

On a walk, let him lead the way, and acknowledge him in a way he likes when he checks in with you. On course, quiet up. Look at her face, not the off course tunnel. Smile and thank her for staying as you lead out. Breathe before you release.

When he is afraid or anxious, think about what he needs and provide it, even if that means delaying your schedule. When you catch yourself focusing on control, think about connection instead. Oh, and I could be wrong here, but this might apply to more than just dog training."

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!

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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Mark your calendars!
AKC Agility Trial November 8th and 9th, 2014
Hosted by MASCUSA and supported by the affiliate Mid America 
Location is Broken Arrow, OK at K9 Manners and More
Judges: Sally Sheridan and Sharon Williams
Trial Secretary Barbara Jeleski
Pending final approval by AKC

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 July! 


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. Kathy Hackett, ON Canada

  2. Lisa Bataska, IN

  3. Elizah Brandstadt, TX

  4. Debbie Mullinax, GA

  5. Melissa Zobell, UT

  6. Courtney Long, ON Canada

  7. Valerie Walti, France

  8. Morgan Durban, TX

  9. Kristin A. Johanson, DE

  10. Shamra Taylor, MS

  11. Cynthia A. Armenta, CA

  12. Jackson Pitnikoff, CA

  13. Lisa Dyer, NY

  14. Alice Espey, VA

  15. Ravinder Taylor, WA

  16. Lynn Vogel, GA

  17. Elise Wolpert, GA

                     ATTENTION PHOTOS NEEDED!

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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