Tuesday Talk
July 29, 2014


The AKC Board approved the Miniature American Shepherd

to move into the Herding Group

Effective July 1, 2015.


Mari-Beth O'Neill

AVP Sport Services

There is no better time than now to join one of the affiliate clubs and help build the future of the Miniature American Shepherd! 
The purpose of the MASCUSA Affiliate Program is to provide support for MASCUSA members that want to form a local specialty club. The Affiliate Club should have an interest in promoting the Miniature American Shepherd at the local level through matches, herding trials, agility, rally and obedience trials, health clinics, seminars, and educational events open to the public. The relevant MASCUSA committees will provide support to the Affiliate Club in the organization, promotion, and execution of such activities. MASCUSA will also work with the Affiliate Club on sponsoring MASCUSA events such as Supported Entries and Specialties.
Here are the current MASCUSA Affiliate  Clubs

Central Miniature American Shepherd

Fran Withers - President 


Mid America Miniature American Shepherd Club




Northeastern Miniature American Shepherd Club

Julia Lenoci - President 




North Star Miniature American Shepherd Club

Contact: Sharon Sloper




South Eastern Miniature American Shepherd Club 


 Shirley Shannon, President.




The United Kingdom Miniature American Shepherd Club



 Mini Berger Americain Club De France (MBACF) .

 Sandrine Bohn, President


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

If you are an affiliate and 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


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.



AKC 2014 Obedience Advisory Committee - Recommendations

The 2014 AKC Obedience Advisory Committee met in June to discuss the future of the sport and to review the more than 1,000 suggestions submitted by the Fancy. The committee members have more than 260 combined years in the sport of obedience! They put a great deal of thought into what the Fancy was asking to change, in order to produce meaningful recommendations that will move the sport of obedience into the future, while keeping in mind the importance of the past. The committee is continuing to discuss additional sport related changes and once complete, additional recommendations will be forthcoming for comment.

The following recommendations of the Obedience Advisory Committee are being published so the Fancy may provide feedback before the recommendations are finalized. Please feel free to share this link with your fellow dog friends and club members. Only one submittal per person should be provided.

You should refer to the entire list of recommendations on the PDF document at the link below to see the complete information before providing feedback. To provide feedback, select a recommendation from the link below and choose from the condensed information in the drop-down list. Please rate the item using the selection criteria; there is a comment box for brief comments regarding that particular recommendation. If you wish to comment on additional recommendation(s), use the RATE ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATION link to add additional sections. Be sure to click SUBMIT at the bottom when you are ready to send your comments to AKC.

Comments will be taken until the deadline date of:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12 Noon Eastern Standard Time


At the Obedience Club of Daytona Dog Show on July 19 & 20, 2014, in Deland, Florida,
Compact Classic Magnolia Blossom (Maggie), RAE, BN, CGC,
owned and handled by Doree Lamm was High Combined in Rally earning the highest score in Excellent B and Advanced B.
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
Entries Open August 27th!
Premium will be available soon


Flagtree's Cleared for Takeoff (Capt'n Kirk)
earned his Teacup Beginner Agility Dog (TBAD) and Teacup Games 1 (TG1) titles the first weekend
he was old enough to play. Capt'n Kirk is owned and handled by Cheryl Warren, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


Mockingbirds Jump Start to Fame (Precious)
Owned & Bred by Karey Marrs
Mockingbird Hill Kennel

 Please send me your most stunning head shots of your

dogs and I will post one each week!

 Send to  


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


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


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:


ASHGI News: Podcast - Infertility in the Bitch

AKC Canine Health Foundation and Zoetis Partner to Offer Canine Reproduction

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and our corporate alliance, Zoetis,
are pleased to bring you the fifth installment in a podcast series devoted
to canine reproduction education for pet owners, breeders, and

In this podcast we are discussing infertility in the bitch, with
reproductive specialist Dr. Cheryl Lopate of Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic
in Wilsonville, Oregon. Dr. Lopate received her Master's degree in
reproductive physiology and DVM from The Ohio State University. She
completed a residency in comparative theriogenology (reproduction) at Purdue
University and is board certified in theriogenology. She has worked in a
variety of practice settings including general mixed practice, referral
practice and academia. She believes strongly in providing client education
and speaks at breed group meetings regularly. She also speaks at many
veterinary conferences and has written many journal articles on a variety of
reproductive topics.

Throughout 2014, CHF and Zoetis will be releasing podcasts on topics such as
pregnancy diagnosis, pyometra, infertility, breeding method choices, semen
storage, and more. Podcasts are free to download, will average 15 minutes
in length, and can be accessed through the CHF website at


Herding & Handling Clinic

Presented by Kyle Smith

Sept 6th &/or 7th, 2014

At Latigo Farm/Mindy Stevenson

27560 East 77th St. S, Broken Arrow, OK 74014


Contact me to get your registration in early as there are limited working spots available. Accepting 12 working spots. Unlimited Audits are available.

Owned by Kayvonne Primm
 Pictured above is Velvet from last years clinic

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!!


 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 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!

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