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January 6, 2015


Life is a balancing act!


Photo by Terri Dickerson



We met with AKC on December 17, 2014 and have negotiated a change to the rules concerning Australian Shepherd parents of a Miniature Australian Shepherd.

This change does not affect the deadline concerning conversion of an AKC Australian Shepherd to an AKC Miniature American Shepherd. The deadline of December 31, 2014 will be enforced.

This change does not affect the deadline concerning the purposeful breeding between an Australian Shepherd and a Miniature American Shepherd and/or Miniature Australian Shepherd. The deadline of December 31, 2014 will be enforced. This means that any Miniature Australian Shepherd having an Australian Shepherd parent that is whelped on or after January 1, 2015 will not be eligible for registration in AKC as a Miniature American Shepherd.

The negotiated change is:

Any Miniature Australian Shepherd born by December 31, 2014 that has an Australian Shepherd parent and is registered, or eligible to register, with a recognized Miniature Australian Shepherd registry, will be eligible for registration into AKC under the "grandfathering" clause.

What this means is that any Miniature Australian Shepherd born by December 31, 2014, having an Australian Shepherd parent, that is registered with NAMASCUSA, NSDR, MASCA, ASDR, or IMASC, or is eligible to register with any of those registries, will continue to be eligible to register in AKC on or after January 1, 2015 as long as these registries are recognized by MASCUSA. The rule that both parents of the applicant dog must have registration in a recognized registry (which will also include AKC, ASCA, and the Canadian Kennel Club, as additional Australian Shepherd registries) will continue to be enforced. Current MASCUSA rules require that the eligible dog be registered with one of the recognized registries, be eligible to be registered by NAMASCUSA, or have a NAMASCUSA-issued Individual Dog Registration from a registered litter (yellow or blue puppy paper).

The exception to the above would be any Miniature Australian Shepherd that is also registered with AKC as an Australian Shepherd as they are affected by the conversion deadline of December 31, 2014 which will be enforced.

The MASCUSA Board of Directors

 Mid America Affiliate supported a Special Attraction at the recent MASCUSA sponsored AKC Rally Trial in Oklahoma
A letter was sent to AKC following the event

    "I just wanted to give you a report on the Special Attraction hosted in December 2014 

As 2014 draws to a close I have to say that day was one of the best days I experienced in 2014!

The Champs competitors were so excited to run thru a Novice A Rally Course and be judged by an official AKC Judge. Spectators literally had tears in their eyes as each competitor took their turn on the course. Some competitors had a coach assist and others went solo, but each one was judged on the relationship they showed with the dog. Our judge was amazed at the precision they showed. Many of them cannot speak very clearly but the dogs understood, some have awkward gaits but the dogs don't mind, and many of the competitors have difficulties even being in a social environment, but not on that day! We had lovely ribbons and detailed score sheets for everyone and it was awesome! I am sending a few photos in case you want to use them anywhere and if not, just enjoy because they will sure make your heart sing!"

 Club member Karen Cooper handed out dog toys along with ribbons!


The following applicant(s) have applied to be a presenter for judge's education presentations for 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.

Sara Seefelt

Fran Withers

Love abounds!
Start putting together your favorite photos showing the love and bond between you and your dogs. I will be asking for them the end of January!

Photo above is a picture of Dancer just a couple of hours after giving birth to 4 gorgeous babies. The love she felt for these babies is reflected in her beautiful face. Dancer (Trio's Dances with the Mountains) is an IABCA champion and AKC CGC and is loved by owner Jequita P. (JP) McDaniel in Littleton, CO. 


The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


This is my boy Rival, at 3 months and at 2 years old. He has recently been moved over to Miniature American Shepherd. Registered name is Keecams Sexy And I Know It.  
Lisa Moir

  Please send me your most stunning head shots of your dogs and I will post one each week!

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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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Get yours today in time for Valentines!



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

 GR CH Love That American Red White and Blue CM15

 Wins Best of Breed Bred by Exhibitor at the
2014 AKC Eukanuba show under judge Sr. Davoid Ojalvo!
Wins 2014 AKC Eukanuba pre show Best of Breed
in Orlando, Florida 12/12/14 under judge Mr. Jeffrey Pepper!
Breeder/owner/handler-Jeanie Troyan McAdams, Denton, Texas
('Merlie' is the all time #1 AKC Misc. breed & #1 Mini American Shepherd!)
'Love That Jimmy Fallon'
  at barely 6 months old has won 2 AKC Best in Misc. and
  4 AKC Best in Show 4-6 month old classes!
By GR CH Love That American Red White and Blue CM15, 
out of Too Minis Princess Kate
co breeders-Margo McKee & Jeanie McAdams, owned & shown by Jeanie

If you are on Facebook you are familiar with the TBT- Throw Back Thursday photos!
I would like to feature a few weeks of those right here on the Tuesday Talk!  So if you have a picture from way back when of your dogs please send to me. Anything from when he was a mere pup to your first event!  Whatever you want to share!

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Photo Above ....... Marla VanWilligan with Jack at the 2009 Nationals

Denise Albright Blocks
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 All club affiliates seeking renewal with MASCUSA must submit the following documentation with the application. All documents must be received and reviewed by the Board before the renewal of an affiliate club will be approved. 

Affiliate renewal period will be from January 1 to April 1 of each year.   



  • 1. Officer list that must include president, vice president, secretary and treasurer (secretary and treasurer may be the same person if the club's bylaws allow), and board members. All officers must be current members of MASCUSA. This list must include office held, names, addresses, and emails
  • 2.       Current membership list that includes names, addresses, and emails.
  • 3.       List of activities - educational, public outreach, fundraising, and events held, etc. within the last year. Two activities minimum are required each year.
  • 4.       Bank account information - proof of a bank account, bank address, title of the bank account (must be in the club's name), and names on the account (must be two current members on the account minimum). 
  • 5.       Opening and closing bank balance with debits and credits specifically listed for the year. If associated with an activity, it must state which activity.


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:

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!

I would love to see more pics of our dogs herding, so if you have some please
Send to me and I will place them in the Tuesday Talk.

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 2015 MASCUSA Nationals - Save the Date!!!

First MASCUSA Nationals with full AKC Recognition

We will have Jr. Showmanship

Click below to reserve a room

Lodging That will Accept Dogs

Purina Farms - 200 Checkerboard Drive, Gray Summit, Missouri 63039

Hosted by: MASCUSA, MASCUSA Members and Affiliates


MASCUSA Nationals (September 14th-17th, 2015)

  • Conformation Regular/Non Regular/Sweeps/Juniors

  • Most Versatile - Miniature American Shepherd

  • 2 AKC Herding Trials

  • 2 AKC Agility Trials

  • 2 AKC Rally

  • 2 AKC Obedience Trials

  • 2 Barn Hunt Inc. Trials

  • NADD Dock Diving

  • Skyhoundz Disc Dog Local

  • Seminars

  • Banquet

Three Rivers Cluster Supported Entries (September 11th-13th, 2015)

All Breed Conformation Gateway Cluster Supported Entries (September 18th-20th, 2015)



*******Help Wanted*******


Not going to the 2015 MASCUSA Nationals but want to be part of the action? 

The Conformation show committee is looking for someone to be the pre-show judges' liason. 

This person would communicate with all prospective and hired judges regarding requests to judge and contracts. He/she would also handle any communications prior to the show starting. This person could also be someone showing in the companion and performance events but not in conformation or MVA. Please contact Therese Stoebner at


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 January! 


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. Patricia Blaauboer, Netherlands

  2. Nadine Boeckels, United Kingdom

  3. Megan Coste, Canada

  4. Eva Marien, Belgium

  5. Michelle Ceal, TX

  6. Kimberly J. Welton, TN

  7. Frederick J. Welton, TN

  8. Bart Riley, MT

  9. Bretaigne Riley, MT

  10. Jennifer Hampton, MI

                     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







Click here



Karen Keller,

Judy Challinger,
Vice President

Linda DuBois, Secretary

Patricia Davis, Treasurer

Board Members

Sue Ritter

Sue Fontaine

Ellen Friedman-Smith


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