Tuesday Talk  
January 13, 2015


9 1/2 month old puppy FOXGLOVE DUSTDEVIL COMIN' ATCHA aka Dustin 

In farm dog mode "helping" do chores by cleaning up a dropped piece of baling twine

MT Stafford 





The MASCUSA Awards Program for MASCUSA Championships and Grand Championships will end on June 30, 2015. If you have a dog working towards a MASCUSA Championship or a Grand Championship you must have earned all remaining points by that date. All winsheets must be postmarked within 30 days of the date of the show at which the points were earned.

The Merit portion of the Awards Program ended on December 31, 2014 and does not affect the above programs. 

MASCUSA Board of Directors






The Merit Program ended December 31, 2014. Please make sure that all final winsheets are submitted for the period ending December 31, 2014 within the required timeframe (30 days from the date of the show at which points were earned). There will not be a Merit Program for the period January through June 2015.


MASCUSA Board of Directors 



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




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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!

  Things of Interest
Updates from the AKC Board Meetings

Breed-Specific Health Issues
There was a discussion on breed-specific health issues as defined by AKC breed Parent Clubs.
When AKC completes plans to have a Chief Veterinary Officer on staff, the Board consensus
was that the CVO, in cooperation with the AKC Canine Health Foundation, should begin a
conversation with the Parent Clubs about addressing these health issues.

The Board received an update on the development of a new breeder recognition program with
the emphasis on health.



The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


Ada (Radiant First Class Passenger of Triple R  
Michelle Du Bois

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

 Alta Silver Charm
 Took best opposite at the Rouge Valley Show 

Sire Alta Djano Unchained
Dam. Alta Dare To Dream
Thank you handler
Lori Phelps
Owner Breeder Valerie Nilsson

Coal Dust's Love That Lady In Red CM (Kiara)
Won Best of Opposite Sex at Eukanuba
Bred by Jerisha Ganske Owned by Jerisha Ganske and Jeanie McAdams
Handler: Tori Beaman 

  Nolan River Kennel Club, Glen Rose, Texas 1/4/15
  Thank you judge Mr. John Wade!
  'Maria' is by GR CH Love That American Red White and Blue CM15, dam is
  CH Chandrea's Sizzln Hot Reba. Thank you Julienne Laughy for leasing Reba to us!
  Jeanie & Dr. Doug McAdams, Denton, Texas

We now have 4 generations of AKC CM winners in our household in just 2 1/2 years
 since our breed was accepted into AKC! Owner/handler 4 generations, Breeder/owner/handled
3 generations! Pictures coming soon of the 4 generations pictured together!

  This is 'Jimmy's' 3rd AKC Best in Misc. since he turned 6 months old a month ago!
  Prior to that he won 4 AKC Best in Show 4-6 month olds! Sire is GR CH Love That
  American Red White and Blue CM15, dam is Too Minis Princess Kate.
  Thank you co breeder Margo McKee! 
Jeanie & Dr. Doug McAdams, Denton, Texas

Patchworks Bluegrass
 One of the foundation dogs of our breed 

 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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 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.

The website has been reorganized a little. Forms and fees pages have been combined and the new forms are available. The new link for both forms and fees is now

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!

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



 Throw Back Thursday Photos!
Collecting photos for the lovely month of February

Affiliates It's Time to Renew

Send in your ads for the Tuesday Talk!

 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