Tuesday Talk   

January 27, 2015

"Dogs love snow. So, in the wake of the Polar Vortex and blizzard season, we asked experts the burning question: why do dogs love snow so much? Stanley Coren, a scientist and Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and expert in canine psychology, said that many dogs love snow in the way that a toddler loves snow -- it's simply fun to play with."



Check out the AKC news feeds on the MASCUSA website 






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 have several Miniature American Shepherd teams invited to the AKC Rally National Championships!


The Companion Events team is happy to announce that the 2015 National Obedience Championship will be held on March 14-15, 2015 at Purina Farms, in Gray Summit, MO. Tell all your friends and watch for updates and a volunteer form on the AKC website in the next few months.  


Check out the list!

Timeless Hot Tamale (Spicee) 

Earned her Novice Standard and Novice Jumpers

title at her 2nd AKC trial!  Love this girl!



Donna Crary-Johnson


 This  looks like a very interesting course and the website is full of some good information!

Online Course
Managing Genetics For The Future

For many breeds of purebred dog, the list of genetic disorders that must be managed by breeders is getting longer and longer.  What can breeders do to prevent these genetic problems from developing, and what needs to be done to get them under control?  Breeding strategies to reduce the risk of genetic disorders in a litter of puppies (e.g. by not mating 2 carriers of a gene determined by a DNA test) might be at odds with what would be in the best interests of the breed population as a whole.  The ability to produce healthy puppies for generations into the future is going to depend on how well the gene pool is managed.  This course looks at the nature of breeds, and at how particular breeding strategies can shape the genetic future of a breed and degrade the quality of the gene pool over time.  We will discuss strategies for maintaining a healthy gene pool in small or rare breeds, how to rescue lines in danger of going extinct, and how breeders can work together to benefit both their individual breeding programs as well as the quality and health of the breed.


Check out these kewl educational videos all free to watch!


We do not endorse this course, just bringing it to your attention for those of you interested in genetics!


Love abounds!
Send me your favorite photos showing the love and bond between 
you and your dogs, for the lovely month of February!

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


Desert Sun's Born To Perform aka "Jag" 

Up and coming male at Desert Sun

Deanna Mooney

  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 :-)
 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. 


Desert Sun's The Sky's The Limit 

Took Best in Misc. under Judge Patricia Trotter on 1/10/15 at the Kachina Kennel Club Show. The following day she took Best Opposite under Judge Johnny Shoemaker. Bred and owned by Deanna Mooney. Handled by Jordan Confer.

From left to right.....
RCF's Must Be Fate, Mockingbirds Georgia Chrome, Mockingbirds On The Money Red and Mockingbirds I am Fabulous all winning either Best of Breed, Best of Opposite and Best of Misc on Saturday and Sunday at the Charleston kennel Club.  Owned, Co owned and leased by Elise Wolpert with Elise and Lynn Vogel handling.  Mockingbird Georgia Chrome also winning her rally class on Sunday!



URO3 UAG2 Flagtree's Dynamite (Mia) CD BN RAE2 PT NA NAJ NAP NJP CGCA CL-1R CL1-F CL1- H CL1-S CL1 TIAD TG3 

Baby Mia.  Tammy brought her to class for me to "look at".  I surprised Tammy by taking Mia out of her arms and never giving her back.  Tammy wasn't really ready to let her go, but I was ready to take her!  My heart dog.  

Karen Bailey Cooper

 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!

Send to




Waiting on my new family!
Cuba, bred by Nadine Boeckels

Greggles Miniature American Shepherds


It is time to renew your Tuesday Talk ads, or place a new one!
The Tuesday Talk reaches more than 600 members per week, and is a wonderful place to advertise!  It can be for your kennel, your dog related products, training or more.
 Click the link below to find out how to send in an Ad! 
Start your new Ad in January and start the new year off right!

Go to Public Relations and click on the Tuesday Talk Advertising form! 






 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