Tuesday Talk   
 February 03, 2015
 Happy Valentines Day!

Valentine's Wish - Love to All - from Singer & Quest
Jack & Hazell from New Hampshire




February 16, 2015, 9:00 p.m. EST


With our move into full recognition, one of the requirements that we must complete is to update our bylaws to meet AKC requirements.  Additionally because our club is incorporated in New York and there have been changes in New York law, the board retained a lawyer that specializes in New York Not-for-Profit law to review our bylaws and ensure that we are in compliance. 

 A draft of the updated constitution and bylaws was originally created by the MASCUSA Board of Directors, following the AKC specified format, and subsequently reviewed and revised by the MASCUSA Governing Documents Committee.  The resulting draft was submitted to and revised by Anne Downey, Esq. of Hodgson Russ LLP, an expert in New York not-for-profit corporate law and the NY not-for-profit revitalization legislation.  The draft from Anne Downey was submitted to AKC for approval, and additional edits were made in response to requests from AKC.  These bylaws have now been approved by AKC for the purpose of sending to the membership of MASCUSA for vote.  The updated bylaws can be viewed at


The Town Hall Meeting has been set up so that members may have an opportunity to ask questions about the updated bylaws and the manner in which the voting process will be done.  The meeting will be on February 16, 2015, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and the call-in information is telephone number 1-605-475-6333, participant code 3107079 This meeting will be recorded.



 The MASCUSA Board of Directors


MASCUSA Award Programs!


   MASCUSA is in need of members who are willing to work on the award programs for our club.  These need to be in place and ready to launch immediately after full recognition. There is a wonderful group of volunteers already on the Special Programs Committee and several have volunteered to take on this project.  Some of the suggested programs would be for Herding, Obedience, Agility, Juniors, Top Ten, Hall of Fame Kennels, Hall of Fame Breeders and Hall of Fame Dogs, to name a few.  

 Imagine the satisfaction of knowing that you can be a part of the history of the club by assisting in the development of these programs.  It was suggested that we take a look at the USASA programs and see how those could work for our club. If we were to mirror their programs and make changes to suit our club, the brunt of the work would already be accomplished. Please consider helping to further the work of this committee and put together an awesome program for our members and dogs.

 Take a look at these programs and see if you would like to be a part in the development of these programs.  Use the programs tab to see everything that USASA offers.

MASCUSA Board of Directors



Dynasty's Designed to Impress "Desi" CM, having a good time in the Juniors Ring in Atlanta on 31 January 2015 handled by Danny White. They placed in the ribbons both days they showed with a 4th on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday. 

Both of them had a great time.

Thanks, Kim Johnson




Sandy Creek's Rock My World got his CD and rally excellent title over the weekend of Febuary 7th . This dog has been amazing dog to own. He also got his WCRL level 3 title at the age of 13 months , in 9 straight shows. I would like to thank Wanda Alsleben of Sandy Creek Aussies for this wonderful dog. Rocky is owned by Carol Arthur.

Requesting submissions for the Goodwill Ambassador!!!
The award will be presented at Nationals

Dogs are many different things to many different people, but once in a while a very extraordinary dog passes through our lives.  He may have been the one dog that made an Alzheimer patient smile for the first time in years or a dog that lay at the feet of several shy preschoolers as one by one they gained the courage to read to the wonderful sweet dog. Maybe he is owned by a family member or a friend but if this special mini has touched the life of one person or a thousand people, we want to hear your story!
   There is no act of kindness too small to submit, because the lives touched by our precious minis are all worth sharing.  We will present every one of the stories at Nationals.  The winning dog will be voted on by a team of volunteers, and will be honored during the Nationals events with a very special award.  Mid America Miniature American Shepherd Club will be sponsoring this award for 2015. Eligible dogs must be registered as a Miniature American Shepherd.

  Send your stories and if possible include a few photos to 

Mindy Stevenson


Here is a list of the things we hope to see but not limited to:


Helps someone who is deaf hear the phone, door etc

Companion for an elderly person

Companion for a child with emotional challenges

A dog that has helped to fill the void of a lost family member

Therapy dog who visits abused children's homes

Therapy dog who visits nursing homes

a R.E.A.D certified dog

A TDI certified dog  

A dog that has done a heroic deed that included a service to a person or community

A dog whose friendship and presence gave an autistic child the courage to speak

A dog who found a lost alzheimers family member who had wandered away

A dog who alerted someone to an impeding danger

A dog who brings smiles and laughter to a classroom full of children with disabilities

A dog who is mascot of a team of special olympic athletes


 And more.......

Pictured below is the Award for our 2013 Goodwill Ambassador winner


Capt'n Kirk BN CD RA NA NAJ CGCA TIAD TG3 IT certificate 
had a wonderful time at Lap It Up in Durham, NC playing Teacup Agility this weekend. He earned his TIAD and TG3 titles. 
Capt'n Kirk is owned and handled by Cheryl Warren, Pendleton, SC.
Love abounds!
Send me your favorite photos showing the love and bond between 
you and your dogs, for the lovely month of February!

Showing the love between our dogs and us.  
"Flash" Tenacity's Photo Shoot, bred, owned, loved and shown by Carol Carlson. Flash had just won Best of Breed at age one, at the AKC Richland Kennel Club Show on September 29, 2013 Sire: Chandrea's Outline in Black and White with Bluegrass (Trace) Dam: Timeless Tenacty-She's All That.

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!



Pleasant Woods Trigger Happy..."Happy"

Bred by Brenda Hector. He is owned and loved by Anne Boehlje of Florence, Or. 

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

 Send to  

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. 


First show. Bred by Harmony Leavitt. Owned by Cheryl Witte. Shown by Diane Jackson & Adrienne Griffin. Female 6 months old

 Alta Got The Moves Like Swagger
2015 Lone Star Winter Sieger Jan 31-Feb 1
Obtained his International Championship
2 Best of Breed, Group 2, Group 3
Owner: Gloria Kury
Breeder: Valerie Nilsson



12 week old Bailey with my daughter Lisa. Lisa won her after winning a bet with me. Best bet I ever lost. Bailey is the easiest dog to live with and introduced me to my love for Minis and Aussies.  
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


Check out this virtual tour of Purina Farms, 
our home for Nationals 2015!


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!

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)


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 February! 


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. Susanna Dedecek, Germany

  2. Noah Dedecek, Germany

  3. Jenny Pettersson, Sweden

  4. Katy Elder, IA

  5. Aeris Elder, IA

  6. Sonia Krupicka, NE

  7. Gloria Kury, TX

  8. Shaela Tate, UT

  9. Fabien Francois, France

  10. Anna Marie Beltrame, MN

  11. Alayna Sartwell, MN

  12. Janice C. Pykiet, MO

  13. Merry Zakrzewski, AR

  14. Celeste Crisman, VA

  15. Janet Goliger, CA


                     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