Tuesday Talk   
 March 10, 2015






A Special Membership Meeting for the purpose of voting on the new Constitution and Bylaws has been set for March 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. PST, at the Community and Cultural Center, Madrone Room, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, California.   This is the only agenda item and no other business will be conducted at this meeting.  Notice of this meeting was previously provided during a Town Hall Meeting on the bylaws on February 16, 2015 and again in a board bulletin on February 21, 2015.


If you previously voted by proxy ballot and wish to change your vote, you must attend this meeting and cast your vote in person.   You can find the proposed constitution and bylaws at


If you have any questions, please email the board at

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


Send me your "Luck of the Irish photos" for St Patricks Day !!

We love entries!
Don't forget to send in yours for the AKC All Breed Herding Trial and the AKC All Breed Agility Trial, hosted by MASCUSA and supported by Mid America. 
 Broken Arrow, OK 
Herding Trial Dates: April 25 and 26th 
Agility Trial Dates: May 16 and 17th
Entries fill quickly so get yours in! 
We have a blast!!

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Love abounds
 So, let's keep it going! 

Cimarron and Marles 


Send me your favorite photos showing the love and bond between you and your dogs. 


Training Tips, advice and more!! 

Each week we will bring you tips, advice and ideas on how to train, show or play with your dog in all the major venues! Herding, Agility, Obedience, Rally, Therapy, Tracking, Coursing, Barn Hunt and showing conformation! 


Building drive and focus with toys

with Donna Crary Johnson

  I was asked to give tips on agility, so let's start with foundation skills.  As agility requires speed, focus, and a skill set for different obstacles.  I start with them as puppies to develop skills.  It has to be fun, and with puppies developing a relationship between you and your puppy.  So the games we play will build not only fun, but motivates speed, drive, and focus.


  When I get a puppy one of the first games we play are dead toy, live toy.  The object of this games is to have two toys that have the same value and to get them excited to tug with you.  This game leads to other toy games to motivate them to play with you, builds drive and focus, as well as builds relationship value to you.


  First you need to get the puppy tugging on one toy before you play this game.  I use the toy as a lure for them to chase, once they pounce on it and put their mouth on it, I mark it with "yes".  Then get them to tug on it, even if it is briefly.  With puppies, I only do a few seconds each time I do this, always have them wanting more.


  Once they are tugging on one toy, then I will bring out the 2nd toy of equal value, tap it on the floor until they release the first toy (which is now the dead toy) and start tugging on the 2nd, (which is now the live toy) again marking with "yes".  The first toy is hidden, either behind my back or between my legs, so they can't see it.  Each time they tug on the toy I count 5 sec. before switching to the 2nd toy, and only do two rotations, then stop while they are tugging. This session should be short and several times during the day.


  Once they are tugging good and playing the game, take it to the next level and go different places, adding distractions.

Till next time, Have FUN!

Donna C Johnson

Thank you Donna!!!      

Wigglebutt Makin' Me Bounce 

Earned his Rally Advanced title this week with

three consecutive qualifying runs. He also earned his first two Beginner

Novice legs...with one score of 198 out of a possible 200. Again, thanks to

his breeders...Angie and Bill Olge and Lisa Bataska.


The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


Bluegrass Harmony With Woodridge    

  Owned by Woodridge and Lynn Gray of Bluegrass Kennels

 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. 



Desert Sun's The Sky's The Limit 

Took Best In Misc. both days of the Silver Bay Kennel Club of San Diego show to unofficially earn her Certificate of Merit at 11 months old.

Thank you to judges Mr. Garry Newton and Dr. Judith A. Newton. Bred/owned/handled by Deanna Mooney

 Wigglebutt Sweeter Than Honey "BeeBee" 

New UKC Champion with some of her UKC ribbons. BeeBee, owned/handled by Holly Rupprect, got a Group 2, 3 and 4 in the last couple show weekends.

 Angela Ogle


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:

The dogs sure can make us laugh, smile or sometimes scratch our head! 
Looking for fun photos that show the everyday moments of daily life with one of the 
most intelligent dogs on the planet!

This pup likes to sleep under the bassinet!



If you want a successful business people say location, location, location is very important and if you want a successful business, advertise advertise, advertise!

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! 


                     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

Find info about Nationals Here!


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

**********NATIONAL NEWS*********

The info on sponsoring a class or purchasing a catalog ad is now on the the MASCUSA website.



 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)


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

puppy on herding ducks
Is there Herding at Nationals!

YES, two trials and both on the same day, first trial is Open to All Breeds, second trial is only for Miniature American Shepherds.   

If your dog is at least six months old you can enter the Instinct Testing!  You DO NOT have to have any experience or exposure to stock to enter Instinct Testing.  Give it a try, your dog will love you for it!

Dogs over  9 months old can enter the other test classes and trial.
 Herding is on Monday Sept 14th, 2015
 Judges are Debbie George and Tracy Parciak



Welcome New Members for March! 

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. Annette Duguay, Canada
  2. Stephanie Boswell, MO
  3. Cynthia Hurwitz, TX
  4. Lou A. Johnston, AR
  5. Ashley Lindauer, AZ
  6. Terri Moebuis, MD
  7. Davona S. Roat, CO
  8. Carolyn Smith, AR
  9. Kim Holderfield, GA
  10. Amy Rideout, CA


Training Tips Advice 
& More  
Agility with Donna Crary Johnson!

This is how we roll photos!

Send me your Luck of the Irish pics for St Patricks Day!
 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


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