Tuesday Talk   
 March 17, 2015

Karen Cooper


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


  Dodge Citys Grato


He was looking for a 4 leaf clover and only found a 3 leaf clover!



Picasso Bounce OAJ NA


owned by Eve Ross of Flagstaff AZ


Schafferts 2Fast4U at Karens     &      Karens Twist of Fate aka Harley
Karen Goddard

2015 MASCUSA Nationals Logo Contest

It is time for our creative members to submit their creations for the 2015 MASCUSA Nationals logo competition. Please follow the information below.

Deadline: Submit entries by May 15th, 2015

Send to : Judy Challinger via e-mail

. You will receive a confirmation email that your entry has been received. If you do not get this, please send another e-mail.


Rules:        Any current member of MASCUA is eligible to enter this contest.

         Logo submissions need to be a high quality DPI.  Ideally, the image can be transparent, such as a PNG, and as large of a file as possible.

         Art work that is submitted has to be copyright free. Do not use images or clipart in the logo from the internet that are not free of copyright or any artwork not your own has to have a release from artist.

         Once the entries are received they will be voted on by the membership and the winning logo will be used for this year's national specialty.

 Questions?  Please contact Patti Cutler,


Love abounds
 So, let's keep it going! 
Skeeter visited the hospital to give love and comfort to "Pappa Bruce" before a serious medical treatment. Skeeter (Mountain Song My Sweet Lady) is 9 months old and in therapy dog training. She is loved by owner Jequita McDaniel and her "puppy nanny" Deb, both of Littleton, CO. Skeeter's mom Dancer (Trio's Dances with the Mountains, CGC) is also a therapy dog, so Skeeter is following in her paws.

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! 


What to expect at a Herding Instinct Test

Mindy Stevenson


What do I need to know before entering a Herding Instinct Test and what does my

dog need to do and what happens at this test?


You will enter the pen on a leash and the judge will hand you a long line to snap on the

collar and have you remove your leash. The long line is light weight and lets the judge or

you get control of your dog if he decides to frantically chase the stock. Don't be

embarrassed; it happens a lot of times! 

Your dog only needs to know a few things: a sit or down, a short stay and a recall. The sit or down and short stay shows the judge that you do have control over your dog, that he does listen to you and does have some respect for you as the owner, and that he is capable of listening. The re call shows the judge that you can get your dogs attention and can draw him to you. As you enter the pen the judge will ask you to sit your dog and make him stay for a second as you walk away and then

call him to you. Don't worry it doesn't have to be perfect. Just show a little control.


Most dogs do well and your dog will also be on a long line. When the test begins you will

leave your dog and follow the judge to the center of the pen and stay close to her as she

tries to engage your dog in a few fun moments of herding. The sheep or goats are very

accustomed to dogs and will quietly follow the judge as she walks around the pen.



Everything happens in a very small round pen and only your dog is in there with the

judge, yourself and probably three sheep or goats. It is a very controlled situation.

The judge will actually do most of the work for you. Your job is just to listen to her as

she directs the dog around the pen and tries to get him interested in moving the sheep,

The Judge will attempt to let the dog follow the sheep in both directions and see how

much interest the dog shows. Some dogs are very excited and are bouncing around like

fireballs and others would rather ignore the sheep and investigate the sheep poop. 


After a few minutes most dogs will find the sheep interesting and start to actually try to move

them or gather them into a circle. The judge will be caring a long cane or crook and will

guide the dog by stepping in front of him to change directions and sometimes sweep the

cane across the ground to make the change of direction.. The dog needs to show he can

move both ways. There are a couple of stages we are looking for, play and prey drive as

these two things can be turned into herding drive given the proper direction. At an

instinct test we do not "expect" these dogs to work the stock we are just looking for the

natural raw ability to be present. (especially with young dogs) And the dogs ability to

take direction from the handler.

When the test is over the judge will fill out a score sheet that has several things on it she

is marking. You will get a copy. The score sheet tells you many things about your dogs

first experience. The test is a PASS/FAIL test so you will know immediately whether or

not your dog passed. But the score sheet will tell you why he did or did not pass. Some

dogs take a few exposures to stock before they become really excited and want to work

so don't be disappointed if your dog seems to ignore them or fails the test. Some dogs

take more time than others and they can instinct test more than once if the dog doesn't

"turn on" the first time. However many dogs with a natural instinct will show some

interest at first sight of the stock. And you might find yourself surprised your dog could

move them around so well. By all means have fun. Herding is a fantastic sport and one

your dog will really enjoy.                 Written by Mindy Stevenson


 Short video clip of a very quick AKC Herding Instinct Test!

Owned by Traci Phillips, test was at Latigo Farm in Oklahoma


 Rockin R Hope Floats (Hope)

Pockets Take N The Heat x Pockets Keeneye Bred by Gypsy O'Neal

Shelley Geyer


and owner/handler Shelley Geyer had a successful two weekend stretch of agility trials.


At the CDST UKC agility trial March 7 and 8, she finished her UKC agility championship (UACH) with scores of 194, 198, 199, and 200 and qualifying all 4 runs at the trial.


At the TDTC AKC agility trials March 13, 14, and 15, our first time to run regular 12 inch instead of preferred, she qualified 5 of 10 runs, earning 4 firsts, and a second place, and a NA title.  We actually didn't realize we'd gotten the third Q on Sunday in Std., or the title, so our picture is missing one blue ribbon, a green Q ribbon, and our green and yellow New Title ribbon.


We are really looking forward to the MAS sponsored AKC agility trial in May in Tulsa.  Entries are open, and premium is on the MASCUSA webpage under upcoming events.  Come just us in Tulsa, we have a blast!

The Beautiful Faces of the Miniature American Shepherd

A weekly photo series!


 UKC CH.  Sapphires I've been Spotted @ Gottabe, "Stirling"

 owned and loved by Lori McClelland 

of Gottabe Miniature American Shepherds


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

 Send to  

Flagtree's Dynamite (Mia)

earned her Novice Fast last weekend in Tulsa with a first and a hard entry to the far side of the tunnel in the bonus.  She also earned a first in Open Standard.  
The weekend before Mia earned points toward her UKC UACH agility title in Tulsa.
 Mia could have had several more Q's if her handler had not made so many mistakes.

Flagtree's Piece of Cake (Cupcake)
also attended her first UKC show and earned legs and first places in her 2 UAG1 runs.  
Karen Bailey Cooper

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. 



Wigglebutt Zenyatta 
with a conformation Group 1, and not one, but two High In Trial UKC Nosework (Containers). Looking forward to doing Interior/Exteriors this weekend in Mason, MI.


Wigglebutt Han Solo 
got his UKC Championship, and a Group 1 out of 10 herding breeds. 
So fun to be in such a big group. He also pulled off a High In Trial Nosework (Containers) with someone handling him that he just met! 
Angela Ogle



Abington's Naughty Prince Harry 

takes Best of Opposite sex at the Albany OR show in Feb.

This will earn his new title of AKC Certificate of Merit. Owned & bred by

Patti Cutler of Abington Mini's, co-owned by Virginia Verville of Aloha

Aussies and proudly shown by good friend Peggy Neville of Corvallis OR 



NW Aloha Black Maverick 

takes Best in Miscellaneous at the Albany OR show in Feb.

He is Owned/Handled and Bred by Virginia Verville of NW Aloha Aussies in

Florence OR






at barely 9 months old wins Grp 4  in a tough UKC adult herding group in Denton, Texas!

Thank you judge Ms. Pamela Moore & co breeder Margo McKee, 'Too Minis'!

'Love That' Minis-Jeanie Troyan McAdams & Dr. Douglas McAdams, Denton, Texas


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!


Little Joe at Latigo Farm





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                     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






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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
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