Tuesday Talk   
 March 24, 2015

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,




Lee Fairchild is a MASCUSA member and he is one amazing trainer! 

It helps when you have a Miniature American Shepherd 

as one of your top dogs!


May 2, 2015 at K9 Manners & More, Broken Arrow, OK;

 Lee Fairchild of OK Disc Dogs will host a Disc Dog toss & catch competition. Lee owns the 2010 Skyhoundz Micro Dog World Champion, Gracie, 

and multi-time world championship qualifier, Dora. 


For info about the event, email:


Here's a new title picture!! 

Devin Riley (age 12) and Zeus of Olympus BN RN.

Lisa Riley

Love abounds
 So, let's keep it going! 

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! 

Disc Dog

Canine Catching

    "Once your dog is consistently taking the disc out of your hand, kneel down and position your canine in front of you about three feet away. Instead of handing him the disc, say, "catch" and gently toss the disc in the air just in front of your dog. Never throw directly at your canine. Always let the canine move to the disc. If your dog moves toward the disc and attempts to catch it, give him lots of praise. Since you want the catch to be the reward, don't let him pick the disc up off the ground if he doesn't catch it. Repeat this exercise until he catches the disc consistently. Also, make sure that you are releasing the disc at a catchable angle, so the disc's edge is easy for him to grab.


     Next, position your dog to your left side (if you are right handed) and make a short throw (less than five yards) into the wind. As your dog's catching consistency improves, you can advance to longer throws.

 It is a good idea to make all your throws into the wind so the disc will fly slowly and float long enough for your dog to make a mid-air catch." 

more on......


Last weekend Timeless Hot Tamale (Spicee) 

had a great weekend at an AKC trial, earning 5 Q's out of 6 runs.  

She earned her Open Standard title.

She also earned her CGC title a few weeks ago.....good girl Spicee!

Donna Crary Johnson

Here are photos of my girls in agility. Both have their OA and OAJ. The multi picture with me in it is of:


Windance's Simply Irresistible OA, OAJ  'Brooklyn'. She has been the most exuberant and high drive little dog to work with in agility, it's all about speed for her. I just love every moment we have in the ring. She now has one leg in excellent.


The single picture is of:


Danlyn's Miss Congeniality OA, OAJ 'Gracie Lou'. She's a fun, fast, happy dog that tends to have a mind of her own in the ring sometimes. But does she enjoy it. She is taking time off while I'm getting my little Papillon 'Indi' started.

Lori Langton


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!

 Send to  


 3M's Buck and Rose's Sham CGC OJP NAP   

Better known as Sham.  Owned by Sandra Vanni

  For our first ever USDAA trial we got 4 Qs, a first and a second in Gamblers.  

A third in standard agility and a second in jumpers.

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. 



Alta Blue Silver Charm 

Best of Breed and Best in Miscellaneous  at

the McKensie Cascade Dog Show In Albany Oregon - Two Days


Alta Brave Heart Blue Warrior

Best Opposite at the McKenzie Cascade Dog show

in Albany Oregon

  Lori Phelps

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!

Thirty minutes of screaming!!....
and Timeless Betsy Ross just sits by to comfort.  




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