Sunday, November 30, 2014

  President's Message

“I am very proud to be a part of bringing together breeders, owners and fanciers of these wonderful dogs, Miniature American Shepherds.  This is an exciting time to make new strides and new beginnings.  Many of us are no stranger to the past ridicule and unacceptance of the Mini Aussie as a size variety of the Australian Shepherd.  Over the years, we have fought hard, spending countless volunteer hours, with the goal to gain recognition as Miniature sized Australian Shepherds in Canada with CKC.
Through that dedication and passion brought us to the conclusion that our goal was not likely reachable without a majority of support from the Australian Shepherd community.   Therefore, in order for our smaller Aussies to be accepted and recognized as they truly deserve, along with other purebred dogs, was to take a different route, perhaps a little challenging at times, but that would take the Mini Aussie into a new era as a new breed now called Miniature American Shepherd.
As we move forward together as a group of MAS enthusiasts, our goals should be to promote the breed, share information, and hold MAS related events.  One of our goals of this club is to gain recognition by our own country’s kennel club, the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club.)  As we make this transition, I would also expect us to treat those that do not wish to follow this path but to stay 'breed club-registered as Mini Aussies' with respect.
My personal goal as President is to see this club function as a team with honest and open communication with its members.  To provide a gathering place for discussions regarding health, breeding, events, etc.  Within this role, I plan to foster non-judgemental discussions about new or different ideas in regards to all aspects of breeding, owning, and promoting this breed.  I hope together we grow as a group by learning from each other.  Whether you are just starting out, or whether you have 20 years plus of experience, each person may have something valuable to contribute and are entitled to their opinion.
Welcome to everyone who has joined us on this journey."

Lisa Hartjes
President, MASCAN