1771 Roble Grande RD 
Alpine, CA 91901 
(619) 659-9393 
(619) 659-5966 (fax) 
Email: marysarmiento@sandiegosportingdogclub.org


January 2011 Newsletter

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President: Mary Sarmiento

1st VP: Rick Greenwell

2nd VP: Pam Felgenhauer

Treasurer: Wendy Greenwell

Secretary: Randy Domingos

Members:  Bill Cox
               Joe Artes 
               Ernie Lopez
               Ron Dotson

Mark Scott and his boys at the Shoot to Retrieve.
Ron Dotson Photograph


Calendar of Events

No Meeting In January

Next General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, February 9th, 7:00PM

Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

San Diego Sporting Dog Club 2011 Banquet

Saturday, January 29th
At: Casa Machado 
3750 John J. Montgomery Drive, San Diego, 92123
Time: 6:30 pm
Cost: $22.00 per adult

Raffle items are still needed.  If you have any raffle items, please 
e-mail Pam at this link. or 619-442-5354

A reminder that the deadline to sign up for the banquet is January 24th. 

Every year we have a special "Early Bird" raffle for those that pay their membership before or at the banquet. This year, rather than a raffle, we have a special gift for those Early Birder's. The exception is that you have to RSVP to the banquet and agree to pay your membership before or at the banquet.  When you RSVP send your favorite photo of your dog.

Last day to RSVP for the Early Bird Special: January 15th. To RSVP
e-mail Pam at this link.

Recent Events


Shoot to Retrieve - December 4th, 2010

By Randy Domingos



Had another great day at the Shoot to Retrieve. Lots of really nice dog work. Congratulations to the following winners.

Open Class

1st Place Mike Moran and Annie-
Tia's Annie Get Your Gun

2nd Place Joe Artes and Gunner-
Remington's Smoking Gun

3rd Place Randy Domingos and Wyatt-
Dynamo Dick's Gun-Run'in Wyatt
Verland Nolta Photograph


Amateur Class

1st Place Pam Felgenhauer and Decoy-
Ryder's Breez'n Decoy

2nd Place Corey Magers and Robbie
Ron Dotson Photograph

3rd Place Mark Scott and Shadow
Ron Dotson Photograph

Members also participating were, Rick Greenwell with Greta & Sophie, Bill Cox with Dee Dee & Scout, Mike Moran with Roxy & Katie, Joe Artes & Gracie, James Reichstadt & Ember, Dan Denhart & Tika, Brad Fenton & Tater, Bryan Bonas & Roxy, Ed Marr & Koda, John Segoria & Dakota, Ron Dotson & Josie, Mary Sarmiento & Jag, Rich Vergara & Boomer, Trevor Niarchos, & Brandy, Don Wilke & Murphy.

Brad Fenton & Tater

Ed Marr & Koda
Verland Nolta Photograph

Ron Dotson & Josie
Verland Nolta Photograph

Joe Artes' Gracie

Thanks to everyone for pitching in and volunteering.  Without your efforts these events would not be possible.


Sharon Potter Retriever Handling Workshop  
December 10th, 11th & 12th

By Randy Domingos

The Sharon Potter Workshop looked to be a great success.  I stopped by for a couple hours Saturday and took some pictures.  If you've never attended a Potter Seminar you've missed some great tips for training your dog.  Sharon has a solution for any issue and her calm controlled demeanor is well respected by the dogs.  As she says, "there is no emotion in dog training".  I learned allot and I'm a pointer guy.  Start saving your pennies for Sharon's next event.

Between each run participates are debriefed on both the dogs and handlers pluses and minuses.

Corey Magers Boykin, Robbie flying after a retrieve.


DFG Junior and Family Hunts,   
December 11th, 2010

By Randy Domingos

The California Fish & Game, Game Bird Heritage Hunt was a great success.  Club members helped out with handlers and dogs again this year.  There was a Family hunt in the morning followed by a Junior hunt in the afternoon.  Thanks to Steve Sarmiento for coordinating the dogs and handlers.  Nick Bechtel also did a great job and put on a great event for the kids and families.


Nick gave everyone a good safety talk.

Steve Sarmiento and his groups take.

Brian Bonas, Roxy, Wyatt and myself help these to gentlemen get a couple birds

Joe Rich and family attended the event.



SDSDC Board of Directors Election Results

Below is the 2011 San Diego Sporting Dog Club Board of Directors.  Thanks to all the members that took the time to vote.  Thanks to Mike Linville and Ernie Lopez for accepting nominations but were not elected.  We'd also like to thank Ernie for his work on the 2010 Board of Directors and Joe Artes for coordinating the 2011 election.


Joe Artes President
Rick Greenwell  1st Vice President
Pam Felgenhauer  2nd Vice President
Wendy Greenwell  Treasurer
Randy Domingos  Secretary
Bill Cox  Board Member
Mary Sarmiento  Board Member
Ron Dotson  Board Member
Trevor Niarchos Board Member
Steve Sarmiento Bird Steward


Three Agree

Ron Dotson has graciously donated the fine piece of art featured in this newsletter to be silent auctioned at the SDSDC Banquet in January.  "Three Agree" depicts Brittany's at what they do best.  Whether you own a Brittany, have owned Brittany's in the past, are planning on a Brittany for your next hunting dog or just enjoy fine hunting art, this painting would be a great addition to your living room. Start saving up now and plan on bidding for this wonderful piece.  

If you would like to visit Ron's website use this link

2010 SDSDC Gun Raffle

The 2011 Gun Raffles guns will be awarded at the SDSDC Annual Banquet. Please be sure to either get the sold tickets (and money) by January 26th if you are not going to attend the banquet or if attending you can give them to Pam at the banquet.


Gun Raffle ticket sales are lagging behind so the club has decided to award a prize to the member who sells the most tickets.  Ten Gun Raffle tickets will be awarded to the member that sells the most tickets to someone other then himself.  Gun Raffle tickets make for great gift items especially birthdays and stocking stuffers for Christmas.  Don't forget to turn your sold ticket stubs in for the drawing.  Tickets are available at the General Membership meeting if you need more to sell.  If you can't make it to the Banquet mail you completed stubs and funds to: Pam Felgenhauer, 1660 Lotus Lane, El Cajon, Ca, 92021.  If you have any questions please e-mail Pam at this link.

The San Diego Sporting Dog Club will individually raffle off two SPR310 shotguns, one 28 gauge and one 12 gauge at the SDSDC Banquet January 29th, 2011.  The raffle is open to California residents only.  The guns must be picked up at Hi-Pass Sports.  The winner must be eligible to own a firearm under California law and need not be present to win.  Winners must complete their paperwork and all California laws and waiting periods apply.  Tax and DROS fees are included.  Anyone wishing to see these new guns can do so at; Hi-Pass Sports 2435 Alpine Blvd #B Alpine, CA.  619-445-4039.  The Club will not refund the ticket costs to a winner who is not eligible to own a firearm under California law.  In the event a winner is disqualified from owning the gun a new winner will be chosen from the remaining tickets.

Remington SPR310
Over/Under with
Walnut stock.  12 ga.
28" barrel, 3"chamber
and four chokes.
Full, Cylinder,
Imp. Cyl. & Modified.

28 ga.- 26" barrel
fixed Modified &
Imp. Cylinder chokes.
Both have an auto selective ejector,
Chrome lined bore
and Ventilated rib


Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.  The tickets are printed with the information as to which gun the ticket is valid for.  All tickets must be filled out with the required information including name, phone number and returned to the SDSDC prior to the drawing January 29th, 2011.  After the winners have taken possession their names will be posted on the club website.


The Board of Directors Meeting Report

SDSDC 12/8/10 Board of Directors meeting minutes. Present were Pam Felgenhauer, Randy Domingos, Ernie Lopez and Joe Artes. Mary Sarmiento, Rick Greenwell, Wendy Greenwell, Ron Dotson and Bill Cox were unable to attend. General Members Ed Marr and Donald Flanagan also attended.

Old Business

Hats and tee shirts

Tee shirts have been ordered. Hats are pending.

Rules Committee

No update.

SDWF Liaison

Ed Marr has volunteered to be the club liaison to the San Diego County Wildlife Federation.

December Shoot to Retrieve

The club took in $1320 during the event. This is the gross and does not reflect our costs for the event.

March Open Shoot to Retrieve
Two general members responded to our request to coordinate the event in March. Both offered to assist but not coordinate the event. The Board members present came to a consensus that with the large turnout for the December event that took us until sunset to complete, it would not be practical to open the event to the public. No vote was taken.

Election Results
Joe Artes reported the results for the 2011 Board of Directors election. 

Joe Artes President
Rick Greenwell  1st Vice President
Pam Felgenhauer  2nd Vice President
Wendy Greenwell  Treasurer
Randy Domingos  Secretary
Bill Cox  Board Member
Mary Sarmiento  Board Member
Ron Dotson  Board Member
Trevor Niarchos Board Member
Steve Sarmiento Bird Steward

Very few members responded to our requests to vote.

New Business


Pam is sending out letters for vender donations and looking for a location. Pam has found some Remington items to buy as raffle items. Donald Flanagan and Mike Linville have both offered donations. 

Update - The date has been moved from the 15th to the 29th of January. The location has been selected - Casa Machado 3750 John J. Montgomery Drive San Diego 92123.


4 new 2-way radios are needed for club events. The board members present voted for this purchase.


The board discussed bird availability for 2011. Randy will send Steve an e-mail to see how many pheasant the club currently has.

New Members

Bob Brown attended the General meeting and completed his application. With no objections his membership was approved during the general meeting. Steve Portillo mailed an application and his check for membership. Mr. Portillo’s membership is pending and will be voted on after he is able to attend an event or meeting as per our normal process.

Treasures Report

Wendy was unable to attend. Pam reported our bank balance to be $2451.56

Honey Springs Training Facility Opens

The Honey Springs Dog Training Facility is now open.  I attended the opening ceremony and even though it was rainy and grey everyone was in high spirits with the opening of this much needed facility.  If you missed the article in the Union Tribune use this link to read all about it.  

To reach the facility, east of Jamul, take Highway 94 to Honey Springs Road, go north 2.2 miles past a line of white fence. Look for the entrance to the facility 100 yards past the end of the fence.

Dignitaries and guests at the opening.

The terrain is more diverse than at Hollenbeck.

Train with Rooster Pheasant, Quail, Pigeons or Ducks.


In the Field

Jess Roper and Terra, his Portuguese Pointer, relaxing after a recent December day of hunting local quail. 

Viva Mexico

IVRC and SDSDC members had a great hunt last Monday down in old Mexico. We hunted 2 days on the Sonora side of the river and had a great time. Tuesday we were trying to stay ahead of the thundershowers and after one last push we quit early and headed for the barn. It will be a week before things dry out and we hope to go back down next Monday again. Dan Denhart and Tika got their first wild Pheasant while blocking a hedge row. Corey Magers and Robbie tore up the milo fields. Robbie at one year is showing great promise. He flushed a number of birds and was getting the hang of it. He is a blast to watch as he bounces over the stubble. He looked like he was really having fun. Misty's pads are much better. I had her the whole time in the A1 dog boots. They did a great job of protecting her pads. Lance and his son Jacob joined us. They have a 8mo old Golden Lance they will be training. Jacob is in his final year at Humboldt State and will be going on to get his doctorate in Wildlife Biology. Here are a couple of pics of our hunt and our edible trophies.

Biff Ellington

Welcome New Members

The San Diego Sporting Dog Club would like to welcome Bob Brown and his Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, "Hans" to the club.  Bob is also currently a NAVHDA member and is looking forward to training his young dog.  Welcome Bob.


Bob Forrester

Sadly I have to report that Bob Forrester has died. For those of you that are new to the club, Bob was a long time friend and supporter of our club. I am not sure how long he was a member, but for years he had provided us with fields and birds in the Imperial Valley for our events. 
Mary Sarmiento

July 18, 1926 - Dec. 25, 2010

Around the Fire Hydrant

Newsletter Submissions:
To submit an article, brag, recipe or want ad to the SDSDC Newsletter please send an E-Mail to:  RandyDomingos@sandiegosportingdogclub.org

E-Collars Information:

Steve Sarmiento is now a Tri-Tronics representative and can help you with information and purchasing Tri-Tronics collars. 

If you are thinking about getting an e-collar, and want to do some research, go to this link
  www.gundogsupply.com/dog-training-collars-buyers-guide.html for a lot of  information.

Training Opportunities:
Pam and Mary are holding obedience classes in Alpine, North County and Lakeside. Basic obedience for puppies and adults, behavior issues, rescued dogs, AKC Canine Good Citizen classes and Puppy Star classes. Also available for private in home lessons. Call for details 619-659-9393 or 619-442-5354 or email muscat54@gmail.com.

Steve Sarmiento is accepting dogs for training.  Cost is $650 per month and includes birds.    Contact Steve at 619-659-9393 or sssarmi@gmail.com

Dog Portraits (and other art):
Have your best friend and hunting partner immortalized in a commissioned painting. Visit the website of SDSDC member Ron Dotson.

For your shooting needs:
Hi-Pass Sports 2435 Alpine Blvd #B Alpine, CA 619 445-4039. 

Anti-Poison Hotline
You may want to take a look at the ASPCA webpage at ASPCA.com. It contains useful information about poisoning. And if you think your dog has been poisoned, you should remember this number 1-888-426-4435, the ASPCA Anti-poisoning hotline for dogs. You get your questions answered. Yes, there is a $60 fee for it but if you wonder what to do when you see your dog just ate/drank something strange, keep the number handy.

For Sale & Must Have

FOR SALE: Command Leads and Leather Collars – Call Steve Sarmiento for details. 619-701-2089

FOR SALE: Training birds for sale, The club has pheasants for $15 and Chukar for $9. Call Steve or Mary at 619-659-9393.

FOR SALE: Bird Boxes - The club purchased several used bird boxes and we have some available for purchase by club members.  Cost is $20 per box.  These are the same orange transport boxes that we use for our events and sell new for over $70.  Contact Steve Sarmiento at 619-659-9393

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