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Alpine, CA 91901 
(619) 659-9393 
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Email: sandiegosportingdogclub@gmail.com


March 2011 Newsletter

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President:  Joe Artes

1st VP:      Rick Greenwell

2nd VP:     Pam Felgenhauer

Treasurer: Wendy Greenwell

Secretary: Randy Domingos

Board Members:  
               Bill Cox
               Ron Dotson
               Trevor Niarchos 
               Mary Sarmiento

The Greenwell's Sophie on point at the Shoot to Retrieve
(Copley Sophie Marie Greenwell)


Calendar of Events

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00PM

Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

2011 Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinics

The San Diego Sporting Dog Club is conducting two Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinics.

March 26th in the Imperial Valley and June 4th at High On Kennels in Santa Ysabel. 

The cost is $75 per dog. Experienced Rattlesnake Avoidance professionals under controlled conditions conduct both events. The safety of your dog, the dog handlers and the snakes is our utmost concern, so at the discretion of the event organizers aggressive dogs will not be trained. Your Puppy or Puppies are in general too young to learn the lesson and need to be at least 10 months old to complete the course. Some breeds need more time than others so if you have a young dog please contact us so we can make sure it’s the right time to train your dog.

Rattlesnake avoidance training can help our dog learn that the smell, sound, and sight of a rattlesnake are dangerous and are to be avoided. This specific training with rattlesnakes is effective and we believe it has saved many dogs. Your dog’s safety is our first concern and rattlesnake avoidance training will help to keep your pet safe. 

Indigenous rattlesnakes to Southern California include the Southern Pacific, Speckled, and Red Diamond. Rattlesnakes are found in the many canyons, trails and around homes throughout the region. Encounters between rattlesnakes and dogs will eventually occur. The dogs’ inquisitive nature makes them vulnerable to the rattlesnake’s bite and venom. Despite veterinary care, lasting effects of the venom may still compromise the dog’s health. Thus, the best protection is for the dogs to avoid the rattlesnakes all together. 

For more information and to sign up for the events contact:

Randy Domingos, Secretary, San Diego Sporting Dog Club via Email or 619-895-8608


Joe Artes, President, San Diego Sporting Dog Club via Email or (619) 933-2322

Upcoming Hunt Tests

NAHRA March 12-13 AZ

NAHRA March 26-27 CCHRC Camp Roberts, CA
All members are encouraged to attend the Central Coast HRC NAHRA test at camp Roberts near Paso Robles. It is a great venue and camping spot. Premium is up on the IVRC website or you can go to their website. 

AKC Retriever Hunt Test May 7-8 LRCSC Prado, Chino Hills

AKC Retriever Hunt Test June 18-19 IVRC Prado, Chino Hills

The Quail Unlimited Riverside Chapter will be hosting the first of two chapter Dog Challenge’s Sunday May 15, 2011 at Prado Dog Training Facility in Chino . 

Some early registration forms have already been received. If you have a preference as to the time you would like to compete you need to send in your entry form as soon as you can. 

There will only be 40 total runs for this event. Chukar will be used for the competition. Winners in the pointing and flushing field classes will be determined by the fastest time competitor logs to harvest 3 birds. 

QU Chapter organizers are discussing the possibility of planting a higher number of birds in the fields for each run which will allow all competitors a better opportunity to harvest 3 birds within the 10 minute time limit. This concept is still tentative! 

The duck blind will be in place for those who are interested in the retrieval competition. This is a very popular competition which draws lots of spectators. Once again the fastest harvest/retrieval time in this event wins. Open to all dogs. Event is set up for the birds will be harvested over water, but can vary depending on the bird flight path. 

Entry forms are available on the chapter web page www.quriverside.com. Go to events and click the Dog Challenge option. Print form and mail the form in. Competitor run time preference based on receipt of the forms with payment in full. 

Awards will be given for first, second and third places in the pointing, flushing and retrieval classes. Nine chances to win. And then there is the possibility of additional runs depending on the availability of birds. 

Recent Events

February Shoot to Retrieve

By Randy Domingos

After being rained out on Saturday we had great weather for or spring Shoot to Retrieve.   There was some really good dog work, especially from the younger dogs. Congrats to the following winners: 

Open Class

Frank Hoffman


3 birds


3 shots

Rick Greenwell


3 birds


3 shots

Mary Sarmiento


3 birds


3 shots


Amateur Class

Donald Flannagan


3 birds


3 shots

Bob Brown


2 birds


2 shots

Don Wilke


1 bird


2 shots


Bryan Bonas and Roxie demonstrating what the shoot to Retrieve is all about, teamwork.

We also want to thank all the members who volunteered, even in the really bad weather on Saturday.  Thanks also to Frank Hoffman for loaning me a pair of boots after I destroyed pairs on both Saturday and Sunday.  And John Segoria for taking over my camera and getting some great shots while I was in the field.  Thanks volunteers, without you these events are not possible.

Frank Hoffman

Rick Greenwell

Wendy Greenwell

Jimmie Phillips

Rich Vergara

Donald Flannagan

John Segoria

James Segoria

Joe Artes

Bill Washkevich

Randy Domingos

Bryan Bonas

Mary Sarmiento

Bob Brown

Pam Felgenhauer


Frank Hoffman and Hank.

The Greenwell's Greta.

The Sarmiento's Jag.

Donald Flannagan's Boomer.

Bob Brown's Hans.

Don Wilke's Murphy.

Look for more pictures from the Shoot to Retrieve and the February Training day in the April newsletter.

2010 SDSDC Gun Raffle Winners Selected

Bob Mackrovitch won the 28 gauge.  Congratulations Bob!  We're still awaiting confirmation on the 12 gauge.

The Board of Directors Meeting Report

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, February 9th, 2011. Present were Joe Artes, Rick Greenwell, Wendy Greenwell, Pam Felgenhauer, Mary Sarmiento, Trevor Niarchos and Ed Marr. Ron Dotson and Bill Cox were not able to attend.

Old Business

The radio purchase approved in December has not been made. Pam will buy the radios.

Gun Raffle
The two winners were notified and have until the end of February to complete the transfer of ownership. Once transfer has been completed the winner’s names will be published in the newsletter.

Competition Committee
A committee consisting of Joe Artes, Randy Domingos and Matt Johnson was formed to update our rules for our events. The club has had multiple rules for over the years for the same events and the goal will be to determine the objective of the events and write the rules to mirror that objective, standardize the rules with an emphasis on competition, safety and compliance with DFG regulations. If any changes are made prior to the February 26th event Randy will send an Email to inform members.

By all accounts the Banquet was a success. We will probably use the same restaurant next year. Pam will correct Dr. Lagos’s trophy and make sure he gets it.

New Business

Awards Committee
Mary Sarmiento will lead the Awards Committee and explore options for additional perpetual trophies to celebrate our dogs. Suggestions were made as to a fair points system and possible categories of volunteer of the year, pointer, flusher, retriever and puppy were offered. Contact Mary if you have any suggestions.

Ed Marr, our liaison to the San Diego County Wildlife Federation reported that the gate at Honey Springs is unlocked by Bob Smith every morning and he is looking for a volunteer to take over that responsibility. A motion was made and passed that the SDSDC will renew our membership with the SDCWF, a $100 fee. Wendy will write the check and will either mail it or forward it to Ed for delivery to the SDCWF.

Rules Change
In an effort to make the Shoot to retrieve more fair and competitive a temporary rules change will be tried. The new scoring structure will be number of birds, time, and number of shots as opposed to our old structure of birds, shots and time. The Competition Committee will then review any differences and establish permanent rules.  Mary will check with the DFG to determine if our amateurs need a license in there possession while training.

Upcoming Events
The following events have been scheduled. 
Training day February 19th
Shoot to Retrieve February 26th
Safety Shoot April or May, Rick Greenwell will check with the gun club on the date.
Picnic July 16th
Fall Classic November 5th & 6th
Shoot to Retrieve December 3rd

A Bylaws Committee was formed consisting of Joe Artes and Randy Domingos. 
Our bylaws require a third member to participate in the committee so we need a volunteer to complete the committee. The goal will be to resolve inconsistencies within the bylaws and suggest revisions for consideration.

Gun Rack
A motion was made and approved to purchase a field worthy gun rack for staging firearms at club events. Joe Artes will purchase the rack.

Snake Break
The dates have been chosen for the 2011 snake break clinics. March 26th in the Imperial Valley and June 4th at High On Kennels in Santa Ysabel. Pat Harris will check with the Imperial Valley dog clubs for participates and a location for the March event. Cost will be the same as last year. A discount was suggested for club members and will be considered by the Board.

Bird Steward
Steve Sarmiento would like the club to find a volunteer to take over the care, feeding and maintenance of the birds. Steve has been our Bird Steward for a very long time and feels it’s time for someone else to take over those responsibilities. He was unable to attend the Board meeting so we will take up the issue as soon as he can meet with the Board.

Bank Account
Randy will write a letter to the Point Loma Credit Union to remove Mary Sarmiento from the account and add Joe Artes as per our bylaws.

Two new members were voted in. Steve Portillo and Bill Washkevich. Pam also reported that with the help of our early bird registration renewals were doing well.

Treasures Report
As of February 9th the club has $7119.27 in our bank account.

Club members at the Super Singles event

Mary Sarmiento with Franklin and Eleanor, Wendy Greenwell and Hank, Pam Felgenhauer with Reed and Decoy all participated in the IVRC Super Singles event.  Accomplished photographer Becky Cockrum photographed the event and got some great shots.  Thanks Becky for allowing her pictures to be shared.  To visit Becky's website and view her work use this link.

Decoy seeing if he can run on water.

Decoy finishing a retrieve.

Franklin doing what he's supposed too.

Mary Sarmiento and Eleanor.

Eleanor on a retrieve.

Pam and Decoy.

Mary Sarmiento's Eleanor catching air.

Steve Sarmiento's Franklin.

Wendy Greenwell and Hank.


February DFG Junior Hunt

Frank Hoffman and Bryan Bonas were just two of the club members that helped out at the DFG Junior - Family hunts this past month.  Pictured are Frank Hoffman's Hank, Bryan Bonas and Roxie and a couple happy hunters.


Remembering Great Dogs

It's been a tough month for club members with the loss of three of our dogs.

Dr. Ezekiel and Emma Lagos lost there long time friend Ruby.

Joe and Debra Artes lost Remington after 17 years.  Remington was an excellent hunter and a loved member of the family he will be missed.


Ed and Maureen Marr lost Koda to a tumor at the young age of two.  Koda, a Small Munsterlander, was a very special girl. She was fun to watch in the field and was really starting to come into her own. Her antics were always amusing. Ed did a great job training Koda. 

It's always hard to lose our dogs. We hope they are out hunting in a better place. Sincere condolences go to Ed & Maureen, Joe & Debra and Ezekial and Emma. 

Godspeed Ruby, Remington and Koda.


DFG regulation workshop 

By Corey Magers

The meeting was disappointing. The scope was different than we all were expecting. I think most people there (including me) were hoping to gripe about the current state of things and maybe influence them to change regulations in our favor. Nope. This meeting was only to discuss how they were going to consolidate the regulations to make them simpler and eliminate redundancies. No rules will be changed in favor or against us during this process. There are some good things and bad things about this. The good thing is in general it’s good for an agency to clean up it’s regs every once in a while. The bad news is that some stuff we’re waiting for might be put on hold a bit longer (such as opening up San Felipe WA). Afterwards they wanted us to discuss “reg clean up” issues relating to the ecological reserves and wildlife areas. Naturally most of us wanted to gripe to them instead. Their response was basically “that’s not the reason for this workshop but anyway we’re undermanned and don’t have anyone to supervise volunteers so even if you wanted to volunteer or pay for stuff you can’t.” Which one person mentioned is why the Rancho Jamul water is dried up, the honey springs ranch house is in bad shape, and the Quail Unlimited tree seedlings at Hollenbeck died.

Anyway, I’m sure some of this is opinion from other attendees since I was unaware of some of the issues. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the public about DFG’s intent to clean up the regs and that they are looking for input from folks. If you have any comments they would like to know.

Around the Fire Hydrant

Padre Tickets

Looking ahead to the future, I am sending the Padre schedule out for anyone that might be interested in doing a night/day at a Padre game. Any ideas?, let me know.  Contact Steve Sarmiento at 619-659-9393

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. www.rondotson.com  His work is now in private collections both nationally and internationally. If you are interested in any of his works or commissioning a painting, please contact him by e-mail or by phone at (619) 925-2606. 

Denise Rich is also an accomplished artist and club member.  Denise is also known as "The Official Happy Cow" artist. In 2006 she was commissioned by the California Milk Advisory Board to paint their famous Happy Cows of the Real California Milk campaign. In addition to cows, Denise paints dogs, pets, or really anything.  If you are interested in any of her works or commissioning a painting, please contact her at her studio at 619- 933-5935.  Or send her an e-mail.  Please visit her website to see some of her work.

Contact Donna Sarmiento and her new company - Your Canvas Creations.   With a good photograph you too can create a great piece of art.

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

Pat Harris has 3 female GSP puppies left. He would sell them for $600 a pup to someone any of us would know. 

Contact Pat at 760-337-0394 or send him an Email for more information on these fine pups.

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

FOR SALE: All fiberglass, 3 kennel dog box for sale. $750 OBO.  Contact Steve Sarmiento at 619-659-9393

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