1771 Roble Grande Rd. 
Alpine, CA 91901 
(619) 659-9393 
(619) 659-5966 (fax) 
Email: sandiegosportingdogclub@gmail.com


April 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

Wyatt at the Shoot to Retrieve
(Dynamo Dick's Gun Run'N Wyatt)
John Segoria Photograph


Calendar of Events

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 13th, 7:00PM

Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

2011 Safety Shoot
Sunday, May 1st, 2011
8AM to 3PM
Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club

Join us for the 2011 Safety Shoot.  The fun starts at 8 AM and we will have a BBQ at the starters shack about mid-day.  It will be a potluck as usual so bring a goodie to share. 


2011 Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic

The San Diego Sporting Dog Club is conducting it's 2011 Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic 
June 4th at High On Kennels in Santa Ysabel. 

The cost is $65 per dog for club members, for non-members, $75 per dog. If you can stay all day and volunteer your cost is $55 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. 

Club Members may pay the day of the event so sign up today!
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

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. 

Jimmie Phillips Awarded Honorary Membership

It's with great pleasure we announce that Jimmie Phillips has been awarded a Honorary Membership in the SDSDC.  Jimmie has been a club member for 18 years and continues to volunteer his time at the Shoot to Retrieve events and is our Firearms Safety Officer at the yearly Safety Shoot even though he hasn't owned a dog in many years.  Join us at the Safety Shoot May 1st and help us honor Jimmie's years of service.


Recent Events

February Shoot to Retrieve

By Randy Domingos

Here a few more photos of the February Shoot to Retrieve event. 

It's in there somewhere.  Frank Hoffman and Molly.

Frank Hoffman's Molly.

Joe Artes's Gracie, always fun to watch.

The Greenwell's Sophie giving her friend a ride.

John Segoria's Dakota.


Team Niarchos at play.


Dogs in Competition

Mary, Wendy & Pam attended the NAHRA Hunt Test in Paso Robles March 26-27. We had a great time in spite of the rain and mud wars (several trucks got stuck up to their axles, preventing most of us from leaving the water test grounds for several hours). Here are the results:

Pam & Reed passed Started both days. Reed titled on Sunday

Mary & Eleanor passed Started both days. Eleanor titled on Sunday

Mary & Franklin passed Started both days

Wendy & Hank passed Started Sunday


2010 SDSDC Gun Raffle Winners Selected

Geoff Sharp, won the 12 gauge.  Congratulations Geoff!

The Board of Directors Meeting Report

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

Old Business

Gun Raffle
Geoff Sharp, won the 12 gauge and has picked up the gun completing the final transaction for the 2010 gun raffle.

Competition Committee
After the February Shoot to Retrieve we received some positive feedback on the rules changes.  The Competition Committee will incorporate the following suggestions into the final rules revision.  
Flushing Dogs
A separate Class will be established for flushing dogs for future events and they will not be punished for scooping birds as that is something that a flushing dog does.
Time Extension
If a dog is engaged with a bird and the time limit expires (15 minutes) the dog and handler will be allowed to complete the hunt until the bird is collected or until the dog loses the bird or it escapes.  The additional time will be recorded as part of the overall score.  This will provide an better training experience for the dog as the handler will not have to call the dog off when it's engaged in hunting.  The field Marshall will be in control of this decision in conjunction with the dog handler.
Amateur Class
We will continue to ponder how to score the Amateur Class keeping in mind the flushing dog scoring change.

Dr. Lagos’s trophy has been corrected.

Awards Committee
No update.  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.

Snake Break
It was agreed to place an ad in the Imperial Valley Newspaper for the March event.  As a benefit to club members the cost for the event is $10 less than the general public at $65 per dog.  Members that can volunteer at the event can have there dog trained for $55 per dog.
Before we were able to place the ad Tracy from High On Kennels asked that we cancel the Imperial Valley event due to lack of interest, we only had 1 person signed up at that point.
We have not had much interest from our members concerning the clinic.

Bylaws Committee
No Update

Bird Steward
Joe and Pam agreed to take over responsibility to feed and care for our remaining birds.  In an effort to get rid of the last of our birds those who volunteered at the last training day would receive a free bird for the March training day.  Future birds will be bought and delivered the day of the event as we will not be using the Sarmiento's flight pen.  We have pre-ordered 100 pheasant for the Fall Classic, 75 for the fall S2R and 75 for the spring 2012 S2R, we have paid a $250 deposit on the order.  We will need to stencil our bird crates for delivery to Russell Garner so the birds can be crated for delivery.  Russell's trailer may or may not be available so we will need to coordinate delivery of the birds to the event.

Bank Account
Randy went to Point Loma Credit Union to remove Mary Sarmiento from the account and add Joe Artes as per our bylaws.  Randy and Joe will go in and start that process.

New Business

Jimmie Phillips
A motion was made and unanimously approved to make Jimmie Phillips a honorary member of the SDSDC.  

Safety Shoot
Rick reported that the Safety Shoot will probably be the first weekend in May.

No new members at this time.

Treasures Report
As of March 9th the club has $6854.81 in our bank account.

February and March Training Days

We had two good training events in the last couple months.  Thanks to Pam Felgenhauer who ran the February event and Donald Flanagan who ran his first event in March.  Both events provided a good time and more importantly a good training session for the dogs.  Thanks Pam and Donald!

Dan Denhart bundled up for the March Training Day.

Corey Magers.

Bob Brown and Hans at the February Training Day, Hans' first event.

Corey Magers Robbie.

Don Wilke and Murphy with Matt Johnson gunning at the February Training Day.

A GSP visualizing pheasant.


Remembering Great Dogs

Our condolences go out to Pat Harris for the loss of his best friend Tess.  Tess went to chase pheasants in the big sky meadow after 10 as part of the Harris family.  She will be missed by Penny , Eric ,Smoky and Ginger

Happy Hunting Tess!


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: 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


FOR SALE: Custom Truck Vaults:

If any members are interested in a truck vault check this out.  I had this made in Oregon by a skilled cabinet maker. It is like the "truck vaults" you can pay two to three times as much for. He will make one like this for $700. If someone wants one, I can bring it back on one of my numerous trips back and forth. If someone is interested they can get a closer look at mine at my home or have them call Mike Moran at 619-444-4158. I get nothing out of this but goodwill. Trying to pump a little money into the economy up there. My box is for a short bed 6.5'. An eight footer might be a bit more. I had the drawers made to hold my longest shotgun - 55".


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