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


May 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

Matt Johnson's Buck


Calendar of Events

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 11th, 7:00PM

Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

2011 Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic
Saturday, June 4th, 2011
High On Kennels
26920 Mesa Grande Rd
Santa Ysabel Ca. 92070


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. 

Recent Events

2011 Safety Shoot

By Randy Domingos

We had another great Safety Shoot May 1st.  Thanks to Rick Greenwell who put the event together, it was allot of fun.  We shot Sporting Clays this year as the 5 Stand equipment was malfunctioning.  It was demanding with lots of tough shots.  Along with Rick thanks go out to Jimmie Phillips, Joe Artes, Stan Peterson, Gary Klingener, Robert Freed, Steve Sarmiento and Wendy Greeenwell who all pitched in to help out.  Joe took a tumble while out on the course and had to get medical attention later in the day for cracked ribs.  Ouch!  We had a great BBQ afterwards with lots of tasty treats.  Jimmie Phillips and Mary Sarmiento were best shooters and won a nice shotgun multi tool.  Pam Felgenhauer and Rich Vergara won awards for worst shooters of the day.  Better luck next year!


Rick Greenwell kept things moving along.

Randy Domingos and his trusty Wingmaster.

Pam takes aim.

Mike Linville shot well all day.


Trevor Niarchos zeros in.

The Board of Directors Meeting Report

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

Old Business

Competition Committee
Will work on the final version of the Shoot to Retrieve Rules for presentation at the May meeting.

Awards Committee
There will be awards for Best Shooter and Worst Shooter for both men and women presented at the Safety Shoot.  Awards for the February S2R will be presented at the Picnic.  Volunteer rewards will also be presented at the picnic.

Snake Break
As of April 9th we have 16 dogs scheduled for the clinic.  Joe will ask Ed Marr to take fliers to the next SDCWF meeting and Randy will forward a info to NAVDA.

Bylaws Committee
No Update

Bank Account
Wendy will go to Point Loma Credit Union to drop off the paperwork to get Joe as a check signer.

Safety Shoot
The club will provide the food and water for the Safety Shoot.  Rick will bring the propane and condiments to the event.

Barry Stahl was approved for membership. 

Treasures Report
As of April 9th the club has $6569.57 in our bank account.

Welcome Our New Member

Barry Stahl and his Lab have joined the club.  Barry has attended the last two training days.  Welcome to the club Barry.


In Remembrance

Our condolences go out to Brad Fenton and Family who lost Tater to illness.  Tater only participated in a couple events but showed great potential.  Happy hunting tater


The Food Bowl

Pheasant in Cream Sauce

This recipe was submitted by Brad Fenton.  It works for all game birds and is fantastic!  I cooked it using the stovetop method.  Just be sure not to overcook it and you'll really enjoy it.  Randy Domingos

From the recipe collection of Jean Williams, wife of outdoor writer, Rolla Williams.

As the daughter of an outdoor writer, I grew up eating lots of fish, game birds and other field delights. Thankfully, my mom was an outstanding cook. Although she worked off of recipe cards, books, or clippings, she used them only as a general guide and usually enhanced her meals with improvisation. This recipe is for quail, but also works nicely for other game birds, particularly breasts, of pheasant, etc. It can also be prepared stovetop, removing the sautéed game prior to adding all other ingredients, then returning the game for the last couple minutes of cooking. Not much can go wrong with either method, but the key is to not overcook the game and depends on the size of the breasts or birds – really only about five minutes for medium pheasant breasts for the initial sauté, then only about 5-10 minutes for the finish off on the stovetop (my preferred method).

Flour (using seasoned flour with salt and pepper to taste) quail and sauté in butter in heavy skillet on medium to high heat

Remove birds and place in casserole

In the skillet, sauté ¼ cup onion (or to taste, depending on number of birds), ½ cup mushrooms, 1 Tbsp parsley in the leftover butter.
Pour over the birds and add ½ cup white wine

Cook 30 minutes, basting occasionally.

Stir in ½ cup heavy cream, stir, and cook just a couple minutes more.

Serve hot with rice (especially a wild rice mixture)

Brown the meat.

Sautee the veggies.

Combine and add the wine.

Add the cream.

Bon Appetite!


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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