1771 Roble Grande Rd. 
Alpine, CA 91901 
(619) 339-4801 
(619) 659-5966 (fax) 
Email: sandiegosportingdogclub@gmail.com


September - October 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

Dale Fortlage's Landry proudly displays his first chukar.
Verland Nolta photograph


Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 12th, 7:00PM
Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon


Fall Shoot to Retrieve

Saturday, October 29th

Location to be determined

We are looking for volunteers to help plan the field, check participants in, plant birds, time keepers and to help set up and tear down.  If you can help or would like to register for the event please contact Pam Felgenhauer.  

This is our first event of the season and with our combined efforts it will be allot of fun!

Click here to Volunteer or Register

Click here to view the S2R rules


2011 Game Bird Heritage Hunts

Game Bird Heritage
South Coast Region
Wild Bird and Apprentice Pheasant Hunts
Apprentice Pheasant; morning hunts start at 8:00 am, afternoon start at 12:00 pm.
All hunts start with field orientation and safety speech one half hr. prior to hunt time.

Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve
San Diego County
Dove September 3rd Morning

September 3rd Afternoon
September 4th Morning
November 20th Morning
November 20th Afternoon

GBH Apprentice Pheasant Hunt Family Junior Women’s
11/19/11 am -Family 11/19/11 pm - Junior
12/10/11 am - Family
12/10/11 pm - Family
12/11/11 am - Family 12/11/11 pm - Junior
 01/29/12 am Women
01/29/12 pm  Junior

Contact: Nicholas Bechtel with any questions (562)254-8969

Contact Joe Artes if you would like to volunteer as a dog handler.


Fall Classic
December 3rd, 2011 - Training Day
December 4th, 2011 - Fall Classic

Location TBD


Obedience Class is Pawsome!

Wyatt and I took Pam and Mary's obedience class this summer.  He turned five this summer and had never been through a formal obedience class.  He was pretty well behaved but I always like to do some sort of training in the off season just to keep him sharp for when we get out in the back country.  It's a six week course held Monday evenings and you can start whenever you like.  Even though you train in a group Pam and Mary tailor your training to your dogs needs.  With their help I was able to sharpen up Wyatt's skills and he learned allot during the classes.  It's now up to me to follow through and keep him at that level.  After we completed class Pam tested Wyatt for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Award and he passed.  Go W!  Cost is $125 for the course and it's well worth it.  

Thanks Pam and Mary!


Abbey ready to learn something new.

Pam working with Ed Marr and Dale Fortlage.

And around we go!

Pam and Mary are also available for private in home lessons. Call for details 619-339-4801 or 619-442-5354 or email muscat54@gmail.com.


Thanks Trevor

Trevor Niarchos found the club a nice refurbished Dell Laptop to conduct our business with.  It seems to work great and the battery even holds a charge.  He also installed some extra memory so it's pretty sweet.  As soon as I install the needed programs to create the newsletter it will be all ready to go.  Good job Trevor!


Wendy Greenwell and Hank achieve AKC Junior Hunter

Congratulations go out to Wendy and Hank for their 4th passed AKC test and achieving the Junior Hunter award back in June.  Wendy forwarded this to me in June and I misplaced the file and just found it.  Sorry it took so long.


The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

August Minutes

Minutes for the August 10th Board and General meeting. Board Members present were, Rick Greenwell. Wendy Greenwell, Pam Felgenhauer, Mary Sarmiento, Ron Dotson, and Randy Domingos. Joe Artes, Trevor Niarchos and Bill Cox were unable to attend. Also present were Kenn Scruggs and Ed Marr.


Dale Fortlage and Keith McBride were both voted in as members.

Release of Liability Waiver

Pam has sent the Toothacres our draft of the release. The Toothacres has supplied the club with an example release. The Board of Directors will use this as a template for the club waiver. The Board will make suggestions to the document and forward by email to Joe.

2012 Snake Clinics

Locations were discussed for the 2012 snake clinics. Ron Dotson offered his location as an alternative but there are other clinics held in that area that will draw dogs away. The viability of an Imperial Valley clinic was discussed with concerns about participation of Valley dog clubs and if there is enough interest to conduct a clinic. A location closer to San Diego was discussed but no potential sites have been identified.

SDCWF report

Ed Marr reported that the SDCWF is looking for donations for the ponds to be built at Honey Springs. That a proposal to protect pigeons and deny their use in dog training was shelved by the DFG. And that they are looking into the recently acquired property in Ramona as to what type of use will be approved for the location.

Hunting Licenses requirement for amateurs participating in events

The last outstanding issue of the rule rewrite for Shoot to retrieve events was discussed. Mary was unable to get an answer from DFG regarding amateurs who do not handle a firearm need to possess a hunting license to meet DFG requirements for dog training. At this time no other dog clubs are requiring a license for those that meet this criteria. The issue was referred back to the Competition Committee for further discussion.

Yappie Hour

Randy will send out an invitation for a picnic and fireworks for late August.

Training Day

Randy will send out an email for interest in a training day for late September/earl October.

Rick suggested that we all look at the bylaws with a goal of correcting the documents oversights. It was agreed we would make suggestions to the By-Laws and forward them by email. Mary suggested that we might not want to remove the references to conforming to AKC rules as we my want to run AKC tests in the future or rewrite the By-Laws without the AKC reference and change them again later if we want to run AKC events. Because of the type of club we are we are not currently eligible to run AKC events. 

Treasures Report

As of August 10th the club has $6234.42 in the bank. Wendy was asked to provide a detailed quarterly report as to the clubs finances.

September Minutes

Minutes for the September 14th Board and General meeting. Board Members present were, Joe Artes, Rick Greenwell. Wendy Greenwell, Pam Felgenhauer, Mary Sarmiento, Trevor Niarchos, and Randy Domingos. Joe Artes, Ron Dotson and Bill Cox were unable to attend. Also present were Mike Linville and Dan Denhart.


No new members.

Release of Liability Waiver

No new update.

2012 Snake Clinics

Scheduled dates are:

March 3rd, 2012 with a possible Poway location, Mary to work on that location.
May 26th, 2012 at High On Kennels.

DFG Game Bird Heritage Hunts

The Jamul dates are November 19th, December 10th and 11th and January 29th.  Joe will coordinate the dog handlers.  The DFG prefers pointing dogs only for this event.

Hunting Licenses requirement for amateurs participating in events

After reviewing the rules for the clubs events the Competition Committee has decided to make no further changes to the rules regarding amateurs participating in events.   Those without a Hunting License are allowed to participate but are not allowed to handle a firearm or be in possession of a bird.  

Fall Classic

Due to scheduling conflicts the Fall Classic originally scheduled for November 4th and 5th will be moved to probably mid December.

Training Day

Randy checked Hollenbeck and Honey Springs to check on their viability for a September training day and both sites were not useable as of yet.  Joe will check with Tract at High On Kennels to see if we can train up there. 


Randy's computer is giving him some trouble and he was unable to generate the September Newsletter.  He'll have a solution for the October Newsletter.  The newsletter takes between 4 and 17 hours to produce and update the website depending on how much content is included.  He has access to other computers away from home and will get it done one way or another.

Club Laptop

The Board voted to approve the purchase of a refurbished laptop up to $300.  Trevor will look into getting the laptop for the club.  The laptop will be used by the Secretary to conduct club business and keep all of our records in one place.  Randy will also use it to create the newsletter and maintain our website.

Treasures Report

As of September 14th the club has $5697.99 in the bank. 

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 619-339-4801 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

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 619-701-2089

FOR SALE: All fiberglass, 3 kennel dog box for sale. $750 OBO.  Contact Steve Sarmiento at 619-701-2089


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