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


December 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

Don Wilke's Murphy at the Shoot to Retrieve
Ron Dotson photograph


Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 14th, 7:00PM
Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon


December 18th
Training Day December 17th

Where: Imperial Valley
 probably where we were last year. 

Cost: $40 per dog

Ribbons and trophies are awarded to the top three dogs in each division. 

Dust off the camping gear, air up the tires on the trailer, SDSDC members are goin' camping and dog training. In addition to the Fall Classic on Sunday the 18th, the club will have a training day on the 17th at the same location. I don't have the exact location yet, but it will be around the Holtville area. We will have pheasants available for sale for training. There will be plenty of space for camping and we will have a pot luck on Sat. night. 

We will need some help on Sunday planting birds. If you aren't going to run a dog, but want to help out and lead and coordinate the bird planting, let me know. 

If you want to participate in the training day, let me know. Pheasants will be $15 each. The training day is open to all club members, not just those participating on Sunday. 

It’s easy – just pick a division where the skills of your dog fit into. There is one for everyone. Enter and win! (Well, maybe). 

Here are the divisions. If you enter a division where your dog is over qualified, you will be disqualified. I will send out a complete set of rules later.

Pointing Dog Division:

Dogs are run in a brace.

Dog must produce a bird. 

Dog is steady to wing and shot.

Dog backs.

Dog retrieves .

Flushing Dog Division:

Dog must produce a bird.

Dog sits on the flush - this is not mandatory, but the dog that sits on the flush may be scored higher.

Dog retrieves to hand.

Hunting Dog Division:

Open to both Pointing dogs and Flushing dogs.

Dog must produce a bird.

Pointing Dog must point and hold point until the bird is flushed. It does not have to be steady to wing or shot. 

Dog has to retrieve, however it does not have to retrieve to hand. A dog that retrieves to hand may be scored higher.

Pointing Puppy Division:

Open to dogs that are 16 months and younger.

Puppy must find a bird.

Puppy must hold point until the handler is within normal gunshot range.

Handler will fire a blank gun when the bird flushes. The dog has to show it is not gun shy.

Flushing Puppy

Open to puppies 16 months and younger..

Puppy must find a bird.

Handler will fire a blank gun when the bird flushes. The dog has to show it is not gun shy.

Call or e-mail me with your entries. 619-659-9393 or E-mail.

2011 Game Bird Heritage Hunts

The SDSDC is coordinating the dog handlers for these events.

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

GBH Apprentice Pheasant Hunt Family Junior Women’s

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.


The San Diego Sporting Dog Club annual Banquet
January 14th, 2012
Casa Machado
3750 John J. Montgomery Drive
6:30 PM

Raffle Items are still needed!  Contact Pam if you have something to donate.

There will be lots of surprises this year so don't miss it.  When you RSVP please Email a photo of your dog.  More information will be coming soon.  Contact Pam by Email to RSVP or call 619-442-5354.


October Shoot to Retrieve Results

Congratulations to the following:

Open Pointers

1st Place Mike Moran and Annie

2nd Place Mike Moran and Katie

3rd Place Joe Artes and Gunner

Ron Dotson photograph

Ron Dotson photograph

Amateur Retrievers

1st Place Don Wilke and Murphy

2nd Place Pam Felgenhauer and Decoy

Open Retrievers

1st Place John Segoria and Dakota

2nd Place Mark Scott and Shadow

3rd Place Rick Greenwell and Hank

Ron Dotson photograph

Ron Dotson photograph

Ron Dotson photograph

Ron Dotson photograph

Ron Dotson photograph
It was a fun day and I want to thank all the volunteers who helped make this a smooth well run event!                                                                                                                  
Pam Felgenhauer


DFG Junior Hunts

Verland Nolta photograph
A large turnout for the junior quail/chukar hunt at the Mojave National Preserve.  


SDSDC members have been busy this fall volunteering for the DFG Junior hunts.

Randy Domingos photograph

Verland Nolta photograph

Randy Domingos and Wyatt guided a family for the Mojave hunt sponsored by Water for Wildlife, California DFG, Safari Club International and the Mojave National Preserve. 

Wyatt's group surrounded by fantastic Mojave terrain.

Randy Domingos photograph

The group led by Rick Greenwell and Randy Domingos at the DFG Jamul Junior Hunt.
Wyatt and Greta are convinced there must be more birds out there.


Board of Directors Election Results

 The results of the 2012 BOD election are as follows.

Executive Committee 

Board Members 

Pam Felgenhauer 

1st Vice President
Rick Greenwell 

2nd Vice President
Donald Flanagan 

Randy Domingos 

Wendy Greenwell 

Joe Artes

Trevor Niarchos 

Ed Marr 

Mike Linville 

Thanks to all of you that participated, and a special thanks to Bill Cox for running this year. 

Mary Sarmiento's Eleanor Completes Test

Earlier this fall Eleanor earned 2 legs toward her JR Hunter title.  Good going you two!


DFG Proposes Rules Changes Regarding Dog Training

The DFG has proposed changes to the rules for the use of DFG properties designated for dog training.  The proposed changes were so poorly thought out and worded it sparked a large backlash from concerned parties and due to efforts of many groups including the SDSDC and SDCWF has been withdrawn for a rewrite with the input of all the stakeholders.  Below is our letter to the DFG commissioners concerning the proposed changes.  

November 12, 2010

California Fish and Game Commission
P.O. Box 944209 
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090 

Dear Commissioners:
This letter is respectfully submitted on behalf of the San Diego Sporting Dog Club (SDSDC), a recreational non-profit organization dedicated to the training of sporting dogs. We are extremely concerned with the proposed DFG Rule Changes, Regulatory Language, Section 550 & 550.5 of Title 14. The San Diego Sporting Dog Club is opposed to any and all changes that would limit access to designated DFG dog training areas. We also oppose the proposed burdensome application process and the astronomical increase in costs associated with dog training on designated DFG property. We totally reject the notion that dog training is classified as “Special Use” in lands approved for dog training. 

· Definition of Dog Training - as "an individual person training a hunting dog". The San Diego Sporting Dog Club rejects this language. Most individuals do not have the training or expertise to train their own dog. Owners typically join non-profit organizations such as SDSDC to help them train and improve their dogs ability to find and retrieve game birds. The concept of dog training is well established in DFG regulations for a very good reason, the humane taking and retrieval of downed game. Non-profit dog clubs play an important role in this process.

· Special Use Permits - The San Diego Sporting Dog Club rejects the ill-conceived notion that dog training by more than one individual on DFG lands designated for dog training should require any sort of Special Use Permit. One of the main purposes for these lands is for dog training. This new approach is NOT in keeping with current DFG policy and practice, which in the past has always honored the hunting connection of field training, testing, and trialing. We are not conducting a wedding or filming a movie all of which should require a Special Use Permit.

· The Permit Process - The San Diego Sporting Dog Club rejects any process that requires a 45-day permit process. In Southern California, we are pretty much limited to training in late fall, winter and early spring, due to current DFG regulations and weather. Weather conditions often force re-scheduling of training days or events. It is impossible to know if we will be able to hold an event 45 days in advance of its scheduled date. 

· Group size and Permit Cost - The San Diego Sporting Dog Club rejects the proposed group size restrictions and permit costs. The cost of $51.00 for one day, for a group of 30 or less, or 10 or fewer animals or $386.50 for more than one day, more than 30 people or more than 10 animals will place a great financial burden on those involved in dog training. Our training days always include more than 10 dogs. The additional cost of $445.21 per event would be a great burden on those participating. It would mean an additional $20 per entry just to cover the cost of the permit, nearly a 50% increase. This would decrease participation driving up the individual cost further and most importantly some dogs would not be trained. 

· Result of Rules Change and Fees – It is the opinion of the San Diego Sporting Dog Club that individuals and non-profit organizations such as SDSDC will avoid the use of designated DFG lands for dog training. Additional, monies collected will be minimal and designated lands will sit un-used. We sincerely hope that this is not DFG's objective.
The San Diego Sporting Dog Club respectfully requests the Commissioners not to change this language and/or modify the regulations without considering the input of the San Diego Sporting Dog community. The training of sporting dogs is a traditional past time and should be preserved for the sake of future generations of Californians. 


Joe Artes
San Diego Sporting Dog Club
(619) 933-2322

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

November Minutes

Minutes for the November 9th Board and General meeting.  Board Members present were, Joe Artes, Rick Greenwell, Pam Felgenhauer, Trevor Niarchos, Wendy Greenwell, Ron Dotson and Randy Domingos,  Bill Cox and Mary Sarmiento were unable to attend. Also present were Mike Linville and Donald Flanagan.


No new members.

By Laws

No update

Release of Liability Waiver

A shorter Release was discussed and Randy will attempt to come up with an example for the next meeting.  Trevor will bring in a copy of his companies release for review.  Rick will get a copy of the Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club release.

2012 Snake Clinics

Scheduled dates are:

March 3rd, 2012 Snake Clinic will be held at Collared Scholar in Poway.
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.

Fall Classic

Will be held December 17th &18th in the Imperial Valley.  Location TBD.  Mary to coordinate.


Due to an error in maintaining the website some pages rolled back to last year.  It will be fixed.

Club Laptop

The club laptops password expired while Randy was away hunting and can't be accessed.  Randy will have it fixed.

Treasures Report

As of November 8th the club had $5342.54 in the bank. The club spent $1020 for birds for the Shoot to Retrieve and brought in $1210 from the event.

Board of Directors Election

Votes were counted and the results will be published in the December newsletter.

New Business

Shoot to Retrieve rules clarification

A rules change was discussed in regards to the Pointer Class.  The current penalty for a pointer scooping a bird is to minimal.  It was felt a 1 minute penalty should be added in the event a pointer scoops a bird.  In addition any handler that scoops a bird without the Field Marshall's approval should result in a disqualification.  The rules will also be reviewed as to the language and ground shooting both of which should result in a disqualification.  The rules will be adjusted and presented to the Board for any further changes or approval at the December meeting.

Rewarding Event Volunteers

As a way to reward those who take the time coordinate an event such as the Fall Classic, a Shoot to Retrieve or a Training Day the board approved that the event chairpersons entry for the Fall Classic or a Shoot to Retrieve will be waived.  For a Training Day the coordinator will have 3 pigeons or 1 pheasant at no charge.  It's hoped this will stir up some volunteers to run these events.  This is open to all members and everyone is encouraged to volunteer.

DFG Rules Changes

The proposed rules changes to dog training were discussed.  Randy will write a letter to circulate amongst the Board and after everyone agrees on the language it will send it to the DFG commission.

Invitational Dog Club Event

The Idea was floated about starting an Invitational event with other San Diego dog clubs in which we would compete club against club for a revolving trophy.  It was decided this would be a long term idea to work out the details but not without merit for further discussion.


In The Field

Correy Majors and Biff Ellington had a good hunt last weekend near Mexicali, Baja. Looking forward to Sonora opening in a few weeks. They are just starting to cut the Milo fields there.

Randy Domingos, Verland Nolta and Wyatt hunted the Mojave National Preserve for quail the spent a few days in the Panamint mountains hunting giant mutant chukar.


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.

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:  GSP PUPS - This is a fabulous litter of GSP pups whelped by Carlos Hernandez. He is a member of the San Diego NAVHDA and has qualified his dog and his brother's dog as Versatile Champions. At the Nationals here recently in Ohio, his dog (sire of litter) scored a 197 and his brother's dog (dam of litter) scored a perfect 200! I know both dogs and they are truly full of innate instinct and bid ability. They are also very calm around the house, coming with a real "on and off" switch.  Contact Sam Allevato 

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


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