January 2012 Newsletter

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President:  Pam Felgenhauer

1st VP:      Rick Greenwell

2nd VP:     Donald Flanagan

Treasurer: Wendy Greenwell

Secretary: Randy Domingos

Board Members:  
               Joe Artes
               Mike Linville
               Ed Marr
               Trevor Niarchos 

Swift and Bill Washkevich
Randy Domingos photograph


Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
No Meeting in January - see you at the Banquet

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

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
Next Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Casa Machado
3750 John J. Montgomery Drive
6:00 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.


Ronnie Smith Foundation Seminar 

24th - 25th February 2012.
Please email Bill Cox  or call Rick Ellis (858-486-4600) if you're interested in attending.

Interested in training over Memorial Day in Oregon?

Mike Moran Memorial Day training at his home in Oregon open to all club members, May 26th - 28th 2012, plus the week after that, come to camp, trailer or hotel, Mike has a nice place with area to train both upland and retrievers.  You will need to bring your own birds.

Contact Mike

Also be sure to check out the South Dakota 2012 trip below .

2011 Fall Classic Results

Congratulations to the following:

Pointing Dog Class




Rowdy and Mary Sarmiento

Gunner and Joe Artes

Brandy and Trevor Niarchos

Randy Domingos photograph

Randy Domingos photograph

Hunting/Companion Dog Class




Abby and Mary Sarmiento

Wyatt and Randy Domingos

Sophie and Rick Greenwell

Flushing Dog Class




Hank and Rick Greenwell

Robbie and Corey Magers

Roxie and Mike Moran

Randy Domingos photograph

Randy Domingos photograph

Pointing Puppy Class



Swift and Bill Washkevich

Oliver and Vince Crisci

Our shooters were awesome.

Randy Domingos photograph

Randy Domingos photograph

Joe and Gracie.

Dan Denhart getting psyched up with Tika.

Randy Domingos photograph

Randy Domingos photograph

Dr. Ezekiel Lagos and Rambo.

Randy Domingos photograph

Our judges, Don Barker and Scott Toothacre watch Abby with a discerning eye.

Randy Domingos photograph

Donald Flanagan and Boomer.
Randy Domingos photograph

Thanks to Don Barker and Scott Toothacre for spending their entire day judging this event. They had to deal with a late start (the bird guy's truck broke down), rain most of the day, walking up and down a hill all day, screwed up entry information, and running order changes. It definitely was a challenging day, but they were troopers and persevered. Thanks again ....

Thanks to Jimmy Phillips, Mike Moran, and Stan for hanging in there all day in the rain. They are awesome shots, and helped to make our dogs look good. 

Thanks to all the bird planters. Ezekiel, Dan, Vince, Mike L., both Joe's, Donald, and Bob. Randy for bringing the trailer.  I'm sure I've missed someone, so I apologize. Thanks for hanging in there. You all did a great job. 

Wendy: Thanks for taking our hard earned cash-ola.

Pam: Thanks for helping with ... well... everything.

And a special thanks to Mary Sarmiento for coordinating the event!  Great Job Mary!


DFG Junior Hunts


Another successful DFG Junior Hunt was held in December.  Thanks to all those who took the time to help out tomorrows hunters

Brandy, Trevor, Wyatt and Randy

Randy Domingos photograph

Mike Moran showing the kids the ropes. 


Farwell to a Friend

The club would like to extend our condolences to Ken and Colleen Scruggs for the loss of their GSP Comet.  Happy hunting Comet.


The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

December Minutes

Treasures report 

Present were Joe Artes, Pam Felgenhauer, Wendy Greenwell, Rick Greenwell, Randy Domingos, Mary Sarmiento, Ron Dotson, Mike Linville, Mike Moran, Donald Flanagan, member nominee Vince Crisci and general member Steve Sarmiento. Bill Cox and Trevor Niarchos were not able to attend.

By Laws

Pam is working on them for the next Board meeting.

Release of Liability Waiver

No update.

Fall Classic

12 dogs are entered. Mary checked field, was ok, camping flooded out, and roads were in poor condition. We gained 4 entries if we move to Jamul, Honey Springs. Birds to be delivered. 40 Saturday, 60 Sunday. Randy will pick up the trailer Saturday morning.

Shoot to Retrieve rules clarification
The board again discussed this issue and has decided to continue discussion at the next meeting.
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

Was verified and adopted as below.
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.

New Business


Vince Crisci was voted in as a new Member.


Banquet is January 14th, Pam is looking for raffle items. 

Memorial Day Oregon Trip

Mike Moran offered his home in Oregon for a Memorial Day training and vacation trip.  Open to all club members, May 26th - 28th 2012, plus the week after that, come to camp, trailer or hotel. Members will need to bring their own birds.

Club email

The board agreed that messages sent through the club g-mail account is for public consumption and there should be no expectation of privacy.  Currently several Executive Committee members have access to the account and it is not an individuals account.

Delegation of Duties

Pam would like to spread the workload through the board in 2012.  Everyone will still pitch in as needed but we'll set our chairpersons early and try to make it easy on everyone.  

Treasures Report

As of December the club had $5397.54 in the bank. 


New Member

The San Diego Sporting Dog Club would like to welcome Vince Crisci and Oliver to the club.  Oliver is a mixed breed dog and is going to give hunting a try.  Welcome both of you.


In The Field

A day Duck hunting with John Segoria and Brad Fenton.

Ed Marr helping out with a duck infestation.

Gary Klingener's Tex with his favorite thing.


Going Hunting in South Dakota - 2012?

South Dakota 2011

Are we ready for 2012?  Ninety-six birds shot in four days. I can't wait for next November.  The guide gets $180/day/gun, plus tip.  We are scheduled to go the week of November 4th through the 9th. Probably only hunt four days. I coordinated the last two trips by making room reservations for those who didn't make their own. If you are interested just say so and you will be included on my emails for planning.  If you're interested in going to South Dakota for pheasant in the fall contact Mike Moran for details.  

Contact Mike


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:

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 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

Steve Sarmiento is accepting dogs for training.  Cost is $650 per month and includes birds.    Contact Steve at 619-659-9393 or

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.  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 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

Lab for Adoption:  I have a friend that is willing to give up a 1 yr old fully trained Lab due to selling his house. This dog has had 6 months of training from a professional training kennel near Lake Matthews. He is "push button" and should go to a hunter's home.  If you know of anyone who is interested, let me know at this email address. Thank You.  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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