May - June 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

Caroline Fenton photograph

John Segoria and Dakota getting it done at the February Shoot-to-Retrieve Competition


Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00PM
Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

April Work Party at La Posta

Thank you to all of you who made the drive out to the La Posta training area to help make the road passable. We had a good turnout and made quick work of it.

Randy Domingos Photograph


SDSDC Welcomes New Members!

Welcome to new members, Rafael Aguilar and Adam Eidson! It's good to have you aboard, and we look forward to training with you and getting to know you better!

May Snake Break Event

We had a good clinic May 19th with seven club dogs getting trained. Thanks to Ed Marr, Joe Artes and Randy Domingos for all their efforts in making the clinic happen.

Trailblazers Shooting Sports Day

Don Barthel photograph

This past Saturday, the SDSDC had the opportunity to host a booth at the Trailblazers Shooting Sports Day. This event was organized by the San Diego County Wildlife Federation for the Boy Scouts of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Approximately 125 boys (and a few girls), along with about 75 adults who accompanied them, had the opportunity to shoot various firearms, and visit the exhibit area. The purpose of the event was to expose the Scouts to shooting sports and other outdoor activities. Our goal with our exhibit was to bring visitors to our booth, put information in their hands about SDSDC, engage them in conversation, and get them to return later. To this end, donations of game calls and gift certificates were solicited from various sources, to be given out in a drawing.

Our special thanks go to and Hunter’s Specialties for their generous donations.

Gary Klingener also donated some beautiful pheasant tails- Thank you!! All of these items were a huge success with the kids! To enter the drawing, visitors had to name as many of the sporting dog breeds and gamebird species pictured in the brochure they received as they could, and/or attempt to toss a training bumper into a hula hoop at a distance of 15-20 yards.

We were also able to work the dogs in the pond next to the exhibit area, and the kids had fun throwing and launching bumpers into the pond for the dogs to retrieve.

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get more pictures, but I discovered that my camera was broken! Special thanks to Don Barthel for supplying photos of the exhibits.

I would also like to express my gratitude to Dan Denhart, John Segoria, Mike Linville, and Pam Felgenhauer for all their help in setting up, running, and tearing down the exhibit. I think we all enjoyed taking some time to pass along our outdoor heritage and love of sporting dogs to the next generation of outdoorsmen and women.

Don Barthel photograph

Puppy Love!

Dan Denhart entertained a lot of high-energy kids all day long!

Don Barthel photograph

- Donald Flanagan


Between ticks, rattlesnakes, foxtails, and heat, how is a guy supposed to get any training done? Well, we make do as best we can. Recently, I took Boomer over to a public pond in Lakeside. We didn't do any water work, since that particular location doesn't lend itself well to that, focusing instead on land retrieves. When Boomer got hot, I was able to put him in the water, which was nice. Snakes were a concern, but there were few foxtails. Overall, it was a decent morning of training. I noticed that his ears were pretty dirty inside, so that afternoon I sat down and started cleaning them. That’s when I found a tick.

I've heard rumors that Lyme disease is on the rise here, and I'm paranoid, so I pulled it off and put it in a ziploc bag, in case Boomer shows symptoms (I can send it out for testing).

The last time I found a tick on him, I did a quick search on the internet for the best way to remove them. However, the method I came across was outdated, and potentially dangerous.

When I was a kid, I had a tick latch onto me while on family vacation. My dad tried one of the old-fashioned methods: burning it with hot match heads. It killed the tick while it was still embedded, and we had to have a doctor pick it out of my back.

I didn’t want to repeat that with my dog, but the info I found said to rub the tick until it released. I tried this on my dog, but the tick wouldn’t release. I went back and did some more searching, and found out that neither of these methods should be used. Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are in the tick’s gut, and when distressed, squeezed, or otherwise mishandled, the tick may regurgitate its stomach contents, causing an infection. The preferred method of removal seems to follow these guidelines, which can be found at

1. Use tweezers or forceps.
2. Grasp the tick mouthparts close to the skin.
3. Avoid squeezing the tick, which may spread infected body fluids.
4. Pull the tick straight out. Do not twist. Do not attempt to burn the tick.
5. Save the tick (you may want to have it tested for B. burgdorferi or other tick-borne diseases).
6. Wash your hands with soap and water.
7. Apply antiseptic to bite site.

Gate cutters (similar to wire cutters) can also be used to remove the tick. It is common for a bit of skin to be pulled away with the tick, and as I recall, this might even be desirable, because the tick’s mouth parts often are left behind when removed this way. After removal, the tick can be killed by immersing it in alcohol for a while, but this should not be done if you intend to have it tested for disease.

I highly recommend that you take a few minutes and peruse the aforementioned website, as it contains a lot of valuable information, including what symptoms to watch for, testing information, etc. Here is another article on what symptoms to watch for in your dog:

What about the Lyme disease vaccinations? As with any vaccination, you have to weigh the risk of contracting the disease, and the efficacy of the vaccination (how likely it is to actually work) against the potential side effects and risks. Some vets are against vaccination, because the vaccine can also prompt an incurable variety of Lyme Disease to develop (see Discussing your treatment and prevention options with your vet before proceeding is always advisable.

We can’t protect our pets from everything, but as with rattlesnake avoidance training, it’s a good idea to do everything you can to keep yourself and your pets safe. Be sure to check yourself and your dog thoroughly for ticks after training, especially when you’ve been through brushy or grassy areas.

Now get out there and train!!

- Donald Flanagan

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

SDSDC May 9th, 2012 Minutes

Board members present were Pam Felgenhauer, Randy Domingos, Donald Flanagan, Mike Linville, Ed Marr, Wendy Greenwell and Rick Greenwell. Trevor Niarchos and Joe Artes were not able to attend. Mary Sarmiento, Biff Ellington, Dan Denhart, Bill Cox and Mike Moran also attended.

Old Business

Treasurers Report

$6892.29 in the bank.


Biff presented proposal for SDSDC to become a NAHRA club. There is a $40 fee for club to join NAHRA. Once our membership is complete we could hold NAHRA test. Inland Valley club could loan equipment with Prado as location possibility. Motion was made and approved to Join NAHRA and examine costs of events and look at how feasible event would be.


3 renewals, Donald to let Randy know total membership count.

Bird Boxes

Trevor sent Pam info but waiting on Mary and Russell to report quantities.


Brian Jones staff met with SDCWF.

SDCWF met with Honey Springs residents about water and possibly move the ponds to the DFG dove fields. Still seeking title 14 regulation changes. Snake training in San Diego city limits discussed. Ed to continue as liaison.


Bird order placed.

La Posta

Can be repaired with shovels. Workday to be scheduled.

April 21st possible work day. Randy to send out email. For interest.

Safety Shoot

July 1st date is available. Sunday event. Date approved. 9 AM start. Volunteers show up at 8. Potluck after event club supply burgers and hotdogs.


July 21st in Ramona same location.

Snake clinic

Randy to resend flier to club members.


Have been reviewed by Donald and Pam will incorporate into existing bylaws.

Release of liability

A minimal release is needed.

Gun raffle

Membership gun raffle Mary looking into it. 10/22 breakdown gun. Cost is about $299.

General gun raffle – Mike Moran looking into Stoeger shotgun.

New Business

BOD term of service

Term of service change to be studied for BOD so every member does not need to be re-elected. Issue to be discussed further.

- Randy Domingos

In The Field

It was a quiet, April morning before dawn, as I arrived on the mountain. My shoes quickly became waterlogged as I walked through a meadow to the area I wanted to set up in for a quick turkey hunt. My flashlight revealed the telltale sign that turkeys had used the area recently, written in the mud left by the rains that had fallen during the previous days. A couple owls hooted at each other, their calls echoing lowly through the faint light of the approaching dawn.

When I arrived at the chosen spot, I set out my decoys, and then put up a pop-up blind. I was hunting with archery equipment, and needed as much concealment as I could get. It took longer than I had planned to get set up, so dawn came quickly. I put on my facemask and release, got out my box and diaphragm calls, nocked an arrow, and settled in for the hunt.

THUMP! As the occasional breeze shook droplets of water from the pines under which I had set up, they fell onto the canvas of the blind, which was stretched over the frame like a drumhead. THUMP! If the turkeys came in, would they be spooked and driven away by this strange noise, before I could get a shot off?

Then in the distance, I could hear the gobble of toms getting ready to leave their roosts. I called softly, to let them know I was there. Later, I called a little louder, and they thundered back, but farther away. Minutes drag by. A little more calling, but nothing responded. I had to leave by 8:00 in order to make it in to the club work party on time, and my prospects of taking a turkey that day weren’t looking very good.

As I sat there, I could smell the delicate, fresh scent of moist pine trees, meadow grasses, and shrubs wafting in the cool breeze.. The forest woke up, with squirrels chattering, jays and woodpeckers scolding, and the odd call of a bird that I’d heard in the area for the first time only a week before. I’ve never been the type who enjoys the hunting “experience” more than the successful hunt. The next day, I related the story to my Sunday School class full of third and fourth grade boys and girls, and described to them the unique beauty of a cool, wet mountain dawn, with all of its sights, sounds, and smells. They can’t relate to it nor fully appreciate it, because as inner-city children, they’ve never had the opportunity to experience and enjoy it.

And that’s when I realized, that I, too, love the experience of the hunt as much as I enjoy the success. This hunt, like so many others, did not end with meat on the table. But like so many others, it's written indelibly in my mind...

- Donald Flanagan

NRA Women's Wilderness Escape

Hey Gals! Don't miss your opportunity to participate in the 2012 Women's Wilderness Escape at the NRA Whittington Center in spectacular, Raton, New Mexico!

NRA Women's Wilderness Escape is open for women 18 and older & Alumni!

• Eight-day exciting "get-away"
• Exposure to a wide variety of shooting sports activities
• Enticing hunting and outdoor related activities
• No experience necessary
• All firearms and ammunition are provided
• Learn: Smallbore rifle, Scoped/tactical carbine, Long range high power rifle, Conventional and tactical pistol, Historic firearms, Shotgun
• Earn the NRA FIRST STEPS Firearm Certificate & the Bow Hunter Education Certificate (For alumni - other choices will be offered)

Your adventure at the NRA Whittington Center includes a special evening social and silent auction to benefit the Women's Wilderness Escape programs!

Session 1- September 22 - 29, 2012
Session 2- September 30 - October 7, 2012

Reservations are filling quickly.

For more information and to obtain a registration packet, visit

Hurry! Grab a friend and COME JOIN US for the annual NRA Women's Wilderness Escape! See You in New Mexico!

National Rifle Association * 11250 Waples Mill Road * Fairfax, VA 22030

Water Therapy for Your Dog

Earlier this year, Mike Linville's Kaia sustained a shoulder injury, and he has been putting her in physical therapy to help her recover in time for hunting season this Fall. He speaks highly of Tinassy's K9 Splash-R-Cise in Santee, which uses heated pools with water jets to provide no-impact exercise for the dogs. Their services include:

•Pre-operative strength building
•Post-operative recovery
•Geriatric support
•Weight management
•Relief of pain, stiffness, swelling, and arthritis
•And more.

For more information, send them an email, or visit

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 Donald Flanagan.

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

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.

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 Pam or Trevor for more info

FREE TO A GOOD HOME: Dan Denhart has donated a very nice pair of leather boots in size 11 1/2D that don't fit him. If you can use them, please contact Donald Flanagan.

From the Kitchen

Wild Game and Andouille Gumbo


2 lbs. Meat. It doesn’t matter what kind- duck, goose, coots, quail, pheasant, dove, gizzards, hearts, deer, elk, bear...whatever- it will all taste like beef or chicken when you’re done.
½ bunch of celery, chopped
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 bunch garlic (not just a clove, the whole bunch), chopped
Salt- a fair amount, to taste (think chicken-noodle-soup levels)
Cayenne pepper (I like a lot!)
Black pepper
A little bit of thyme
A little bit of oregano (it’s potent stuff, so don’t use too much)
A little bit more sweet basil
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white flour
Another onion, chopped
2 green or red bell peppers, chopped
1 large can stewed diced tomatoes
1 lb. Andouille smoked pork sausage, sliced
Worcestershire Sauce

In a stock pot, cover the meat (not including the sausage) with 8 cups of water. Add celery, onion, garlic, salt, cayenne and black pepper, thyme, oregano, and basil. Bring to a boil, then simmer 12-18 hours. This is the stock upon which the gumbo will be based, and removes all gamey flavor from the meat. Trust me, goose gizzards will taste like beef instead of liver by the time you’re done. Remove any bones, then use an oil separator to remove as much fat and grease as possible.

Make a roux by cooking 1 cup of flour in 1 cup vegetable oil in a pan. Keep stirring this constantly over medium high heat until you get a dark, chocolate-colored roux. As it gets close to the desired color, reduce the heat so that you don’t burn it. You don't want to over-do it or the gumbo will taste burnt. You should smell a strong almost smokey smell from the flour.

Now add the second onion, bell peppers to the roux. The cold vegetables will stop the cooking of the roux. Continue stirring until the onions are translucent.

Add the roux and veggies to the meat and broth in the stock pot along with the stewed tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Some like to reserve a bit of the roux on the side in order to adjust the thickness of the gumbo. If it's too thin it's just gruel. If it's too thick, it takes on a "floury" taste.

In the roux pan, brown the sausage, then add it to the pot. Cover and cook 1 1/2 hours over medium heat. Serve over rice. Serves 6-10 people.

- Donald Flanagan

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