February/March 2013 Newsletter

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President:  Pam Felgenhauer

1st VP:      Biff Ellington

2nd VP:     Randy Domingos

Treasurer: Ed Marr

Secretary: Donald Flanagan

Board Members:

Joe Artes
Mike Linville
Colleen Scruggs
Trevor Niarchos

Ezekiel Lagos' Rambo
A Caroline Fenton Photo

Calendar of Events

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

News and Notes

February Shoot to Retrieve
By Pam Felgenhauer

It was a great day!  We all had a lot of fun and saw some awesome dog and handler teams!

Following are the winners:
Team  Birds   Time (in minutes)
Open Pointer
1st Rafael Aguilar & Remington 3 6.26
2nd Bryan Bonas & Roxy 3 6.34
3rd Bill Cox & Dee Dee  3 7.35
Open Retriever
1st  Donald Flanagan & Boomer 3 3.15
2nd Brad Fenton & Buck 3 4.4
3rd  Barry Stahl & Remington  3 5.31
Amateur Pointer
1st  Bryan Bonas & Stout 2 15
Amateur Retriever
1st  Pam Felgenhauer & Reed 3 9.5
2nd Pam Felgenhauer & Decoy 3 10.29

Huge congrats to all the winners!!!   Great job!

Also huge thanks to all who volunteered today.  Especially Randy & Ed, who picked up my slack. 

Caroline, Ron and Randy & Donald, thanks for taking all the pictures.  Looking forward to seeing them.

Thanks to all the bird planters!  You did a great job. 

Looking forward to more fun times with the club.

-Pam Felgenhauer

Photos by Ron Dotson

Ezekiel Lagos' Rambo

Ed Marr's Abbey

Ed Marr's Abbey

PAMdemonium- Pam Felgenhauer and Reed

Donald Flanagan and Boomer

Donald Flanagan and Boomer

John Segoria and Dakota

John Segoria and Dakota

Pam Felgenhauer's Decoy

Pam Felgenhauer's Decoy

Adam Eidson's Maggie

Mike Moran and Katie

Bryan Bonas' Roxy

Brad Fenton and  Boise

Brad Fenton and Boise

Bill Cox and Trip

Bryan Bonas' Stout

Where's Waldo?

Photos by Caroline Fenton

February Training Day
By Donald Flanagan

We had a great turnout, and great training with LOTS of pigeons. I would like to thank Pat and Eric Harris for providing and delivering them. We saw some great dog work, and some really bad shooting from me- it's amazing how easy it is to miss those slow-flying birds! I would like to thank Randy and Ed for working hard all day, planting birds and gunning. It was very busy, and I think we were all worn out.


Sharon Potter Training Seminar
By Mike Moran

The last couple of years, we've had a training event at my place in Oregon over the Memorial Day weekend and members of the SDSDC were invited to participate. This year, I'm doing something a little different. I'm trying to set up a Sharon Potter two day retriever training seminar - however pointing dogs are welcome also.

I've tried to have the seminar close to a three day weekend to help out the Social Security payers with time off from the mines. The seminar date is scheduled for July 5-7. The fifth is Friday and there would be a meet and greet in the evening with Sharon (refreshments will be provided) with the training running both Saturday and Sunday, 8 AM to 4 PM. I picked this weekend for a couple of reasons - Sharon is available all the weekends in July; the 4th is the only three-day (sort of) weekend in July; and it is usually not snowing. It should be nice and toasty for good water work. In fact, we will have a hard time keeping the dogs OUT of the water.

The cost of the seminar is $400/person. We need a minimum of 5 participants to make this seminar worth Sharon's trouble. I am taking care of her room and board plus all her transportation. This way we don't need eight or ten participants for her to show up. For those interested, I will require payment in full, up front. We can't have people backing out after reservations have been made.

It is eight hundred forty miles from El Cajon. It takes me thirteen and a half to fourteen hours to drive straight through on I5. There is motel space about nine miles from my place next to a nice little country restaurant in Chiloquin. To participate would require most likely traveling on the 4th - this could be problematic for some folks who may already have plans for that holiday. If people want to bring trailers or camp, I can provide water and power. Dogs can be left at my place over night in the Man Cave (where my dogs stay at night).

Please contact me, Mike Moran, with any questions or to RSVP.

-Mike Moran

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

December 12, 2012 SDSDC Meeting

Present were board members, Rick Greenwell, Wendy Greenwell, Donald Flanagan, Randy Domingos, and Ed Marr.  Pam Felgenhauer, Joe Artes, Trevor Niarchos and Mike Linville were unable to attend.

Also present were members Mary Sarmiento and Dan Denhart.  Prospective members Terry Jenkins and Carlos Lopez also attended.

Old Business

Club Laptop 

The laptop did work today but has been unreliable so Randy did not bring it to the meeting.  The laptop has been crashing on start up.  Randy will have it looked at.

IRS Letter

Mike Moran looked at the letter and advised us to respond that we did not need to file the form requested.  Randy looked at the IRS website and agrees with Mike.  The letter is addressed to Pam so she will respond to the IRS.

Elite Truck Event at P2K

We sold some raffle tickets but did not have as many people stopping by to make it worthwhile. 


Mary found SDSDC artwork and will forward it to Donald so the club has it.  Preparations for the banquet are going well but more donations are needed for raffle prizes.

New Business

Snake Clinics

Joe will coordinate and Randy will assist.  Preferably we do one clinic at Country Kennels and one at High On.  Dates are March 30th and May 25th. 

January Training Day

January 19th.  Will need to check on availability of chukar.  It was suggested we try to use Honey Springs due to the drive to La Posta being a bit long.

Carlos Lopez may have a place for us to train in Ramona.

SDCWF Report

The $500 the club gave to the SDCWF for the construction of the pond at Honey Springs could be returned.  The board voted to leave the money with the SDCWF for future use.


Terry Jenkins has completed a membership application and attended the meeting.  Terry was a member of the SDSDC in the early 1970ís and has a Brittany.

Carlos Lopez attended the meeting and has a Retriever/Bassett mix that he would like to train on birds.

Treasures Report

As of 12/12/12 the club has $5972.80 in the bank.

From the Kitchen

Pheasant Appetizers, and a Bonus!

By Donald Flanagan

I don't have a lot of experience cooking pheasant, and I wanted to try something new with those I brought home from the Shoot to Retrieve. I asked a chef that works with me what she would do, and the first thing she suggested off the top of her head sounded delicious. I tried it, and it was great!

You will need:
1 pheasant, deboned (don't discard the carcass!) and cubed
2 lb thinly sliced bacon
Brown sugar
Toothpicks or skewers

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cook the bacon until it is nearly done (but not so much that it won't fold easily), then set aside. You can do this while deboning/cubing the meat. Put the pheasant meat in a bowl, and drop a generous amount of brown sugar in, and mix it up well, thoroughly coating the meat. Wrap each cube in bacon, and pin with a toothpick or skewer, then place on a cookie sheet. Cook for 12-15 minutes (don't overcook!), then serve. Yummmm!

I didn't get any photos, because this was my first try, and they weren't beautiful- but they sure were tasty!

And now for the bonus.

Pheasant Stock

1 pheasant carcasse
1 medium onion, cut in half, peels and all
1 large clove of garlic, cut in half, peels and all
2 sticks of celery, leafs and all, rinsed
2 quarts of water

Place all ingredients in a stock pot, cover with the lid slightly askew, and simmer for 12-24 hours, adding water as necessary to maintain at least 1 quart of liquid in the pot. Strain, cool, and place in a storage container for later use. Freezing is a great way to store it.

This stock can be used in a variety of soups, roasts, etc.

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.

Health Supplements for You and Your Dog!
Donna Sarmiento has a new business endeavour called Nature's Tails, distributing quality health products for the care, comfort, and well being of both you and your pets! These include calming, healing, and joint products for humans and dogs, as well as other edibles for your pets. Visit for more information.

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. He has also donated some dog boots, leads, and an orange safety vest for a dog. If you can use any of these, please contact Donald Flanagan.


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