June 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

Caroline Fenton and her Cone of Shame
A gift from her loving friends at the San Diego Sporting Dog Club!

Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
There will be no general meeting in July. See you at the picnic!

SDSDC Picnic
Sunday, July 21, 11:00 AM
Dos Picos County Park, Ramona
Please send your RSVP to Ed Marr

News and Notes


Our heartfelt condolences go out to Pam upon the loss of her old boy, Gunner, in May. He was a fine ol' boy, and it was great to see him run again at our April training day. I don't know if they let chocolate labs into heaven though... those angels probably get tired of being retrieved reliably to hand. So we'll just have to keep him in our hearts!

Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic Results

On May 25th we conducted our annual Rattlesnake Avoidance Training at Country Kennels in Lakeside.  Our trainers were Fred and Tracy Presson of High On Kennels. Joe Artes and I coordinated the event, and we ran 64 dogs over the course of a very long day.  We were there at 8 and out of there at 5, fortunately the weather was pretty nice.  We had some great volunteers this year and it really helped make the event run smoothly.  Joe was a dog handling machine all day and I want to thank him for handling Wyatt.  W seemed to want to prove he knew what a rattler was and couldn't get out of there fast enough.  Ed Marr did it all, handling both dogs and money.  There was a lot to keep track of.  Mike Linville worked all day at check in and got the dogs collared up.  I really want to thank Terry Jenkins, who worked check in and did a stellar job.  Finally I can't say enough about Joel Vexler who worked dogs all afternoon and went from never having seen rattlesnake avoidance training to working dogs like a pro.  Joel has a natural ability to make the owners and the dogs feel at ease, and was a great help. 
We also want to thank Country Kennels for the use of there wonderful facility, referrals and coordination of the event.  And Fred and Tracy Presson and High On Kennels who as always did a great job for us, and referred many of this yearís dogs.  Our previous best was 34 dogs so we completely shattered that record.
We were able to raise about $1500 for the club, and best of all, we gave 64 dogs a significant chance of not being bit by a rattlesnake.

- Randy Domingos

Jimmie Phillips Memorial Service and Shoot

Ron Stoneman put together an article with photos of Jimmie's memorial service and shoot. Because of the format in which we received it, I am not able to include it in the body of this page. However, you can read the article here.

- Donald Flanagan

In the Field

Summertime Rock Doves
By Donald Flanagan

Ok, they're just pigeons, but rock dove sounds more like something a gentleman would hunt! In May, Ed Marr and I decided to go out to do some pigeon shooting in the desert. My intent was to get some training done with Boomer, focusing on steadiness. Boomer has a tendency to get amped up and break before being sent for birds, especially later in the hunt. I think Ed just wanted to shoot pigeons!

And letís face it, so did I, because I didnít really do a good job of focusing on training, and did too much shooting. But we had a great time, and shot 15 pigeons between the two of us. We could have shot more, but we spent a lot of time looking for a location that held birds. And when we finally got on a good location, I did a fair bit of missing! Still, it was one of the most enjoyable shoots Iíve been on. The temperature was breezy, cloudy, and the temperature was downright mild for a May morning in the Imperial Valley!

We decided to do a repeat trip this month, and I was committed to actually focusing on the dog this time. With that in mind, I invited Adam Eidson and a couple other friends to join us, so that there would be plenty of shooting going on. My plan for myself was to only shoot minimally, or not at all if necessary. As it turned out, Ed was unable to go because of work, and one of my other friends wasnít able to go after all. So it ended up being just Adam and his Maggie, me and Boomer, and my friend Dave.

We went straight to where we had found pigeons last time, and this paid off. As we were setting up, the pigeons and doves (mourning and Eurasian) started flying into the feed lot. We set up in a field across the street from it. Boy, when those birds are flying in low and fast, it gets pretty difficult to tell the difference between the pigeons and the doves! But we managed not to make poachers out of ourselves.

Boomer was doing pretty well in the steadiness department, so I did some more shooting. Thatís not to say hitting, but plenty of shooting! I think we picked off half a dozen or so (we should have had more!) in that spot. When that slowed down, we went to the other side of the feed lot to check out a stack of hay bales that had produced far more shots on our last trip, and it didnít disappoint! By the time it got too hot for the dogsí comfort (about 10:30), we had taken 25 pigeons between the three of us. Of course, when you factor in how many shells it tookÖ Never mind.

The weather treated us well again, with a nice breeze to keep us from overheating. The dogs made some great retrieves, and it made for an excellent training opportunity. Boomer broke a couple times, but did much better than he did on the first trip.

- Donald Flanagan

When Should a Puppy be Separated from Its Litter?

Many of you have probably read Richard Wolters' books about dog training. While many a good hunting dog or family dog has been trained using his materials, these same materials spawned or perpetuated a myth or two that have since been dispelled- and yet they persist! One of these myths was that of the magical forty-ninth day, the exact day upon which a puppy should be taken to its new home. Or should it? Here is a link to an article which, though lengthy, does a good job of explaining the myth, and recommending an alternative approach: Another Look at the 49th Day

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

SDSDC General Meeting Minutes, April 10, 2013

Board Members Present: Donald Flanagan, Pam Felgenhauer, Randy Domingos, Ed Marr, Mike Linville, Joe Artes, Trevor Niarchos

Other Members Present: Joel Vexler Family, Rafael Aguilar

Old Business
IRS Letter
Still pending

April Training Day
Rescheduled to April 21st, at La Posta.

July 14th (note to readers: this date is no longer correct), at Dos Picos.
Ed Marr confirms that he will organize

Garage Sale
Date finalized of June 9 (note to readers: this date is no longer correct).

2013 Picnic Gun Raffle
Trevor will check at Discount Guns for the same model that we previously purchased.

Hat Order
Ed will place an order

T-shirt order
Organizer- Pam. Camo not available. Blizzard Designs is the company.

Snake Clinic
$65 for non-club members, $60 for club members. Volunteers get 1 free. Ed, Randy, and Joe volunteered to help.

New Business

Treasurerís Report
$163.00 in checks for Jimmie Phillips and raffle prizes
$162.00 in new dues
$6500.00 in account

Membership Report
3 renewals, plus Trevor renewed at meeting.
SD County Wildlife Federation Report
Recommended memberships in CA Rifle and Pistol Association, a 2A Rights advocate org. Ed will look up cost of membership.

Jimmie Phillips
Funeral arrangements, May 4 (Jimmieís birthday) at Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club, at Noon.
Donald will speak for the club, soliciting contributions of content from the club.
On May 5th will be the Safety Shoot, at LGRGC, proceeds of shoot will be donated to Nona. Usual charge will be raised to $20.00 in order to raise more money to help with medical expenses. Trevor will run a pot to be split between a winner and Nona.
Article for the newsletter in May.

Dogs available
Pat Harris has 2 GSPís, 9 months old, $100 for the pair.

New Gun Captain
Joe Artes was elected as Gun Captain.

SDSDC General Meeting Minutes, May 8, 2013

Board Members Present: Pam Felgenhauer, Donald Flanagan, Ed Marr, Joe Artes, Mike Linville, Randy Domingos

Other Members Present: Mary Sarmiento, Wendy Greenwell

Old Business

IRS Letter
Update: Done- Completed online.

July 14th (note to readers: this date is no longer correct), at Pio Pico

2013 Picnic Gun Raffle
Update: Randy went to Discount Gun in El Cajon. Only had Mossberg Silver Reserve in El Cajon. Randy, Ed, and Wendy will arrange a time to visit Discount on Moreno, to see if they can order it.

Hat Order
Update from Ed: Order placed for 18, should arrive in the next week or two.

Garage Sale:
Changed the date of the garage sale from the 9th to the 16th of June (note to readers: this date is no longer correct).

T-shirt order
Update from Pam: no update yet

Snake Clinic
Update: 41 dogs, including volunteersí dogs, are signed up.

Report on Phillips Memorial Shoot
Memorial and shoot went well. Thanks to Joe, Stan, and Mike for all their help. Approved a $50 gift certificate for Stan.
Need to write a check to Nona for $1350 (proceeds from shoot).

New Business

Treasurerís Report
$523 in expenses related to Jimmyís passing, memorial service, etc.
$1410 safety shoot, dues from the Bates family
Balance $7848.18

Membership Report
No new contacts; Mark Scott renewed
Joel Vexler attended and volunteered at training day, and was voted into the club.

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.

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.

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