July/August 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

What a cheater!
Pam Felgenhauer's Decoy

Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 PM

Animal Medical Center, El Cajon

Training Day
Saturday, September 21, 8:00 AM
Prado Dog Training Area
Please let Mary Sarmiento know if you plan to attend, and how many birds you need.

Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10
Prado Dog Training Area

News and Notes

Shotgun Raffles

2014 SDSDC gun raffle tickets are now available! We have two great guns this year.

Franchi AL48
28 gauge nickel plated receiver with gold inlay, 26" barrel, AA grade walnut. This beautiful gun retails for $1200 and is our General Raffle gun. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and the General Raffle is open to both members and non members alike.

Franchi Affinity
We're excited to also have a SDSDC member only raffle this year. The raffle is open to only members so someone in the club will win a shotgun the night of the banquet! The gun is a Franchi Affinity Semi Auto, 20 gauge, 26" barrel, lightweight 5.4# synthetic stock in Real Tree max Camo. This gun retails at $950. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

As always we need your help in selling tickets. Please let us know how many to send you!

-Randy Domingos

Waterfowl Hunting Opportunity in Canada

Biff Ellington is looking for someone to drive up to Alberta, Canada with him for his annual waterfowl hunting trip. He leaves around September 28, and will be up there for a couple weeks. You don't have to stay for the whole time, and since you'll be in a motor home, you won't have to pay for a hotel room! If you're interested, please contact Biff as soon as possible.

Picnic Success! 

Thank you to Ed and Maureen Marr for organizing the picnic, cooking, setting up, etc. What a wonderful job you did! And to everyone who helped out, showed up, and brought food, my tummy thanks you!

-Donald Flanagan

In the Field

Eurasian Collared Doves

Great news! Beginning September first, in Imperial County only, you will be able to shoot as many Eurasion Collard doves as you want- no season, no bag limit, no possession limit! In the remainder of the state, there will continue to be no bag limit, but you will only be able to shoot them during the dove seasons. Now, we'll be able to shoot Euros all year long in the IV! See the DFG website for more details. Also note: there is a new possession limit on other doves. You will be allowed to have three times the daily bag limit of mourning and whitewing doves in possession.

Training for Walk-ups in Retriever Hunt Tests

Thank you, Biff, for submitting this link to an article on how to train your retriever for a walk-up scenario at a hunt test. The article downplays the real-world utility of this training, but if you've ever tried jumping ducks out of a canal, pond, or river, you will appreciate the time you took to teach your dog this skill!

Protecting Your Dog's Health

Heat Stress

As the dove season opener quickly approaches, Trevor has submitted a link to a very timely article published in Outdoor Life regarding the Heat Stress in our dogs, and what to watch for. You all know how hot it gets out there in the dove fields, so make sure you know how to keep your dog running cool all season long. For a little more in-depth look, check out this extremely popular post from

Anaphylaxys in Dogs
By Cliff Fleming

Anaphylaxis in dogs is not just an ordinary or even a severe allergic reaction to something that your dog has ingested or has been injected with. It goes well beyond the severe stage, as it is the most sudden and violet reaction that will ever attack your dog. Without exception, if it is not treated as a life threatening emergency, it may be the last reaction to an ything that your dog will ever have. Although it is considered rare, it will be anything but rare if it attacks your dog as it can literally take their life right before your eyes.

What is it?

Anaphylaxis in dogs is a very sudden and extremely violent allergic reaction that is most commonly associated with a recent vaccination. Although this may be true, it by no means is the only potential cause. In fact, there are several potential causes and they are referred to as anaphylactic allergen reactions. These forms of allergen can be the result of some type of drug totally separate from a vaccination, an insect sting, as well as some type of food.

There are also some in the medical community that suggest that the actual cause outside of a vaccination may be a type of rubber or plastic your dog has come into contact with, but this has yet to be documented. However, whatever the actual cause is, it is triggered by antibodies that your dog's immune system has recently produced. These antibodies can cause inflammatory cells such as basophils and mast cells to release substances that cause this violent reaction. Anaphylaxis in dogs in reality is not much different than a common allergy in its overall nature; it is just much more severe and violent.

When your dog has a common allergy, it will start to appear very slowly and will generally appear as a rash, some type of itching, as well as respiratory problems and congestion. But in the case of Anaphylaxis, it will be very rapid and life threatening.

Most all allergens are made up of complex proteins that will never cause any real problems for your dog. However, there are some instances where these allergens are identified by your dog's immune system as very dangerous, and as a result, they release a vicious attack against them. Your dog will produce antibodies that are bound or joined to the cells in their blood that are referred to as basophils, as well some tissue cells, and these are referred to as mast cells. Both of these cells are capable of releasing very powerful chemicals, and in the case of anaphylaxis in dogs, this is exactly what happens.

Your dog's system, for reasons still not fully understood, has suddenly identified what would be considered a common form of allergen as something that they have never seen before. Once these armies of chemical are released, it can do immediate damages to your dog's regular heart functions, their blood pressure, as well as their blood permeability. This entire chain reaction that is occurring in your dog works like this. The mast cells that are living in their connective tissues become damaged, and once they are damaged, they release two substances; heparin and histamines.

Histamine is a critical to your dog, but in this case, it is causing the inflammation to occur. The next thing that may occur in your dog' s immune system as it is exposed to an allergen for the first time is the production of IgE antibodies that will stick to your dog's mast cells. When they meet this same allergen for the second time, even if it is several years down the road, it causes the mast cells to basically disintegrate.

Once they disintegrate, it frees the heparin as well as the histamines. However, there can be cases when this entire chain of reactions occurs the first time your dog comes into contact with an allergen, and the result is stil l the same. In either case, this mass release can be life threatening.


Anaphylaxis in dogs, although it is considered to be a rare occurrence, is a condition that all dog owners should become very familiar with. Whatever the actual cause is, you will have to react very quickly to the following symptoms if your dog has any chance of surviving this violent allergic reaction.

The first symptom that you will see is a very sudden case of both diarrhea as well as vomiting. This does really not need to be described, simply because you will know it as soon as you see it, as it will literally be explosive in nature and will be unlike anything you have ever seen. Both of these symptoms are your dog's natural defense mechanisms to eradicate the offending material form their body as soon as possible, especially it is something that they have ingested. In some cases, this may totally eliminate the dangers, but you cannot wait to see what happens.

If it is the result of reaction to an insect bite or from a v accination, it will not be eradicated and this is why you cannot wait. The next symptom will be shock, and this also something that you may have never seen before but you will understand it even if you are not sure exactly what it is. Shock will cause your dog to lose their mobility and in some cases, become totally paralyzed. It can also cause severe muscle twitching and will be an absolutely frightening experience.

Your dog's heart rate will also immediately jump which is a sign that they are having a very difficult time in eliminating whatever is attacking their system. If you do suspect that your dog has developed anaphylaxis, there is one other symptom that you can quickly look for. Check your dog's gums, the inside of their mouth, as well as their limbs. If they are cold, you have just confirmed this potential killer and you need to seek professional help as quickly as you can.


Anaphylaxis in dogs is a life threatening emergency condition, and the first thing your veterinarian will do is place your dog on life support. This will include establishing an open airway for them to breath, as well as give them oxygen and intravenous fluids to help increase their blood pressure. If your dog can survive the first hour after this emergency treatment, in most every case they will have an excellent chance of surviving.

Cliff Fleming
Inland Empire NAVHDA

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

SDSDC General Meeting Minutes, May 08, 2013

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

Other Members Present: Ken Scruggs, Mary Sarmiento, Wendy Greenwell, Raphael Aguilar

Old Business

2013 Picnic Gun Raffle
Update: 2 guns picked, being held, not paid for yet. Mary will provide contact info for the ticket printer. Trevor votes for street tacos. Free to club members. Ed needed the username/password to club email so that he can send out invitations.

Hat Order
Update from Ed: has not arrived yet.

Garage Sale
New date set to August 10

T-shirt order
Update from Pam: have received a couple replies.

Snake Clinic
Results: 65 participants, $3720 in receipts.
Volunteers: Randy Domingos, Ed Marr, Mike Linville, Joe Artes, Joel Vexler, Terry Jenkins.

New Business

Treasurerís Report
Expenses: $1350 to Nona; $650 for Memorial shoot, $375 for birds
Income: $3720 for snake clinic ($2112.5 to High-On, $325 to kennel, $1360 profit)
Balance: $8596.00

Membership Report
No new inquiries; Batesí are still pending volunteering.

SDCWF Report
Itís becoming overwhelming for Ed.

Mike and Trevor will look on Craigslist. Discussion of a toilet being included.

From the Kitchen

Venado Asado

If you like carne asada, you will love venado asado (think "deer" asada). I've made this twice now (once for my brother and I, and again for a group of young people), and both times it has been a hit. People who have never tasted venison before have loved it!

Thinly slice enough venison to feed you and your crew. It's easiest to do this when it's partially thawed.

Marinate (see marinade recipe below) in a non-reactive bowl, turning occasionally. Sear on both sides over mesquite lump charcoal or oak coals without overcooking it. Chop into small pieces, and serve while still hot with your salsas of choice, and fresh limes to squeeze over it.

Fresh Mexican salsa (Pico de Gallo), guacamole (or simple avocado slices), homestyle red salsa, or a super-simple onion/cilantro salsa (finely chopped white onion mixed with finely chopped fresh cilantro) are all extremely good condiments. Sour cream and cheese are nice additions as well.

Serve with warm flour or corn tortillas, Mexican rice, refried beans or just by itself. It's all good!

Kosher Salt (or any salt)
Freshly ground black pepper (or any black pepper)
Ground cumin
Onion, finely chopped
Finely chopped cilantro, including the stems
JalapeŮo, seeds removed, and sliced
Fresh garlic, thinly sliced or finely minced
Orange juice
Lemon juice
Lime juice
Beer (if you're into that sort of thing)
Olive oil

Don't worry about the quantities of each ingredient. Just eyeball it, and it will be fine. Put your dry ingredients into a non-reactive bowl, then add all the other ingredients in whatever proportion seems righ to you. Mix with a wire whisk until salt is disolved, then pour over meat and mix so that all the meat is separated and covered with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for four to twenty-four hours.

For Sale & Must-Have

Side-by-Side Shotgun:

A club member has a CZ Bobwhite 20 gauge side-by-side, with 26" barrels and five interchangeable choke tubes up for sale. It still has 4 years left of its factory warranty, and comes with the original box and paperwork. He is asking $600 for it. It's in 98% condition, with only about a case of shells through it with no problem. If you're interested, please contact Donald, and he will put you in touch.

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 Opportunity
Pam conducts basic obedience classes for puppies and adults, behavior issues, rescued dogs, AKC Canine Good Citizen classes and Puppy Star classes. Also available for private in-home lessons. Contact Pam for details.

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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