February 2014 Newsletter

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President:  Pam Felgenhauer

1st VP:      Rafael Aguilar

2nd VP:     Randy Domingos

Treasurer: Ed Marr

Secretary: Donald Flanagan

Board Members:

Joe Artes
Mike Linville
Colleen Scruggs
Trevor Niarchos

Ed Marr's Abby, a clean, lean bird machine.
Randy Domingos Photo

Calendar of Events

Training Day
Saturday, March 8
Location: to be decided

General Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 PM
Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

News and Notes

Shotgun Raffles

Congratulations to Rich Vergara on winning the public raffle for the 28 gauge.  Dan Denhart was drawn for the club raffle of the 20 gauge, but donated it back to the club. The Board of Directors voted to draw again at our February meeting, and Debra Artes was drawn. Congratulations, Debra!

Annual Banquet

Thank you to all of you who attended the banquet this year. We had a great time, and it went very well. Thank you especially to Pam and Mary for putting it together again this year, and those of you who generously donated items for the raffles. Ya' dun' good!

Spring Shoot to Retrieve
Photos by Randy Domingos

A great time was had by everyone at the S2R today!  Everyone and their dogs had a good time!

Here are the winners:

Open Pointer

1st Place   Ryan Gelardi & Doc   4.50 min
Doc holds his point rock solid as Ryan Gelardi moves in for the flush on their way to a top time in Open Pointer

2nd Place Randy Domingos & Wyatt  6.54 min
3rd Place Bryan Bonas & Stout  6.57 min

Open Retriever

1st Place  Donald Flanangan & Boomer 5.01 min
Donald Flanagan and Boomer teamed up for the Open Retriever win

2nd Place John Segoria & Dakota 5.18 min
3rd Place Mike Moran & Molly tied with Brad Fenton and Boise 15 min (1 bird, no shots)
Mike Moran's Molly                                                

Amateur Retriever

1st Place Pam Felgenhauer & Reed  11.39 min
2nd Place Pam Felgenhauer & Decoy 15 min
Ed Marr and Mike Moran had a great view as Decoy goes for a mid air scoop

Fastest Finding First Bird

Bob Brown & Hans  1.11 min
Bob Brown's Hans                                                   

Thank you all very much who came out today to participate and volunteer.

Thanks Ron for bringing the trailer and helping out all day.

Thanks to Caroline Fenton and Randy Domingos for taking excellent pictures for us.

Thanks Brad for bringing your blind, it worked great!

Thanks to Randy for getting the field setup.

Thanks to everyone who helped setup.

Thanks to the bird planters:

John M.
John S.
Thanks to the Marshals:

John S.

We have a great club with a lot of great people and dogs in it!  We couldn't hold these events without all your help!  Everything you do for the club is very much appreciated.

On to the March 8th Training Day!


Here are some more photos of the action, courtesy of Randy Domingos:

Ron Dotson's Josie

Annie demonstrates the Potty Point.  There is actually a bird in the hole to the right.  Upon completion of the big job the team walked right past the hole.

Team Tater gettin' it done!

Here comes Annie zeroing in on the target only to be given the slip again

Rafael Aguilar's Remington at speed

She finally got it.  Go Annie!

Prospective member Sligo stopped by to see if he may want to join the action someday

Bryan Bonas and Roxy on the prowl

In the Field

Rafael and Remington
My first time jump shooting ducks in ditches in Mexico and I had a blast. I finally got to shoot the prized mallard ducks along with quail and dove.


Mike and Molly
Here's a money shot from Mike, taken during waterfowl season. He says, " is a picture of Molly last week at my ranch in Oregon. She made three water retrieves after crashing through ice along the river. Two Buffleheads and a Scaup." Nicely done!

January Junior Pheasant Hunt
Thanks to all of those who volunteered at the DFW Junior and Family pheasant hunts. Randy Domingos submitted this photo from January's event:

Three happy hunters.  Steve and Andrew Harris with Wyatt at the January DFW Family Hunt.  It was their first hunt and they were both able to harvest a bird.

-Randy Domingos  

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

Minutes, SDSDC General Meeting December 11, 2013

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

Other Members Present: Rafael Aguilar, Rich Vergara, Mary Sarmiento

Old Business
Gun Raffle
Some sales; another 500 tickets ordered for the 28 gauge. Needs to contact Steve Ramirez. Some members have expressed an interest in getting quantities at the banquet.

IRS letter
No update

Snake Break
Waiting for call back from Fred

Need raffle and silent auction items.

BOD election
14 ballots turned in via email with the following results:
Pam Felgenhauer for President: 14 votes
Rafael Aguilar for 1st Vice President: 13 votes
Randy Domingos for 2nd Vice President: 14 votes
Ed Marr for Treasurer: 14 votes
Donald Flanagan for Secretary: 14 votes
Mike Linville for board member: 14 votes
Joe Artes for board member: 14 votes
Colleen Scruggs for board member: 14 votes
Trevor Niarchos  for board member: 14 votes

4 more members voted at the meeting, for those listed in the email ballot.

Shoot to Retrieve
6 Pheasants left over after event, sold to Joe Rich and Mary. Mike proposes that we hand out ribbons at the event, in addition to plaques to be awarded later.
John Minikus helped plant birds all day; invited to banquet, and will be given some general raffle tickets.

New Business
Event in January
Randy proposes: If birds are available, it would be nice to do another event after hunting season. Possibly similar to Bird Dog Challenge.

Banquet date change proposal
Randy proposes that we move the banquet to later in the year, perhaps April, August, or September, so that hunting seasons, holiday seasons, and other things would not impede, absorb funds, etc.

Treasurerís Report
Ed not present

Membership Report
No changes

Club Logo
Trevor would like to work up some new logos to present to the club in order to update the look.

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.

Training Opportunities:
Pam is holding 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. Email Pam for details.

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