June 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

Trevor Niarchos' Brandy and two successful junior pheasant hunters
Photo by Randy Domingos

Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 9, 7:00 PM
Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

Annual Picnic
Saturday, July 19
Dos Picos Park, Ramona

News and Notes

Annual Club Picnic

On July 19th at 11:00 AM, we'll be holding our annual picnic at Dos Picos Park in Ramona, and you don't want to miss it! The club will provide tri-tip steak, corn on the cob, sodas, and rolls. Club members will bring sides and desserts to share. We'll even have a few contests, so bring your A-game!  Please RSVP with an email to Donald if you will attend, so that we can be sure to purchase enough meat to go around.

Sitting around and chatting

Sitting around and eating
Photos by Randy Domingos

2014 SDSDC Rattlesnake Clinic
We trained 50 dogs at this years rattlesnake clinic.  Everything went really well including the weather.  We made $785.23 for the club which is great.
We had some great work done by our volunteers.  Joe Artes and Randy Domingos coordinated the event.  Mike Linville got the collars on and off the dogs.  Colleen Scruggs was awesome at the check in desk.  She got us one new member for sure and possibly a couple more.  She even brought puppies!  All the dog handlers did a great job.  Volunteering were Mike Moran, Rafael Aguilar, Ken Scruggs, Steve Looser, John Segoria, Joel Vexler and Andrew Hertel.
Thanks everyone for doing such a great job.

-Randy Domingos
Safety Shoot Results

The Safety Shoot went very well, in spite of barbecue troubles. Thank you to Joe and all of our volunteers for putting it on!

Politics, and Other Such Nonsense

 Tail Wagging the Dog?

On July 28, 2014 at 9:00, there will be a meeting of the Wildlife Resources Committee (WRC) of the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC). Click here for details, as well as the agenda. In addition to some new topics, agenda items will include continued discussion of implementation of the lead ammunition ban (for hunting) and updating/creating predator policies, which you may recall were the topic of much discussion earlier this year. As both of these topics affect us as a club directly, please make your voices heard.

On the agenda are presentations by the NRA and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The president of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle, was formerly the National Director of the Fund for animals. In 1991, he told the Associated Press that [I]f we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would. Just like we would shut down all dog fighting, all cock fighting or all bull fighting. He also said "We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state" (Full Cry Magazine, 1 October 1990). In 2011, 6 members of Congress petitioned the IRS to investigate HSUS regarding their "apparent improper activities and its tax-exempt status".

HSUS and Project Coyote (a group opposing the hunting of predators) were allowed, along with the Farm Bureau (pro-hunting!), to give their recommendations regarding predator policies and hunting regulations, which were published as agenda items for the last meeting of the WRC. When outraged hunters, trappers, and farmers demanded to know why, they were told that these organizations were present at the meeting, and when public input was requested, they volunteered. I accepted that at face value, in good faith believing that perhaps the FGC wasn't intentionally aligning themselves with these organizations and allowing them to dictate policy. However, as you can see from the agenda of the upcoming meeting, they are now being allowed to give a presentation regarding the implementation of the lead ammunition (for hunting) ban. I can understand why the NRA would be allowed to present, but why HSUS? I'll let you do your own research, but since the last meeting of the WRC, I've learned some things about the president of the FGC and his past affiliations which concern me. I was also told (without evidence to support it) that the position of president of the FGC is filled by an appointment from the governor, and that the suggested donation for such an appointment may be somewhere around $100,000. I don't know if that's true or not, but it's becoming clear to me that the FGC and maybe the DFW as a whole are very partial to the animal rights movement, and have given them many opportunities to influence and possibly even dictate policy.

Since the last FGC meeting, I have emailed the FGC my input regarding predator policies and the implementation of the lead ban, and have not received a single reply. At the instruction of the Chief Warden, I wrote to the local warden and asked for clarification regarding the use of pigeons in dog training. The reply he gave me was contradictory and incorrect (they're not perfect, after all), and when I pointed this out, I received no further reply. I then forwarded that message to the head warden and the FGC, because the FGC is responsible for these regulations- and these regulations need to be clarified. I received no reply.

So again- why is it that animal rights activists have been granted a forum for their voices, and are being allowed to make presentations to the FGC, but we common hunters and fishermen (who foot 99% of the bill for fish and game management in this state) can't even get a response to an email?

Some might say, "why don't you just leave?" But that would be like telling German Jews in 1938 to flee to Poland. The fact is that their intent is not limited to California. They have their eye on the rest the States as well, and they aren't going to hang up their hats and retire when they have destroyed hunting and fishing in CA.

At the end of the meeting, the agenda indicates that the public will be given a forum to comment. We need to be there, and we need to comment. We need to educate ourselves, and show up, and voice our concerns in an intelligent, reasonable, calm, and respectful manner. And we need to show up in large numbers. They need to know that we mean business, and that we are not going to sit idly by and complain that they are destroying our heritage while doing nothing about it. If there is any way you can go, please make every effort to do so.

-Donald Flanagan

Wags and Brags

 Introducing Master Hunter Greenwell's Golden Eye Hank

Wendy Greenwell's Hank completed his Master Hunter title on May 17th! Way to go Hank!

 Caroline Fenton In the News

In May, the San Diego Union Tribune did a story on and posted a photo of our very own Caroline Fenton. They even detail the history of her tattoos! It's a good read, so check it out at the links above.

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Report

Click on the links below to view the minutes of the meetings:

Around the Fire Hydrant

Free to a Good Home:
Dan Denhart has a training jacket, a training shirt, and a copy of the TriTronics E-Collar training book, which he has offered to any club member who might be interested. If you're interested, email Donald and he will put you in touch with Dan.

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 endeavor 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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