December 2014 Newsletter

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President:  Donald Flanagan

1st VP:      Rafael Aguilar

2nd VP:     Trevor Niarchos

Treasurer: Colleen Scruggs

Secretary: Steve Looser

Board Members:

Pam Felgenhauer
Ed Marr
Kenn Scruggs
Mary Sarmiento

John Segoria's Dakota has been a busy labrador!

Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 PM
Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

Bird Dog Challenge
Saturday, December 17, 8:00 AM
Holtville, Imperial Valley, CA

News and Notes

Annual Dues

Happy New Year! Club dues are due by March, as usual, and are $40, as usual. You can re-up via mail, at:
C/O Trevor Niarchos
4835 Mt. Frissell Dr.
San Diego, CA, 92117

Alternatively, you can give our new Treasurer, Colleen Scruggs, a check at our meeting on the 14th. Or, if you will be attending the Bird Dog Challenge, you might consider taking advantage of that opportunity. Speaking of which...

Bird Dog Challenge!

On January 17th, 8:00 AM, we have an exciting new event to present to the club, the Bird Dog Challenge, put together by Randy Domingos. It's going to be a great competition, challenging both dog and hunter, requiring good shooting and attention to detail. Click here for more information. To sign up, please contact Randy as soon as possible!

Shoot To Retrieve Results

The S2R was a lot of fun.  I want to thank all the volunteers who came out and helped. Mary, Ed, Randy, Donald, Trevor, Mike Moran, Mike Linville, Lance, John, Verland, Brad, Ron, Bryan, Joe, Bill, Shawn, Rafael, Dan and Greg.  We couldn't have events without all the great help.
Here are the winners:
Open Pointer:    1st Bryan Bonas & Roxy   6.03
                       2nd Mike Moran & Katie   6.06
                       3rd Trevor Niarchos & Brandy  6.51
Open Retriever:  1st Brad Fenton & Buck    3.44
                        2nd Brad Fenton & Boise 6.42
                        3rd Mary Sarmiento & Eleanor  6.56
Amateur Retriever:  1st  Pam Felgenhauer & Decoy   5.24
                            2nd Pam Felgenhauer & Reed  12.17
                            3rd Bill Davidson & Baron          15
Congrats to all!

-Pam Felgenhauer

Photos courtesy of Verland Nolta and Randy Domingos



Rafael and Remington

John Segoria and Dakota

Bryan Bonas and Roxy

In the Field

 Junior Pheasant Hunt

Bodie and I helped at the junior pheasant hunt at San Jacinto. Both flushing and pointing dogs helped the junior hunters get some nice retrieves. These three young men each got a couple of nice pheasants.

-Joel Vexler

Upland in Idaho

Ryan Gelardi sent in more pictures from Idaho, including one in which you can see the bird falling and the spent hull flying! He harvested chukar, huns, and quail, all in the same area!

Wags and Brags

For those of you who didn't see it at the Shoot to Retrieve, here's an amazing portrait by Ron Dotson, commissioned by Mike Moran:

Ron says: "My painting of Mike and Nancy Moran's two girls, Katie and Annie.  Thanks to photos taken by member Bryan Bonas during an outing at Mike's place in Oregon.  Title is "Two Working Girls", also from the mind of Bryan Bonas.  Composition is a compilation by me of several photos taken by Bryan and arranged to form a pleasing scene."

What a fine piece of work. Thanks for sharing it with us, Ron!

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Reports

Click here to view the minutes of the November meeting.

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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