June 2015 Newsletter

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

Trevor and Brandy, November 2013 Training Day
Photo Courtesy of Randy Domingos

Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 PM
Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

Annual Picnic
Saturday, July 11
Santee Lakes Regional Park
9310 Fanita Pkwy Santee, CA 92071

July Training Day
Saturday, July 25, 7:30 AM
Prado Recreation Dog Park, Chino Hills, CA

August Training Day
Saturday, August 22, 7:30 AM
Prado Recreation Dog Park, Chino Hills, CA

News and Notes

Welcome New Member, Chris Benner!

Chris Benner Joined the club in May. He and his Boykin Spaniel puppy, Roxy, attended the May and June training days, and she is showing good progress!

Trailer Purchase

The club was able to purchase a trailer to replace our old one, which is falling apart. Thank you Joe, Mike, and Colleen for your work in acquiring it!

It does need a little work, so we will be asking for some help with that later this month.

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Reports

Click here to view the minutes of the April meeting.
Click here to view the minutes of the May meeting.

In the Field

It's Hot Out There- Overheat and Dehydration

Recently, Steve Looser and I were walking up Cowles Mountain, along with his Visla, Gabby. As we were starting up the trail, we encountered a park ranger, who begged us not to take the dog up the trail, as at that moment, they were in the process of carrying a chocolate lab down the trail, which she said was dying. We discussed it, and considered the following:
  • The temperature was in the 90s
  • There was a light breeze
  • Gabby is in great physical condition
  • Steve had a large hydration bladder full of water, which he had brought along to wet her down from time to time
  • We would both be watching her very carefully for signs of overheating
We decided that we would be safe in taking her up the hill, and if she started to show any indication of overheating, we would turn back immediately and carry her down the hill if necessary.

On our way up the hill, we passed the team carrying the lab out. I'm sure they sought medical attention as soon as they got down the hill, but the dog appeared alert to me, and I would be very surprised if he/she didn't make a full recovery.

We made it up and down the hill with no difficulty, stopping frequently to wet Gabby down. She was barely even panting at the top. We even met a gsp and her owner, and gave her (the dog!) a quick wet-down as well!

Many of you are already familiar with what signs to watch for on those hot days out in the field, but some are not, and some of us (ok, I) need a reminder once in a while. Here's a website with some great tips on how to spot dehydration and overheating in dogs.

So what if your dog does overheat? What steps should you take to cool them back down? What first aid should be used? Here's an article that's very informative on the subject, written by a veterinarian. This article also has some good info.

Our dogs work hard for us, and some will run themselves literally to death for us. So we owe it to them to know what to watch for, and how to respond if they get too hot!

-Donald Flanagan

New Lead Regulations

July 1st marks the beginning of the phasing in of the ban on the use of lead ammunition in the state of California. We are now in Phase 1, which the Department of Fish and Wildlife describes as follows:

"Phase 1 Effective July 1, 2015, nonlead ammunition will be required when taking Nelson bighorn sheep and all wildlife on state wildlife areas and ecological reserves."

So if you are training or hunting on any state wildlife area or ecological reserve, make sure you do not have lead ammunition on your person. There is debate about what that means, but if you don't have it in your truck, or in your pack, or in your pocket...if you left all lead ammo at home, you should be fine.

This, of course, means that we now have to bear the added expense of non-lead ammo. If you're not already familiar with them, Roger's Sporting Goods has good sales on shotshells, both leaded and unleaded. Many times, they have free shipping, as well! So check in with them from time to time, and if you see a good deal, pass it on to the rest of us!

Training Days

In an effort to provide maximum value to our members, our goal is to put on at least one training event each month. Here are some pictures from May's training day at Prado (photos courtesy of Dan Markley).

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 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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