October 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

Rich Vergara's Boomer
Photo by Randy Domingos

Calendar of Events

General Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 PM
Animal Medical Center
600 Broadway, El Cajon

November Training Day
Sunday, November 8
Imperial Valley

Shoot to Retrieve
Saturday, December 5th
Location TBD

News and Notes

Sad Goodbyes
Long-time club member Don Wilkie passed away of cancer earlier this month, of cancer. He led an amazing life (see his obituary, here).  A celebration of life will be held in his honor at the Stephen Birch Aquarium, November 14th.

Don Wilkie and Murphy, with Matt Johnson gunning

Murphy putting up a pheasant at a Shoot to Retrieve
Photo by Ron Dotson

Two of our members bid farewell to their dogs recently. Photos courtesy of Randy Domingos.

Rich Vergara with Boomer

Steve Looser with Gabby

Club Trailer

Ed Marr and Mike Linville did some great work in tearing out the old interior of the trailer and installing new flooring and shelves. Thank you for your hard work, guys!

A Worthy Cause: Dogs on Deployment

Recently, I ran into a man who is involved in an interesting charity called Dogs on Deployment. When servicemen and women are deployed overseas, DoD helps place their pets (not just dogs!) in loving homes while they are away. What a fantastic way to help those who protect our freedom! If you would like to learn more about this charity, donate, or volunteer, check out their website, here.

Club-Themed Swag

San Diego Sporting Dog Club tee shirts, hoodies and stickers with the new logo are still available.

Short sleeve shirts sizes Med. - XL are $17 each.  Currently we have;
Medium in black and in blaze orange.
Large in blaze orange.
XL in black and in blaze orange.

Short sleeve shirts sizes XXL - XXXL are $19 each.  Currently we have;
XXL in black, blue and blaze orange.
XXXL in blaze orange and in blue.

Long sleeve shirts sizes Med. - XL are $20 each. Currently we have;
Medium in sand and in blaze orange.
Large in sand and in ash grey.

Long sleeve shirts sizes XXL - XXXL are $22 each.  Currently we have;
XXL in sand.
XXXL in black.

Pull over hoodies are $26 each, sizes Med. - XL,
Medium in ash grey.
Large in ash grey.
XL in blaze orange.

Sizes 2XL and up are $30.
XXL in blaze orange, ash grey and in navy blue.
XXXl in navy blue.

Stickers are $2.50 each.

The Board of Directors and General Meeting Reports

Click here to view the minutes of the July meeting, here for the minutes of the August meeting, and here for the September meeting.

In the Field


"I've spent the past couple weeks hunting Huns, chukar, quail, ruffs, and blues in northeast Oregon.  Generally good success.  The morning that I left for home my setter Maggie pointed four species in two hours.

The two guns are both Fox 16 gauge.  Upper gun is an A grade made in 1923, lower gun is a C grade that is 10 years older."

- Pete Houser

Canada and Montana

First walleye, 25 inches, from Montana

Biff,Lance,Jacob and Brian on an Alberta hunt with Raven.Good friends and good times.

Around the Fire Hydrant

Shotgun for sale:

H and K Silver Lion .20 ga over and under 24 inch ported barrels, choke tubes, $600. Call Kenn Scruggs at 619-884-6116.

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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