By Tina Taylor
A dog is a senior's best friend. Family and friends are not around much, and everyone is so busy. After retirement the free time seems to be longer. Many seniors would be very lonely if it was not for their four-legged friends. Dogs are a big part of the family, so they need to learn to be obedient to make it easier on the relationship.
Reichella Veatch has always loved dogs with a passion and has been breeding and training dogs since the mid-1970s. Her favorite breed would be collies, both rough and smooth. She has had 45 champions and is a member of the Collie Club of America. She has shown dogs throughout the United States and internationally, winning many impressive titles, 10 obedience and four rally titles. She is also a member of many professional affiliations.
Veatch has been a successful trainer in New Mexico and was the training director at the Oak Ridge Kennel Club, where she was also the show chairman for obedience and rally. She recently has moved to the area and is the owner of the Hollicove Kennel and director of the Holly Cove Training Academy in Cumberland County.
She knows her dogs since she is also a certified American Kennel Club judge and a Junior Showmanship judge at shows in New York and Knoxville, receiving good reviews and winning the trust and approval of many who show dogs.
Fair Park Senior Center knows dogs are an important part of many seniors' lives. Most folks have problems in training their dogs. Classes are now being offered for 10 weeks at the center, starting Wednesday evening, May 22. She enjoys teaching students how to teach their best friend, offering the best methods for them and their dog.
Here is the class schedule:
6 p.m. — Beginning Obedience (a class to teach dogs the basics).
7 p.m. — Drop-in Conformation.
Come as you need to or want to. $5 per dog per night.
8 p.m. — Rally (a "nicer" form of obedience. You must take Beginning Obedience first).
Most classes are $100 for the 10-week sessions. All "first-time" students are given a $10 discount on their first series of classes, except Drop-In Conformation. You can register by calling 788-1478. Classes are being held at the Fair Park Senior Center, 1433 Livingston Rd., Crossville.
Physical fitness specialist Clintina Simms returns to the center each Friday in June at 2:30 p.m. She will lead seniors in exercises she calls “Move It or Lose It.” The class will provide a head-to-toe workout, while sitting, standing and dancing to energetic music from the 1940s to 1970s. She has several advanced certifications, enabling her to help all age groups and body types. Call 456-7416 to sign up. All excerise classes at Fair Park are $1.
Get active at Fair Park Senior Center this week. It is open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some extra activities at night, and is across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as online versions of the center’s monthly newsletter “Newsline.”