By Cari Gervin
Community News Writer
Ten years of grooming animals has taught Connie Dodd a few things about pets —; and people.
The owner of If It’s Tails Pet Grooming said she has learned how to handle the most ill-tempered animals with ease and how to create the craziest pet haircuts imaginable just to keep her clients happy.
Ms. Dodd said she has styled pooches with mohawks, dyed fur green and fashioned all sorts of fancy ‘dos for Soddy-Daisy pups over the years.
Most of the time, she said, If It’s Tails just makes pets cleaner, neater and, thus, healthier.
Ms. Dodd was a pre-vet major in college and planned to attend veterinary school after a few years off.
“Pets have always been my passion,” Ms. Dodd said. She currently has 20 dogs and cats, plus a few goats.
Instead, she ended up apprenticing herself to a groomer and deciding to open the first (and only) grooming storefront in town.
“I’m from here, I live here. I knew that if I ever opened a business it would be here to service the people I care about,” Ms. Dodd said.
When she first opened If It’s Tails —; going out on a limb and quitting her three jobs to try to make a living as a groomer —; she had just one other employee. Now she has eight.
“The Lord’s just blessed us,” she said.
Summer is Ms. Dodd’s busiest time, she said.
“We average 45 dogs a day. Today we did 47, I think,” Ms. Dodd said.
But If It’s Tails doesn’t just groom dogs. The shop grooms almost as many cats, some rabbits, a few birds, the occasional ferret and even guinea pigs.
The cost of a haircut or full groom depends on the size of the animal and the complexity of the cut. Ms. Dodd said a small dog might be around $30, and prices go up from there.
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If It’s Tails is open Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.