Carla Maynor, the Owner and Pet Stylist at Canine Clips Grooming and Boarding, has had a lifelong passion for animals since childhood. She got her first dog, a Beagle, named Buttons at 9 months old, and has continued to have at least one (mostly more) pet since then. Much of her youth involved dragging home various needy animals, and nursing them back to health. Of course, she wanted to be a Vet, but life had other plans. She is now a wife, mother of four children and has five grandchildren, along with four dogs. While that alone kept her busy, she also found many ways to continue working with animals. Through the years this included training/instructing with TDOC, volunteer Rescue work with FL All Setter Rescue, Big Dog Rescue and Rescue Chairman for TASSA. She also helped her daughters train and groom their dogs for Jr. Showmanship. When Wakulla County was setting up the first Animal Shelter, she worked as a volunteer almost two years.
In 1995, she apprenticed with a wonderful Tallahassee groomer for a year before opening her own Salon in Crawfordville, FL. Area residents were thrilled to finally have a local Grooming Salon, and before long she had to hire a bather and another groomer, as business was growing so fast. By 2005, the first shop had been “outgrown” for a while, so it became necessary to find a place to relocate. After much research and planning, the decision was made to build a new facility on the 5 acre home site, she shares with her family, off E. Ivan Rd. This would allow for a much larger Grooming Salon, and a separate Boarding Kennel. Two years of zoning, permitting, construction and substantial personal investment, resulted in the new Canine Clips Grooming and Boarding Facility, which opened January 2007.
Even after 20 years in business, she believes in the importance of continuing education, and attends at least one major Grooming Seminar a year. It also includes taking different classes like Creative Coloring, Hand Scissoring, Grooming for Conformation, Hand striping and researching the best products, equipment and current styles.
When not Grooming, running the Salon, taking care of Boarders, and enjoying her family, she does find time for a few other hobbies. These include Organic Gardening, various crafts, sewing, baking and designing Wedding and Birthday cakes.