I've been a language teacher in this life but have loved grooming. Three of whom didn't need much doing except claws trimming, but two of them had long, curly hair which matted easily. Are there any dog groomers here? I'm sure they have some great tales to tell. I once trimmed my poor little miniature-poodle mixed with a what-we-could-never workout, so closely around his matted neck (that's how he came to me), that he looked like ET. We were tempted to call him that - but he already knew himself as "Dylan".