Awhile back one of my dogs, Pucca, almost died. She got under the fence into the neighbors backyard and one of their basset hounds bit her. He got her good and the vet said if she had gotten bit anywhere else she would probably have been dead. She's 5 pounds soaking wet and the basset hound was about 60 pounds. He bit her across her hips and left two very large puncture wounds.
Anyway, the point of this story is that while she was healing we had to be very careful with her, she couldn't walk for 3 days and even when she did start walking again she was very, very sore. We weren't able to groom her until she healed and that included brushing her because she was so tender.
Well, after a few weeks of not brushing a Maltese they get really nappy. So, I decided I would take her to the groomer and just shave her, after all she had to get shaved around her wounds so this way her hair would all grow back to one length. Well, time got away from me, I got busy with work and before I knew it a month had passed and I still hadn't taken her in. Today I took her in and I felt like the worst mommy on the planet. She looked like a broke down hooker.
My poor baby got shaved big time and now she looks like a little rat but at least all her matts are gone and we can start over with brushing her every night. Poor baby just look so tiny.
This was the best picture I could get, apparently she's a little embarrassed about her lack of hair.