We have a Shitzu that is a retired show dog. We spent Christmas in Tahoe and he got pretty badly matted. I took him in to Karen to see if she could save his coat. My wife would have killed me if I brought him home shaved. Karen said his coat could be saved with a couple extra hours of work which I was happy to pay for. When I picked him up he looked like he could have walked right back into the show ring. We hope to never allow him to get so matted in the future but Foxy Hound can work miracles.