I absolutely could not brush the mats out of her fur. It was actually felted in little knobs around her hips and under her neck and belly. I decided she needed shaved and we do have clippers but at her age, I felt it might be traumatic and made arrangements with the vet to sedate her before taking her to the groomer next door.
I'm told she woke up in the middle of the grooming but loved it and behaved beautifully. Well sure...she was still under the influence, so to speak. She also got her nails clipped and her ears cleaned out.
She might weigh all of 6# now!
And I can't help but laugh every time I look at her! At least she is cooler, cleaner, and more comfortable.