Justice [Adopted 12/1/2012] is a 7 year old male who was surrendered to an inner city shelter because his owners were moving.  This may have been his lucky day. His feet could not touch the ground because of the size of the mats.  In an attempt to make him more comfortable,  we shaved and cut off some of the larger mats before he went to the groomer.  They  weighed in excess of 3 pounds.  Not once during the entire procedure did he growl or complain in any way.  Needless to say our groomer was forced to totally shave him down.    It will probably  be a couple of months before he will have a rich coat because his skin was not getting much air.  Justice is a big Cocker weighing 36 pounds.   He has a beautiful classic head and when his hair grows back he will be a handsome  boy.   Justice is proof that dogs can be very forgiving.  He loves everyone.    I don't think he has met a dog he doesn't like and he thinks cats are just fine too.  He is housetrained.  We have had no need to crate him.