When I first got Bentley, about 3 months ago, his hair was very short as he had to be shaved down after he was rescued. I wanted to see how he looked with his hair grown out so I have waited until now to do anything with his hair (I bathe him weekly and brush him regularly). His hair was getting matted and I was still unable to get some of the mats out from his former life. As soon as the groomer saw him today she said, "He is going to have to be shaved down." She told me that the maltese in this area have some kind of genetic flaw that causes their hair to be "cottony." That is exactly how I had been describing it! So when I went back to pick him up I was handed this completely shaved boy that I hardly recognized. I think that shaving was necessary, though it was a shock. His face looks good and she spared most of his tail. I think that we can kind of start fresh now. I ordered some maden brushes. Bentley has been miserable though! He refused to go on walks, eat and play which he usually loves (all of it). He lays around moping. Is it possible for dogs to be depressed? I am trying to pay attention to him and love him as much as possible. I know this will pass, but any thoughts on how to help him would be appreciated.