Pepper (the one the vet estimated to be 3yrs old) is matting terribly!! She seems so miserable every time I brush her, and it makes me feel aweful . She had been shaved just before we got her due to matting, and I really didn't like the way that looked on her....So I'm thinking about cording her coat (Honey's seems to be fine right now). A book that I have talks about a really easy way to do it, and it seems like it would be much easier on her. Does anyone have (or know) any corded Hav's?? I'm just not sure if the problems we're having with her coat are due to her age (we really have no idea how old they are.....the age was estimated by the vet by the amount of build-up on their teeth, but they also told us that excessive tartar build-up could be caused by really poor-quality food---which they were eating when we rescued them). I've never seen another Havanese in person before, so I don't know if the texture of our dog's coats is normal or not.....So what about cording??