Unlike her wolf ancestors with a short coat that sheds regularly and moults seasonally, because of a long ago genetic mutation, Poodle hair is curly and grows until it is cut. Like humans shedding hair, the Poodle also sheds, but the dead hair is caught by the curly living hair. Without regular trimming, serious issues can result, including poop-related rear end problems which you probably don't want to hear about.
Although they may not trigger allergies in most people, Poodles are high maintenance. Through the centuries humans have styled Poodles in all sorts of topiary designs which Poodles have not seemed to mind. They love the attention. Any Poodle who fought being groomed would not have been allowed to breed.
Ginger is undergoing a makeover. Hair that was growing into her mouth was connected to her ears and her feet.
Because she couldn’t drink through her own hair, she was dehydrated. It has been impossible to remove all the hair from her teeth until she is strong enough to undergo anesthesia to treat infections.
The good news is that she had no liver or kidney problems and is in loving hands at the The Humane Society of Flower Mound. According to one worker, when Ginger was groomed, she was excited, “sniffing and greeting everyone. It was like a bird out of a cage.”