Well! Max feels better! I just spent almost four hours attempting to get the sticks, grass, pine needles and godknowswhatelse out of his fur. After about an hour I had managed to clean an area less than four square inches. I decided to give up on salvaging the fur. I spent the rest of the time cutting and shaving him. I found several spots that the knots of fur and "stuff" was so close to the skin that I had to take manicure scissors to get under it and cut it loose. Several places he has no fur at all. I had to cut that close. And a few places I simply slipped and got close. Poor guy. One tangle of hair had a pine needle that was digging into his skin, so he has a raw spot. I'm glad I did it before it got worse.
Then he got a bath.
And he feels sooo good now!!
I'm going to have to even everything up, but I'll give him a couple weeks to grow out so I can make him look "more gooder." Right now, he and I are happier, and that's what counts.
I need a glass of wine.