Isn't it a trial?! We had a Shih Tzu whose hair would mat up if you looked at it cross-eyed. He had to be blow-dried after walking outdoors in rain or his fine silky hair matted up horribly. I completely sympathize with you and Murphy's ears.
It's the way he sigh's at me when I'm brushing his ears, it cracks me up
Paula - mum to Murphy(6) & Misty(7), and Jerry our cat.