Good luck Terri! You can do it, just think of how much better this poor dog will feel. Take your time and use the good advice you got from above on this post and make the dog as comfortable as possible. I would have said Wet shaving also, but I haven't done one that's as bad as you think this one might be! Oh and don't be to concerned on making it look just right, just get the dog out of those knots for now.
"No matter how little money and how few possesions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin