Okay, I lied, it isn't wordless.
Pallo has been driving me batty with all of his shedding, and normal brushing and bathing just wasn't getting rid of his undercoat.
So I decided to torture him by going to a self-service grooming shop, brushing him to within an inch of his life, shampoo, rinse, condition, rinse, condition, rinse, towel dry. Followed by the secret weapon to combat shedding: force-air dryer.
And since it took an hour and a half total, I can't really blame him. We saw four other dogs come in, get complete baths, and leave, in the time I spent on Pallo.
In the end, totally worth it. My dog is super clean, smells good, completely dry by the end of our extended time with the force-air dryer, and has not a bit of extra undercoat left to shed. At least, for the rest of the day. I'm hoping this may have at least leveled the playing field, giving me a chance to combat the shedding with daily brushing again, at least for a while.
And totally by accident, I ended up with this photo of Pallo, just a dog with his ball. And I think I love this photo. A lot.