Alrighty. Well, I am restarting the one of the Yorkies. I'm not very happy with it and I think that I can do better. I also found a little tutorial on YouTube on drawing dog fur that will hopefully help.
I learned from someone on YouTube that the 0.5 mechanical pencil is better to use for drawing as it is thinner, making it easier to get small details right the first time. I tried it and I LOVE IT. It is surprising how much it makes it easier to do minute details.
Here is an eye I did for practice today-- working on small details: sc001b64c8_2.jpg
I have also started a portrait of two adults. I'll be going back and forth from this portrait to the dogs. And after these I have another drawing to do of a child that someone wants me to do!