Hmmm, I agree, tinyliny. Thanks! And I'm definitely not going to make it look too busy... I've already spent a LOT of time on it and don't want to spend a whole lot more on it anyways. I think I'll just imply that there's a blanket there, then. Or if I get lazy I'll just do the shadow you were talking about.
Thanks to all the rest of you, too! Those ideas were good, and I'll probably use some of them sometime for a different drawing. Thanks for the comments!
Here is how far I got on the second dog, plus the reference photo. I'm trying out the grid method for the first time. I like it, except for the making the grids part. Ha ha. DSCF6562.jpg sc00a74cdd.jpg
As you can see I'm trying to make the dog seem perkier by raising the ears... Do you all think it looks right?