I was able to do a few more hours on this yesterday but had to wait for daylight to get a photo. I am trying to get it finished this weekend. I was delayed by other deadlines in my life.
I darkened the background but have darker washes to put under the dog still. I went over the whole painting darkening the values again. Next will be the subtler shading of the light areas and the blending of the washes already there. The final steps will be the fine details of the fur.