The first shot needs to be redone. I used the dodge tool and left a couple of spots, which for some reason I'm unable to remove in photoshop, but just sharing for blog purposes.
On that note, I want to encourage you photographers to volunteer your services to animal shelters. Professional pictures really help these animals get adopted and there is a shortage of photographers to help. Some of these animals get euthanized daily. Not only are you helping them, which is the main goal here, but at the same time you're promoting your photography by getting your name out there, maybe even a tax write-off.
Images from my travels to come soon!