thanks for all the replies.
tried to take everything into account... added some more detail to his face and gave him a jaw, added some polys around his legs to help with animation. better or worse?
figured i'd try and do some stuff for the arcrise project... nobody seems to want to do the animals, its good practice, and i just might make a buck. so i'm trying to keep it as low poly as possible (within reason - no pink blocks [img]/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]) right now she's at 515. damn tail.