Will, don't thank me, you had the vision, made the judgements and produced an excellent print. All I did was offer another way to make a print.
I too have had some problems when photographing black dogs, my method of dealing with it is to make sure that I give enough exposure to record the detail into the deepest blacks and either reduce negative development or use a little more "white light" when I flash the print in the way that I demonstrated on the workshop. Sometimes it is necessary to use both these methods.
Thanks Les. I'll give that a try.
"I am an anarchist." - HCB
"I wanna be anarchist." - JR