Hot Damn! Finished all the timing and in between key frames. Now just adding some follow through and secondary animations (Ears, Fingers) but I still have the face left, and the "object" he picks up to sniff. Lost track of my work time a little, but I believe I'm around the 12 hour mark. So I'm feeling pretty good, although I'm not even close to where I want it to be. Creating the illusion of life is by far one of the hardest things I've ever done.
Fun Fact: According to Pixar, GREAT animation takes a week for about 3 seconds.
Which is a pretty good indicator that I haven't spent NEARLY enough time on this. As with everything in life, knowledge comes from experience, I've stared at this video for HOURS trying to see what I can fix. I know its not even close to perfect, but I can't put my finger on what I can add to make the movements more believable.
I can't use the excuse that this creature never has, and never will exist in nature. It doesn't matter. In the right hands, anything can be become real, even if its only for a second. If you can make someone forget that its only a series of drawings, or a massive arrangement of 1's and 0's, then I believe you've done something really special.