Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone. I really appreciate it. I really enjoyed drawing Bella. She has my heart wrapped around her little paw.
To answer a couple questions, I have tried pretty much every kind of paper. Although I don't believe I have tried the Strathmore toned paper. I would think it is comparative to the Canson pastel paper. I think the weight is about the same.
For applying the titanium white and touch up texture, I used a teeny tiny brush. I think the key is to keep your mixture thin. Even if it means going over the whisker a couple times to get the depth.
Thanks again ALL!!!!