Thanks to Nonda, I am starting to play around with curves in CS2. You guys didn't tell me this was so hard. This photo looks quite clear when at 100% enlargement. The whole photo was an experiment on a very rainy day. I took an apricot and champagne maltese/poodle and put her on a pumpkin and cream chair, in artificial light and then used my flash (off camera) bouncing the light off the ceiling. WHAT WAS I THINKING? How much more trouble could I get myself into with that!! Nonetheless, I tried it and here she is all prettied up after her trip to the doggie spa (groomer) and looking much better than the grass-stained pooch of summer.
Here's a fuller view of her in the chair: