Thanks, for the reply, if interested my methodology for dog, bird toppers is as followsYou have a good facility for capturing the characteristic shape, I'm not familiar enough w. dogs, but upon reading "whippet" the identity popped right up.
I tend to make all my sticks long so they can be sized to suit who has them, personally I prefer to walk with a long stick.I keep looking at the topper you have done it seems ergonomic in design and should make it quite comfortable to hold as a walking stick . the palm of the habd should sit well whilst allowing a good grip . you will have to post photo of it when complete . iit will also make a good topper.
I oftern carve toppers never fit all of them till i sell some so its important to me to get a simule diameter shank , pleased to say i dont seem to have a problem with it as i normally cut my shanks longer when i harvest them so shorten it to the diameter i want then trim the shank to size.