I spent some time this afternoon on this guy.
All that was really left to do was to finalized the dark feathered fur along the edges.
This would fully attach it to the backing at the same time. In retrospect I should have finished all but the very edge as I broke two needles finishing the black.
As a precaution I didn't do all the stitching I had intended but gave it a once over with, first a black pastel crayon and then a white, just to brighten a few spots.
Finishing the matting will take a few hours, but not today.