DAMN, he messed her up! Not intentionally, I'm sure. I imagine he must have gotten a little carried away with their teasing contest (or, worse...): got a little too invigorated by the heat of the moment.
"Now, do not misunderstand me; a lady can sometimes like to get a little rough. But even then, you're still supposed to treat her like a lady, and not like a scratching post!"
"Okay, okay, I get it! Geez... I already said I was sorry..."
From a technical standpoint, I really like you design for Spike. Your age progression is very well crafted, blending elements from young Spike's base design with added emphasis in places like his snout and more complex designs for places like his limbs all together nicely. This actually looks like a form that Spike could grow up into.
However, I'd think his neck should be a little longer, that that's just a minor issue. And I love your design for his crest; sharp angles with the employment of negative space to denote curvature is a personally aesthetically pleasing trait to me.
You do a great job the the perspectives in this, too: namely Spike in the lower panel. It's not easy to do, but you did a great job at it here, as I find my eyes keep getting drawn to it.
All in all, very good piece. Praise to you for glorifying my OTP.
Ooh, you'd think her coat would cover those. Perhaps letting it grow out a bit on the back might conceal 'em, though I can understand not hitting Twiley up for a masking spell in this case. And you'd think a guy who handles books in a hardwood-floor library would know all about the necessity of talon-blunting.