WOW! Thanks for the link, I hadn't seen that before. I have no problem going third party - I've happily bought from brickarms, brickforge, ME Models, and most recently, brickwarriors. I'd love to choose official LEGO first, but I'll take what I can get.
As for brickanimals, the problem I see is that the dogs look TOO nice for the level of detail in minifigures. They're too nice.