Joey: My set-up is Nikon D200 set on "vivid" mode, and a polarizer on the lens - that gets me the rich colors. I don't have photoshop so I am limited as far as post-processing goes. Sometimes I crop, straighten and sharpen a bit or warm up the colors. Oh, and I did use the flash here - those GSP heads can turn out pretty dark.
I also prefer to shoot in nice light, and this was our evening walk just before sunset. You can see the sun hitting Tessa from the right.
Re coat: I am glad it's getting better but I am tired of the harness! Looking forward to the collars again (will use them with caution). She still has some irritation where the prongs from the e-collars sit - not sure what to do about it because she's gotta wear that one (only during off-leash/field training). My hope is that once the hair is back, it will afford some protection.
a D200 -- fancy! We really want to get a DSLR and take some pics like that. We use a Lumix tz5 which we settled on after tons of research and using a couple of really crappy compacts. It is an amazing point and shoot. Pretty tough to take a blurry or bad picture.
Nothing like your pics tho. Was looking at the D5000, D90 or even the EOS t1i or t2i.