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Looks like you have - it's the Iforeground I can still see
Don't know what PP apps you haver access to but try downloading thetrial version of Lightroom 3 and in the library module try just using the "black recovery" option - sometimes that's enough but if it's not than try the adjustment brush set for -ve exposure adjustment in the develop module and use it to paint over the bit you want to darken.... or you can use the brush in "healing" (cloning really) mode to sort it out...
Others will suggest how to do it in Photoshop CS or Elements I'm sure....
I would be very cautious about using the black recovery tool, as it will also darken all the blacks between the hairs on the foreground image, which will reduce a lot of the impact.
I would instead use a brush tool to paint in around the edges, with feathering to give a smooth gradient back to the original image at the centre - it'll take some trial and error to get it right without impacting on the dog. Not at my PC at the moment, but will give it a look tonight or tomorrow.
Ha, that's great. I just need to tidy-up the foreground black as there's some residual background showing, but thanks anyway. More akin to the type of finish that you'd see from the old wild west days.