Waiting till Feb is good because then you get 2002 build plate.
As for carting dogs, I cart my German Shepherd (54kg) in the back seat by placing a cover over the seats and tucking into the fold down seat backs. Works well. And with the leather you just wipe up the dog hairs afterwards (the stray ones).
I'm going to get a custom rear seat cover etc made for carting the dog in the near future. Until Ford make a decent XR8 wagon equivalent to the sedan (ie, same power, IRS etc etc)
BA'1.5' Pursuit 290
Lightning Strike / Reflective Orange Stripes
'General' Dog - AP's German Shepherd and Best Mate - 02Dec1998-15Dec2003.
'Pepper' Dog - General's and My Little German Shepherd Sweetie - 1996?-02Apr2006.
'Sako' Dog - My Beautiful and Pretty German Shepherd - 2001?-23Aug2006.