Thanks for all the great feedback, guys!
Here are some variations I made based on suggestions from folks:
Brighter Colors with other font:
Ok, no one actually suggested these changes, I just thought I'd try them for the fun of it, the logo in red and brown:
Here is one variation with the text bigger... I had other ones... but... I don't know what I did with them!... but this is a little variation in layout too :)
Again, any input is welcome, I take it to heart and love hearing it :)
PS... mystery creature is still in the works! He's a fiesty little one!