Hey digidiva--of course you can be honest. I totally appreciate the critique and I take yours as a valid one. Your critique seems to be 1) you don't like the oof area 2) you're not sure what you're looking at, especially 2) not sure what the thing on the upper right is.
The image is probably best seen in a series with context and probably shouldn't be shown outside of that context. For me, though, I like the ambiguity, I like the confusion, the discomfort associated with not knowing what is going on. Also, shooting through a dense forest and wanting to subtly push focus to an obscured subject meant in this case shooting large aperture, which leads to the OOF-ness of the foreground. I pretty much embraced that for more than the technical and pragmatic reasons.
This was a pack dog--a sled dog that I encountered in the far north. He and his pacing pack members who all slept in overturned over-sized recycling bins, were all chained up; but the sounds they made were sufficient deterrent to my getting any closer than this photo depicts.