|Greetings from the Critique Club
Your photographer's comments are spot on. This is a beautiful image, but not a high impact image. It is a good pet candid. You are right that the tail is distracting, as are the dirt specks on the face. The colours are quite beautiful, and the bokeh is soft and delicious. She really is cute!
So .... I am not sure what more I can add here :)
It meets the challenge, it follows the rule of thirds.
It likely would benefit from a bit higher contrast (sligh curves adjustment). It likely would also benefit from a slightly warmer tone overall, as Larus mentions in your comments. The focus is OK, but the eyes could be a little sharper.
FWIW, I would have voted it a 6 or a 7.
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, concerns, complaints, feel free to contact me.