That's great to here.
Photography should be fun and it sound like you are having fun. I'm going to take mine out soon and take some picts of my dogs too
I have rescue dogs and the re-homing section of the vets want a picture of them. I told them I was just waiting to get a camera and then I would take a special one. It's been over a year now but I'm almost ready.
I started with the S60, then they upgraded up to the S80. then my mate suggested the DSRL. From then, I've gone from the 350D, 400D to now my new camera the Canon 40D.
Have you updated the firmware for the 30D. You will need a 2GB or less CF card to do this though.
http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eos30d/eos3 ... are-e.html
Now at V1.0.5