I agree with you about the pattern. I made my own pattern. Since the dog is symmetrical, you only have to draw out one half of the pattern. The Simplicity pattern looked very complicated, so I simplified it for myself. The finished size was about 60" tall. I drew out the head, and body on a large roll of paper - they are just simple shapes. Then I cut the large shapes into smaller sections. I used these sections as my pattern pieces. Sew each section with the right sides facing out, with a smaller piece of batting sandwiched between. Leave a 1" seam allowance for ragging. Good luck!