I found a new blog and she has some wonderful tutorials and templates that you can make for yourself or as gifts. The site Apine Industriose has some english, but you will have to figure out the patterns by yourself, but most are simple and easy to follow along with the templates and the color photo. I am not sure if I did the cardinal the right way, but my gusset didn't make sense, so i cut it down a bit. I made a few changes and added wings to mine. I have decided to put some cardinals and other winter birds, around the house for a simple decoration. We are getting siding put on and they bang all day, so I had to take things off the walls and the house is a mess. The birds are something simple I can make and enjoy without having to worry about them breaking.
I also found the puppy template and instructions on her site. Just click on the link for animali and it is on the first pages. It is a site, well worth browsing around and clicking on the links, lots of goodies to make. The puppies have magnets in them, so a good idea for gift giving too.