Ah yesh, it is going to take forever. I've done like 12 or 13 rows so far and I'm only a little over 1 inch off the needle.
I'm using size 8 US needles.
Oh well. This is my summer project to give to my dog on his birthday which is toward the end of August..... I just hope I bought enough yarn, I bought 3.... I guess once I finish the back cover I'll know if I bought enough....