When it came out of the box it DID smell like a wet dog, and still does, but i've only had it a couple of days, and it went a little flatter than i expected with the fill rating, but i put it in the dryer with 2 dryer sheets tucked into the outer case, and it puffed up a lot. then i layed it beside the "circle of down' pillows i bought here that i'm returning and laid on both together, and really felt the difference. this one is loftier, and and the reshapes better when fluffed each morning, and desn't flatten as much when you lay on it, and is much better quality down when you lay your head on it, not like the sack of sand i'm returning. the fabric wasn't as soft as i expected and there were some loose threads, a running theme w/down products from overstock i'm finding, and it could still use a little more down, but a few minutes in the dryer solves that. It was more expensive than i wanted for just one pillow, but i will still buy another so i can prop up with one for my back. i just hope they last a long, long time! if you're on the fence, i can tell you you'll hate the cheaper ones, so this is as close as you'll get to perfection without spending more, and the stats on th more expensive ones were the same as this one's. And i'm more picky than everyone else, so take that into consideration too. buy and enjoy..