I feel your pain, brother. My first attempt was the same as yours -- well, except for the trash and yap dog part. Almost did chuck it though.
Here is Buck's tutorial people have been talking about.http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...ad.php?t=18672
The key for me was not putting too much stuffing in the middle. I personally have not tried Buck's method yet but probably will next time. What I did the last time was roll the sausage out in a 1 gallon Zip Loc bag. (Thanks, Capt Dan.) Gets it nice and flat and square. Then carefully cut the seams on the side. Put the stuffing in and lift and roll much like Buck's saran wrap method. Only thing about the Zip Loc bag is you won't have any room to wrap and twist at the end which is why I will try Buck's method next time.
Good luck. The next time is always better.