Hilarious dog dressed as a sheep to help mom and baby sleep: “Recommended”

The internet was thrilled with a new dad’s hilarious method of helping his newborn baby and his wife fall asleep.

In a video on TikTok with more than 4.5 million views, Ora the three-year-old borzoi dog stars as the “Sneep Sheep,” a cosplay that owner Jacob Chattman “would recommend to anyone.”

Panning from the crib cradling his 13-day-old son Locke and with his sleeping wife, the camera pans to the ‘sleeping sheep’.

Chattman is a screenwriter and actor from Arizona, and he’s been delighting the internet with videos of his beloved dogs since he shot to fame on the video-sharing app Vine nearly eight years ago.

Ora the three-year-old borzoi dog as “Sneep sheep”. It’s a cosplay that owner Jacob Chattman “would recommend anyone get.”
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“I created my vine story to document Esper’s life when we first adopted her. I wanted to have something to go back to and see our beginnings, sort of an anthology,” Chattman said. . Newsweek.

Esper the Borzoi quickly became an internet star, often dubbed “My Little Russian Lady”, referencing the video that started it all – a photo of Esper covered in a blanket as Chattman jokes in the background” She’s my little Russian lady,” in an accent.

A screenplay based on Chattman’s most successful series on TikTok, “The Bad Dog Announcer”, has just been placed in the semi-finals of the 2023 Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition.

As an actor, he has taken on smaller roles in shows including urban fantasy series Lucifer and Dahmer — Monster: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer on Netflix.

“In my waking life I’m a screenwriter and actor and I wholeheartedly believe that creativity is a muscle you need to exercise daily to get stronger,” Chattman said. “So I make my online posts my routine. Mindful Instagram post feeds, testing scripted jokes on TikToks. I really love to create and I love my dogs.”

Chattman’s videos under the esperborzoi handle continue to gain viral attention as their 1.8 million TikTok followers wait to see what’s next.

“I have no idea what inspired the video,” he said of the latest “Sneep Sheep” creation.

“[It was] one of those random sparks of inspiration that I get from my wife and now my newborn,” he joked. “It’s a game on the recent borzoi trend where people use audio from a Miss Piggy cover of Cellophane by FKA twigs to highlight a borzoi “am I doing this for you”, and in this case, the sheep Sneep helps everyone sleep.”

To help others who might want to create their own Sneep sheep, Chattman even shared the “recipe”:

SNEEP SHEEP – budget cosplay recipe
by Jacob Chattman from esperborzoi on TikTok.

DURATION: 7.6 minutes

COST: $5.63 (dog price not included)


1 dog — preferably snooted

1 sheet of felt

1 pack of Velcro dots

1 dog bed – the old one which was whitish but is now matted and the color of unsheared sheep


Cut the felt into 4 rectangles and 2 ovals with stick feet. Place Velcro dots on rectangles in non-stupid places and attach them to the legs as tolerated (probably best to do all the attachments almost at the same time). Place a Velcro point in each oval foot and gently attach it to each ear. Throw the bed on the dog. Have cheese ready for treats.

The original star of the Chattman videos, Esper, sadly passed away in March 2022. There are currently four borzoi dogs in the family: Vladimir Poopin, Joy, Ora and Celes. A breed once known as the Russian Greyhound, these tall, elegant dogs were bred to be fast and resilient.

Once a breed loved by the Russian aristocracy who held extravagant hunting festivals on their estates, after the Russian Revolution and the murder of the Romanov family, Borzoi dogs were culled in large numbers.

Fortunately, breed lovers kept the Borzoi alive, and they were recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1891.

When it comes to creating his much-loved borzoi content, Chattman doesn’t think he’ll be stopping anytime soon: “Creating posts has benefited my writing, benefited my acting in a way that I never planned,” he said. “My favorite thing is always being able to go back and see what our life was like almost 8 years ago. I try to post daily so it’s a great way to go through memories, snapshots of sunshine of the past.”


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