When Chance first came to us, I noticed he slept a LOT. Some days it seemed he snoozed all day long, and it never seemed to disturb his night’s sleep like it would you or me.

A little concerned, I turned to Google to find out if his sleep habit was within normal ranges. I learned that dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day, and puppies and certain breeds even more, up to 20 hours a day. He is definitely on the high end of that spectrum.


Chance often sleeps with his tongue sticking out, and that, combined with his large head, short legs and “big-dog-in-a-little-dog’s-body” attitude, makes us wonder if he might have Osteochrondrodysplasia…dog dwarfism.


He sits on one haunch, as if his back is too long and front legs too short to sit normally, and he often sleeps with his head twisted awkwardly. But he seems to cope with his unusually shaped body, and the vet is unconcerned, so we will just let that sleeping dog lie too.

He loves his solar powered naps, and I often think when I see him sleeping that he is leading a pretty nice dog’s life. Not bad for a little guy who was on death row down in San Bernadino before his mug shot got him a truck ride up to Canada.