While Texans were stocking up their cabinets in preparation for Hurricane Harvey, one clever pup had plans of his own. Meet Otis, the dog who also stocked up for the storm. A woman in Stinton, Texas spotted him living his best life, walking the streets with a full bag of dog food dangling from his mouth. (And on National Dog Day, no less!)
Unfortunately, the storm ended up being catastrophic. Hurricane Harvey already claimed five lives this weekend and wreaked havoc for residents of southeast Texas and Louisiana. Heavy rainfall led to flood warnings throughout much of the area. The National Weather Service urged people to refrain from leaving their homes to avoid powerful winds and water currents. It’s also expected to have an impact on gas prices nationally.
But that didn’t stop Otis from venturing outdoors. Tiele Dockens shared a photo of the pooch on Facebook, bringing a little bit of humor to an otherwise devastating day.
Within one day, the pic gained more than 7,000 likes, 26,000 shares, and 2,000 comments.
But don’t worry — Otis isn’t a stray. Dockens later updated the post to inform everyone that the German Shepherd has been reunited with his family. According to the Houston Chronicle, his owner is a 5-year-old named Carter who left the pup in the care of his grandfather after leaving the city to find safety from the flooding.
Today, Tiele shared a photo of herself visiting her neighbor Otis. Both look safe and in good spirits.
65-year-old Salvador Segovia, Otis’s caretaker during the storm, said the pup escaped from his screened-in back porch right as the hurricane started to hit. When Segovia went to check in on Otis, he noticed that his bag of dog food mysteriously missing. “I kept yelling his name and yelling his name and he wasn’t around,” Segovia told the Houston Chronicle.
Apparently, Otis is used to making food runs. In fact, he’s something of a local celebrity.
We’re glad to hear Otis is safe and are sending our well wishes to those in the storm’s path.