Dog joins Hurricane Harvey survival efforts with bag of dog food in viral photo

August 28, 2017 1:17 pm Last Updated: August 28, 2017 1:17 pm


Otis is one smart and resourceful pooch.

After the wrath of Hurricane Harvey passed through Sinton, Texas this weekend, residents began the heart-wrenching reality of cleaning up and beginning their post-Harvey existence. Otis, a dog belonging to Salvador Segovia’s 5-year-old grandson, was certainly doing his part.

EVERYONE was cleaning up and preparing for more rain.

(Washington Post/Salvador Segovia)

Tiele Dockens, who lives near Corpus Christi, Texas, first noticed Otis as he was sauntering down a residential street with a large bag of dog food in his mouth. Yes, Otis apparently realized the severity of the situation as well. Provisions for animals would not be forgotten as long as he was around.

“It was after the storm this morning when I went to town to check damage on properties,” explained Dockens to HuffPost. “Lots of people were out in their yards and streets cleaning up branches, trees and debris.”

Otis the dog also gathered “supplies.”

(Facebook/Tiele Dockens)

The moment struck Dockens as being pretty darn funny in the face of tragedy, so she snapped a picture and posted it on her Facebook timeline with the hashtag #refugee. It went viral immediately, obviously resonating with many others as well. The picture (shown above), offered a bit of lighthearted Texas humor.

Otis, the German shepherd mix, may have been generously thinking of his dog friends, or maybe not. Many of the comments on her post were equally, if not more, funny than the picture itself. One individual couldn’t help but attribute Otis’ ingenuity to being a Texan. “Must be a Texas dog cause he can survive without help,” he wrote. Another responder wrote, “Otis totally wins the internet today!!!”

Harvey spooked Otis.

(Google Maps)

65-year-old Segovia shared the story of how Otis ended up with the bag of food with The Washington Post. Right before the storm hit, Otis was placed in the house’s enclosed porch with water and food. But he apparently was spooked by the storm and ran right through the screen door.

“I stuck my head out yelling and yelling, and no Otis,” Segovia told The Washington Post. “The following morning, I got out and kept yelling, circled the block and everything, and nothing. We didn’t know where Otis was.”

Later, Docken’s found out that Otis and the bag of food had arrived safely at his home. However, some were questioning if the bag of food actually belonged to Otis or not! Hero or looter? We’re going to assume the best given the circumstances.

You can help.

(Photo Courtesy of SPCA)

Many of the area rescue shelters have provided sanctuary for pets who were either lost or displaced because of the storm. If you’d like to help any of these animals in the Gulf Coast area, contact the SPCA of TexasAustin Pets Alive!Dallas Animal Services, or the San Antonio Humane Society.


Source: Resourceful Dog Walks Away With Bag Of Dog Food After Hurricane Harvey from HuffPost and A photo of a dog carrying a bag of food after a storm hit Texas went viral. Here’s his story from The Washington Post.