Woman Spots Dog Carrying Mysterious Bag During Hurricane
Noelle Talmon 9/5/2017
Sometimes the one thing that gives you hope during a difficult time is man's best friend. Texas residents have been struggling for days ever since Hurricane Harvey devastated communities on the coast as well as inland areas such as Houston. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and are living in shelters until they can return home and rebuild their lives.
In the midst of such turmoil, people often turn to their furry companions for comfort. They offer unconditional love and affection during troubling times. They also bring smiles to our faces when they mimic human behavior, like a German Shepherd mix named Otis did after the storm.
When the hurricane came into the town of Sinton on Friday evening, Otis' owner, 5-year-old Carter, was evacuated with his family. But Otis wasn't left home alone. Carter's grandfather, Salvador Segovia, 65, stayed behind to watch the home and the dog. He secured Otis in a screened-in porch behind his house; however, the dog escaped when the storm was at its worst.
Salvador was devastated. He had no idea where the dog went or if he survived the hurricane. He did the only thing he could - he searched the neighborhood to find his grandson's best friend. Salvador told Fox News:
"I kept yelling his name and yelling his name and he wasn't around."
Salvador was afraid his grandson would never see his dog again.
Fortunately, one of Salvador's neighbors, Tiele Dockens, had spotted the dog in the storm's aftermath. Not only did Tiele see Otis on the street, she also noticed he was carrying something. That's when it clicked and she knew what was in Otis' mouth. She was compelled to take a photo of it and share it with others.
She posted the pic on Facebook, writing:
"This dog is walking around Sinton TX carrying a entire bag of dog food with him. LOL #refugee. PSA: Owner is found. He is not a stray he just got out on his street. Dogs name is Otis."
Otis hadn't run away from his family, he was simply stocking up on some snacks until they got back home. Tiele, who also posted a selfie with Otis, told NBC News:
"I don't know know where he got it from, but it was so funny."
Some have called Otis a symbol of strength for surviving the hurricane and carrying on - something everyone must do when the flood waters recede and they can return to their homes. The canine has also been credited with taking the bag home so he could feed his family. And while we're sure dog food wouldn't be their first choice, it's the thought that counts!