Resourceful Dog Carries His Own Bag of Food Along Streets After Hurricane Harvey

Credit: TIELE DOCKENS

The morning after Hurricane Harvey tore into Texas, Gulf Coast residents were already trying to prepare for life after the destructive storm ― including Otis, the dog.

Tiele Dockens was checking out the damage for friends and family in Sinton, north of Corpus Christi, when she saw Otis on the street carrying a large bag of dog food.

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

To Dockens, the golden retriever mix, who she only later learned was named Otis, was in survival mode just like everybody else. She shared his image with the hashtag #refugee.

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Dockens’ photo quickly went viral, with many saying the dog’s resourcefulness was a Texan trait.

“Must be a Texas dog cause he can survive without help,” one commenter wrote.

Dockens spoke with Otis’ owner later that day and learned that the dog made it home safely with the bag of food, although it is unclear where that bag came from. The owner did not respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post, Carla Herreria