Salvador Segovia was watching his 5-year-old grandson’s dog, Otis, while Hurricane Harvey was approaching the coast of Texas.
His grandson left the Sinton area with his parents to get away from the incoming storm. As the hurricane grew close, Salvador Segovia brought Otis into the screened-in porch behind the house. He left the dog with food and water.
The intensity of the storm in the Sinton area (near Corpus Christi) must have frightened Otis, causing him to break through the screen door and ran away Friday night.
“I stuck my head out yelling and yelling, and no Otis,” Segovia said. “The following morning, I got out and kept yelling, circled the block and everything, and nothing. We didn’t know where Otis was.”
Then Tiele Dockens, who lives only a few miles from Segovia, noticed something on Saturday morning…
While checking on the homes of friends and family that had been evacuated, Dockens saw a dog trotting down the street with a large bag of dog food in his mouth.
“It’s like he’s on a mission,” said Dockens. “I just thought it was so cute.”
Dockens took a photo of the dog and posted it on Facebook. Very quickly the image went viral!
Dockens recognized the dog from somewhere, which was no surprise in a town of 5,000 people. To make sure the dog was not lost or abandoned, she followed him…
And ended up outside of Segovia’s home.
“This lady comes by and tells me, ‘Is that your dog coming down the road?’ ” Segovia said. “And I turn around, there comes Otis, and he’s carrying food!”
Otis, with his cute snout and drooping ears, came towards the front porch and plopped down on the floor.
Even before his dog food carrying going viral, Otis was well known in the community.
“He’s got a real sad-looking face and people just admire him whenever they see him,” Segovia said.
As a result, Otis was given food nearly everywhere he went! From the grocery store to the antique shop.
Since Otis knows his way around the town, he occasionally goes for strolls on his own. One of his favorite stops is at Dairy Queen, where he is usually given some ice cream or burger. Another popular choice for Otis is the lumber and building supply store (that sells dog food of course). He knows the owner will always give him a little something to eat.
“Otis is a smart dog,” Segovia said. “He knows where to go pick up a treat.”
Segovia figures there was a good chance Otis took a trip to the lumber store, and when no one was there to feed him, he took a bag of Ol’ Roy dog food to go.
The Segovia family has had Otis for around 6 years. As a puppy, someone came by in a car and asked if they were interested in keeping the dog or if he should just leave the dog somewhere.
“I said, ‘No, no, no, leave him here, we’ll keep him,’ ” Segovia said. “He left the dog here, and it became my grandson’s dog.”
Never change Otis! Your personality is loved by many.
Source: Washington Post