Dog Carrying Bag Of Food Day After Hurricane Harvey Struck Has Gone Viral
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This adorable dog, carry a bag of food during the horrific floods in Texas, has become an unlikely symbol of the state's strength and hope.
Little Otis, a German shepherd cross from Stinton, got loose and ran away during the hurricane on Friday night.
Otis was being looked after by Salvador Segovia, 65, because his owner, Salvador's five-year-old grandson, Carter, had to leave the city due to the heavy flooding.
Texas has been absolutely battered by Hurricane Harvey in the past few days, with floods causing mass devastation throughout the state and causing thousands of people to flee the city, leaving behind their belongings. Homes have been destroyed and thousands of people have lost everything.
On Friday night, Salvador spotted that Otis had gone, as well as a bag of food, and began searching for the dog.
Unbeknownst to Salvador, though, Otis was going viral after a local resident spotted him out being a strong, independent doggo who didn't need no man.
As Salvador drove around the streets of Stinton calling for the dog, Otis' photo was racking up the likes on Facebook. The image has been shared over 34,000 times and has had 16,000 likes.
People couldn't get enough of the dogs courageous attitude with one person posting: "Must be a Texas dog cause he can survive without help." Others complimented Otis on being well prepared.
Eventually, a neighbour was able to reunite the dog with Salvador.
Tiele Dockens, who took the picture, updated the post when Otis was reunited with his owner. And little Carter is reported to be over the moon to be back with his dog, who helps comfort the little boy after frequent trips to the hospital due to his asthma.
But Otis will likely take all this recent attention in his stride - according to the Chron, he's already a local celebrity.
Salvador told the paper: "Otis can go to Dairy Queen and he can get a hamburger. He's the only dog allowed to lie down in front of the county court house.
"He's not a stray. He's a good dog." I could not agree more.
Shane, Salvador's son, later took to Facebook to add: "First things first people, Otis wasn't in need of help! Second of all, I promise he wasn't looting!
"Lol... He was just out on a stroll through town AFTER the storm and doing what a survivor would do! Salvador Segovia, you taught him right!"