It’s not clear where Otis was heading when he escaped during Hurricane Harvey and hit the road.
But it is clear he didn’t leave unprepared.
Otis was photographed by a stranger while he was at large — with a giant bag of dog food in his mouth.
Otis, a German shepherd mix, got loose Friday night from a screened-in back porch in Sinton, Texas, where he had been left in the care of 65-year-old Salvador Segovia.
Segovia noticed the dog was gone Friday night when he went to check on him on the porch.
“I kept yelling his name and yelling his name and he wasn’t around,” Segovia told the Houston Chronicle.
When he checked the porch again Saturday morning, he noticed Otis’ bag of dog food was also missing.
A few people in Sinton — a town of about 6,000 — had seen Otis walking down the street with a bag of dog food in his mouth, including Tiele Dockens, who saw Otis, snapped a photo and posted it on Facebook.
The photo of Otis went viral, and Otis himself was tracked down Saturday and is back with Segovia — happily, all before his young master, Carter, returned home.
The dog has comforted the boy after several hospital visits, Segovia says, and is well-known around town. Wandering the streets is nothing new for him, though this is the first time he has brought his own food along.
Segovia said Otis is the “only dog allowed to lie down in front of the county court house,” and that he sometimes goes to Dairy Queen for a hamburger.
Maybe Otis was trying to get himself, and his dog food, back to his home. Maybe he sensed an emergency had been declared, and wanted to be prepared. Or maybe he just wanted to go for a walk, and knew the DQ was going to be closed Friday night.
We’ll never know, but it’s fun to speculate.
(Top photo by Tiele Dockens, from Facebook; photos of Carter and Otis courtesy of Salvador Segovia)