Was it resourcefulness in a time of trouble or looking to gain amid difficult circumstances?
As Gulf Coast residents in Texas emerged from safety the morning after to survey the damage from Hurricane Harley, a dog was spotted walking down the street carrying a large bag of dog food.
Tiele Dockens, of Sinton, Texas, snapped a picture of the dog — she later learned his name was Otis — and shared it on social media.
…along with the hashtag #refugee.
“It was after the storm this morning when I went to town to check damage on properties,” Dockens told Huffington Post. “Lots of people were out in their yards and streets cleaning up branches, trees and debris.”
— Tiele Dockens (@tieledockens) August 26, 2017
That the story emerged on National Dog Day was all the better, suggesting that there may be a grand design to all the madness after all!
Awwwe, Happy National Dog day, Otis ??❤️ #HurricaneHarvey
— Sara (@SarainLondon) August 27, 2017
For those worried about Otis, Dockens shared that the clever dog is not a stray, but managed to get out on his street.
It’s not clear where he found the food, but the good news is Otis made his way back home… and is now prepared to weather the storm’s aftermath.
Hurricane Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane just north of Corpus Christi, with winds of 130 miles per hour, resulting in serious flooding in some areas and two deaths, but Otis gave folks a reprieve from the bad news.
The question on social media was whether the dog was being resourceful or was simply out looting… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
That's a survivor! https://t.co/WeV7yjhYIQ
— Karen Czarowitz (@kczar61) August 27, 2017
He is all he is got… and his food. https://t.co/OPQPvBvCDY
— Narce (@NarcePena) August 27, 2017
Opportunist looter! https://t.co/rasW8wsg0z
— Rob McElwee (@WeathermacAJE) August 27, 2017
Very important to conserve resources. Share with your neighbors if you can, pupper! https://t.co/Iwa6aywWIX
— Trigger! (@TrigThePup) August 27, 2017
Again, the animal behaving better than humans. https://t.co/fBAEHn0kxZ
— San Diego Summer (@Summersday365) August 27, 2017
NOT a dumb animal never cease to amaze https://t.co/PTta0rNcPo
— Niffler8 (@louisea85880131) August 27, 2017
He tried to warn everyone about Harvey and they didn’t listen So he’s evacuating himself pic.twitter.com/FfTPWhSEJV
— Pastor Lowden (@PastorLowden) August 27, 2017
And we have a LOOTER!!!!
— Davon (@islandfella) August 27, 2017
Of course, it was #NationalDogDay2017
— Patricia Adams (@PauseListnCount) August 27, 2017
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