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Clever Dog Decides To Stock Up On Food After Hurricane

β€œOtis is a smart dog. He knows where to go pick up a treat.”

There has been no shortage of photos depicting the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas over the weekend, but it's those images of hope and perseverance in the wake of that natural disaster which have resonated the loudest.

Tiele Dockens was driving near her home in the town of Sinton on Saturday morning when she happened upon a curious scene. There, traveling alone on a rain-drenched street, was a dog carrying a large bag of pet food in his mouth β€” supplies, it seems, the determined animal had acquired to ride out the storm.

Dockens shared a photo of the dog on Facebook where it quickly went viral, receiving thousands of likes and shares.

Dockens worried that the dog might be lost or in need of help, so she decided to follow him β€” but, it turns out, he actually knew just what he was doing. Eventually, he led her back to the home of Salvador Segovia, whose grandson had entrusted him with his dog while he and his parents left town to avoid the storm.

Segovia said the dog, named Otis, had escaped from home the evening prior, though it is clear now why. Apparently, this isn't the first time Otis has made a food run.

“Otis is a smart dog. He knows where to go pick up a treat,” Segovia told the Washington Post, adding the dog sometimes visits a local store where the owner gives him food. Only this time, Otis must have found the store unmanned due to the storm, somehow got inside and simply helped himself — at least, that's Segovia's theory:

"I’m thinking he picked up that dog food and he knew where it was. Nobody was there to feed him, and he picks up the dog food.”

Whatever the case may be, it's clear that Otis wasn't about to let the foul weather slow him down. And that perseverance has endeared him to a community faced with many ongoing challenges caused by Hurricane Harvey.

"Otis is just the cutest and sweetest dog," Dockens told The Dodo. "I feel like his story speaks to so many people because it is uplifting and inspirational. A story about survival."

To help other animals impacted by flooding caused by the recent hurricane in Texas, considered making a donation to Harvey Disaster Animal Fund on GoFundme.com.