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The Full Story Behind The Hurricane Harvey Dog Photo That Everyone Is Talking About

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While many inspiring stories are going viral in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, none are as uplifting - or adorable - as Otis and his bag of dog food.

While many areas in southeast Texas are affected by ongoing floods and power outages, the worst damage from Harvey's strong winds was seen on Friday just as the massive storm made landfall. On Saturday, people (and animals) in the region were busy clearing debris and gathering emergency supplies.

Which might explain why Tiele Dockens spotted a droopy-faced German shepherd mix carrying a full bag of dog food down the quiet streets of Sinton, Texas. Dockens thought the sight was "cute," and snapped a photo which quickly went viral.

This dog is walking around Sinton TX carrying a entire bag of dog food with him. LOL #refugee PSA: Owner is found. He is not a stray he just got out on his street. Dogs name is Otis.

Posted by Tiele Dockens on Saturday, August 26, 2017

Worried animal lovers quickly asked if Tiele knew the dog's owner, and offered to help her track him down, but it turns out they had no reason to be concerned. Dockens followed Otis down the road, and the senior dog quickly led her back to his owner.

“This lady comes by and tells me, ‘Is that your dog coming down the road?’” Salvador Segovia told the Washington Post. “And I turn around, there comes Otis, and he’s carrying food!” While Segovia was glad to be reunited with his pet, Otis's reappearance brought him more questions than answers.

So how did this clever dog find his way home with the dog food?

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