Dog Stories: Tim Tebow on Otis, His Comeback Dog

We know him for football and his faith, but long before he was famous on the field, Tebow showed true grit in saving his treasured pet.

by Tim Tebow from "Through My Eyes"

Dog Stories: Tim Tebow on Otis, His Comeback DogCourtesy Tim Tebow
For my birthday weekend the summer before my junior year in high school, I went with my brother Robby and my friend Kevin to Disney World. When we returned to our farm outside Jacksonville, something seemed different. My mom met us as we pulled up in front of the house.

“I haven’t seen Otis all weekend,” she said. She seemed pretty unsettled.

Otis (the “first greeter”) was always excited to see everyone on their arrival. Now Mom was telling us he’d been gone all weekend? It wasn’t completely out of the ordinary for him to take off for several hours but never several days, so we all headed out to find him.

I took off on foot, then decided that the car would be faster. I drove around the property, calling as loud as I could. I kept hoping Otis would come bounding and barking from behind a corner of somewhere.

I made another pass down the driveway, keeping my eyes on the underbrush. There it was—that golden head popping up in the brush. I slammed on the brakes, jumped out of the car, and ran toward him.

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  • Your Comments

    • polarisgold

      I’d love to know who did this!??

    • ArtBrecher

      My first and only reaction is anger!! What kind of a person beats an innocent dog with a baseball bat? I would have gone to any length…do anything…to find the animal that committed this crime. And then return the favor.

    • scabs handy(fiction)

      how did tebow feed him through a straw?Id guess this is a idiotic story to gain some fame for the idiot.Get real how many vets do you know that would do this to a do
      an animal.Goes for the journaist who was stupid enough to believe the story and print it.

    • Deborah Sweetpea

      We don’t put people down when they are hurt.