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.

  • Your Comments

    • J Gabutti

      I agree with Donna D. & DC…Why didn’t they take the dog back to the vet when he lived! and got the dog proper treatement with PAIN medication!  Also, why didn’t they look for the person or persons who did that to the dog?

    • Kperfect4

      Wow, love and patience sure go a long way.

    • Cknick

      Someone attacked your dog with a baseball bat!!??  Did you call the authorities?  What kind of vet sends a horribly injured dog home?

      This is one of the worst stories I’ve seen in your magazine.

    • Cknick

      Someone attacked your dog with a baseball bat!!??  Did you call the authorities?  What kind of vet sends a horribly injured dog home?

      This is one of the worst stories I’ve seen in your magazine.

    • 1216555377

      i an a chilnese ,it is goood .

    • Rocru17

      I think all these comments are closed mined. It was short article expressing a man and the love for his dog. They did not print all the details but I’m sure someone that cared so deeply for his dog did not take him home to suffer but perhaps give him a dignified death with love. There is no doubt in my mind that there was medical care and pain killers. He wouldn’t of survived otherwise. He did live until he was 13. Totally missed the point of the story. How sad that so many could only see evil in this story and not inspiration.

    • Dennie

      What kind of veterinarian would send a helpless, broken dog home to just die?  Whoever he is, he or she should have their license  to practice revoked.  I’m sure that the first law of veterinary medicine is the same as in human medicine, “First, do no harm”, and sending a dog home to die in agony fits the description of “doing great harm” to a T.

      • TheTimeVortex

        No veterinarian would do that without at least giving palliative care. Unfortunately, sometimes an illness or injury *is* just too great to be cured, so the only remaining option is to make sure the patient (be they human or animal, the doctor a physician or a veterinarian) is comfortable during their remaining time – particularly in the case of pets, who don’t understand what is going on, it is better that they be surrounded by family rather than left in a strange, stressful alien environment, undergoing the veterinary equivalent of being hooked up to life support. This latter situation is stressful as all hell for people and they KNOW they’re sick, are in a hospital receiving treatment, they might not survive, etc. An animal knows none of this.

        All that being said, as for Otis’ recovery, and the point of the story? The point here is: MIRACLES HAPPEN. They don’t happen everyday, because then they wouldn’t be miracles (although it might be nice), but sometimes, God, or Fate, or luck decides “You know what? It’s not time for this human (or animal, etc) to go yet.” and nudges the person/animal onto the road to recovery.

    • Hkollros

      I show hope they gave that poor dog something & did something for his broken bones & jaw. You can’t just send a broken animal home, leave in pain like that. That would be heartless! Poor baby!

    • Rhouse1938

      Wonder why the moderator didn’t print my post?

      • 1216555377

        yes it did!

      • LinaMarie518

        Stop judging.  My kitty, Count Fiendula, developed incurable kidney failure.  My vet and I went over options (and yes, a lot of money was spent before then… do you think that the money Tebow’s family spent was insignificant to even get Otis to that diagnosis and final caring stage?), and finally, I had to put the Count down, at home, giving him the lethal dose.  (He was so prone to epilepsy attacks by this point that there was no way to transport him to an animal hospital again.)  There were surgeries that could have prolonged Fiendie’s life for a few more months.. for what?  To be in pain?  Give it a rest and understand the underlying moral story — they knew something was wrong, they went looking and brought Otis home, they then tended to him and were there for his final moments.  Grow up. Sometimes that is all one can do.  And, understand that not all the information is divulged in spinnet news.

    • Donna D.

      I was so upset reading this story!  I do not find it a feel good story at all!  They wouldn’t spend the money to get the care and treatment the dog needed so they don’t even put the poor dog to sleep? They bring him home to suffer and wait for him to die?  Did they not think of bringing him back for medical treatment when they realized he was going to live?  Maybe then he would have been able to heal properly and run again!  I felt sick to my stomach reading this story!

      • DC

        Oh my gosh Donna I COMPLETELY agree with you. All I could think of was the pain that poor animal was in. Animals can’t tell us of their pain. How about at least pain killers??? Not a feel good story RD.

      • DC

        Oh my gosh Donna I COMPLETELY agree with you. All I could think of was the pain that poor animal was in. Animals can’t tell us of their pain. How about at least pain killers??? Not a feel good story RD.

        • Gemrtz56

           Perhaps Tim did request pain killers for Otis so he wouldn’t suffer so much. It’s not mentioned in the story but it may not have been necessary  Tim may also have wanted to illustrate the endurance of animals and how they can overcome extreme circumstances. I think it was Tim’s love for Otis that gave him the faith that ultimately healed his cherished pet. I could be wrong but it appears both Donna D. and DC viewed this story close-mindedly.

        • Gemrtz56

           Perhaps Tim did request pain killers for Otis so he wouldn’t suffer so much. It’s not mentioned in the story but it may not have been necessary  Tim may also have wanted to illustrate the endurance of animals and how they can overcome extreme circumstances. I think it was Tim’s love for Otis that gave him the faith that ultimately healed his cherished pet. I could be wrong but it appears both Donna D. and DC viewed this story close-mindedly.

      • Sunny

        I totally agree as well, I feel like crying after this – RD why the heck would you even consider printing this?

        • CATHY

          DID YOU EVER THINK THAT TIM WANTED TO HELP THE PUPPY OUT HIMSELF BECAUSE HE LOVED HIM SO MUCH. THERE ARE NOT MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO DO SO

      • britty

        your right it so sad.