Dog that survived California wildfire guarded property for weeks

Sergio Conner
December 10, 2018

A dog's devotion to his home is making national headlines after his owner found him guarding the property weeks after the residence and the surrounding area was scorched to the ground by Northern California's Camp Fire. Sullivan had already located for Gaylord's other dog, Miguel, and returned him to her.

"Madison was waiting for them as if he were protecting his former home", the shelter wrote. Gaylord had to leave her home in Paradise, Calif., when the Camp Fire broke out last month, the AP explained.

Shayla Sullivan, an animal rescuer, left food and water for Madison during his wait.

After she was notified about Madison, an animal rescuer named Shayla Sullivan went to the scorched property to check on the dog, an Anatolian shepherd, several times before the pup's owners were able to return.

When the evacuation order was finally lifted, Gaylord returned this week and found Madison patiently waiting for her.

The Camp Fire burned more than 150,000 acres, destroyed almost 14,000 and killed 85 people, according to Cal Fire.

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"After meeting Andrea in person when I took Miguel to her, I had the idea of placing an article of clothing that would smell like her to keep Madison's hope alive until his people could return", Ms Sullivan wrote on Facebook.

Shayla Sullivan, a rescue worker who helped look after pets following the devastation wreaked by the flames, said that she spotted the dog a few times while working and brought the owner Madison's brother Miguel. "He didn't give up through the storms or the fire". But while Madison's whereabouts remained a mystery, Sullivan had a hunch he wasn't too far away. A LOOOOONG month it must have been for him!' 'I'm so happy I'm crying as I write this!

'Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we're part of them, ' Ms Gaylord said about her dogs.

"You could never ask for better animals", Gaylord told ABC 10.

"Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting", she told the news outlet. "It's a comforting feeling".

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