[embedded content] When Camp Fire raged and killed at least 85 people and shifted thousands more in northern California, Madison…
When Camp Fire raged and killed at least 85 people and shifted thousands more in northern California, Madison waited patiently.
The owner of the Anatolian Shepherd, Andrea Gaylord, could not get to his home in Paradise, California. , when the fire began to spread 8 November – meaning Madison was left. For several weeks, all Gaylords could ask for Madison’s safety, according to the K9 Paw Print Rescue in California.
Shayla Sullivan, a volunteer with the rescue organization, had already helped find Madison’s brother Miguel in another city. But Madison was even more difficult to find. Sullivan discovered Madison a few times in a canyon, which apparently guarded territory, and regularly threw food and water in the hope that the dog would appear, according to a Facebook post by Sullivan. She even added a clothing item that smelled like Gaylord near the home “to keep Madisons hope alive until his people could return,” wrote Sullivan.
When the evacuation order was lifted last week, Gaylord returned to the property ̵
1; which had been decimated by the fire – her prayers were answered: Madison was there and seems to protect the little that remained in the family’s home.
“I’m so lucky to report that Andrea was returning to his property today and MADISON WAS !!!! He had stayed to protect what was left in his home, never giving up on his people!” Sullivan wrote in her comment on her Facebook post, which was shared almost 12,000 times from Saturday afternoon.
“I’m so glad I cry when I write this! He did not give up through the storm or the fire! A LOOOOONG month must have been for him!” She added.
Soon after, Madison became reunited with Miguel for the first time since the fire broke out, ABC10 reported. An emotional Gaylord said in an interview with the network that she was overcome with joy to see Madison waiting for her. She also expressed how grateful she was for Sullivan.
“Imagine the loyalty to hang in through the worst circumstances and wait here,” Gaylord said to ABC10, adding: “You could never ask for better animals.”
Gaylord lost everything in the fire and is now homeless, according to an official from K9 Paw Print Rescue. Camp Fire burned an area that resembles Chicago, which destroys 14,000 homes and takes more than 17 days to contain.
But Gaylord has found some comfort to know that her dogs are safe.
“You are ] the best dog,” she said in the interview with ABC10, who fought through tears. “The best”.