A month after the Camp Fire, a homeowner who returned to see what’s left of her property was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ and overjoyed to see her dog sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ the wildfire.
When Andrea Gaylord arrived back at her home in Paradise, California, she said her beloved dog, Madison, was waiting patiently for her to return home.
Last month, when the fires began to pick up speed and strength, Gaylord was unable to get home to ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ Madison and his doggy brother Miguel, according to K9 Paw Print Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ. With strict evacuation orders in place for weeks, Gaylord was not permitted to return to her community or go searching for her pets.
Despite the odds being stacked against them — the ᴅᴇᴀᴅʟʏ wildfires destroyed 13,972 residences and ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ 85 people, Gaylord believed that her dogs had sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇᴅ.
A glimmer of hope came when Miguel was found by animal ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ workers in the nearby town of Citrus Heights and returned to Gaylord by Shayla Sullivan, a volunteer with K9 Paw Print Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ.
Gaylord was then allowed to return to her property for the first time on Dec. 6 and saw an astonishing sight as she pulled up. There was Madison, sitting next to the rubble of her burned-out home, waiting for her return.
“It was like there is a higher power,” Gaylord said. “It was like a sigh of relief. It was affirmation that these dogs are sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴏʀs.”
The Anatolian shepherd mix was able to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ thanks to the help of Sullivan, who had glimpsed Madison briefly in a nearby canyon and had left food and water out for him.
“Well, I’m so happy to report that Gaylord was allowed to return to her property today and there Madison was,” Sullivan wrote in the comments section of the post. “He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and never gave up on his people! I’m so happy I’m crying as I write this! He didn’t give up through the storms or the fire! A long month it must have been for him!”