Dog waited weeks for owners at home burned in Camp fire

In this Friday Dec. 7 2018 image Madison greets his owner Andrea Gaylord.                        Shayla Sullivan  AP

In this Friday Dec. 7 2018 image Madison greets his owner Andrea Gaylord. Shayla Sullivan AP

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. He didn't give up through the storms or the fire!

"These dogs are livestock guardian dogs, they do not do well in heat, they do not do well in small enclosures", she said. She had seen him in the area, but expected he wouldn't be captured easily because he was busy guarding his home until his family came back.

More than 50,000 people in the town of Paradise and two neighboring communities were forced to flee as the Camp Fire torched 240 square miles after igniting on November 8.

The Camp Fire killed 85 people and destroyed 18,804 structures, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.

7, 2018 photo provided Shayla Sullivan shows Madison, an Anatolian shepherd dog that apparently guarded his burned home for almost a month until his owner returned in Paradise, Calif. Sullivan, an animal rescuer, left food and water for Madison during his wait. "A LOOOOONG month it must have been for him!"

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"I had the idea of placing an article of clothing that would smell like her", Sullivan wrote on Facebook. "He followed the truck, so he must have sensed Miguel was aboard", she wrote. He was wagging his tail as if to tell me: "I know you from around here, I think you're pretty ok"'.

When the evacuation order was lifted last week and Gaylord went back to the property - which had been decimated by the fire - her prayers were answered: Madison was there, seemingly protecting what little remained of his family's home.

As it turned out, Sullivan was right ― but it took a familiar person coming home to convince Madison it was safe to show his face.

'We looked around and still are amazed that both dogs survived. The dogs, however, are now staying on the property, with Gaylord's family making regular trips to make sure they're cared for. It's a true testament to the instincts these dogs have. Andrea's spirit is uplifting and she hopes to rebuild a new home for the boys to watch over. But Madison was even more hard to find. Keep feeding, just in case, and keep the hope alive!'

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