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Loyal dog stayed at burned-down California home for a month waiting for owners to return after wildfires

A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.

Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord was allowed back to check on her burned property in Paradise this week.

Gaylord fled when the November 8 fire broke out and decimated the town of 27,000. An animal rescuer who responded to Gaylord's request to check on Madison first spotted the male Anatolian shepherd several days later.

Madison patiently waited nearly a month waited for his owners to come home.
Madison patiently waited nearly a month waited for his owners to come home. Source: K9 Paw Print Rescue / Facebook

Shayla Sullivan said the outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance. Sullivan left food and water for him regularly until Gaylord got back on Wednesday. She also helped locate Madison's brother Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd that was taken to a shelter 135 kilometres away in the confusing aftermath of the wildfire.

The dogs reunited Friday when Gaylord came back to the property with Miguel and brought Madison his favorite treat: a box of Wheat Thin crackers.

Madison, the Anatolian shepherd dog that apparently guarded his burned home for nearly a month getting reunited with his owner, Andrea Gaylord. Source: Associated Press

Gaylord told news station ABC10 she couldn't ask for a better animal.

"Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting," she said.

"Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we're part of them," Gaylord said about her dogs. "It's a comforting feeling."

Madison refused to leave his owner's home despite it being reduced to ash and rubble.
Madison refused to leave his owner's home despite it being reduced to ash and rubble. Source: K9 Paw Print Rescue / Facebook


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