A dog whose family home burned down in the California wildfires guarded the ruins for weeks while his owner was gone

  • A dog waited for weeks at the burned remains of his home for his owner to return after the devastating Camp Fire.
  • Andrea Gaylord was forced to flee the town of Paradise in the fire, but asked an animal rescuer to check on her dog, Madison.
  • The fire was the most deadly in the state’s history, leaving at least 85 people dead.
  • Gaylord and Madison reunited on Friday when she was allowed to check on her property, and she brought him his favourite treat.

A dog that survived the catastrophic Camp Fire in Northern California waited for weeks at the burned ruins of his family home until his owner returned.

Madison, a male Anatolian shepherd mix, waited at his family home for almost a month after his owner, Andrea Gaylord, was forced to flee the wildfire.

He was still there when she was allowed to come back and check on her burned property in the town of Paradise last week, the Associated Press (AP) reported. When exactly Gaylord evacuated her property is not clear.

Paradise was burned to the ground in the catastrophic fire in November, forcing tens of thousands of people to leave their homes. Camp Fire became the deadliest in the state’s history, with at least 85 people declared dead.


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Gaylord fled when the fire broke out, but she asked an animal rescuer to check on Madison, according to the AP.

Shayla Sullivan responded to the request and saw that he was waiting at the house. The dog appeared apprehensive and kept his distance.

Sullivan left the dog food and water and helped to locate Madison’s brother, Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd mix who was brought to a nearby shelter in the fire’s aftermath.

Gaylord returned to the property on Friday and she brought Madison his favourite treat: A box of Wheat Thins.

Gaylord told news station ABC10 that 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.

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