Dog Found Guarding Home 1 Month After Wildfire Burned It Down, Owner Speaks Out

December 11, 2018 Updated: December 11, 2018

A California woman has spoken out after reuniting with her dog one month after the devastating Camp Fire destroyed her home. The dog, Madison, was found guarding her fire-ravaged property and was apparently waiting for her to come back.

Andrea Gaylord told ABC10: “You could never ask for a better animal. You really couldn’t.”

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

Madison’s parents were unable to get home to him when the Camp Fire spread. They hoped and prayed he would be OK. When…

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Gaylord was not able to get home to rescue her dog, an Anatolian shepherd mix, who was photographed in viral images patiently sitting on the charred property in Northern California. Due to the strict evacuation orders, the woman was not able to return home.

The deadly Camp Fire destroyed 13,972 residences and killed 85 people, Cal Fire said.

Local animal rescue volunteer Shayla Sullivan eventually found Miguel, her other dog, in Citrus Heights, about 85 miles away from Paradise, where her home was located, ABC10 reported.

According to the HuffPost, Madison’s whereabouts remained a mystery. Gaylord believed the animal was still alive.

Since then, the dog’s owner released a video showing the moment Madison and its brother reunited for the first time.

Here’s a sweet video for you! Madison, the dog who waited for his owners at their burned home, was reunited with his brother Miguel today! ❤️❤️❤️ #CampFire #Paradise

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“The third day I went in there, I didn’t know if my mind was playing tricks on me, but I felt like I saw a flash of white movement down in the canyon,” Sullivan said when she approached Gaylord’s property.

When Gaylord drove up to the property, it took “about five or 10 minutes” for Madison to come and greet its owner. “When Andrea showed up, he smelled her,” Sullivan said.

Miguel, the other dog, meanwhile, had been “so upset and so depressed” being without his brother, she said. “It was surreal to see them go back into, like, ‘We’re a team now, everything is OK, we got our people, we can go back to work,’” she said.

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Gaylord said the dogs are staying on the property, as her family is making regular trips to make sure the animals get the proper care. Sullivan said the animals are working dogs and need a lot of space. Gaylord is temporarily in a mobile home park, HuffPost reported.

“Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we’re part of them,” Gaylord added of the guard dogs. “It’s a comforting feeling.”

“These dogs are livestock guardian dogs, they do not do well in heat, they do not do well in small enclosures,” she said. “They protect their property.”

“Shayla has been so helpful, you know, taking care of the dogs,” Gaylord added ABC10. “I have 141 phone calls on my cell phone from this gal, helping us find our dogs.”

Marlene Johnson, the founder the Facebook group Livestock Guardian Dogs, told HuffPost: “Anatolian shepherd dogs are from Turkey and have been bred for thousands of years to protect and guard livestock, their property, and their humans,” Johnson said.

“Livestock guardian dogs like Anatolian shepherds are working dogs that are appreciated for their loyalty, their intelligence, and their independent nature and Madison is a perfect example of a livestock guardian dog. He braved a natural disaster and went right back to where he belonged and stayed there until his owners and working buddy returned,” she added.