Dog that survived California wildfire guarded property for weeks

Dog that survived California wildfire guarded property for weeks

A dog's devotion to his home is making national headlines after his owner found him guarding the property weeks after the residence and the surrounding area was scorched to the ground by Northern California's Camp Fire.

Madison was involuntarily left behind as the deadliest fire in state history swept through Butte County last month.

Shayla Sullivan, who has spent the past month rescuing pets in the wake of the fire, shared Madison's inspiring story in a comment on the K9 Paw Print Rescue post.

Andrea Gaylord was evacuated on November 8 but only allowed back to her property Wednesday, according to group K9 Paw Print Rescue.

The Gayford family couldn't even get to their Paradise home when the blaze first erupted, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday, so the dogs, Madison and his brother Miguel, were left to fend for themselves. Officials expect residents to be in shelters through the Christmas holiday, CBS News reports.

Madison stayed at, or near, the property, which was reduced to ashes.

The Camp Fire killed at least 85 people, burned through 153,336 acres and destroyed 18,804 homes and businesses. Sullivan wrote in the comment on her Facebook post, which was shared almost 12,000 times as of Saturday afternoon.

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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.

"These dogs are livestock guardian dogs, they do not do well in heat, they do not do well in small enclosures", she said.

"He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and NEVER gave up on his people!"

One of the animal rescuers gave food and water to Madison after the fire and storm that followed. "A LOOOOONG month it must have been for him!"

Sullivan told HuffPost that a different rescue worker managed to capture Miguel not long afterward and he was ultimately reunited with Gaylord and her husband.

"What a miracle. So happy for this family", another wrote.

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

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