After the Deadly ‘Camp Fire,’ Dog Patiently Waited for Owner’s Return

When the Camp Fire raged in Northern California, Andrea Gaylord could not get back to her home in Paradise, California in time to rescue her dog, Madison.

The Anatolian Shepherd mix was left behind and Gaylord prayed and prayed for weeks that he would survive.

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

Posted by K9 Paw Print Rescue on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

California-based rescue organization K9 Paw Print Rescue spotted Madison a few times wandering about the canyons around the property and would leave fresh water and food in hopes that he might stick around long enough to be rescued. One volunteer even places a clothing item that smelled like Gaylord near the home to keep the dog’s hope alive until his people could return to him.

When the evacuation order was finally lifted Gaylord returned to her decimated property to find that her prayers had been answered. Madison was there and appeared to be protecting what was left of the family home.

“I’m so happy I’m crying as I write this! He didn’t give up through the storms or the fire! A LOOOOONG month it must have been for him!” she wrote on her Facebook page.

“Imagine the loyalty of hanging in through the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” Gaylord told ABC10, adding, “You could never ask for better animals.”

Even though her home was destroyed in the in the fire, leaving her homeless, she has been able to find some happiness again now knowing that her dogs are safe.

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