The loyal pooch has been standing guard through fire and rain, waiting patiently for his family to return.
After losing her home and possessions in California’s fatal wildfire in November 2018, Andrea Gaylord, had a lovely surprise waiting for her. The resident of Paradise town was happy beyond words when she found her loyal dog Madison waiting for his owner to return.
Gaylord was just one of the thousands of people evacuated when the deadly fire broke out. According to K9 Paw Print Rescue, she was unable to come home and get the family dogs Madison and Miguel.
Strict evacuation orders meant that she couldn’t return to her community or go searching for her beloved pets.
The massive fire has been reported to be the deadliest and most destructive in california’s history, claiming the lives of 85 people and leaving thousands homeless.
Gaylord who had a feeling her precious dogs has survived the wildfire, didn’t lose hope and contacted Shayla Sullivan, an independent animal rescue volunteer.
Miguel was quickly found in Citrus Heights, a city 86 miles south of Paradise. Madison on the other hard, proved difficult to track. Shayla knew Madison “took his job seriously and wasn’t going to be an easy catch.
While reuniting Miguel with his family, searches for Madison continued. Sullivan tried luring him with fresh food and water near the burnt down Gaylord’s property, as she thought she’d caught a glimpse of him in the area.
Shayla had even strategically placed a pile of clothes smelling of his owner, in the hopes he would come to the familiar scent.
Nearly a month had passed, and the evacuation order was lifted. The Gaylords were able to finally return to their former home.
Upon returning, the Gaylords were met with an apocalyptic view of black trees and charred land. Among the rubble and debris Maddison, an Anatolian shepherd mix, was laying patiently, guarding what was left of his home.
“Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” Gaylord told ABC10. “It was so emotional.”
“You could never ask for a better animal,” Gaylord said. “You really couldn’t.”
As soon as the Gaylords arrived at the scene, Maddison came running to unite with his loving family. The loyal canine had endured a month of fire and smoke to stay and guard the land and livestock, which tragically were all killed in the blaze.
Truly “reunion of a lifetime!”
“WELL, I’m so HAPPY to report that Andrea was allowed to return to her property today and THERE MADISON WAS!!!! He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and NEVER gave up on his people!”
Sullivan states in a facebook comment that had gone viral.
She also added “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!”
The response on social media was immense with 24k likes and 15k shares, praising Madison for his unparalleled loyalty and Commending Shayla’s efforts to bring the dogs back.
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