A month after the campfire, the homeowner who returned to see what was left of her property was shocked and overjoyed to see her dog survive the fire.
When Andrea Gaylord returned to her home in Paradise, California, she said her beloved dog Madison was waiting patiently for her to return home.
“You could never ask for a better animal,” Gaylord said. “You really couldn’t.”
Gaylord had a feeling Madison had survived the fire so she contacted Shayla Sullivan, an animal rescue volunteer, who checked their property.
Sullivan originally was looking for and taking care of Gaylord’s other dog named Miguel. Madison and Miguel are brothers. Sullivan said she kept checking on Gaylord’s property and left food and water for Madison, an Anatolian shepherd mix.
When the evacuation orders were revoked, Gaylord went home to make sure of the damage. When she stopped at the estate, Madison was there.
“Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” Gaylord said. “It was so emotional.”
The Camp Fire wildfire killed 84 people, destroying Paradise, a northern California town of 150,000 residents.
Originally appeared on: usatoday.com