Faithful dog guarded home for weeks after surviving California inferno

On November 8, 2018, a terrible wildfire, the Camp Fire, destroyed most of Paradise — a town of 26,218 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California.

The AP reports that an Anatolian shepherd dog named Madison who had survived the fire, guarded his home for nearly a month until his owner returned.

On November 8, Madison’s owner, Andrea Gaylord, had fled her home, leaving Madison behind. She asked animal rescue to check on the dog. Animal rescuer Shayla Sullivan responded to Gaylord’s request and spotted Madison some days later. The outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance, but Sullivan regularly left food and water for him.

Last Wednesday, December 5, Gaylord was allowed back on her burned property, to find Madison waiting.

He had been faithfully guarding the home all those weeks.

Gaylord told news station ABC10 she couldn’t ask for a better dog: “Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting.”

H/t CSM

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Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

What a great guard dog–he just stayed on task. I am glad that there was someone who fed and watered him.

Michael & LeeAnn Springer
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Looks more like a Great Pyrenees to me… a great breed!

Jac
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Jac

She leaves him behind , then expects someone else to watch out for him? She doesn’t deserve him….

Dabigragu
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Dabigragu

Jac, Mandatory evacuations have many, many extenuating circumstances.

Scars
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Scars

If she had to flee while away from her home, I would understand. But this lady — at least according to the article — fled from her home and left the dog behind. She clearly doesn’t deserve him. I can see leaving livestock or horses which can’t be loaded up quickly or easily, but a dog can easily be loaded into a vehicle. No excuses for this pos owner who obviously didn’t give this dog a second thought when they fled. I bet they took the time to load some “valuables” before they left, though. Plus, the fact that this… Read more »

DCG
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What a good doggie!

Charles Millo
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Charles Millo

Your pet should be a part of your family. You would not leave your child behind because of extenuating circumstances .

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MyBrainHurts
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MyBrainHurts

Like my vet told me, there is no acceptable excuse for leaving your animal behind when you evacuate. NONE. If you can get out then you can take them. I rescued a dog off the street after hurricane Katrina. She had been left behind. When I asked my vet if I should try to find her owner, he said, “Why? So they can leave her behind again in a future hurricane?” I took that as an emphatic NO. This dog became the love of my life. She actually saved my life…twice! Sadly, she passed away 2 years ago after we… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

This is a story worth reading.

Zigggy
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Zigggy

What a good boy.
I’m trying to reserve judgement (although it’s hard!), because I’ve never been in that situation.
I hope Madison gets all the cuddles and treats his deserving heart desires.

Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

No shit, Red Rider!

Leeann Springer
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Leeann Springer

That wonderful dog looks like a Great Pyrenees to me. Madison is a twin to my two Great Pyrs. They are very loyal, protective and the perfect breed for farm life. Our two dogs sleep in the daytime and patrol the farm at night. This story does not surprise me, because GP’s will not abandon their posts and do not take their duties lightly. Madison may be Anatolian, but she’s a mirror vision of my two dogs. The Anatolian breeds are exceptional dogs and very brave. Wouldn’t it be great if the human race was that loyal? Leeann