In the aftermath of the California fire that ravaged the town of Paradise, one dog stayed behind to protect its home and miraculously survived.
Madison, the Anatolian shepherd mix, waited several weeks until his owner, Andrea Gaylord, was allowed to return.
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On November 8, Gaylord was forced to evacuate when the Camp Fire began its destructive path in the small town with a population of 27,000, located 85 miles north of Sacramento.
She was not at home when the evacuation order was given and was forced to leave her furry companion behind.
@CoolMark72 @PCNHErynDion She wasn’t home when fire started and couldn’t get in to get the dog.— ✭Julie ✭✭✭ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@✭Julie ✭✭✭ ⭐️⭐️⭐️)1544329962.0
Distraught over the unknown status of Madison, she contacted an animal rescuer, Shayla Sullivan, to keep an eye on the beloved dog.
Sullivan first found Madison's brother Miguel, who was safe at a shelter and then later found Madison keeping a close watch on what little remained of the home. Sullivan nourished the abandoned dog with food and water until Gaylord was allowed back on the property this week.
"If (the evacuees) can't be there I'm going to be and I'm not going to give up on their animal until they can get back in," Sullivan said, according to Telegraph.
REUNITED: Madison's family couldn't find him when they had to evacuate from the Camp Fire flames. Weeks later, he w… https://t.co/88GvUAkVix— Eyewitness News (@Eyewitness News)1544296036.0
Gaylord recalled the moment she arrived and found Madison waiting patiently for her return.
"You are the best dog," she said through tears. "The best."
@MegGardiner1 Madison: You found your way home. You are the best human. The best.— Hypocrisy is an Underrated Survival Skill (@Hypocrisy is an Underrated Survival Skill)1544331282.0
Animal lovers were moved by the story with a happy ending. Cue tears of joy.
IM CRYING https://t.co/NikNlCHp6Z— Eryn Dion (@Eryn Dion)1544313729.0
Out of the ashes - Madison. Love this happy ending. 🧡🐕 https://t.co/zLvqLATFau— Cindy Mac (@Cindy Mac)1544315502.0
@CKMMacE It’s truly the best, most touching story! ✨✨ 🐕 💚— Elizabeth Younger📽🧜🏼♀️ (@Elizabeth Younger📽🧜🏼♀️)1544340867.0
@washingtonpost This makes my heart swell out of my throat. I ache for both of them in the losing and the finding.… https://t.co/ZJeQ1nCbkp— Patti Harada (@Patti Harada)1544313688.0
@MesMitch This made me weep - above & beyond "obeying commands", dogs demonstrate an innate sense of duty, caring,… https://t.co/wRwi6fkX1A— Bela (@Bela)1544337089.0
“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 mus… https://t.co/OyuFbAwKYu— James Mitchell Ⓥ (@James Mitchell Ⓥ)1544319723.0
Through it all, Gaylord never lost hope.
"Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks," Gaylord told ABC10.
"We're a part of them. It's a comforting feeling."