Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Dog found waiting for owners where house once stood after California wildfires

Dog found waiting for owners where house once stood after California wildfires

After all, some type of animal was eating the food and water she was regularly leaving out. "They hoped and prayed he would be OK".

She added: "I'm so happy I'm crying as I write this!"

When the evacuation order was lifted last week and Gaylord went back to the property - which had been decimated by the fire - her prayers were answered: Madison was there, seemingly protecting what little remained of his family's home. Sullivan wrote in the comment on her Facebook post, which was shared almost 12,000 times as of Saturday afternoon.

When the devastating Camp Fire broke out in Northern California last month, it spread so fast that in many instances people who were away from home didn't have time to get back and save their possessions and often, tragically, their pets.

"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.

She put out fresh food and water at the property and scouted social media to see if he would turn up somewhere. The Camp Fire ravaged an area the size of Chicago, destroying 14,000 residences and taking more than 17 days to contain.

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Shayla Sullivan, who said she volunteered in the fire zone, explained how she orchestrated the reunion in the comments of the Facebook post. "We BOTH cried from the joy of her seeing him", Sullivan said on Facebook. After feeding him for nearly a month, but NOT knowing he was for sure still there, seeing him was surreal.

At least 85 people were killed and 11 are still missing one month on.

Ms Gaylord told ABC 10 she was thrilled to be reunited with Madison.

'Miguel took Guard over the lower part of the property and Madison took the top. Madison got his brother back and his owners were able to give them both a big hug.

Unfortunately, none of the livestock animals the dogs were guarding survived the fire. It's a true testament to the instincts these dogs have. Andrea's spirit is uplifting and she hopes to rebuild a new home for the boys to watch over. But Madison was even more hard to find. Keep feeding, just in case, and keep the hope alive!'

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