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A month after the Camp Fire, a homeowner who returned to see what’s left of her property was shocked and overjoyed to see her dog survived the wildfire. When Andrea Gaylord arrived back at 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 survived the fire so she connected with Shayla Sullivan, an animal rescue volunteer, who checked on 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 lifted, Gaylord went home to see the damage for herself. When she pulled up to the property, there was Madison.
“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.