PARADISE, California (Meredith/AP) -- After being forced to evacuate from the deadly Camp Fire, a family returned home to find their dog waiting for them, watching over their now-burned property.
According to a Facebook post from K9 Pawprint Rescue, Madison's owners were unable to get home to him when they had to evacuate last month.
Miraculously, Madison survived. When the family finally got clearance to return to the lot where their home stood, Madison was waiting there for Andrea Gaylord.
It's estimated that Madison waited weeks for his family to return.
Gaylord fled when the Nov. 8 fire broke out and decimated the town of 27,000. An animal rescuer who responded to Gaylord's request to check on Madison first spotted the male Anatolian shepherd several days later.
Shayla Sullivan said the outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance. Sullivan left food and water for him regularly until Gaylord got back on Wednesday. She also helped locate Madison's brother Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd that was taken to a shelter 85 miles (135 kilometers) away in the confusing aftermath of the wildfire.
The dogs reunited Friday when Gaylord came back to the property with Miguel and brought Madison his favorite treat: a box of Wheat Thin crackers.
Gaylord told news station ABC10 she couldn't ask for a better animal.
"Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting," she said.
"Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we're part of them," Gaylord said about her dogs. "It's a comforting feeling."