Elderly Northern California resident Andrea Gaylord was forced to abandon her golden retriever Madison during the evacuation when devastating fires approached her house.
Later, Andrea tried to return and retrieve her dog, but all the ways back were already blocked by fire.
However, when Andrea returned to her house a month later, she saw with tears of joy in her eyes that Madison was waiting for her in the ashes, seemingly completely unharmed.
“Madison’s owner prayed that he would be okay and was shocked to see her dog faithfully guarding the burnt remains of her home,” says Sheila Sullivan, a volunteer with K9 Paw Print Rescue, an animal rescue organization in the area.
Sheila Sullivan spotted Madison roaming the ashes several times when she made her way to the area of burned houses. But because of the rubble, she could not approach the dog and help him, as well as give him food and water.
Therefore, no one knows by what miracle Madison managed to live on the ashes for a month.
“When I saw that his owner came to him, I also cried with joy. I am so happy talking about it! This dog did not give up and resisted both the fire and the storm. He was there for a whole long month!”