“Imagine the loyalty of hanging in through the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” Gaylord told KXTV. “It was so emotional.”


The Camp Fire that started in early November destroyed Paradise, the community of 27,000 of which little is left. Nearly 14,000 residences and more than 4,000 other structures were lost in the fire, which burned roughly 153,000 acres. At least 85 people were killed, making it the deadliest in the state’s history. Yet seemingly through it all, Madison remained.

“He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and NEVER gave up on his people!” Sullivan wrote on Facebook. “He didn’t give up through the storms or the fire!”


Madison has since been reunited with his brother Miguel as well.

“You are the best dog,” Gaylord said of Madison through tears. “The best.”

[Facebook, KXTV]

Clarification: Added that Sullivan provided food and water for Madison until Gaylord could return to the property.