After surviving the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California, a dog apparently protected his devastated home for nearly a month until his owner returned.
Madison was patiently waiting when her owner, Andrea Gaylord, was allowed back to check on her damaged property in Paradise last week.
Ms Gaylord fled when the November 8 Camp Fire broke out and destroyed the small town of 27,000.
The elderly woman was worried about her loyal dog and asked authorities to check on the male Anatolian shepherd mix where an animal rescuer spotted Madison guarding the home.
Shayla Sullivan said the outdoor guard dog kept his distance and seemed very apprehensive.
Ms Sullivan left food and water for him regularly until the owner and Madison could be reunited.
She also helped locate Madison’s brother Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd mix that was taken to a shelter 135 kilometres away in the confusing aftermath of the wildfire.
“If 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,” Ms Sullivan said.
The dogs reunited on Friday when Ms Gaylord came back to the property with Miguel and brought Madison his favorite treat: a box of Wheat Thin crackers.
Ms Gaylord told American news station ABC10 she could not ask for a better animal.
“Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” she said.
“It’s a comforting feeling.”