The California wildfires were truly awesome in the literal sense of the word. They have changed the lives of countless people, destroyed more than 18,000 homes and structures, and were the deadliest wildfires in the history of California.
It’s hard to find much to feel great about amidst the tragedy, but this is definitely a shining spot.
VICE News reports:
Because of the speed and strength with which the Camp Fire ravaged Paradise back in November, Andrea Gaylord and her husband weren’t able to return home to grab anything before evacuating. That meant they were forced to leave behind their two dogs, Madison and Miguel. Since the massive Camp Fire destroyed more than 18,000 homes and structuresa and earned the bleak distinction of being the deadliest fire in California history, Gaylord likely felt pretty nervous about the fate of her puppers.
But somehow, because dogs are simultaneously the purest and also the most resilient animals on this doomed planet, all was well. First, Gaylord was reunited with Miguel, who had fled almost 100 miles to escape the flames, thanks to an animal rescue volunteer named Shayla Sullivan who tracked the doggo down.
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However, their other dog was still missing.
That is, until last week when the family was able to return to their property in Paradise, California.
“I’m so HAPPY to report that Andrea was allowed to return to her property today and THERE MADISON WAS!” Shayla Sullivan wrote on Facebook. “He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and NEVER gave up on his people! I’m so happy I’m crying as I write this! He didn’t give up through the storms or the fire! A LOOOOONG month it must have been for him! “
It’s not known how the doggo was able to survive the fire – which was hot enough to melt glass and aluminum in cars that were abandoned alongside the road.
What *is* known is that Madison is undoubtedly the best boy.
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