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Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks

AP  |  San Francisco 

A dog that survived the catastrophic in apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.

was there waiting when was allowed back to check on her burned property in Paradise this week.

Gaylord fled when the November 8 fire broke out and decimated the town of 27,000. An animal rescuer who responded to Gaylord's request to check on first spotted the male Anatolian shepherd mix several days later.

said the outdoor dog was apprehensive and kept his distance. Sullivan and water for him regularly until Gaylord got back on Wednesday.

She also helped locate Madison's brother Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd mix that was taken to a shelter 85 miles (135 kilometers) away in the confusing aftermath of the

"If (the evacuees) 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," Sullivan said.

The dogs reunited Friday when Gaylord came back to the property with and brought his favorite treat: a box of Wheat Thin crackers.

Gaylord told station 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.

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First Published: Sun, December 09 2018. 05:20 IST