Owner Reunited With Dog After Camp Fire

When Andrea Gaylord finally returned to her home in Paradise, she didn't expect to find the dogs that she was forced to leave behind the morning of the Camp Fire.

Posted: Dec 11, 2018 2:53 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2018 2:53 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - When Andrea Gaylord finally returned to her home in Paradise, she didn't expect to find the dogs that she was forced to leave behind the morning of the Camp Fire.

When the flames approached her home on Nov. 8, she couldn't find her two dogs, who mainly lived outside, and was forced to leave them behind to escape the flames. 

"It was the worst feeling in the world," she said. "It's like you have to choose."

When the area shut down to evacuees, Gaylord couldn't get back in to search for her dogs Madison and Miguel. 

However, a short time later she got a call from an animal rescue volunteer, Shayla Sullivan, who heard about her dogs and started to leave food and water for them in the area. 

"I figured if they're there, they won't go hungry," Sullivan said. 

One month later, Gaylord was finally able to return the area where her home was in Paradise. When she arrived she stumbled upon a miracle: Madison, one of her dogs, sitting next to her burned home as if she was waiting for her return. 

"It was like there was this higher power," Gaylord said. "It was an affirmation that these dogs were survivors." 

Gaylord's second dog, Miguel, was found by volunteers and reunited with its brother. 

"This is their home and those dogs protect their flock," Sullivan said. "These people are their flock. They love those people." 

Gaylord said she knows that Paradise will recover and homes can be rebuilt, but nothing will ever replace the love of a pet. 

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 111951

Reported Deaths: 4172
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles550012362
Riverside7486323
San Diego7481269
Orange6261147
San Bernardino5246204
Alameda339096
Santa Clara2776141
San Francisco258842
Kern225038
San Mateo210484
Tulare184484
Fresno174335
Santa Barbara164912
Imperial163427
Contra Costa145037
Sacramento140056
Ventura107833
San Joaquin85834
Kings7464
Stanislaus74429
Sonoma5534
Monterey53010
Solano51722
Marin48314
Merced2837
San Luis Obispo2691
Placer2159
Santa Cruz2132
Yolo21124
Napa1123
Madera1062
Humboldt1013
El Dorado900
San Benito872
Sutter462
Del Norte450
Butte440
Nevada411
Shasta394
Mono371
Mendocino300
Yuba301
Lake210
Inyo201
Amador190
Mariposa161
Glenn160
Calaveras150
Siskiyou70
Colusa50
Lassen50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 73°
Oroville
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 75°
Paradise
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 73°
Chester
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 61°
Red Bluff
Clear
77° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 78°
Willows
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 73°
A few mountain showers are possible today with highs near 100 in the valley by Wednesday. We cool down again this weekend with a chance of showers.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events