A dog was found loyally waiting for his owner to return a month after wildfires ravaged a town.
Andrea Gaylord was one of the thousands of people who fled Paradise in California on November 8 when fire broke out.
The blaze ruined the town of 27,000 and killed at least 85 people across the wider area, forcing the evacuation of more than 50,000.
Those who returned found a landscape of blackened trees and debris.
Charred chimneys and strips of driveway were the only evidence that some piles of rubble had once been homes.
Sitting amidst the apocalyptic scene was Madison, a male Anatolian shepherd mix that was there waiting when owner Ms Gaylord was allowed back to check on her house this week.
An animal rescuer who responded to Ms Gaylord’s request to look for Madison first spotted the dog several days after the evactuation.
Shayla Sullivan said the outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance.
She left food and water for him regularly until Ms Gaylord got back on Wednesday.
Ms Sullivan also helped locate Madison’s brother Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd mix that was taken to safety in a shelter 85 miles away.
The grand reunion took place on Friday when Ms Gaylord returned to her house with Miguel.
Once she had embraced the loyal dog Ms Gaylord handed Madison his favourite treat – a box of Wheat Thin crackers.
Ms Gaylord told news station ABC10 how much she loved the animal.
She said: "Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting.
"Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we’re part of them.
"It’s a comforting feeling."
Ms Sullivan told of how she would not give up on the dogs or leave them by themselves.
She said: "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."
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