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The Unbelievable Survival Story of One Loyal Guard Dog in the California Wildfires




After the Camp Fire raged through Northern California, destroying thousands of acres of homes and property, animal rescuers were among the first boots on the ground in the reconstruction effort, seeking out pets who had survived the state’s deadliest wildfire to date.

One incredibly brave dog named Madison, who proved himself to be quite a challenge to recover, quickly became a favorite of K9 Paw Print Rescue.

“I had sighted Madison a few times deep in the Canyon BUT knew he took his job seriously and wasn’t going to be an easy catch,” wrote rescuer Shayla Sullivan in a comment on the viral Facebook post that shares Madison’s amazing story. Unable to capture Madison, Shayla frequently visited the area to leave food and water for the evasive dog.

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Madison’s owner, Andrea Gaylord, was forced to evacuate her Paradise, California home after the Camp Fire broke out early in November, according to The Hill. Gaylord must have been utterly heartbroken as she was left unable to access her home and rescue Madison herself.

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Madison, however, is an Anatolian Shepherd, a steady, reserved dog bred to guard livestock against any threat. “Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we’re part of them,” Gaylord said of this powerful breed. “It’s a comforting feeling.”

In spite of his home being burned to the ground and his family nowhere to be seen (or sniffed out!) amazing Madison sat and waited for them to return for an entire month!

Sullivan, who had found Gaylord’s other dog, Miguel, a whopping 87 miles away in Citrus Heights, had the idea of placing an article of clothing that would smell like Gaylord at the site “to keep Madison’s hope alive until his people could return.”

“I’m so HAPPY to report that Andrea was allowed to return to her property today and THERE MADISON WAS!!!! He had stayed to protect what was left of his home, and NEVER gave up on his people,” Sullivan announced in her comment. “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!

“Imagine the loyalty of hanging in through the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” Gaylord said, praising Madison. “You could never ask for better animals.”

“I am sure as more people return the Furr Babies that survived the fire WILL know their people are back,” Sullivan excitedly concluded in her comment. “Here’s to many more reunions ahead! Keep the HOPE alive!”

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Craft Beer Customers Leave Unopened Can of Pale Ale on Bar for Fallen Soldiers

The gesture did not go unnoticed.



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There really isn’t anything more American than craft beer. Before the experiment called “prohibition”, America was home to well over 2,500 breweries, with a vast majority of these businesses being family-operated and neighborhood-focused.  The banning of alcohol in the early 20th century brought this number down to around a half dozen or so companies, nearly all of whom converted their factories to produce medicine or dairy products in order to survive. Now, thanks to the resurgence of craft beer, Americans have their choice of nearly 4,000 smaller breweries to buy their swill from. And this doesn’t include brands like Coors, Miller, or Budweiser, who have all been gobbled up by giant, foreign conglomerates, making them no longer American-owned companies. In Atlanta, Georgia, the undisputed king of craft beer is Sweetwater – a brand usually focused on recreation and leisure. As visitors experience the brewery’s newly renovated taproom over Memorial Day Weekend, something special and spontaneous happened. To that, we simply say “cheers”.

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Total Strangers Gather to Celebrate Life of Korean War Vet on Memorial Day Weekend

America has not forgotten those who sacrificed it all for our freedom.




Amid the barbecues and Budweisers, it can be difficult to temper our Memorial Day celebrations with the true reason for the remembrance. Those of us with a three day weekend are likely gassing up the boat, gathering our grill supplies, and lathering on the sunscreen in anticipation of Memorial Day – a holiday that is far too often relegated to the realm of “hey it’s summer”-style shenanigans. We mustn’t ever forget why we have the day off, however. Memorial Day is truly a day of solemn reflection on those we’ve lost in the line of American military duty – a fact that is all too often overshadowed by these celebrations. But not for the fine people of Ohio, who showed the world what compassion is all about this weekend. A public call for mourners to attend the Ohio funeral of an unaccompanied 90-year-old Korean War veteran Saturday resulted in an overwhelming response. “It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She attended the funeral in Cincinnati after driving nearly 100 miles to get there from Louisville, Kentucky. The turnout was incredible. An estimated 400 strangers, like Koehne, showed up to pay final respects to Army veteran Hezekiah Perkins whose only family, a daughter, couldn’t make it because of poor health, Fox 19 and other media reported. The gesture is just another reminder of the inherent greatness of the American public, and their reverence for those who sacrificed it all for our freedoms.

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