Residents of Silverton have grown such a soft spot for a wolf-dog hybrid named Wolfie that they are considering erecting a life-sized bronze statue if he passes, reports the Durango Herald
Wolfie wandered into town in 2005 bringing fear and calls for his humane death. Slowly, he proved to be more of a feral friend than a wild terror. He is a timid lover of stuffed animals, a gentle recluse and even a guard against coyotes.
In 2007, the Silverton Town Board voted to make him Silverton's official mascot after finding they couldn't legally adopt him.
He will likely spend his golden years in luxury. Now at least 14 years old, Wolfie lives in a Resse Street yard and often enjoys gifts of meat from his loving neighbors.