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Golden: Lost dog in desert seeks home

Bill Scanlon
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

GOLDEN, Colorado ” Wendall, a happy-faced mixed-breed Labrador, was wandering alone in the Utah desert last month when a Colorado woman driving by just couldn’t say no.

She picked up Wendall, drove him to Golden and set him up with Colorado’s Golden Retriever Rescue and the Sage Valley Pet Center in Golden.

But Wendall’s a mutt, and has a bad hip, too, making him the perfect fit for the Misha May Foundation, a metro Denver mixed-breed rescue group that tries to find permanent homes for dogs with special problems.

“She told us he was absolutely out in the middle of nowhere, very far from any town,” said Doug Calorza, spokesman for Misha May. “There was no way in the world the dog could have walked to where he was ” that’s why we think someone deliberately abandoned him there. He had no tags, no microchip, no ID at all.”

Foundation members are trying to raise $200 for X-rays on Wendall’s hip. They are confident that after medical treatment, it will be easy to find him a good permanent home.

Misha May gives troubled dogs what they need ” training classes, skills in getting along with humans or medical care ” to make them more adoptable.

Wendall is extremely gentle and well-behaved ” a 7-year-old Chocolate Lab/Yellow Lab mix ” said Diahnna LaVerne, foster coordinator for The Misha May Foundation.

“Not only is he cheerful, but he actually smiles and smiles a lot,” she said. “He’s great with kids and over-the-top sweet. He is eager to please everyone, and loves to be petted.”

Lorraine May started the Misha May Foundation 15 years ago, after Misha was rescued as she was on her way to a Florida animal shelter. After one year with a foster couple, she was given to May, and became her “inspiration, constant companion and the joy of my life for 15 years,” May said.

Along the way, May fell for all the dogs that don’t have shiny coats or winning smiles, that after weeks or months at a shelter grow less and less attractive to potential owners because they look needy, anxious or hang-dog.

Tax-deductible donations may be made by clicking “Make a Donation” on their website,

Checks made out to The Misha May Foundation may be sent to PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO, 80215-1166. For more information, contact Lorraine May at or 303-239-0382.

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