NOTE: We here at Ducks Unlimited love our dogs. They are our hunting partners, cuddle buddies, best friends, and much, much more. To honor our favorite four-legged companions, we’ve decided to profile all our favorite dogs of Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region and give them a little recognition. If you would like to submit your buddy to be profiled in the future, email dblankenship @ducks.org. (Only accepting submissions from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington)
Owner: Dan Fehringer – DU GIS Manager Western Region
Type: BORDER COLLIE
Nicknames: Rocket, The Ferginator, Fergitude, Ferguson
Favorite toy: BALL OR STICK
Something interesting: (From Dan) Fergus was found as a stray by DU Manager of Conservation Programs, Virginia Getz, while quail hunting in the sagebrush near Susanville, CA. He was about 5 months old at the time, very thin, and fur matted with burs. Virginia tracked down the suspected owner, who didn’t want him back, so she brought him home, cleaned him up, and started looking for someone to adopt him. My daughters (9 and 12, at the time) came to the office to see him, and there was no turning back.
As a herding dog, Fergus loves to chase anything that moves (ball, stick, hummingbirds, dragonflies, etc). He spends his summer weekends hiking and swimming in the Yuba River and was the fastest dog at the Western Region Office (now slightly outpaced by 2-year-old golden retriever Ginger).