Shelter Picks: Fergus

By Sammy Johnson

Fergus is lucky to be around anymore, because he was rescued from a different shelter only a few hours before he was going to be put to sleep. After meeting him, I'm really glad he is still here. He is an approximately 7-year-old Walker hound mix who is extremely mellow, quiet and sweet. Fergus has a very cute little brown mark on the top of his white head that looks like either Mickey Mouse or a bunny rabbit -- whichever one you want to imagine. He would make an excellent companion dog and probably would be a great fit with a somewhat older person, because he is not very high-maintenance and doesn't need really long walks. He weighs 53 pounds, but he is so gentle and laid-back that he wouldn't be hard to handle. I know that whoever gets Fergus will get a new friend for life.

For information on Fergus and other animals at Animal Aid, call (757) 865-0511, go to, or visit the shelter at 80 Butler Farm Rd. in Hampton.

Shelter Picks is an occasional series of blurbs and photos by Sammy Johnson, a local 14-year-old animal lover and aspiring photographer. The blurbs will focus on family-friendly dogs and cats at area shelters that need homes. Contact Sammy at

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