Town's Beloved Tracking Hound Passes Away

The town of Duck's beloved bloodhound "Morse" has passed away. The tracking dog had been a part of the Duck police force since 2003.

The news release is below.



Duck, NC – The Town of Duck and Police Chief Phillip Ferguson announce with extreme sadness the passing of the Town’s beloved tracking Bloodhound Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Morse on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

Morse was born on December 7, 2001 and became part of the Ferguson family in April of 2002 when he was named DCI Morse of Stirling Bridge. His name was two-fold, having been named after Colin Dexter’s Fictional Detective Chief Inspector Morse followed by the Ferguson kennel name, Stirling Bridge. He was also a registered Bloodhound with the American Kennel Club.

Officer Morse joined the Duck Police Department on April 1, 2003, along with Chief Ferguson as part of the original formation of the department.

Office Morse quickly became a favorite of both residents and visitors alike as he was frequently seen around Town accompanying Chief Ferguson.

Each December, Morse and Ferguson attended the National Police Bloodhound Association Winter Training in York, South Carolina to keep up on the latest tracking techniques. Although, fortunately, Morse never needed to use his skills on a missing person case in the Town of Duck, he was ready to be called upon as his training required.

Additionally, Morse was an annual participant in the Town’s 4th of July Parade, frequented Children’s Story Time at the Town Park in the summer, loved “Yappy Hour” at Outer Barks, and took frequent walks throughout Town and the park. He also loved Milkbones, turkey at Thanksgiving, getting sprayed by the garden hose, and of course all the hugs and kisses he received while out and about throughout the Town of Duck.

Morse will be greatly missed by The Town of Duck’s residents, visitors, and staff. He is survived by his parents, Chief Phillip and Sandy Ferguson, and sister Piper.


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  • by Jeff & Tifanie Location: Nags Head, NC on Jul 22, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    Thanks for all the wonderful memories Morse. Rest in peace.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 21, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    RIP Morse. I love the Inspector Morse series on BBC.
  • by ThinBlueLine Location: Eastern NC on Jul 21, 2009 at 01:04 PM
    A friend in the Blue is a friend for life. Dogs are a special part of Law Enforcement and may God bless the Duck Police Department.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington, NC on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    Morse (& Chief Ferguson) thank you for your years of dedicated service to the people of your county. As someone who used to have a SAR tracking dog, I know the many hours that it takes to stay "up to par" in case you are ever needed for a search. Chief Ferguson, thank you for dedicating your time & Morse, thanks for working so hard. Morse is a true hero! May he rest in peace.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    Look's like Old Duke on the Beverly Hillbillies, or that dog that was always so lazy on HeeHaw.
  • by Aunt B Location: greenville on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    I am so sorry to hear of this. What a great animal/friend he must have been!
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