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If you haven’t watched Nat Geo Wild’s Critter Fixers, you are truly missing out. The docuseries follows two veterinarians (Terrence Ferguson and Vernard Hodges) as they take care of pets in Central Georgia. The series has been such a success that it’s already been renewed for a second season.
Before season 2 premieres, Dr. Ferguson has taken on a new venture, this time with his good friend Annette Coward-Gomes. Together, they created a children’s book titled C Is For Critter Fixer.
The story follows Terry, an African American boy who dreams of becoming a veterinarian. However, he has doubts about following his passion because he had never seen an animal doctor that looks like him, until he finally meets Dr. Talbot.
Dr. Ferguson and Gomes talked with Benny Adams about the special meaning behind the book, as well as what it’s like filming Critter Fixers, and how the book loosely follows Ferguson’s own journey:
“The book is very inspirational, one of the things in the story with little Terry is to become a veterinarian, but he’s never seen a veterinarian look like him. He’s a little apprehensive that he can do it, which is very similar to me because I wanted to be a veterinarian at a young age; but it wasn’t until I was a junior in college I saw my first veterinarian, so there was a time in my life where I really wasn’t sure if I should do it until I met this black veterinarian that looked like me.”
So far C Is For Critter Fixer has been getting rave reviews, but the book may have not seen the light of day if it wasn’t for Ferguson’s long time friend, former news anchor Annette Coward-Gomes.
“Annette was on me continuously about me writing a story, and I was like, if you help me do it we can make it happen, and that’s how the idea started,” said Ferguson.
The book covers a range of topics that every reader can relate to, something that Annette pushed in the early stages of writing the book.
“There are several different messages in there from when you make a promise, or when you say something, you have to do what you say. We also discuss that it doesn’t matter what color you are, you can achieve anything you want to. There are a lot of messages there, some written and some unwritten,” explained Annette.
When it comes to the adventures of little Terry, they’re just getting started. Annette says she’s already working on a follow up:
“I wanted to see little Terry do more, so I started to write the second one. I just wanted it to be this little boy who gets into misadventures, and just like the first book there will be lessons on every page.”
C Is For Critter Fixer isn’t the only project Ferguson has up his sleeve. He’s gearing up for the second season of Critter Fixers, which is already halfway done with filming.
“If you ask me what is the best part of having the show, it’s having two African American males who in society have been successful, and we can be an example to others. For me that’s the best part of having this show.”
Benny Adams is a Producer, entertainment Journalist, and host in Los Angeles. He studied broadcast journalism at California State University Northridge.
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