A probate judge for nearly 30 years, Pat Ferchill spends much of his time dealing with the dead, dying, legally incapacitated or mentally ill.
It's a stressful job that could consume him.
But Ferchill, 64, has plenty of passions at home that also need his attention.
Like Hadley, Cato, Merle and Lowretta -- his indoor "dog collection."
And then, there are the nine classic cars out back.
"A lot of people in politics or the judiciary, their jobs become their life," said Ferchill, who has been judge of Probate Court No. 2 for 29 years and was recently elected to another four-year term. "I've always had a steady interest in something other than my profession. ... During my retirement, whenever that is, I think I'm going to be busy.'"
On a recent afternoon, the judge's two pastimes came together in the driveway his west Fort Worth home, where he and his wife, Cantey, 63, have lived for years. At Ferchill's encouragement, the dogs eagerly jumped into his gold, 1965 Eldorado convertible.
"I pile them in and we go ride around the neighborhood," Ferchill said.
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