In a phone interview with the Star Tribune, Johnson explains how his furry friend became famous.
Q: Tell us the story of Ben Afquack.
A: I used to have a duck when I was a little bit younger, and, long story short, I was in a different place and in the breakup, she got to keep the duck. I got super attached to the stupid thing. I couldn't believe how much I loved that little duck. I was like, 'Someday, when I have my own house and I'm in a different place in life, I'm going to get another duck.' When I bought a house, a week before we closed, I bought the duck. He was 1 day old, and he's been going everywhere with me ever since.
Q: Where are some of the places you've taken him?
A: We take him hiking a lot, and we take him to beaches. He went kayaking with me. I brought him paddleboarding. He rides on the back of my mini motorcycle in the summer, in a pet carrier. We go everywhere on that, exploring different places.
Q: Do you ever worry about him swimming away?
A: I couldn't get rid of him if I tried. He is so attached to us. He won't even go in the water unless I'm in there with him. He won't get more than 5 feet away from me. He'll notice and quack frantically and start to chase after me.
That's what I fell in love with. I've only heard of ducks as farm animals. But these things actually have personalities.
Q: What's Ben Afquack's personality?
A: He likes to cuddle, believe it or not. I'll scoop him up and put his back to my chest and lean back, and he falls asleep on my chest while watching movies.