Blue Peter's new dog - Barney
Barney the red setter-dachshund cross is the ninth dog to join Blue Peter. He was found by the Dogs Trust charity for presenter Helen Skelton and joins a long line of lovable Blue Peter dogs. But is he our favourite so far? That’s a tough call!
The first dog
Petra (pictured with Peter Purves) was the first Blue Peter dog. Poor Petra lost her teeth at a young age, which was lucky for the hapless presenters. Pete once claimed that she was often in a bad mood and would "gum you to death" if she got hold of you. Blimey!
The new Petra
Unwilling to upset the show's audience, producers scoured the country and found a look-alike Petra in a pet shop in Lewisham.
In 1965 Petra gave birth to eight pups. Seven of them were given away (to good homes of course). The eighth, Patch, became another Blue Peter dog.
Petra had many good times on the show - including numerous birthday parties with dog food cake with all her canine chums. It’s certainly a dog’s life for those lucky pooches.
In 1977 Petra retired. She’d been on the show for 15 years, 555 television hours, and had appeared on 1192 episodes. That’s quite the impressive streak!
Get down Shep!
After Patch, John Noakes was given Border Collie Shep. The two became one of the most famous double acts on telly – mainly because his love of jumping on Noakes at every opportunity!
Shep and John became firm friends. When Noakes left the show in 1978 he was allowed to take Shep with him. Here's Shep having a nice bath. What a good dog.
Simon Groom became the owner of the golden retriever Goldie in 1978. She appeared on the show for eight years before retiring to Groom's parent's farm, where she spent the remainder of her years playing and frolicking about. Aww.
Goldie had two sets of pups, some of which were trained to be guide dogs. One pup from the second litter, Bonnie, became a regular Blue Peter hound.
Blue Peter has a long history with guide dogs. The first was called Honey (above with Christopher Trace and Valerie Singleton).
Another guide dog puppy linked to the programme was Buttons. Here she is with an address sign around her neck, looking painfully cute.
It's not all about faithful hounds! Blue Peter had five tortoises over the years. Here's one, George, pictured with Yvette Fielding and Caron Keating.
The Blue Peter studio has seen plenty of different animals over the years. We remember this litter of dingo pups from London Zoo fondly. And is it just us, or does Valerie Singleton look like she should be in Star Trek?
Socks and Cookie
There have been plenty of cats too. But we think Socks and Cookie, embroiled in a voting scandal, are probably the most famous. Not to mention the most snuggly.
Mabel and Lucy
Mabel (left) was the second longest serving Blue Peter dog. Lucy (right) was once scared by Paul O'Grady's dog - a tiny bichon frise. Shame on you, Lucy!
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