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All Blue Peter Pets

Blue Peter Pets – All Time List

Blue Peter has been on TV in the UK longer than any other children’s television series in the world. The BBC show began in 1958 and remains popular today. Not least because of the early introduction of lovable pets onto the show way back in 1962. It’s said this was to console kids who weren’t able to keep Blue Peter pets of their own at home. Since then over thirty different pets have livened up the show with their presence.
Blue Peter pets have caused considerable controversy over the years. The BBC infamously rigged a vote to call a new cat Socks instead of Cookie which was the viewers choice. All these stories and background info on each TV pet is in the list below. They’re listed by first appearance on the show. In a companion list you can also see the complete list of Blue Peter presenters.

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Name Appeared Animal Breed # Notes
Petra 1962-1977 Dog Female mongrel. 1 The original Petra actually died very soon after her debut. To avoid upsetting the viewers, a lookalike replacement Petra was found. She had several puppies, including Patch, who later also became a pet. Like many later Blue Peter pets she was looked after to the end by pet keeper Edith Menezes, who died in 1994.
Freda 1963-1979 Tortoise 2 First Blue Peter tortoise. Was originally thought to be male and called Fred, but a viewer pointed out she was female so the name was changed.
Honey 1991 Guide dog 3 Guide dog.
Jason 1964-1976 Cat Seal point Siamese. 4 First cat to appear on the show at the age of three weeks.
Patch 1966-1971 Dog Female mongrel. 5 One of Petra’s puppies, died early from E. coli septicemia.
Joey 1967-1968 Parrot Brazilian blue-fronted parrot. 6 First of 2 short-lived parrots during the 60s. Died of an infection in 1968.
Cindy 1968 Guide dog 7 Cindy was also a guide dog.
Barney 1968 Parrot Blue-fronted Amazon parrot. 8 Replaced Joey but died soon after of lung disease. He was the 2nd and last Blue Peter parrot.
Buttons 1970s Guide dog 9 Appeared in the mid-70s.
Shep 1971-1978 Dog Border collie. 10 Replaced Patch. Lively animal that John Noakes frequently attempted to discipline with famous “Get down Shep”. Shep even appears as a wax figure in Madame Tussauds. In 1977, Doctor Who’s robot dog K9 was interviewed on the show. Shep wasn’t at all keen and attacked it!
Maggie and Jim 1974-1982 Tortoise 11 Brother and sister who were named after Margaret Thatcher and James Callaghan (prime ministers at the time). Died in the cold winter of 1982.
Jill 1976-1983 Cat Silver tabby. 12 Jack’s sister.
Jack 1976-1986 Cat Silver tabby. 13 Jill’s brother. Jack & Jill were called the “disappearing cats” because they were forever jumping off the presenter’s lap.
Goldie 1978-1986 Dog Female golden retriever. 14 Was named by viewers.
Prince 1981 Guide dog 15 Guide dog.
George 1982-2004 Tortoise Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise. 16 Born around 1920 and the longest serving pet on the show. Renamed by viewers from “Pork Pie”.
Willow 1986-1991 Cat Burmese. 17 Replaced Jack. Also named by viewers. Willow was the first pet on the show to be spayed as a good example to other cat owners. She was the only pet to ever be sacked from the show! She was very noisy, and often spiteful.
Bonnie 1988-1996 Dog Female golden retriever. 18 Goldie’s daughter. Appeared in late 80s.
Honey 1964 Guide dog Labrador. 19 A number of guide dogs spent some time on the show parallel to their training. The first was Honey in 1964.
Kari and Oke 1991-2004 Cat Tabby. 20 Named after an expedition to Japan by the presenters where they had a karaoke session.
Mabel 1996-2010 Dog Border collie. 21 Second longest dog on show after Petra. Rescue dog who had one one blue and one brown eye.
Lucy 1998-2011 Dog pedigree golden retriever. 22 Replaced Bonnie and appeared with Mabel.
Meg 2000-2011 Dog Border Collie. 23 Meg trained as a sheepdog and left with Matt Baker in 2006. Also appeared in Countryfile and The Archers (barking).
Barney 2009-2013 Dog Probably red setter and dachshund mix. 24 Barney was a stray who was given to presenter Helen Skelton by the Dogs Trust. Barney left when Helen left the show.
Smudge 2004-2005 Cat Tabby. 25 Died in 2005 after being hit by a car.
Magic 2006 Guide dog 26 Was named by the viewers, had to be put down because of epilepsy.
Socks 2006-2013 Cat Ragdoll. 27 Controversial as the show’s producers rigged a vote by viewers to name him. They voted for Cookie but the producers changed the result to “Socks”.
Cookie 2007-2013 Cat Tabby. 28 Introduced after the Socks scandal to appease viewers.
Shelley 2004 Tortoise Mediterranean spur-thighed tortoise. 29 Currently the only tortoise on the show.
Iggy 2014 Dog Probably golden retriever. 30 Iggy is training to be a guide dog with some help by Lindsey Russell.
Henry  2019 Dog Beagle and basset hound cross. 31 Henry was a rescue dog from the Dogs Trust.

Until One Has Loved an Animal a Part of One’s Soul Remains Unawakened – Anatole France (1844-1924) French poet, novelist and journalist.

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4 responses to “All Blue Peter Pets”

  1. Hannah says:

    I watched Blue Peter throughout my childhood and remember watching Bonnie & Lucy the Golden Retrievers and Mabel & Meg the Border Collies. I also remember George the Tortoise.

  2. Alan says:

    Thanks for the feedback Hannah. If you have any idea what breed the guide dogs were please let us know. We don’t know if they were all labradors!

  3. Lucy says:

    If you want to know more details about the animals, search some of their pictures, I think most of the guide dogs are golden retrievers?

  4. Alan says:

    Thanks for the tip Lucy. We’ll get on to that!

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