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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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NameAppearedAnimalBreed#Notes
Petra1962-1977DogFemale mongrel.1The 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.
Freda1963-1979Tortoise2First 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.
Honey1991Guide dog3Guide dog.
Jason1964-1976CatSeal point Siamese.4First cat to appear on the show at the age of three weeks.
Patch1966-1971DogFemale mongrel.5One of Petra’s puppies, died early from E. coli septicemia.
Joey1967-1968ParrotBrazilian blue-fronted parrot.6First of 2 short-lived parrots during the 60s. Died of an infection in 1968.
Cindy1968Guide dog7Cindy was also a guide dog.
Barney1968ParrotBlue-fronted Amazon parrot.8Replaced Joey but died soon after of lung disease. He was the 2nd and last Blue Peter parrot.
Buttons1970sGuide dog9Appeared in the mid-70s.
Shep1971-1978DogBorder collie.10Replaced 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 Jim1974-1982Tortoise11Brother and sister who were named after Margaret Thatcher and James Callaghan (prime ministers at the time). Died in the cold winter of 1982.
Jill1976-1983CatSilver tabby.12Jack’s sister.
Jack1976-1986CatSilver tabby.13Jill’s brother. Jack & Jill were called the “disappearing cats” because they were forever jumping off the presenter’s lap.
Goldie1978-1986DogFemale golden retriever.14Was named by viewers.
Prince1981Guide dog15Guide dog.
George1982-2004TortoiseMediterranean spur-thighed tortoise.16Born around 1920 and the longest serving pet on the show. Renamed by viewers from “Pork Pie”.
Willow1986-1991CatBurmese.17Replaced 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.
Bonnie1988-1996DogFemale golden retriever.18Goldie’s daughter. Appeared in late 80s.
Honey1964Guide dogLabrador.19A number of guide dogs spent some time on the show parallel to their training. The first was Honey in 1964.
Kari and Oke1991-2004CatTabby.20Named after an expedition to Japan by the presenters where they had a karaoke session.
Mabel1996-2010DogBorder collie.21Second longest dog on show after Petra. Rescue dog who had one one blue and one brown eye.
Lucy1998-2011Dogpedigree golden retriever.22Replaced Bonnie and appeared with Mabel.
Meg2000-2011DogBorder Collie.23Meg trained as a sheepdog and left with Matt Baker in 2006. Also appeared in Countryfile and The Archers (barking).
Barney2009-2013DogProbably red setter and dachshund mix.24Barney was a stray who was given to presenter Helen Skelton by the Dogs Trust. Barney left when Helen left the show.
Smudge2004-2005CatTabby.25Died in 2005 after being hit by a car.
Magic2006Guide dog26Was named by the viewers, had to be put down because of epilepsy.
Socks2006-2013CatRagdoll.27Controversial 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”.
Cookie2007-2013CatTabby.28Introduced after the Socks scandal to appease viewers.
Shelley2004TortoiseMediterranean spur-thighed tortoise.29Currently the only tortoise on the show.
Iggy2014DogProbably golden retriever.30Iggy is training to be a guide dog with some help by Lindsey Russell.
Henry 2019DogBeagle and basset hound cross.31Henry 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. Avatar Alan says:

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

  2. Avatar 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?

  3. Alan 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!

  4. Avatar 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.

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