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All Blue Peter Pets

Blue Peter Pets – All Time List

Blue Peter has been on TV in Britain longer than any other children’s programm 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 some thirty different pets have livened up the show with their presence.

They’ve also caused some considerable controversy over the years, most famously when the program’s makers 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, listed by order of first appearance on the show. In a companion list you can also see the entire list of Blue Peter presenters.

ADDucation Tips! You can also sort this table of Blue Peter pets by date, name, and breed by clicking the relevant column title. If you can help complete the list or you would like to share your Blue Peter pet memories please add your comments. Click the + icon to show any hidden columns. Start typing in the Filter table box to find all blue peter pets inside the table.

NameAppearedAnimalBreed#Notes
Petra1962-1977dogfemale mongrel01The 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
Freda1963-1979tortoise02First 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 dog03Guide dog
Jason1964-1976catseal point Siamese04First cat to appear on the show at the age of 3 weeks
Patch1966-1971dogfemale mongrel05One of Petra’s puppies, died early from E. coli septicaemia
Joey1967-1968parrotBrazilian blue-fronted parrot06First of 2 short-lived parrots during the 60s. Died of an infection in 1968
Cindy1968guide dog07Cindy was also a guide dog
Barney1968parrotblue-fronted Amazon parrot08Replaced Joey but died soon after of lung disease. He was the 2nd and last Blue Peter parrot
Buttons1970sguide dog09Appeared in the mid-70s
Shep1971-1978dogborder collie10Replaced 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 tabby12Jack’s sister
Jack1976-1986catsilver tabby13Jill’s brother. Jack & Jill were called the “disappearing cats” because they were forever jumping off the presenter’s lap
Goldie1978-1986dogfemale golden retriever14Was named by viewers
Prince1981guide dog15Guide dog
George1982-2004tortoiseMediterranean spur-thighed tortoise16Born around 1920 and the longest serving pet on the show. Renamed by viewers from “Pork Pie”
Willow1986-1991catBurmese17Replaced 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 retriever18Goldie’s daughter. Appeared in late 80s
Honey1964guide doglabrador19A number of guide dogs spent some time on the show parallel to their training. The first was Honey in 1964
Kari and Oke1991-2004cattabby20Named after an expedition to Japan by the presenters where they had a karaoke session
Mabel1996-2010dogborder collie21Second longest dog on show after Petra. Rescue dog who had one one blue and one brown eye
Lucy1998-2011dogpedigree golden retriever22Replaced Bonnie and appeared with Mabel
Meg2000-2011dogborder Collie23Meg trained as a sheepdog and left with Matt Baker in 2006. Also appeared in Countryfile and The Archers (barking)
Barney2009-2013dogprobably red setter & dachshund mix24Barney was a stray who was given to presenter Helen Skelton by the Dogs Trust
Smudge2004-2005cattabby25Died in 2005 after being hit by a car
Magic2006guide dog26Was named by the viewers, had to be put down because of epilepsy
Socks2006-2013catragdoll27Controversial 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”
Cookie2007-2013cattabby28Introduced after the Socks scandal to appease viewers
Shelley2004TortoiseMediterranean spur-thighed tortoise29Currently the only tortoise on the show
Iggy2014dogprobably golden retriever30Iggy is training to be a guide dog with some help by Lindsey Russell

“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. Alan says:

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

  2. 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 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. 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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