Blue Peter’s latest pup idol… Henry the 10th
HE’S just been set up for life-long stardom – and presumably endless doggie treats.
But as he posed for the camera on his first trip to the studio, Henry the new Blue Peter dog seemed rather calm and coolheaded about it all. The beagle- basset hound cross, the tenth Blue Peter dog, will join presenter Lindsey Russell in the studio this evening and become a regular fixture on the weekly CBBC show.
The show’s last dog was Irish setter-dachshund Barney, who left at the same time as his owner, host Helen Skelton, six years ago.
Henry, two, was adopted from the Dogs Trust. He is said to be ‘inquisitive’ and to enjoy long walks. Viewers will see him on his journey from rehoming centre to meeting his new family, then his first trip to the studio.
Miss Russell, 28, said: ‘Pets have always been such an important part of Blue Peter and it’s so exciting to be welcoming the latest one to the show.’
The show’s first dog was Petra, who joined in 1962. One of her puppies, Patch, was the second.
Many will remember Shep, made famous by John Noakes’ cries of ‘Get down, Shep!’ – a phrase immortalised in a song by the Barron Knights.
Golden retriever Goldie also made her mark, with puppy Bonnie taking over after she left.
1962-1977: The first Blue Peter dog with presenter Peter Purves 1986-1999: With Mark Curry, Caron Keating, left, and Yvette Fielding 1966-1971: Petra’s puppy Patch looks on at host John Noakes and a baby 1996-2010: Blue Peter’s sixth dog, a border collie, with Katy Hill 1971-1978: Excitable Shep back to back with his companion Noakes 1998-2011: Retriever Lucy with host Simon Thomas 2001-2006: Held by owner and show host Matt Baker 1978-1986: The retriever with presenters Lesley Judd, Chris Wenner and Simon Groom 2019: His first studio trip with Lindsey Russell 2009-2013: Helen Skelton’s Irish setter-dachshund cross