Blue Peter’s lat­est pup idol… Henry the 10th

Daily Mail - - Life - By Susie Coen TV and Ra­dio Re­porter

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

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