Stray puppy to be next Blue Peter dog

blue peter dog barneyThis adorable puppy, pictured here courtesy of the BBC, has been named as the new Blue Peter dog addition to the team.

The nine month old puppy is a cross-breed of red setter-dachshund, is named Barney and was found for Helen Skelton, a Blue Peter presenter, by the Dogs Trust.  Barney is a stray who had been taken to a re-homing centre at the charity.

26 year old Helen said:

“When I joined last year I said I might get a puppy. So they suggested I could bring it in to work. We spent a lot of time working with the Dogs Trust and they kept their eyes out for one that might like to be in the studio. I went for Barney as he’s cute and likes to be with people.”

Dogs Trust’s chief executive Clarissa Baldwin said Barney had “immediately impressed staff with his winning personality”

Most people have fond memories of Blue Peter from their childhood as it first aired in 1958 on BBC One, and those memories often feature the Blue Peter dog amongst several other pets including tortoises and parrots.

Being a Blue Peter presenter is one show where the owners get to take their dogs to work.  Barney is following in some famous paw-steps after the likes of Petra, Goldie and John Noakes’ Shep and is in fact, the ninth dog for the TV show.

Ms Baldwin added:

“We wish Barney and Helen all the very best and we all look forward to keeping up with their exciting adventures each week on the show.”

Barney’s first appearance on the show is today where he will appear with the other, older dogs Mabel and Lucy.