Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
CBBC's Blue Peter today announced the sad news that Golden Retriever Lucy has passed away after a sudden illness. The programme marked the sad occasion with a special tribute covering highlights from her time on the show.
Lucy made her TV debut on 22 February 1999, becoming the seventh dog to join Blue Peter. During her 12 years on the show she appeared alongside 12 different presenters.
The 13-year-old pedigree dog was an immensely popular and loyal Blue Peter pet as attested by the thousands of drawings of her sent in by children over the years.
Lucy appeared in hundreds of episodes of Blue Peter and, although as a pup she loved to explore backstage on set, she had an amazing ability to sit happily in front of the presenters, making it very easy to include her in shot. She loved her food, with her owner Leonie Pocock revealing that dinner time was one of her favourite times of the day, and was rarely without her favourite toy, a squeaky yellow ball. She wasn't always a fan of being bathed and both Gethin Jones and Andy Akinwolere received a soaking after trying to wash her for an item for the programme.
In 2003 Lucy was taken for a state-of-the-art medical examination which revealed that because of a slight problem with her hips, she would sadly be unable to reproduce, so never had any puppies.
During her time on the show the good-natured dog wore a number of fancy-dress outfits including a policeman's outfit for a recent appearance with The Wanted. The plucky retriever also met The Queen and appeared alongside a host of celebrities including Jack Black, Jedward and JK Rowling. She also put her best paw forward at a glitzy red carpet première for Open Season 2.
Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton said: "When you join Blue Peter you join a family and Lucy was a loyal and loving member of that family unit. She was a fun and obedient dog who humoured us when we dressed her up as an opera singer, Dot Cotton and even Jedward, who played along when we fed her less-than-average food and who had an uncanny ability to keep Barney the dog under control. I know the viewers will miss her as much as we already do but we're hoping everyone can celebrate her life with us."
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