22/11/2011 Blue Peter


22/11/2011

A special programme dedicated to pets, to mark the first appearance in the new Salford studio of the Blue Peter cats, Socks and Cookie.


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We are mad about pets on today's Blue Peter. We will be finding out

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if Barney is a top dog and we will be welcoming some rather special

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guests to our new home for the Hello. Now Barney the man has gone

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off to learn his lines for panto. I have swapped him Tor a new co-

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presenter, this fella! It is Thomas the guinea pig. Thomas, we will

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have a lovely time. I thought I would fill the studio with four-

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legged friends. Have a look around here. We will meet these guys later.

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To tell us about each of them, I have enlisted the help of Joe

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Inglis. Joe Inglis has been vet for over 15 years. He works in a

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practice in Gloucestershire whilst fitting in regular TV appearances.

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That is the skinniest cat I have ever felt. He is an author and has

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written books about how to look after your pets. Here he is, Joe

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Inglis! Hello. I would hug you but I have my hands full. I can see

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that. Welcome to Blue Peter. Thank you. What made you decide to become

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a vet? I have been an animal lover. I grew up in the country. I have

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enjoyed the company of animals. It's been in my blood. My great-

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great-great-grandfather was Charles Darwin, the guy with the beard.

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Charles Darwin? Yes. THE Charles Darwin. The guy with the beard! He

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came up with the evolution. That is how people remember him. It's

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always been in my family. Is being a vet a bit like being a teacher?

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You have favourites but you are not meant to? It is. I have been a dog

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person, like yourself. So I love... I love guinea pigs, too! Whoever

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brings them in, it is their favourite animal so you have to

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treat them like your own. I have some very important news. Two

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special guests are on their way into the studio and I think they

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 66 seconds

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Here they are. We have been reunited with our cats Socks and

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Cookie. These guys live a couple of hundred miles away with Chrissy. It

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wouldn't with fair to bring them up here every week? It would be a long

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way. It is over 200 miles. They are fine. They are fine. Every week

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would be too much. They are showbiz cats! Where's the camera? Some of

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that is their breed. They are the ragdoll breed. They have been bred

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to be relaxed and chilled-out. They seem that. They are. Cookie is a

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little bit more get-up-and-go. Socks is fine. He takes it in his

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stride. Absolutely. You guys are still very much part of the Blue

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Peter family. You have been out and about. What have you been up to?

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have been out to quite a few cat shows. We went to the Kentish Cat

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Show in October. So we have been around and the cats love it. They

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love - the people love them. The children have their photographs

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taken and the grown-ups love them, too. Do they take a lot of looking

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after? Long-haired take a lot of grooming. Is that a lot of work for

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you? The ragdoll has an easy-care coat. It does need grooming a

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couple of times a week. They do malt, though. You have to get used

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to the hairs! I know your house has the odd Socks and Cookie hair in

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it! Thank you for looking after the cats for us. We will see you very

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soon. These guys aren't the only kind of pets you can have. Come

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over this way, Joe. If you don't want dog or cat hair, you can

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always have one of these guys? always have one of these guys?

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Absolutely. This is Fudge the rabbit. Rabbits can make fantastic

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pets. They are very common in the wild. You can keep them in your

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home or in the garden. You can have them running around like cats?

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can. Rabbits are intelligent. You can litter train them so they do

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their business in the litter tray. You can train a rabbit to come when

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you call. I have seen rabbits that people have gone, "Rover!" - well

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not Rover - but Fudge! That is amazing. Not all of their habits

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are appealing. They do eat their own poo. That is part of the normal

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things they do. It would keep your house clean. There you go. Who is

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this? This is your friend Thomas. Thomas the guinea pig. As you can

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hear, guinea pigs are some of the most vocal small pets. They can

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make lots of different noises. They make fantastic pets. They are easy

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to look after. They are great in groups. Some people do keep them

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with rabbits. They have different nutritional needs, so it is best to

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keep them with other guinea pigs. used to have guinea pigs. They are

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wonderful. They are. Over here, we have the smallest but perhaps the

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most ferocious! I'm going to stitch you up here. You were scared about

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meeting the hamster? Like all vets, you might think what would a vet be

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scared of? Me, personally, it is hamsters. They have these enormous

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teeth because they are rodents. have seen Steve wrestle a snake but

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he's never wrestled a hamster! don't need much space. One of the

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problems you might have with them is they are nocturnal. So they are

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up all night and asleep during the day. So that is a bit of a shame.

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You want to play with them in the day. This is good therapy. I'm

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overcoming my fear of hamsters. She is called Bella. She is lovely.

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someone is desperate to have a pet, and they are not allowed, what

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advice would you give? There are lots of ways to interact with

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animals without having a pet of pet sanctuary. Or if you have a

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friend with a hamster, you can play with their pets. Barney the dog was

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walked by many a dog walking volunteer before he came to live

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with me. If you don't have a real- life pet, you can go on to the Blue

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Peter website. Head over to Pets Place where you can watch funny

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videos... That is beautiful. Print and make paper toys. Write crazy

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stories about the Blue Peter pets. If you are a Blue Peter Badge

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winner, find out which badge attractions offer you the chance to

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get close with all sorts of animals. What are you waiting for? Head over

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to the CBBC website and click on Blue Peter. We are going to meet

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some more unusual animals later. Pets come in all shapes and sizes.

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What if your animal is more unusual than most? We went to meet one

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family whose pets stand out from family whose pets stand out from

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the crowd! This is south end, a typical seaside town complete with

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a pier, a fairground and a nice sandy beach. In this town, we have

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a typical house, with a family and typical pets like cats and dogs...

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And an emu! That's right, an emu. Not so typical now, is it? Beaky

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has been part of the family since dad, Ian, received a strange

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Christmas present. My wife bought me an emu egg for Christmas. We

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designed an emu incubator and made it out of an old seed tray, put it

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together - I didn't think it would work - but it did! We ended up with

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Beaky. She was reared, hand-reared by myself in the house. Obviously,

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with the help of the kids. They loved her. She grew up with the

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kids. She had to come out here because she got too big. She thinks

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the kids are siblings. They will feed the left-over dinner to her.

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The eldest of the children is Jack. Come here. It is brilliant growing

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up with the emu. Most of my friends have cats and dogs. They are

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flightless birds native to Australia. They feature on the

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country's coat of arms. Emus are the second largest bird in the

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The distinctive green-shelled emu egg can be 12 times the size of a

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chicken egg. You can fry them, scramble them and make omelettes.

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They taste like chicken eggs, but better! What does it take to look

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after a pet emu? Beaky is up by 6.00. It is funny letting her out.

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She will charge straight to the breakfast bowl to see what I have

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got her for breakfast. If it is something she is not keen on, she

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will make some funny noises and stomp up-and-down the garden.

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you hear that? One of the ways emus communicate with each other is with

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the distinctive noise called booming! The sound is produced by

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an inflatable pouch in their windpipe. Emus have two sets of

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eyelids, one for blinking and one to keep out the dust. Believe it or

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not, Beaky is one of over 100 pets... Four dogs, five cats, seven

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guinea pigs, two frogs, one rabbit, one bearded dragon, four terrapins,

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one dwarf hedgehog, one scorpion, two spiders, giant snails and one

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emu! That must make for one noisy household! Never mind the noise. I

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want to live there. It looks fun. Amazing. Have you ever had an emu

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in your surgery? No. I have had a giant African land snail. We have

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one to meet in a minute. Before we meet him, we have this beautiful

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leopard gecko. These are wonderful. They come from all over the world.

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They are relatively easy to keep as pets. They need to be kept at the

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right temperature. You need some equipment? You do. They can be

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wonderfully rewarding pets. They have some amazing superpowers. They

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can climb up sheer surfaces, so glass and on ceilings, like an

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animal version of Spider-Man. some of these guys shed their

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tails? They do. A lot of lizards do. You must not grab them by their

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tail. This here... This is Bob. is a bearded dragon and he wants to

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say hello. Come for a cuddle! come from Australia. They live in

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the wilds of the desert. You need to get the right equipment to keep

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them nice and safe. They have loads of character. They like saying

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hello. They like to cuddle. They can make wonderful pets. Do you

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have to feed them live animals? do. You do need to feed them on

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live roaches and worms. You don't have to feed these guys such things,

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do you? You don't. These are giant African land snails. Do snails make

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good pets? That is a good question. I had one come into the surgery - I

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have two here! I'm not convinced - they are not the most interactive

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pets. I had a little boy saying, "This is Vic, he is a bit off

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colour!" It is like a fish, you can watch them. Exactly. Chinchillas

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are very popular? I love them. They are the most cutest of animals out

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there. They come from the Andes. They have these lovely dense,

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really fine fur. They keep it clean by bathing in dust. They wash in

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dust? Yes. It might sound strange. They are fantastic climbers. You

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need a big area. They have these big teeth because they are rodents

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so they chew. If you let them loose, they can chew electrical wires.

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would have let him out for a run in here, but he might have disappeared

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and I have my hands full with Bob! Let's go and meet a family who own

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one animal that doesn't know whether to baa... Or woof! Family

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pet Jack needs his walk every day. There is nothing he likes more than

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his owner taking him for a stroll. Come on, let's go. Jack is no

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ordinary family pet and that is because Jack is a sheep that thinks

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he is a dog. Jack was lamb of a ewe lamb which is a sheep that has

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never had a lamb before. He was the runt of the litter. He was very,

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very weak and he needed a lot of help from us. We took him up to the

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house. We gave him some milk. We put the hairdryer on him to warm

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him up. We had to put him with somebody at night otherwise the fox

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would have taken him. So we decided that we would put him with our

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stringer spaniel and he stayed there ever since. Jack and Jessie

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are best of friends. -- our springer spaniel. Jack is six

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months old. Normally if a sheep and a dog get together the sheep is

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very frightened of the dog. With Jack and Jessie, because they have

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grown up together, Jack is very The people on the canal are

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fascinated by Jack. I take the dog and the lamb for a walk on a lead.

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It is an unusual sight for people to see a lady walking a dog and a

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sheep. Jack loves his dog's life. He can't stomach the dog food that

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Jessie eats. It is back outside for dinner to have a munch on the green

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stuff! The end of the day he is a sheep. He eats grass. He eats hay

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and sheep nuts. He doesn't eat dog food. Jack will stay as a member of

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the family. He will be a pet. The other sheep will end up as lamb

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chops, as sheep do. But Jack will stay as a friend of Jessie's and he

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will be a pet in the farm. That was fantastic. I had a cat

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once who thought he was a dog! lead? No, just trotting along

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thinking he was a dog. I know, Barney! We have a show dedicated to

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animals and we have not given you a mention. What breed is he? He is a

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cross. Do you know from which dogs? Looking at him, I would say there

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is a bit of Dachsund and collie in there. He is Dachsund, a sausage

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dog, crossed with a red setter. There is a dog show that celebrates

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cross-breeds and we had to enter Barney into it. You can't kiss her!

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Come here. # Who let the dogs out? #

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We all know you love your dogs. But do you know the difference between

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poodles and pugs? How about that? I'm at Scrufts. I couldn't come out

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bringing Barney. The competition isn't just about looks. The dogs

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are judged on good character, good health and good temperament with

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people and other dogs. Today, we will see how our Barney will do. I

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know you want to go. This is our chance. We are doing it for the

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boys. He is so keen to get involved. Mum's not here but we have to do

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her proud. All right? Exactly. Dogs from all over the country have come

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through regional heats to win a spot in one of the finals here

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today. The categories include golden oldies, child's best friend,

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and prettiest female dog. This year, there is a new category that's been

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introduced - the celebrity dog category. So here is where our very

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own Barney has come along to see if he has got what it takes to compete

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against the doggie faces of stage and screen. It takes some effort to

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look this good! So he's been pampered and now there is only one

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finishing touch - a brand-new dog collar once he has had a scratch!

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Now he is absolutely ready to show those other celebrity dogs just

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what he's made of. Go on, son! Barney is one of the best-known

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mongrels in showbiz so let's see if the competition is going to be

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tough. Our first canine contender is Dodger straight from the sets of

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Pirates of the Caribbean. He has many talents. Then we have Harvey.

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This dog never stops performing. He can pick anything up on command.

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Not only is he the star of many a TV show, he performs in dog agility

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shows, too. Then Ripley. She has a great bark on command. She landed

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her first modelling role as the face of Dog Adoption. Finally,

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hounding the judges we have Barney. He may not have a fancy trick and

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his favourite pastime may be lying down, but he is always willing to

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give it his best shot. But first time for a catch-up with one of the

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judges. I thought I would say hi. You will be judging the category

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that we are in. No pressure(!) are impartial, you have to be.

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Take a look at the finest celebrity dog you will ever see. He doesn't

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do that many tricks. I have to bring him into show what he can do.

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You got lots of biscuits?. Loads! What are you going to look for? Do

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you do the coat? It has to be an instinctive thing. By the time you

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see him, he will be bigger! I am looking forward to your comments.

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Whatever you say is fine. You have to be impartial. You see what you

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see on the day. It is time for a quick pep talk. They look calm.

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Don't look at them! It will be fine. You have the tricks in the bag. You

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have all this TV stuff. They have been in TV for years, it is all

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rubbish! You are a showbiz dog. High-five! I haven't taught him

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that yet! It is competition time. Will Barney win Celebrity Scrufts?

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He is loving this. Antony knows he's got a class dog on his hands.

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That is one of the finest breeds of You can see his potential. This is

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his trick. He can eat five biscuits in ten seconds! LAUGHTER He chomps

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them all down. So that is it. We have done all we can do. It is up

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to the judges now. Has Barney bitten off more than he can chew?

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It is time to hear who the winner is. Come on, Barney! There is only

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one winner in this, Harvey. APPLAUSE Well done, pal. Never mind,

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Barney. It is the taking part that counts. I don't think it matters

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that we came last. Think about all the dog jokes we have heard today.

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I hope you don't get COLLARED by your adoring fans! We are kicking

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you while you are down! Sorry. think he was robbed. He was the

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best dog in the show. See you later, Cookie! Tune in next week when we

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A special programme dedicated to pets, to mark the first appearance in the new Salford studio of the Blue Peter cats, Socks and Cookie. Plus a woman who has a sheep as a pet, advice on what pets are best in what situations, and Barney the presenter takes Barney the dog to meet the best crossbreed of the year at the Scruffts dog show.


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