REMEMBER the adorable animals who had you pressing your nose to your TV screen as a small child? Wondering where they are now? Get ready for bad news:
Shep from Blue Peter
Gorgeous Border Collie Shep, best pal of John Noakes, the bringer of joy to millions of children with his zest for life and playful spirit. He’d gambol about and lighten your 1970s heart as you tucked into a meal of Smash, and probably still would today if he hadn’t died in 1987.
Pippin from Come Outside
Auntie Mabel’s canine companion Pippin was half-Tibetan Terrier, half-Bearded Collie, and completely adorable. Always up to mischief, she inspired millions to get a dog just like her. Recycling fans will be heartened to know that the first Pippin died in the ‘90s, and her grandson, who replaced her, is also now dead.
Eddie from Frasier
Adorable and quick-witted Jack Russell Eddie was actually played by a father-son duo – who reportedly couldn’t stand to be in the same room together. Showbiz, eh? Even the dogs are prima donnas. Since the show concluded they were both sent to live on a farm, meaning they died.
Rowlf from The Muppet Show
Cuddly Muppet Rowlf first took to our screens back in 1963. An average dog’s life expectancy is about 12 years. Do the math. His modern iteration of him is likely a great-grandson pretending to be the original canine or, and only read on if you’re ready to accept this, his reanimated corpse.
K9 from Doctor Who
Sorry, nerds. No amount of technical wizardry could keep this archaic robot running since 1977. The original K9 was sold for scrap soon after he first hit screens, and his successors have all been converted into porn computers and sex robots.