Pippin trying to help Bilbo once more

Billy Boyd gets a warm welcome from his 'namesake' Pippin.
Billy Boyd gets a warm welcome from his 'namesake' Pippin.

The Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Uddingston welcomed Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd to help find an ‘epic’ home for a four-year-old border collie he named Bilbo, and meet his character’s namesake, a terrier puppy called Pippin.

Billy sings the soundtrack to the third Hobbit movie released on Friday and staff hope his visit will help Bilbo reach his final chapter in his search for a new family.

Billy said: “I am a huge dog lover so it’s been a real pleasure meeting Bilbo and Pippin.

“Just like the real Bilbo Baggins he seems like a fantastic character and I hope he finds a new family in time for Christmas.

“Sadly I recently lost my beloved Spaniel, but have met so many terrific dogs I would love to take home and am looking forward to bringing my family to meet them when we are ready for another dog.”

Dogs Trust’s Emma Louise-Livingston added: “ We are all huge Lord of the Rings fans at the Rehoming Centre so we were really excited to meet Billy, none more than Bilbo and Pippin, but that may have more to do with Billy giving them chicken than their love of Tolkien.

“Little Pippin has already found a loving home but Bilbo is looking for patient new owners who will help him settle in and continue his training.

“He is a fun-loving, gentle boy who can live with children over sixteen and a compatible dog. Bilbo is a super dog who deserves to find a furry tail ending in loving new home where he can enjoy plenty of new adventures.”

If you would like to ‘bag’ Bilbo or any of the other of dogs at Dogs Trust Glasgow, call the Rehoming Centre directly on 0141 773 5130 or visit Dogs Trust