Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd recently visited a dog rehoming centre to meet a dog named Bilbo Baggins and try to help him find a home.
The 46 year-old actor who played Bilbo Baggins loyal friend, Pippin, in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, stopped by the Dogs Trust rehoming centre in Uddingston to meet a four year-old Border Collie named after the films central character.
The Glaswegian dog lover who wrote and performed a song for the soundtrack for the third and final Hobbit film also met a terrier puppy named after his character who also needed a home.
Bilbo did not have the best start in life after coming to Dogs Trust as a stray and his carers are hoping to find him a loving home with owners who will be patient with him and continue his training.
Billy Boyd explains “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 Glasgow Supporter Relations Officer, Emma Louise from Livingston said: “ 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.”
Boyd collaborated with Peter Jackson’s other half Fran Walsh on the song for the final Hobbit film titled “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”. He worked on it at Crowded House frontman Neil Finn’s recording studios in Auckland.
The centre have said if anyone would be willing to take care of Bilbo or any other of their dogs at Dogs Trust Glasgow, to contact the Rehoming Centre directly on 0141 773 5130.