Meet rescue terrier Bilbo, our Pet Loss Blog cover star

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Bilbo the terrier defies life expectancy at 17

Meet superstar senior Bilbo. This cheeky little chappie has defied life expectancy predictions for terriers and is looking forward to his 18th birthday in November.

birmingham dogs home logoThe wonderful photo was posted on the Trust’s facebook page by proud owner Jilly Rivers, Fundraising Co-ordinator at Birmingham Dogs’ Home.

Vet and pet loss expert, Caroline Hewson, knew immediately that she had the cover star for her latest blog post which looks at pet life expectancy. He has clearly ignored all the research that puts the typical terrier lifespan at around 13 to 14 years.

“Bilbo is fit as a fiddle!” says Jilly. ” I rehomed him from Birmingham Dogs’ Home as a 9-week-old puppy as his owners were moving abroad. It was love at first sight and I knew I had to take him home!”

So, what breed is he? “I had a DNA test carried out and it came back as x Jack Russell terrier/Parsons Jack Russell terrier,” she says.

“We actually forget how old Bilbo is”

“Health-wise, he’s only had 2 dentals, with no other issues. He is actually a very fit dog for his age. He hasn’t slowed up, still plays with toys and the other two dogs. We actually forget how old he is sometimes. We love him to bits and he has been with me for the majority of the years that I have worked at BDH. He is a big part of my life and a perfect example of what a fantastic little rescue you can rehome from Birmingham Dogs’ Home.”

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