Ryan Reynolds 'Just Fell in Love' With His Shelter Pup, Baxter
12/01/2010 AT 07:45 AM EST
Focused on the task at hand, Reynolds, PEOPLE's 2010 Sexiest Man Alive, found a "nice chocolate Lab" for Steve. But there was another pup that caught his eye, too.
"I saw this big, dumb-looking retriever staring up at me," he told ABC News in an interview about his Sexiest Man Alive title. "I whispered to him, 'Hey, let's get the hell out of here.' And he jumped up, like he spoke English fluently. He came with me, he jumped in the car, and we've been best buddies ever since."
Though the 2-year-old dog, named Baxter, was "too big and too old" for Steve, he was just right for Reynolds. "I just fell in love with him," he told PEOPLE "I didn't mean to, I just picked him up along the way."
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