New Bachelorette Ashley Hebert's Heart Belongs to ... Her Teacup Yorkie

03/16/2011 at 03:00 PM EDT

New Bachelorette Ashley Hebert's Heart Belongs to ... Her Teacup Yorkie
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Ashley Hebert left season 15 of The Bachelor in tears after Brad Womack told her she wasn't the girl for him. But the once brokenhearted dental student, and newly announced star of The Bachelorette, quickly found comfort in hugs from another.

"When I got home from last season, I adopted a puppy, a teacup Yorkie, and her name is Boo," Hebert tells PEOPLE, noting that the little dog has become her all-time favorite snuggle buddy.

Filming has just started for Hebert's own season, where she select a mate from 25 potential suitors. But the 26-year-old might be wise to tell any serious candidates that they've got some stiff competition back at home in Madawaska, Maine. She says of Boo: "She's the love of my life – right now."

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