updated 06/01/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/01/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
Dina Manzo, former castmate on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, is known for her huge heart. So it was little surprise that seven months ago, when the reality star set her eyes upon a 6-week-old Chihuahua with no front legs, the pup instantly found a forever home.
“I was going to foster her, but I fell in love with her the minute I saw her,” Manzo tells PEOPLE Pets at Project Ladybug’s Ladies Night Out event she hosted May 25 to benefit children with cancer. “She’s a licker. She licks everyone’s face.”