updated 08/01/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/02/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
There’s something about the love between a man and his dog, and for Jackson Hurst, it’s no different.
The Drop Dead Diva star has fallen hard for his new rescue puppy, a pit bull-Lab mix (with the possibility of mastiff, too) he recently adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society. “Bear is the light of my life right now,” Hurst tells PEOPLE.