Jason Lewis Jumped Into Ravine to Save Chihuahua
"The only dog I've legitimately risked my life for was a Chihuahua," he told PEOPLE at the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine. "A friend of mine got us lost in the redwoods. Ten hours later [the dog] was exhausted in my backpack and fell out of it, down into the ravine. I plunged after her with a headlamp and managed to survive."
The hunky actor saved the little dog's life. "It was pitch black," he remembered. "We actually beat the search and rescue team dogs by about half an hour."
The dedicate pet-lover was the proud owner of a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Benga, who sadly passed away recently. "I had her fourteen years this summer," he said. "She was a gorgeous baby."
Though he keeps a collar, leash and blanket as momentos of the sweet dog, he isn't going to try to replace her anytime soon. "I'm exceptionally good to my animals and I'm not in a place to give them the kind of time that they'd need," he said. "Eventually, when I have a big old ranch I can stick six of them on [it]."