11/10/2011 at 05:30 PM EST
Looks like Robert Pattinson
is as dashing in real life as he is as Twilight
alter-ego Edward Cullen.
Promoting The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
on Live! With Regis and Kelly
Thursday, the British hunk opened up about rescuing his dog
from a shelter near Baton Rouge, La.
"He was in one those shelters where they don't keep them around for very long," Pattinson told hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa
. "He was on his sixth of seven days."
But after being adopted by the actor, Pattinson's puppy, Bear, saw his life turn around immediately.
"Just by coincidence – this doesn't happen in my life very often – but I ended up being on a private jet like three days later," he continued. "It was kind of ridiculous. Literally three days after that, we were going to L.A. and he had his own seat [on the plane]."
Since that first trip, Bear has quickly adapted to his owner's jet-setting lifestyle, traveling to Toronto
, and Pattinson sees that trend continuing.
"I've smuggled him over borders many times," he admitted.