updated 11/11/2011 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/14/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
The instant Jason Aldean brought his new puppy, Athens, home two years ago, he knew the dog would be a die-hard Georgia football fan – just like the singer.
“I had a Georgia helmet on the floor and she went right up to it,” Aldean says in the new issue of PEOPLE Country. “She’s a natural born fan. She has the jersey she has on now, it’s a new one because she wore the other one out.”
Sports runs through the dog’s veins – literally. The female bulldog is a distant relative of Uga, Georgia’s furry team mascot and is even named for the town where the university is located.