01/03/2012 at 11:00 AM EST
Lance Bass is starting 2012 on a very cute note.
"I got my very own Ewok for Christmas!!!! Thanks Ma!!" Bass wrote on his WhoSay page
New Year's Day, including a photo of a cuddle with the tiny pooch in bed.
Bass and his boyfriend, Michael Turchin, named the fluffy pup Sadie Button Turchin. The dog, while not an actual Ewok (we don't think), appears to be a tan-colored affenpinscher
A day after happily announcing Sadie's arrival, the star revealed he was dealing with some sad news about one of his two beagle mixes
"Positive energy for my buddy Dingo – vet found a mass near his heart," he wrote on Twitter
Here's hoping the new addition can bring comfort to the whole family.