Chris Colfer's Dog Dies
11/30/2012 AT 09:00 AM EST
"I had him for ten years," the actor tells PEOPLE. "I had him since I was 12."
Thankfully, the Glee star got to spend some quality time with his best furry friend over the summer, when he and his family rented a house in Pismo Beach, Calif.
"I am really glad we got to take him to the beach before he passed," Colfer says of the trip, during which he also rescued a stingray.
"He was one of those dogs who was the worst puppy," he continues, "but then became the best dog after a few years."
In addition to Jake, Colfer is also the proud pet dad to a senior cat named Brian, whom he adopted in April.