09/26/2013 AT 12:40 PM ET
It wasn’t quite like the first time he laid eyes on singers Austin Jenckes or Holly Henry on The Voice, but another face-to-face meeting got Blake Shelton fired up Wednesday: his official introduction to Hoda Kotb’s dog, also named Blake Shelton, on Today.
“I love him. I’ve seen so many pictures of him that I feel like I know him,” the country singer told Kotb, as he snuggled with the pooch in a chair beside her.
Kotb adopted the black and white cockapoo in March after a segment on rescue dogs. A few days later, Shelton called into the morning show and convinced Kotb – who has been open about having a celebrity crush on the singer – to name the dog after him.