updated 12/27/2013 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/27/2013 AT 11:00 AM ET
Baxter, Burgundy’s beloved canine companion, returns for the highly anticipated sequel, but with a twist: The pup’s original portrayer, Peanut, passed away in the years between films, so a new pooch was cast to fill his A-List paws.
Shelter pup Quince “was found wandering around a grocery store supermarket,” says his trainer Ray Beal, before making his big screen debut in Anchorman 2. But you’d never guess the dog was a newbie based on his days on set.
“He and Will [Ferrell] got along great,” says Beal. “Will’s a super nice guy; he’s great with animals.”
Should the Academy choose to award out animal Oscars, we believe there’s one in this dog’s future – think Uggie, only shaggier – but don’t take our word for it. Check out Baxter’s story above.