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July 29, 2016 06:09 PM

For those wondering if Wells Adams, a former contestant on JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette, is single, you should know that his heart is already taken by a 90-lb. bloodhound named Carl.

Adams, who has always loved the breed (and dogs in general), adopted Carl two years ago, and in his audition video for The Bachelorette, made it clear that he wouldn’t do the show if the woman didn’t like dogs.

“In my video, I’m sitting in my house on the couch, and I’m like, ‘My name’s Wells and I’m a DJ,’ ” he tells PEOPLE. ‘Carl walks into the shot on the background, and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s my dog Carl. If the girl on the TV show doesn’t like dogs, then you can just count me out. I won’t come to the show.’ “

While being away from Carl to film the show was “really, really tough,” the dog was in excellent hands — he got to kick it with Adams’ sister in the Nashville suburbs. Plus, Adams devised a trick to stay in touch with Carl despite being forbidden from having contact with the outside world.

“The reason Carl has an Instagram account isn’t because I’m a narcissist dog owner, but when you go film The Bachelorette, they take your phone away. You can’t be on the Internet. So, I started an Instagram account for Carl and gave my sister a log-in. I said, ‘Hey, I want you every couple of days to Instagram Carl,’ ” Adams says. “I would always pester the producers and say, ‘Can we go look at my dog’s Instagram account just to make sure he’s okay?’ And they were cool with it.”

When Adams isn’t filming reality TV shows — he’ll be on Bachelors in Paradise, which airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC— or working as a radio DJ, he’s helping out at the Nashville Humane Association. Every Thursday, the organization, which places more than 4,020 animals into homes every year, brings a dog that needs to be adopted to the iHeart studios, where Adams works, and to take painfully precious photos with the DJ.

“We’ll talk about the dog on the air and take pictures,” Adams says. “I’m a big dog person so anything I can do to help the National Humane Association, I’d do.”

To Adams, dogs are perfect life companions — it’s why he bought a house with a big backyard and an SUV to accommodate Carl. (“The most expensive things I own, I bought because of my dog.”) 

“Dogs have a weird ability to sense your emotions. They are very good at comforting you when you don’t feel so hot, or matching your emotions when you’re energetic. It’s weird how intuitive these beasts are,” Adams says. “And the majority of humans are obsessed with them. I honestly do not know what I would do without my dog.”

While we hope that Adams ends up with perfect dog-loving woman, we’re not sure how she could ever compete with Carl — emotionally, yes, but also physically. He’s basically an Olympian. 

“I’ll go on 7, 10, 13-mile runs with him, and it doesn’t faze him at all. It’s amazing. He’ll do it all with his nose to the ground the entire time,” Adams adds. “He’s a stud. I’ve had like Labs that are like really fit, but Carl is 90 pounds and can run 13 miles without breaking a sweat.”

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