September 26, 2013 04:40 PM

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.

A pet lover himself, Shelton said on the show he has “five or six” with wife Miranda Lambert, who added to the brood over the weekend when she brought home puppy Bellamy from a dog rescue in Florida.

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