A friend helps name the “super smart” rescue pup that actress brought home just days before the big holiday

By Amy Jamieson
Updated December 21, 2012 07:30 PM

Christmas has come a few days early for Zoë Saldana.

The actress has received a gift in the form of a little white rescue pup that she adopted just days before the holiday.

“Meet Mugsy!!! Rescued her last week – my best friend named her – ha! She’s adorable and super smart,” Saldana Tweeted Thursday, with a photo of the wiry-haired pooch sitting in the passenger’s seat of a car.

Perhaps spending timing with her boyfriend Bradley Cooper’s dog Charlotte is what persuaded the The Words star to adopt a furry friend of her own. Saldana spent Thanksgiving walking outdoors with the white chow/retriever mix, who is definitely one of the leading ladies in Cooper’s life.

“She has to like my dogs,” The Hangover star told PEOPLE in 2009 of what he looks for in a potential girlfriend. “My dogs and I come in a package.”

Here’s hoping Charlotte and Mugsy have already hit it off!