DALLAS, Texas – The Bush family has announced adopting a rescue puppy named Freddy.

Former US president George W. Bush says he and his wife, Laura Bush, visited the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas last week just to thank employees for their work, but they ended up leaving with a puppy.

Mr Bush wrote on Facebook that they named the puppy Freddy, adding that “even our cats Bob and Bernadette are finding Freddy’s charm futile to resist.”

The puppy is an Australian Shepherd mix, and about 12 weeks old, Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told the Dallas Morning News.

The Bush family’s most famous pet, a Scottish Terrier named Barney, died in 2013.