Fran Drescher: My Dog Comes from Another Planet

06/16/2011 at 07:45 AM EDT

There may be a reason why Fran Drescher's pocket-sized 10-year-old Pomeranian, Esther, resembles the fuzzy otherworldly mogwai, Gizmo, from the 80's flick Gremlins.

"I'm convinced that she comes from another planet and she's down here to observe our culture," the Happily Divorced star tells PEOPLE. "So they made something that's really extra cute, that no human can resist."

The fluffy pup's irresistible features sometimes make it hard for Drescher to take the dog on walks. "Everybody stops me on the street to say, 'What kind of dog is that? Is it a cat? Is it a dog? Is it a marsupial? Is it a teddy bear?' Nobody seems to know."

Esther may mystify others, but Drescher has her all figured out. "She's the most unique little creature," she explains. "She's the kindest living creature I've ever met in my entire life, any species. And I feel very lucky to have her."

See what Drescher has to say about her "perfect companion" in the video above!

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