Simon Baker's Dog Is "Time-Shared"

01/19/2012 at 02:00 PM EST

Simon Baker Talks Dog Happy: Video
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Looks like Simon Baker's celebrity perks extend down to his dog!

The Mentalist star splits time between his California home and his native Australia – and his schnoodle Happy also gets to take advantage of a second residence.

Because Happy can't make the trip Down Under, "He has become kind of a time-shared dog," Baker tells PEOPLE. "[Our family friends] looked after Happy once and they forged this wonderful relationship."

In fact, though the Bakers have been home for a couple weeks following their holiday vacation in Australia, Happy remains with his surrogate family. And the star thinks that Happy prefers it that way.

"He's a dog," Baker says laughing. "He's getting loved and fed and walked in both environments. He's got a bigger world now, more neighborhoods to sniff around."

To see more on Happy and how he joined Baker's family, check out the video below.

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