Jennifer Aniston Reveals Why She Named Her Dog Sophie

02/27/2012 at 01:45 PM EST

Jennifer Aniston Talks New Dog Sophie
Jennifer Aniston, and dog Sophie (inset)
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What's in a name? For Jennifer Aniston and her new puppy Sophie, there's the memory of a few tears.

"We were [at the shelter] for three hours. I was almost walking out with three puppies," she told Jay Leno in a Friday appearance on The Tonight Show. "That's why we named her Sophie, because it was [like] Sophie's Choice. I was crying – it was so hard."

The actress, who adopted the pit bull mix with boyfriend Justin Theroux, said a friend involved in animal rescue had her on speed dial when a litter of 10 puppies showed up at a shelter one Sunday.

"They were left in a box in front of a shelter – so heartbreaking," Aniston said. "So we ran over."

The adorable puppy made sure she stood out from the pack. "Sophie came right up to us," said Aniston. "That was sort of a big indicator – they choose you." She then shared photos of the tiny pooch, who seems to be loving her new life.

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