Jane Lynch with dog Francis
07/20/2012 at 02:10 PM EDT
Why stick with one when many will do?
adopted an Australian shepherd mix
in December, shortly after losing her cat
, Greta, and has officially settled on at least six names for him.
"Francis Willoughby is his full name," Lynch tells PEOPLE, but that's not the only one he goes by.
"We call him Bannis, I don't know why. Instead of Francis, I call him Bannis or Ban Ban. Franny, Francisco, Francois … We have tons of nicknames for him."
The multi-monikered puppy joined a big family that includes two other dogs and a cat.
"He's doing great," Lynch says, "but my 12-year-old Lhasa Olivia is not too pleased with him. They're not getting along great, but they'll be OK."
"He's mellowing out already, but he's sweet and he's funny."