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Rick Perry Adds A New Chapter To His Love For Dogs

11/09/2013 02:51 pm ET

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has a known love for dogs. The newest member of his clan is already fitting that feeling.

The Des Moines Register caught up with Perry on Friday to talk about his newest canine friend, Scout. Perry told the paper that it's a rescue dog from Tijuana, Mexico.

“He’s the luckiest dog in America,” Perry said, showing off photos on his iPhone. “That’s what I tell him.”

Perry's protection of dogs comes with a notable twist. Back in 2010, the governor famously told the Associated Press that he needed just one shot to kill a coyote bothering his daughter's Labrador retriever.

"Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote," he said in April of that year. The incident took place in February.

That labrador puppy remains a fixture on Perry's official Twitter account as his avatar. Below, some other photos of Perry interacting with dogs:

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This 1971 provided by the Perry Campaign shows Texas A&M University yell leaders Rick Perry, left, and Tommy Orr with dog Reveille III, the TAMU mascot, at College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Perry Campaign)

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Gov. Rick Perry, left, and Adan Gallegos, right, help service dog Boots place his paw print during a ceremonially signing of House Bill 489, at VFW Post 76, Friday, June 7, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry stops to pet a dog while campaigning on January 14, 2012 in Georgetown, South Carolina. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

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Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry stops to pet a dog while campaigning on January 14, 2012 in Georgetown, South Carolina. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

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Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry stops to pet a dog while campaigning on January 14, 2012 in Georgetown, South Carolina. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

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