Scott Foley Prepares for Third Child – with a New Puppy

09/22/2014 at 10:30 AM ET

Scott Foley TGIT Scandal Shondaland Party
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Some people read books, others plan their nurseries and a few enjoy a babymoon to prepare for a new addition.

Scott Foley gets a dog.

“My new motto is, ‘Just give me the mess.’ Just throw it all my way. I’ll take it, it doesn’t matter,” the Scandal star, 42, told PEOPLE at Twitter’s #TGIT premiere event for Shondaland’s ABC shows.

Although Foley is “so tired,” the actor — who is expecting his third child with wife Marika Dominczyk — admits there’s not much he can do before the delivery. “You’re never ready, especially for number three,” he says.

Instead, he packed up his brood — including daughter Malina, 4½, and son Keller, 2 — and headed to the pound to pick out a lab mix puppy. But, unfortunately, everyone’s not on board with the furry new family member.

“Her name is Frankie,” he shares. “My daughter is in love with her, picks her up, carries her everywhere. My son won’t step on the ground because he’s terrified of her.”

And if it all gets to be too much for Dominczyk, Foley jokes that he makes it a point to remind his wife how good he has it.

“I’m so fortunate that this job affords me time to be with my kids,” he explains. “I’m lucky enough to spend more time with my kids than the normal father … at least I tell my wife that when she gets mad at me.”

— Anya Leon with reporting by Matthew Cole Weiss

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Marcia on

To each his own, but the last thing I would have wanted when I was going to deliver was a new puppy! You’re busy enough.

Redhead on

He is a very handsome man

charlotte on

cute dog, handsome guy. his wife is one lucky gal!

Jes on

I love that they went to the shelter to get this little fur baby. Congrats and good luck!!!!

Ava on

Rescued dogs are the best! I’m sure Scott and his family will be very busy for a while, but they’re young and can handle it!

krista on

What a cute dog😊😊😊😊😊😊😊. Mr. Foley is hot😉😉😉😉😉😉😉!!!!!

Nancy on

My father brought a puppy home to my mother, when they had 4 kids. A 6 year old, 4 year old, 2 year old and a newborn. My mother wanted to KILL him. But of course Harrigan was there to stay. Great dog! Have fun! LOL.

DaisyMoon on

OMG…I want that dog…seriously I want him…he’s so f re akin’ cute.

DaisyMoon on

*her…I want her.

Callie on

He is so HOT!! Sexy to the max. I can’t believe Jennifer Garner has been married to this hunk and now Ben…..she must be doing something right

Anonymous on

I never got over how Jennifer Gardner cheated on him with the other guy when she was married to this hot guy, then of course she also dumped the other guy when his turns was up and hooked up with Ben and got pregnant. She’s no dummy because out of all three Ben made/makes the most money!

Brooke on

LOVE that he got a shelter puppy, but the timing seems crazy! Puppies are a LOT of work! Oh well, to each their own – just don’t let her get lost in the shuffle when the new baby arrives!

dan on

Adorable puppy!!

Storm on

Sorry, but he shouldn’t have got a dog that his young son is terrified of – very, very unfair on the boy. What were they thinking? And with a new baby on the way – some people are very selfish and really don’t think about the well-being of their children. We always wanted a puppy but my little brother was petrified of dogs so we never got one – our parents actually considered the WHOLE family when making decisions such as these. What an idiot Foley is.

NV on

Ooh the puppy is so cute!

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