Eva Mendes sparks emotional response as she remembers her 'first love'

The Hitch actress is dating Ryan Gosling

The Hitch actress – who shares two daughters with Ryan Gosling

Wasn't referring to her partner, but instead reminisced about her beloved pet pooch Hugo, who sadly died in 2014.

Eva had nothing but kind words to say about the show's host, Cesar Millan, who she credited with helping her be a "better human" to her dogs.

She's so grateful to Cesar and his new show 'BETTER HUMAN BETTER DOG'. It's taught Eva so much.

Eva previously revealed that owning dogs helped prepare her for motherhood.