Katherine Heigl: I’m a ‘Mad Dog Lady’

Katherine Heigl

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updated 01/20/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET

originally published 01/23/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET

For Katherine Heigl, the decision to add a pair of shepherd mix puppies to her brood in October was an easy one.

“I always want animals in my life,” she tells USA Weekend magazine, describing herself as a “mad dog lady.”

The duo, named Flora and Tamber, joined an already-crowded household, also home to miniature schnauzers Romeo and Stella, mix-breed Piper, schnoodle Wheezer, and Scar, the “hotcake” hound. But the newest additions proved to have a bigger impact on Heigl’s husband, Josh Kelley, than the actress herself.