updated 07/24/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/26/2013 AT 11:00 PM ET
She may not be ready for babies yet, but Miranda Lambert definitely treats her four-legged friends just like family.
“To me, my dogs are my children,” the country star told PEOPLE. “I think the unconditional love you get from an animal, especially a dog, is better than anything else.”
And one person who shares her pet philosophy? Her husband Blake Shelton. A few of the couple’s furry family members participated in their 2011 nuptials!
“The location was selected with the couple’s pets in mind,” Kathy Best, Lambert’s publicist and wedding planner, tells PEOPLE. “[Miranda] wanted a place where everybody would be comfortable, would have a great time, just feel at home and her dogs could be a part of it.”
When it came time to say ‘I Do,’ their pups were front and center. Says Best, “Cher the Chihuahua, Delta the Chihuahua-pug mix, and Delilah the terrier mix – got to walk down the aisle with Lambert’s eighth bridesmaid.”