Roma Downey & Mark Burnett's Hound-Dog Love
06/29/2009 AT 07:45 AM EDT
"He's called Maximus because the two boys, [sons] James and Cameron, out-voted [daughter] Reilly because of the movie Gladiator!" Burnett tells PEOPLE Pets about one of his beloved pups. But the mellow dogs are anything but warrior-like. "You don't want dogs around where your guests feel like they are about to get bitten or something – we've all been in those places," adds Burnett. "[Finn and Max] are calm and non-threatening."
Yet Burnett has no illusions that he's the master of the house when it comes to his pooches. That honor goes to the lady of the manor – his wife. "They love her," he says of the dogs' devotion to Downey. "They follow her around everywhere."
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