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03/24/2011 at 12:59 PM EDT
For the longest time, it was just Michael Vartan and his dog Millicent. "Before I met my fiancée she used to sleep in the bed with me," the actor told PEOPLEPets.com.
Now, Vartan, who got engaged
last March, is getting ready to walk down the aisle with Lauren Skaar, and along with the love of his life comes a shepherd-greyhound mix named Lucy. "Technically I have two dogs because my wife-to-be has a dog," he explained Saturday while attending the Humane Society of the United States 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards in Los Angeles. "We're big dog lovers."
Does he forsee any catfights between the dogs in the near future?
"No, they're both totally submissive, which is great," he said. "They're like, 'You have the ball.' 'No, you have the ball.' "
In fact, the dogs are so chummy, he said they act "like sisters from the same litter."
Currently starring opposite Jada Pinkett Smith in the TNT series Hawthorne
, Vartan would much rather this doggie duo entertain themselves at home instead of at work with Daddy. "I try to keep [Milli] away from set as much as possible," he said. "It's not fun for dogs. Concrete is not a good place to go to the bathroom."
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