04/18/2011 at 03:00 PM EDT
Eve, a diva? Not when it comes to her three dogs – Spunky, Bear and Prince outshine their rapper mom in diva-tude by a mile.
Spunky, the oldest, is a 13-year-old, 2-lb. teacup Yorkie. "She has no teeth and her tongue hangs out the side," Eve told PEOPLEPets.com at last week's Women In Need dinner in New York. "I think that makes her cuter than she could ever be."
Bear, who is an 11-year-old Yorkie, is "my special one," Eve said. "He's delicate. You've got to be calm with him."
Prince, a 7-year-old Pomeranian, takes it a step further. "He's my attention whore. If he were an actual person, he'd wear bowties and have a very high voice. I always say he's my gay child. They're all my babies. I love them."
The hip-hop star used to travel with Spunky and Bear, but they made too many messes in her hotel rooms, the cleaning bills racked up. Now, the dogs stay with Eve's mother when Eve travels, which happens more often than she'd like. "I miss them tremendously," she said. "I miss them so much."See more celebrities and their pets on PEOPLEPets.com:Kristen Bell's Dogs Are Her Biggest Fans Morgan Freeman's Childhood Shadows? His Pets