Nick Cannon Sends Mariah Carey's Puppies to the Doghouse

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon's Twins Haven't Met the Dogs
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
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06/22/2011 AT 01:20 PM EDT

New mom Mariah Carey has been busy nesting with her nearly 8-week-old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe, but she'll have to wait to spend time with the other twins – the furry ones – she welcomed right before 'Roc and 'Roe arrived.

It turns out that Jill E. Beans and Squeaky, the two dogs born to Carey's Jack Russell terrier Cha Cha in February, have joined their mother, along with Jack Russells Dolomite, Jay Jay and Jackie Lambchops, in the doghouse.

"I put the dogs outside!" Cannon told PEOPLE in New York on Tuesday. "My wife still has a soft spot for the dogs – I think they should go outside."

In fact, the babies haven't met Carey's beloved pups at all.

"[The dogs] don't even know that there are babies around yet," Cannon said. "I built this really big doghouse outside, like their own house, so they don't have to come inside my house."

It's understandable that Cannon would be so protective. The twins are just learning to smile and even showing a little personality – and the new dad wants to treasure every moment.

"Right now it's just a bonding time," he said. "Just holding them skin-to-skin. I can't wait for the activities, but right now, it's just really the nurturing process."

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