updated 09/18/2011 AT 10:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/19/2011 AT 9:10 AM ET
When Jenna Dewan Tatum had to pack up for Chicago to shoot the new NBC series The Playboy Club, she couldn’t leave her home in L.A. without taking a little piece of it with her. So the actress brought along a stowaway: her 4-year-old miniature Japanese Spitz, Meeka, who’s thrilled to be on a set for the first time. Read about that and the rest of a week in the life of Jenna Dewan Tatum in her Doggie Diary.
Generally, Mondays have super early call times. As in, 4:30 a.m. When we get onto set, I go into hair and makeup and Meeka comes with me. She sits on my lap while I get my hair done, and she really sits there and watches us do it. It’s the most amazing thing. She’s the best dog. When the makeup artist goes to apply mascara, Meeka licks her hand. We don’t know why she does it, but Meeka gives hand kisses every time I get mascara put on. That’s our morning routine.
My other dog, a pit bull mix named Lulu, is in L.A. with Chan [her husband Channing Tatum]. I had a video call with him today, and when I said hi to her, she turned her head at the sound of my voice. I’m such a mom to these dogs; I hate leaving them. I hate it! When Chan’s not there, we have a friend or different dog sitters watch Lulu. I’ll call them and be frantic, asking, “How is she? Did she go to the dog park? Did she get along with the other dogs? Is she eating?” They’ll tell me to calm down because she’s fine. The dog walker gives grades, and the first time she went to the park, Lulu got a D. But now, she’s as happy as can be, and for the first time today, she got an A. I was so excited.