Kirk Douglas: 'I Could Never Live Without Dogs'

09/22/2011 at 09:00 AM EDT

Kirk Douglas: 'I Could Never Live Without Dogs'
Kirk Douglas
Courtesy Kirk Douglas/Peta
He is an actor, producer, director, author, husband, father, grandfather ... but Kirk Douglas wants you to know that he's also a dog owner.

"My wife says I could live without a wife, but I could never live without dogs," Douglas says in a new interview with PETA Prime.

The Oscar-winning movie legend has two Labrador retrievers named Danny and Banshee at home. Banshee, the newer of the two, has been providing some solace for the Douglases and his new buddy Danny since the recent loss of dog Foxy.

"If I come home and the dogs are not there, the house feels empty," Douglas says. "If you don't have a dog, you are missing a lot in life."

"I've had dogs all my life," he adds. "They have never failed to give me friendship."

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