Kris Allen's Dog Zorro Graces Cover of New Album
updated 04/24/2012 AT 04:30 PM EDT
•originally published 04/23/2012 AT 09:00 AM EDT
"We thought about it for a time, and then we got a dog and we're like, 'Okay, we're good!'" Allen told reporters at the American Idol results show Thursday.
The adorable French bulldog, who "likes to lay around all the time," had better wake up before he misses his 15 minutes of fame: He joins his dad on the cover of his new album, Thank You Camellia, which comes out May 22. "I made him famous," Allen joked. "He's our tour mascot."
The pooch was a surprise Christmas gift from Allen's wife of three and a half years, and also a compromise.
"She wanted a dog, but she wanted a small dog, and I was like, 'I don't like small dogs,'" he explained. "But [a French bulldog] is kind of the middle ground because he's still kind of like chunky and got like big muscles, [and] big dog personality."
When Allen hits the road to promote his new album, there will likely be plenty of dog treats on his tour bus. "If he comes out, he'll probably be with my wife, and we'll have to make sure he's got his own little bunk and stuff," he said.