updated 08/15/2012 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/15/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
Kelly Clarkson is taking her relationship with Brandon Blackstock to the next level: The couple now have a dog together.
“Uh-oh … commitment level,” Clarkson, 30, tells PEOPLE of their new addition, a German Shepherd puppy.
Adds Clarkson, who began dating the Nashville-based talent manager (and son of Clarkson’s manager of five years and stepson of Reba McEntire), 35, in late 2011: “He’s adorable.”
“I love them so much,” she gushed about her canine crew earlier this year on WhoSay. “I might be too attached ha!”
But Blackstock shouldn’t worry about competing with Clarkson’s four-legged friends for her affection. Come September, when football season kicks off, the two plan on taking time out for game-day dates.
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