"They're our family," describes country superstar Miranda Lambert of her growing collection of pooches, horses, chickens and hogs with husband Blake Shelton.
While Miranda has a soft spot for just about any four-legged creature she comes across, the 29-year-old singer tells ET's Brooke Anderson that her brood of five pups holds her heart and she views them just as she would her very own babies.
"We don't have children so our dogs are our children and we kind of treat them that way," laughs Miranda of her of the dogs who travel with her everywhere, including on tour.
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Although Blake is currently gearing up for a return to The Voice and Miranda recently kicked off her 2013 Locked & Reloaded tour and started recording with her band The Pistol Annies, in less hectic times the twosome enjoys the country life on their farm in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
"We go home it's like a totally different world," says Miranda. "We're in the country, just with animals and we're miles from any major city and it really calms us down, keeps us grounded.
It should come as no surprise that, next to music, Miranda calls animals her "passion" which is why the singer has chosen to use her fame to benefit animals in need by partnering with the PEDIGREE feeding project. The program offers five shelters-in-need (from all across America) the opportunity to receive free food for a year if selected.
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"It's saved shelters up to $100,000 in the past," explains Miranda of the project. "I think it will draw so much [attention] to shelters and adoption and just really get people involved in their local communities with adopting pets."
To learn more about her partnership with the PEDIGREE feeding project, and find out how you can nominate a local shelter for a year's worth of free food, visit Facebook.com/Pedigree.
Watch the video for more from Miranda, who dishes on possibly judging a singing competition and why she frequently unfriends her husband on Twitter.