updated 09/02/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/02/2011 AT 10:30 AM ET
Since becoming the season 10 American Idol champ, 17-year-old Scotty McCreery has been on the road with his mom, Judy. Meanwhile, his dad, Mike, has been holding down the fort – and taking care of the McCreery family’s dogs, Becky and Junior.
“I have two fou-fou dogs,” McCreery tells PEOPLE. “I don’t really know how to describe them. They’re weird.”
McCreery’s father doesn’t seem to object too much to Becky and Junior’s company, though. “Now that Dad’s home alone, he lets them sleep on the bed with him,” McCreery says. “Mom’s like, ‘They better not be sleeping on my side of the bed!’”
At the very least, Junior has the ability to provide a few laughs. “Junior, he’s a character,” McCreery says. The 8-year-old pooch often runs around in circles or heads to the front door to bark whenever a doorbell rings on television.
“Junior’s toys are whatever he can get his mouth on,” McCreery says. “We have ant traps under our couch and he’ll go and eat them. Nothing stops Junior.”
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