08/29/2011 at 02:10 PM EDT
Purses and dog carriers – who needs 'em? Hilary Duff
gave her shoulders a break while visiting friends in Los Angeles on Aug. 26, opting to carry her wallet, keys – and Yorkie Jak – herself.
Jak's place in Duff's arm played a dual role for the expectant actress
, shielding her growing (but still small) belly from the watchful lenses of nearby paparazzi.
When shots of Duff's bump circulated the Internet, some said it was "growing fast." Duff stepped in to clear up the rumors: "Totally photo shopped," she Tweeted
. "People are weird!"