Steven Tyler Talks to His Dogs
07/28/2012 AT 11:00 AM EDT
"[I have] a Yorkie and a Morkie," he tells TIME. "One is a teacup I put in my pocket. And the other one I put in a sling over my shoulder, and I walk around, and it's the cutest f–––ing thing on the planet.
After battling drug addiction for years and entering rehab multiple times, Tyler confesses that his now-sober lifestyle can get lonely at times, which is when he turns to his pooches for support.
"Dogs have a lot of love," he says. "They sleep right next to my neck."
In addition, the duo also helps the rocker stay in line, filling the void left by his former hard-partying habits.
"I miss going out to a club, yakking it up. So I talk to my dogs," Tyler says. "When I'm listening to final mixes [I'll say] 'You think Joe's solo should be a little louder?'"