Jenna Dewan-Tatum: My Dogs Are My Kids

10/05/2012 at 12:30 PM EDT

Jenna Dewan-Tatum on WhoSay

No, Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan haven't started a family just yet – but they already have two children running around the house: pit bull-Catahoula Cur mix Lulu and Japanese Spitz Meeka.

"I consider my dogs real-life people stuck in a dog's body," Dewan-Tatum, 31, tells PEOPLE. "They are my kids."

And if starting a brood of their own happens to be in their future, the couple seem well-prepared for the world of parenting.

"I always joke around, 'If I can love my actual kids as much as my dogs, we're golden,'" she says, adding, "My dogs are everything to me. I love them so much."

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