As the paparazzi continue to hound his family, Jon Gosselin knows he can count on man’s best friend to watch his back, people.com reports.

“The people outside my house, I can’t control that. But in all the pictures, my lovely puppies sit out there,” said the star of Jon & Kate Plus 8, of his German shepherd puppies named Shoka and Nala.

People.com says caring for the dogs has been a welcome distraction for Jon, who was spotted leaving a bar with a another woman recently.

But the pups don’t come without trouble, he says. “There is no corner of my wood-framed house that has not been gnawed off and either replaced by my contractor or is ready to be replaced,” he said.

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