updated 08/08/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/08/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET
Jordin Sparks might always be on the go, but she has four furry companions to help remind her of home.
“My dogs are amazing!” she told PEOPLE of her Lab, Noni, and three schnauzer-bichon-poodle mixes, Maggie, Miles, and Minnie, at a VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Energizer benefit concert in New York City last month.
“If something’s wrong [with me], they kind of shift their mood, too,” the American Idol champ said. “They can sense it. It’s really nice to have that. It’s a piece of home that I can take with me.”