Carrie Underwood’s touring life has gone to the dogs.

The country megastar tells CMA Close Up pooches Ace and Penny accompany her on the road, but the furry Underwoods stay away from the stage.

“I would think the bright lights and noise would scare them pretty good,” she says. “So I leave them on my bus when I can. They need their quiet time, too.”

Bringing Ace and Penny on tour costs a pretty penny, the dog lover says.

“I know at many of the hotels we stay at, we have to inform them that we are traveling with two dogs. Usually there is some kind of fee for that. That said, they’re totally worth the extra costs and efforts,” Carrie adds.

Carrie is just one country music animal lover.

Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler and others are also parent to four-legged children.