It looks like soon-to-be-father and Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez is not only preparing himself for his daughter’s joyous arrival in May but is also preparing another beloved family member as well – his adorable black Lab Romeo!
“I think Romeo’s going to have a hard time at first,” the 28-year-old former U.S. Army soldier tells PEOPLE. “There’s not going to be so much playing catch 24/7 but at the end of the day, he’s a loving pup.”
“I think he’s going to be able to adapt to her one day pulling on his tail, pulling on his ears, trying to ride him, whatever it may be,” he adds hopefully.
Romeo – who became a Martinez household member over a year ago when he was purchased and then given to J.R. as a gift at an auction – has definitely earned a special spot in his owner’s heart.
“Someone found out about [me wanting the dog], they purchased him, then turned around and gave him to me,” he says. “I have to tell you, that’s my boy. I love Romeo. He’s the best.”
“Sometimes, my girlfriend Diana [Gonzalez-Jones] and I will say, ‘He’s human. He’s totally human,’” the stars laughs. “He’s so good, such an amazing dog. When you look at his face, Romeo is the perfect name for him.”
Yay for pooches!