Kiran Hefa
May 15, 2013 10:00 AM

She’s beautiful, stylish and fun, but when Lauren Conrad throws a party, it’s actually her rescue dogs, Chloe and Fitz, who end up stealing the scene.

“They get thrilled when I have people over because they get so much attention,” the fashion expert, 27, told PEOPLE at a launch event for Malibu Island Spiced Rum in New York on May 7. “They’re the belles of the ball,” she said, before humorously wondering about new addition Fitz, “What’s a boy belle of the ball?”

But while she described her pooches as “sweet,” not everything is perfect at Casa Conrad since the arrival of Fitz, whom the former MTV star dogshamed in November for chewing on one of her shoes.

“They have a walker who takes them for two hours a day just to make sure they get enough exercise, so Fitz comes home every day with a cloud of dirt around him. Literally, like every other night, this dog gets a bath because he is just the dirtiest dog,” she said.

“If you pat him on the back, a little puff of dirt comes up. It’s adorable until he’s on your light-colored sofa, and you’re like, ‘Nooo!’”

Luckily for the furball, there are no hard feelings between him and his owner.

“He’s so cute,” said Conrad, “so it doesn’t really matter.”

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