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Scandal’s Scott Foley: “My Dogs Teach Me Patience”

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With three kids under eight and two (pretty sizable) canines, Scott Foley is understandably busy.

“We have a full house,” Foley tells PEOPLE of his rescue dogs, terrier mixes Frankie, 2 and Lucy, 1. “It’s like I have five kids! But they bring a lot of life into the family. Life wouldn’t be the same without them.”

And the Scandal star says the dogs are “great” with his wife, actress Marika Dominczyk, and three kids: Marley, 7, Keller, 4 and Konrad, 2. “They treat the kids gently,” says Foley, 44. “And I think they teach the kids responsibility and patience. They definitely teach me patience.”

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Still, “it’s a lot of work,” admits the actor. “My yard is a wreck. Shoes are missing half their toes. They chew up the rugs inside. But in my opinion it’s a small price to pay for the companionship and the life they bring into our house. I’m so lucky.” 

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