April 26, 2010 11:45 AM

On ABC’s sitcom The Middle, Atticus Shaffer (Brick), Eden Sher (Sue) and Charlie McDermott (Axl) play siblings who sometimes have to show a united front to get what they want from their parents (like cable TV).

In real life, the actors really do share one thing in common: They all have lots of love for animals.

“I love animals with all my heart,” Shaffer tells PEOPLEPets.com. “Even if I have them or don’t have them, I will always show affection to them.”

Older bro McDermott has a goofier take on his new golden retriever puppy.

“She’s smart,” McDermott says. “I’ve actually left some math homework out – and she did it all.”

Check out the rest of our video to see what else The Middle kids had to say about their pets!

See more celebrity animal tales on PEOPLEPets.com:
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