In a recent interview with Extra, Miranda Lambert opened up about her surprise January marriage to New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin, talking about everything from her 7-month-old stepson to the perks of a multi-city relationship.

Both newlyweds' family expanded by more than one: McLoughlin has a child from a previous relationship, while Lambert is one of Nashville's most passionate animal owners.

“We have the best of both worlds,” Lambert says. “We spend time in New York, we get to see our adorable nugget, then we get to come back to the farm and have the quiet life. I’m enjoying the balance.”

McLoughlin must not work with the K-9 unit, because his new wife makes it sound as though he doesn't have much experience with dogs. Fortunately, he seems to fit right in with the leader of MuttNation's top non-musical passion.

“[Brendan’s] a great guy and, bless his heart, he didn’t have any dogs or any animals at all when he came into this relationship, so he inherited a whole barn full,” Lambert adds. “I was like, ‘Hey, I got the dogs, you got the kid, we can mix and mingle.'”

Lambert and McLouglin's marriage was a complete surprise to fans when she shared the news on social media in mid-February. The couple reportedly met in November of 2018 while the country star was in town performing with the Pistol Annies.

Lambert's MuttNation animal rescue charity celebrated its 10th anniversary on Thursday (June 6). The non-profit kicked off CMA Fest 2019 with its annual Mutt March.

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