Just Because It’s Rover Doesn’t Mean It’s Really Rover in Katy Perry’s New ‘Small Talk’ Music Video

For someone whose stans call themselves ‘Katy Cats,’ Katy Perry sure loves dogs! Or at least, she loves her adorable dog Nugget, who co-stars in the music video for her new single, “Small Talk.” The song is a cute-enough breakup banger that is completely elevated, if not upstaged, by a star turn from Perry’s teacup poodle, who gets to wear tiny clothes and have a Lady and the Tramp moment with a male model’s Weimaraner. And unlike many human actors, Nugget can even shed a single tear on cue! We smell a Palm Dog award in Nugget’s future, because Brandy from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood clearly isn’t the only ginger “It” girl in town. The video features a “Mutt Ball” (the theme of which, according to Katy Perry’s Instagram, is “TRAMP not CAMP”) and — in its pageant-mom matching-outfit realness — seems to take equal parts inspiration from Cruella de Vil, Toddlers & Tiaras, and Best in Show. The video also does that Beginners thing where the dogs have cheeky subtitles. It also also does that Spring Awakening thing of there being a refrain that’s just the words “blah blah blah” a bunch of times because they’re sassy. All we want to know is this: Now that Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are friends again, do you think Nugget hangs out with Benjamin Button?

Katy Perry Channels Best in Show for New ‘Small Talk’ Video