Viewers of the ITVBe show know how devoted Pete is to his handsome French bulldog Ernest – something that he reiterated during a video chat with co-star James 'Lockie' Lock uploaded to the show's official website this week.
Lockie asks Pete if Ernest has seen Jess Wright lately – a reference to Pete and Jess' blossoming romance in the most-recent series of TOWIE.
With Ernest sitting on his knee, Pete replies: "To be honest, he ain't seen her for a little while and to be honest with you, I think he would get a bit jealous if I got a bit close to a bird.
"Obviously, we sleep together, don't we? He gets in bed with me, under the covers, puts his head on the pillow. We spoon and have a little chat and that."
Lockie then asks Pete if he knows Ernest is just a dog. Pete replies: "He's not just a dog! There are just dogs and then there's Ernest."
Awww. We heart Pete. And Ernest.
The TOWIE cast are currently in Scotland filming the annual Christmas special, The Only Way Is Essexmas, which airs on ITVBe next month.
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