Australian actress Nicole Kidman has paid out $9,000 (GBP5,000) on six guard dogs in a bid to frighten away potentially dangerous stalkers.

The single STEPFORD WIVES star is delighted she now boasts a household full of pets, because she's no longer scared of spending nights home alone.

A friend says, "Nicole is aware that she hasn't really thought enough about safety in the past. However, since fellow stars such as CATHERINE ZETA-JONES and Britney Spears have got stalkers, she thinks it's time to do something about it.

"She's single now, without a man around the house, so having the dogs makes her feel so much safer."

22/08/2004 14:20