Nicole Richie dons leggings and a plaid shirt for a walk with husband Joel Madden and their two dogs

Nicole Richie keeps it casual in leggings and a plaid shirt for a walk with husband Joel Madden and their dogs Roki and Xavi in ​​Santa Barbara

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden were spotted on their July 4 vacation with their four-legged relatives in Santa Barbara on Saturday.

The couple gathered their two German Shepherds, Roki and Xavi, and took a walk through a suburb, including a stop to get coffee.

Richie, 40, appeared to be the leader of the pack by taking over the leashes for both dogs and then taking the lead for the rest of the walk.

Family time: Nicole Richie, 40, and husband Joel Madden, 43, gathered their two German Shepherds, Roki and Xavi, for a walk in Santa Barbara on Saturday

Richie, 40, kept it casual-cool in the fashion department, wearing black leggings and a blue and green checked shirt.

She also donned a pair of black sneakers as they walked around the neighborhood with Roki and Xavi on either side of their mother.

And with the sun shining down and the temperature hovering just above 70 degrees Fahrenheit as a highlight, the Simple Life alum wore sunglasses and a baseball cap.

Pack Leader: The couple, who have been an item since 2006, stopped for coffee then went back on their walk with Richie and their two dogs in charge

Pack Leader: The couple, who have been an item since 2006, stopped for coffee then went back on their walk with Richie and their two dogs in charge

Relegated to carrying the coffee and snacks, Madden followed closely as he wore long black shorts with a matching hoodie and sneakers.

He also chose to protect himself from the sun with a black baseball cap.

To ring in the new year this past January, the 43-year-old Good Charlotte frontman posted a photo of one of their beloved puppies, declaring, “2022 We’re ready.”

Happy 2022: To ring in the New Year this past January, the 43-year-old Good Charlotte frontman posted a photo of one of their beloved puppies, declaring: '2022 We're ready'

Happy 2022: To ring in the New Year this past January, the 43-year-old Good Charlotte frontman posted a photo of one of their beloved puppies, declaring: ‘2022 We’re ready’

Her boys: Richie and Madden regularly post pictures of their two boys on their instagram pages

Her boys: Richie and Madden regularly post pictures of their two boys on their instagram pages

The couple, who mourned the loss of their dog Iro last year, have been posting photos of their two German Shepherds regularly since they became part of the family.

“When we lost our sweet boy Iro last year, we didn’t know how we could ever get a new dog. German Shepherd enthusiasts and working dogs know how these dogs become such an important part of your life and they leave a place that is impossible to fill,” the singer shared in an April 2021 message.

“Thank you @kempkes_executive_k9 for bringing these two wonderful boys into our lives, and continuing to help with training and care. Roki & Xavi are full of love 24/7 and always take care of us. We are grateful for these two.”

Madden shared ab Roki and Xavi ingnir

Four-legged family members: Madden shared his grief over the loss of their dog Iro and how he was finally able to bring a new dog into the family

Richie, the founder of the fashion and lifestyle brand House of Harlow, began dating the rocker in December 2006.

They confirmed their engagement in February 2010 and eventually married on December 11, 2010.

Along the way, they became the proud parents of two children: daughter Harlow (14) and son Sparrow (12).

Family Matters: Richie and Madden are the proud parents of two children: daughter Harlow (14) and son Sparrow (12)

Family Matters: Richie and Madden are the proud parents of two children: daughter Harlow (14) and son Sparrow (12)

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