I've realized I'm gunna need a dog when I go on my trip. Like, for sure. It's kind of a must.
Imagine little me, setting up my tent alone in a site filled with other people and some person walks over. He says, "Hey there, how ya doin? You here all by yourself?"
"Oh, well that's interesting. Have a good night!"
Later that evening, while I'm sleeping soundly in my amazing teal colored REI sleeping bag, dreaming about hiking...
ZIP! Bash! Now I'm dead/unconscious and about to be raped.
Now imagine this situation with a German Shepard by my side...
See my point?