Are you a dog lover, like me? Do you have tons more fun doing stuff with your dog, as opposed to not? And, most importantly, do u like to backpack?
Well bringing Spot along with you on your trip might be "just your speed" (and other analogies). Dogs require special care on backpacking trips, but I assure you, he/she will LOVE you for it.
**ALSO** If you have a little programing experience, check out this 'ible for an insane dog backpack mod!