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Hey @aliciaremer, so excited for you to take your backpacking to overnights! To me, the night sky and the break of dawn are some of the best things about backpacking. Since it's going to be you and the pupperz, I would recommend getting a 2-person tent. There isn't much room to spare in a one-person and the added weight is negligible. I think for space, weight, and price, you cant go wrong with the REI Quarterdome 2SL. That said, Nemo, Big Agnes and MSR also have some great lightweight tents. If you go to REI.com, you can filter backpacking tents by weight (example here). I would try to stay around 3 lbs or less; I look at package weight vs min. weight. As for specs, I usually recommend aluminum poles and at least 1 vestibule (keep your pack and boots here to have more room in the tent for you and the pup). Hope this helps!!