Anyone can hike with a 4 legged, toothed BIG dog. I took ole' Tripod, a rescue mutt, with me on the 600 mile CT last year. She did the 600 miles W to E. She on three legs! She ate well, slept with me in the tent, rolled in exotic droppings and sniffed her heart out. She was 100% a companion.Try hiking with dogs, they LOVE it!
I could hardly make it with two "Good" ones. See what Love is?