Hiking with Animals (non-human)

In this forum, discuss anything related to backcountry travel with animals, be they burdened or unburdened.
-- inquire about gear ( dog packs, shelter, food )
-- gear distribution ( who carries what )
-- places to go / not to go
-- backcountry experiences while traveling with your animal friend
-- backcountry experiences with someone else's animal friend
-- introduce your friend
-- ethics / polemics ( leash/no leash; how to co-exist with folks who are offended by your "pet"; what to do with "poop"; where / where not to camp (close to water?); etc.
-- etc.

" Not all those who wander are lost ! "
J.R.R. Tolkien