in the woods and sleeping by myself even with a gun. I want some companion animal with me for comfort. I would prefer to have a large dog or two out there with me for a sense of security. Dogs will bark like crazy if some wild animal comes near. They will also deter unsavory humans. Even having a couple of horses at a dogless camp would give me comfort. Horses will spook and raise hell if some thing or somebody threatening comes near camp. Animals will cause commotion and wake up their master in the fart sack. They kind of act like a security guard. The woods are creepy. Bears, wolves, cougars, psychos...Bigfoot? Who knows. When soldiers are in the field, somebody pulls night watch. Cowboys always had a night watch on a trail drive.