On my trip to Wyoming and Utah, I was either with an adorable 6 week old beagle/bulldog mix named "Ellie" or a 3 year old cat named "Chibi". I can honestly say that I really miss it. I don't care if you are or aren't an animal person, I think you'll get where I'm coming from. Pets are the perfect example of pure unconditional love. They don't care that you may not be the best looking person person, or if you don't have all the money in the world, or that you were rude to someone earlier. They love you no matter what. All you have to do is feed them and give them shelter. Of course an occasional petting session is awesome too.
I think pets can be so comforting and lovable when you want them to be. I definitely miss all the attention these two little guys gave me while I was with them. Not long after getting home, I did go ahead and buy a fish but it's just not the same at all. Can't wait till I have my own house one day with a great big yard so I have a dog!