I am very interested in getting a bent. I am convinced that they are superior to wedgies in every way except one: defense against hostile dogs. What works to keep a German shepherd from snacking on my hips? Also, does anyone have any comments about pulling a trailer (BOB or Yak) with a short wheel base. I am thinking about getting a Burley HepCat, and I will ride it mostly on Sat and Sundays, 50-70 miles each day, like I already do on my wedgie. But about once a season I would like to take a tour, and can't afford an actual touring bike for those limited occasions. So would a trailer be a way to solve my need for speed on the weekends and my need for adventure twice a year?