Thanks so much for the green square; I'm sorry I'm late to respond, I just saw the greenie tonight. I agree with your sentiments regarding unleashed dogs. Actually, the my-unleashed-dog-has-human-rights attitude is not the majority opinion, from what I can tell from the many notes that are sent my way whenever I speak up. There are a few very loud people who try to make it seem like they are "right," and that makes others hesitant to write their contrasting opinion. Bottom line, however, is that if a hiker allows their unleashed dog to invade another hiker's space to any degree, then that hiker is inconsiderate and should stick to the woods behind their house. People come first, period. I love dogs, but I would never be so arrogant as to think another person should put up with my out-of-control pet. Anyway, thanks for writing.