For people who are not wild about dogs and are seeking a way to cope in “mutt-mad” Seattle:
Many of the problems described in the article would be alleviated if the people who want to be separated from dogs would join with the thousands of dog parents to advocate for legal, designated, leash-free spaces to be provided in each Seattle neighborhood.
A major problem is that Seattleites don’t have off-leash facilities within reasonable distances of their homes and in each neighborhood.
Designated, well-signed off-leash areas give certainty to people who don’t want contact with dogs. Those citizens can avoid the areas and enjoy outdoor spaces that are devoid of off-leash dogs.
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More off-leash facilities would satisfy the needs of the owners of Seattle’s 150,000-plus dogs to have spaces where they and their pets can exercise and play without infringing on the space of people who don’t want to be around dogs.
People who are wary of dogs — or fear them — should urge the Seattle City Council to provide more money to the Seattle Parks and Recreation department to establish off-leash areas in each Seattle neighborhood.
Sharon LeVine, Seattle