Last week's column on the increasing number of irresponsible people who let their dogs run off leash, along with not cleaning up after them, unleashed a huge amount of reader mail.
Essentially all of it was positive, which I found very refreshing.
One person wrote, "Thank you very much for writing about this subject. I would imagine you'll get plenty of rude e-mails from dog owners."
I did expect a bit of that. Then again, the laws and boundaries are so crystal clear on this issue, it's essentially indefensible. So maybe the violators, like the many I've spoken with on the trail, are choosing to just ignore the issue altogether.
I wanted to share portions of the many messages sent to me to illustrate just how widespread these problems are becoming. I knew it was an issue, but clearly many besides me are fed up with the amount of people who knowingly break leash laws and also deliberately don't pick up after their dogs.