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Re: [ft-l] FT Hikes & Dogs

We're talking now aren't we.  
As a responsible hiking dog partner, I don't think there should be a blanket 
rule disallowing dogs just because not everyone likes them.  The activity 
chair should be posting this for each activity based on appropriateness, not 
their feelings about dogs.  Dogs are aware of who likes/dislikes them and of 
fearfulness so I agree with you that group activities are not the place I go 
with mine.  However, my dogs do not scare off the wildlife as they usually 
alert me to it with their more keen senses.  Not all dogs are insecure and 
barking at everything that moves.  A well trained, obedient dog is not a 
problem.  People on both sides of issues, need to walk in the others shoes 
for a while so that reasonable compromises can be set and each can appreciate 
that other's opinions.
I've hiked with several dogs who are more respectful of the quiet and 
peacefulness I crave than their owners.

Trailma, Lady, and Wishbone

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