In response to Karin Tomlinsonís letter to the editor (Whistler Question, 14 Feb).
I apologize if I gave you the impression that I approved of unleashed dogs at the swimming area of One Mile Lake, because I donít. Too many people and local/tourist dogs are a volatile mix, one I would never condone especially with children in the area.
I have not seen, but have heard of two isolated incidences where local dogs went swimming after geese, but the geese proved to be far faster and the dogs soon gave up.
I do agree that during the summer months the non-dog walkers are more numerous than during the rest of the year, but as I have not made a point of keeping track I have no personal evidence and do not feel qualified to comment on who outnumbers whom.
In my personal experience I have never witnessed an altercation between One Mile Lake dogs. They all know each other and greet each other with joy and enthusiasm. The older dogs teach the younger dogs about inter-doggy social etiquette all greet and treat the grand old dogs with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Having said all that I stand by my premise that to deny off leash dog walkers the right to do what weíve done for decades just because someone drew an arbitrary line in the sand is unreasonable and unfair.