Encourage away, Skeeter. For my part, though, this isn’t “part of the problem”. The problem is more global. My problem is that when I change my behavior then the system changes. I lower my electricity usage so my rates go up. I limit my fuel usage through more efficient means of transportation or walking/cycling but I pay more and more in fuel taxes on what I do use. I call the cops but they don’t bother to show up. The list goes on…so, I take my dog to the little pocket beaches so she can enjoy the water, too. I don’t feel guilty about it. I don’t care what other people think about it. If you want to view it as a discourtesy that’s your problem. I’m not hurting anyone and my dog is cleaner than most people on the beach, even if she poops, since I clean it up immediately. My dog doesn’t leave garbage strewn about. My dog doesn’t stab or shoot anyone. My dog doesn’t accost anyone. My dog is also always leashed, even when she’s swimming.
So, I’ll keep doing what I do. If you don’t like it that’s fine. just don’t expect me to agree with you or care about your opinion if you chose to accost me.