nickf » Did you read what I said? If you did, you'll note that I said that
(a) people shouldn't be surprised if a dog comes along
Ah, translation: "people shouldn't be surprised that dog owners feel entitled for their dog to do what it likes". How galling it is for you that some other people don't like your dog not being under control.
But the dog owners are entitled to be there, just as much as the picnickers, and the dog owners are there 52 weeks a year, not just for two weekends in the summer.
I don't think anybody disagrees that dog owners are allowed to be there - I think some of us are even happy if they bring their dogs. What we're suggesting is unacceptable is when the dogs interfere with other people who are also allowed to be there. Oh and BTW I do also particularly like the sense of entitlement which comes from being there more often.
(b) tolerance on both sides is a good thing.
Can you remind me again what the dog owners are being tolerant of? Other people sitting there minding their own business not interfering with their dogs? It doesn't seem a particularly two way thing this tolerance.
Oh and I noticed that you didn't suggest stopping anything or banning anything, just as I'm not suggesting stopping or banning dogs which are sufficiently under control that they don't come interfering with my things, sniffing around my picnic, or jumping up at my kids who might be afraid of dogs