Hey Seattle! Stop letting your dogs off leash in areas they are supposed to be restrained. I hate to say it, but the world doesn't like dogs running at large. (Don't ask me why because I am not sailing on that boat.)
Here's the thing. It seems so innocent, right? Yes, you should be allowed to have your dogs off leash anywhere but according to the laws that govern our cities, you're not. Some cities have been gracious enough to give you a place to have your dog off leash and to play with them. Some have not. Don't take advantage of those that have!
Your dog should be under control at all times - whether it is on leash or not. Many dog owners I know and have met along the way don't keep their dogs under control. Most haven't bothered to teach their dogs how to Heel ... and I don't think I could count on one hand how many I know who have taken the time to teach them how to Heel Off Leash!
I don't know why but they seem to think that it is great to let their dog be 'wild and free' ... maybe it's the deeply suppressed Hippie coming out in them? I don't know.
Off leash is just that. It is not an invitation to let your dogs run wild. If your dog is running around all willy-nilly and making itself a nuisance than people will complain.
Yes, you love your dog. Yes, I love your dog. Maybe your neighbour even loves your dog. But not everyone out there will. Many people out there don't want your dog coming close to them - some are afraid, some will be irritated with your dog, some just don't like animals. Be respectful of others and accept their choices. (Does no one follow the Golden Rule anymore?!)
Perhaps if your dog had great recall and dropped everything to run back to sit in front of you when you called, it wouldn't be a problem.
Perhaps if the possibility of the next guy coming along weren't walking his severely Dog Agressive dog (note he's in an ON leash area with his dog on a leash where he though it would be safe), it wouldn't be a problem (let's hope you don't ever have to make that emergency vet visit!).
Perhaps if your dog didn't jump on the child that looked like he wanted to play (but was really screaming bloody murder because of his serious fear of dogs), it wouldn't be a problem.
Let's hope the city's dog haters out there don't start petitioning to CLOSE your off leash areas since you're not using them anyway.
You know one thing I hate worse than asshats who hate, harm or profit from animals? Asshats who love them so much their common sense is clouded so much that they endanger their dog, other animals or other people.