Maine and New Hampshire are blessed with pristine state parks that allow residents and visitors to explore mountain vistas, forests primeval, beautiful lakes and rivers and breathtaking beaches. Just don't bring your dog.

Dog owners like myself have had to accept these rules that will not allow my family and I to bring Rosie, our black lab, with us if we choose to go to state parks. When we recently went to Reid State Park in Georgetown, we had to leave Rosie at our cottage on Bailey Island. But thankfully, we didn't have to leave her behind when we made our boat trip to Admiral Robert E. Peary's home on Eagle Island in Casco Bay after the park staff made an exception.

If dog owners act responsibly, keep their canines on a leash and clean up after them, there doesn't seem to be any reason why they cannot be allowed to be with their families in Maine State Parks and New Hampshire State Parks.

Do you agree with this policy? Do you think both states should amend their rules to allow responsible dog owners to bring their pets to Maine and New Hampshire state parks? Share your thoughts here on our web site and on our Facebook and Twitter pages under the hashtag #NoDogsAllowed.