Are you mad yet? I, Iike many of my generation, have become complacent about the attacks on our fancy. Over the past 40-something years, I have done my share of lobbying elected officials on behalf of the sport, but of late I have left the effort to others with more ability and energy than I.

However, breeders are now more at risk than at any other time in my life. We have a government that has intruded on our day-to-day lives in an unprecedented manner. Because the American public is under assault on so many fronts, our voices are in danger of being drowned out. This must not happen. The proposed changes to the Animal Welfare Act will destroy our sport, and as tragic as that would be, the greater tragedy is that the animals that have made our lives so rich will disappear right before our eyes.

Only a handful of Terrier breeds will survive more than a few years. If you are in your 30s, you will live to see most of our breeds disappear. Those that do survive will be the products of commercial operations that focus on the pet market, bearing little resemblance to the dogs that the hobby breeder produces.

Find every neighbor you have who owns a purebred dog, and tell them it will be the last one they will be able to get. Tell your kids to tell their friends that they will never get that dog their dad promised them. Tell the people in the vet’s waiting room that the purebred dog they love so much will be their last dog. Scare them all, and maybe they, too, will get mad.