Hey all! I just wanted to say this is a wonderful, very informative forum. I don't own a poodle yet, but hope to in the next year or two once I get a job and get settled. My family has always been a huge supporter of animals - my mom is involved in the NJGAP (greyhound rescue), and we have rescued Siamese cats as well. I have been researching dog breeds for a while, and fell in love with the poodle for its intelligence and fun loving attitude. I would like to get a poodle, and in addition to having a wonderful companion, train him/her as therapy dog - my brother is special needs and I have seen firsthand the importance of such work. My concern with getting a dog is the fact that I would be a working poodle Mom, and am unsure about leaving him alone from 9-5. Anywho, I am on this forum to learn as much as possible about the being a responsible, prepared owner.