I have decided not to get a poodle at this time. As much as I miss having a dog in the house, I am just finding too many cons to getting another dog. I know that I'll be kicking myself when I do decide that it's time, because I passed up, quite possibly, the perfect dog. I will probably have to look a lot harder later on, but deep down I think I made the right choice. Thank you all for the advice you've given me. I am going to stick around, because I do pretty much want a standard poodle and I'm sure there is much more to learn.