Father of five seeks poodle puppy–and, since it turns out that puppies are for some unknown reason harder to find than they were when he was a kid himself, seeks puppy desperately. Must be poodle. (We have some allergy problems in the house, and poodles don’t shed. And all the books say that poodles are smart, a critical point, since wife insists on a pet with the brains to get with the program.) Anyone who can recommend a breeder in the Bay Area will be thanked as a delivering angel.