Kenneth Cleaver 

Consumer Correspondent

Kenneth H. Cleaver

P.O. Box 810

Bedford, NY 10506

Mrs. James Edward Clark

President, Poodle Club of America

720 Cat Tail Branch Road

Greenwood, DE 19950

Dear Mrs. Clark:

I need help -- perhaps more help than you, your organization and your poodles can provide.

For quite some time now I have wanted a poodle. However, I am not a mans man. I possess no strong opinions on cars or the NFL, I have never smoked a cigar and though I can lift certain heavy objects, I cannot fix them. Sadly, I care what other people think. Poodles are not manly dogs; most cats are more virile. Poodle ownership, I fear, will feminize me beyond the pale of the social parameters in which I live.

Being a prominent member of the poodle community, I thought you might be able to put me in touch with men facing a similar dilemma. Im sure theres not a support group, but perhaps you are aware of an owner who has successfully grappled with this issue. I reckon I only need a firm kick in the butt, a good pre-poodle pep talk -- but from a man.

If I had my druthers, I would casually pepper poodles in tobacco ads and beer commercials, perhaps convince several professional athletes to own one or two. But if I had this kind of clout, I would not be writing this letter.

Any advice you might offer would be tremendously appreciated.


Kenneth H. Cleaver

Read the Poodle Club of America's Response.


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