I'm trying to talk my DH out of making our annual trip to Hot Springs for the motorcycle rally in September. It's really our only vacation each year, but we have a hard time finding a reliable petsitter. Last year we hired his younger daughter to petsit, but it didn't work out well IMO. She arrived in time for us to give her instructions. Then we left, stopped in town to get a hamburger for our trip and saw her drive by! She almost beat us back to town. She came back up to the farm to check on things only once per day, which meant the chickens had no supervision and Charlie dog was stuck in the house all day long. There was a hurricane approaching, so we came home early and found she wasn't here and things were a mess! The coop was wide open in the pouring rain and Charlie was freaking out on the storm. DSD just doesn't get it. This year we have a puppy about halfway housebroken and a new cat, besides the chickens and our barn cat that is scared of people. My DH insists that this year he will lay the law down to her and insist that she stay here (it can't be any more boring than at her mom's house), take the pup out on a regular schedule and keep a close eye on the chickens. I hope this works! I really don't want to go!