Haha! My dad is the same exact way every time we go away. Lately my parents have been going on vacation while I'm home so I can take care of the animals, but it never EVER fails that something goes wrong while we/they are away. Last year they went to California. I was working full time and one day I got home and the horses had knocked down a bunch of fence boards. I learned how to fix that real quick! LOL I think it's more difficult going away when you don't have a family member looking after your animals. No one really knows how to care for them quite like you do! Heck, it worries me just to leave my gecko and my fish in someone else's care. I can't even imagine how I will feel should I ever get larger animals of my own!