I had to go away for the 4th of July weekend. I asked the 12-year-old girl two doors down to feed Lightning twice a day. She's done it before and it worked out well (for short trips away I stopped having someone stay at the house because I think it is actually less stressful on the animals). She's always been very responsible. Well apparently that went out the window the day I left. My neighbor Linda was concerned that Hannah might forget and called her parents to find out if she'd been feeding Lightning. Apparently she had decided she didn't want to do it. She'd been over there at least once, because she took the money I left for her. But her dad (actually her grandfather--it's complicated) fed Lightning a few times and Linda did it several times. Lightning seemed okay when I got home (in fact he hadn't eaten his dinner which makes me think he might have gotten more than two meals a day for at least a couple of days), but I am LIVID. I'm waiting to calm down before I address this. Every time I go out of town, I have to talk myself out of calling my housesitter/dogsitter every day to make sure they've remembered to feed Lightning. I should never have trusted a 12yo girl, no matter how responsible she's seemed in the past. Just needed to vent, but if anyone has any ideas on how to handle this, please post them!