Okay, believe it or not I will try to keep this short! I am out of the country for Christmas for one week. This is just day two...I left a friend who I really thought I could trust to take care of my home. I paid her, loaned her my car (she doesn't have one) and gave her gas $. I also board her horse and whether in exchange for chores around the farm so she knows my schedule, my policies, my feeding preferences, and my animals more then anyone else. Well, today I get a call from animal control. Apparently a neighbor called AC because another neighbor was firing a gun at two dogs on his property. AC confiscated the dogs. Since I keep my dogs registered with the county, current on rabies, micro chipped, and with tags with my numbers on them I was immediately contacted to learn my dogs were the ones being shot at! Luckily the guy was a really bad shot! I mean What the What!!?? They are puppies...3 and 7 months old. And they are with my livestock ALL DAY and are VERY SAFE. Did he think they were coyotes? What is wrong with people!? I wouldn't fire at a dog without FIRST checking if it was a danger! I have had different dogs on my property on 3 different occasions and never once considered inflicting harm because they were all friendly, easy to catch, and return to their owners...ANYWAY... AC has no problem calling my dogs over and taking them home. They called me and said I needed to come home and I explained I was in Quebec and that I would need to find out where the girl who was supposed to be caring for them was. I call her, she says "I got bored, so I left to hang out with a friend." O>>M>>G! If I had been there, I would have decked her!! I was SO angry!! I mean...sure, I know this could happen to anyone. But it didn't, it happened to her, with my dogs, while she was responsible. And it could have been avoided if she had either "sat" at my house which she was house-"sitting" OR if she had put the perimeter collar on the older puppy!! The collar keeps them within a 90 foot radios of the house. The younger puppy is too young for it, but she never leaves when the older one <Mercedes, the rott in the picture with my buck> is home. Back to the story: I demand she gets home and she agrees. About 20 minutes later I get a call from highway patrol telling me she has been pulled over for speeding and reckless driving and asking if she has permission to drive my car!! I was *this close* to saying no, but I needed her to get home to my pets. She FINALLY gets home and she locks my dogs in the house so she can leave again to use my car to take her boyfriend...who also has no car...to work. Keep in mind I am really upset about 2 additional factors at this point. One: everyone else I can think of to call is out of town. My brothers, my parents, and my father-in-law. Though, my father-in-law was there recently twice and saw no trace of her so there is a good chance she has not been there basically at all since I left and my dogs panicked and left. I assume this because I leave regularly for a few hours with no perimeter collars on the dogs and they stay put. I assume overnight being left outside - these are indoor dogs - they got scared. Also, I am upset because I have had an inbred trigger happy hick neighbor kill two of my dogs before. This jerk let them out of their shed when I was not home, encouraged them onto his property, and shot them under the pretense that it is legal to shoot dogs on your property in this rural setting. He did this because these dogs, which were malamutes, would howl every night for a few minutes. They "sing" to scare off other predators - so when coyotes would come by barking and squealing and taunting the malamutes would howl to warn them off. It was extremely beautiful and very effective. My neighbor thought it was "annoying." I guess coyotes picking off his goats was better... She got back to my house and I called again. I wanted to apologize for yelling at her and take a moment to explain why I was upset and what I considered to be appropriate behavior for taking care of my home and animals while I am gone. We'd discussed this before, but apparently she forgot. I explained that the more she was there, the lesser chance of something like this happening again. I also explained that she MUST put the collars on when leaving the house, and that if she will be gone for a long period the dogs need to be in the garage where it is warm but easier to clean if she leaves them long enough to go "potty" inside. Now I just feel so frustrated and guilty. What was I thinking leaving my 2 dozen pets for a week? And with a girl I know to immature...even if I thought she could handle it...? And two are pregnant! Oh I would never forgive myself if something happened to one of my pregnant goaties...then it's not just her, it's babies too! Oh and one of my new young goats...they wouldn't stand a chance without proper care. Ugh! And of course I can't get back home, it's the week of Christmas and I live across the country and I have no car to drive back. Everything is booked or rented... Oh, and to add insult to injury my check to Olivia at Capriola for Isis got sent back to my house as "undeliverable" and I have no way to get one out to her. Poor Olivia has had to put up with so much stalling from me! I lost my checkbook (well, the same girl who is house sitting put it in a drawer in my house and didn't tell me...which I didn't realize until after I canceled the book and ordered more), I got snowed in with no mail service for 4 days, then my new checks that were scheduled to arrive the 14th (I paid an additional $30 for rushed secured delivery) didn't arrive until the 20th! Now this! I'd be lucky if she doesn't give up on me and sell Isis to someone else. I know I would! I am also frustrated because I told her very specifically to go into the doe's pen and MAKE SURE the doelings were able to eat before the big girls could shove them out. She tells me that she doesn't do that... "Oh, I just put some hay on two sides of the stall and the little ones eat from one pile and the big ones eat from another..." I explained to her that I had put as many as 4 separate flakes in each corner and the older girls would all but chase the doelings from pile to pile being bullies. She just gives me an "oh." And I can HEAR it in her voice that she is going to continue to just throw the hay in...no protect the young girls... Am I overreacting? How would you feel? Would you put this friend on the "block" list? How much bad can happen to my doelings the the seniors are pushing them from pule to pile? Keep in mind they will still eat, but not *as much* as they should... Thanks for letting me vent. I needed it.