Take care of things back home while on the road

Flying Squirrel

DOG, SITTING—The writer’s cute pooch Gracie, a Sheltie, seems to wait patiently for her master’s return. Or at least until she gets a snack. THOR CHALLGREN/Acorn Newspapers

There’s something about a summer vacation. The annual experience of unwinding from our daily lives, discovering new destinations and leaving our cares behind. Ah, bliss.

Wait, back up a minute. Leaving our cares behind? Cares like the house? the pets? the plants? What am I going to do with those? I can’t go on vacation!...

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