And there it is!! The day in and day out, as Audrey stated, for years to come. Besides the money factor this is the second one that people tire of and that is why so many are in rescues today. High maintenance anyway you look at it. As for the vacation time, I would also agree with this for most, I for one happen to have an excellent care taker when I leave, but that just adds to the dollar signs. But they seem to be far and few between..