My family and I will travel out of town for two weeks in the summer and I'm really worried about what to do with Shadow, our leo. I don't really want to board her at the vet and don't trust a relative to watch her. I do have a friend that would take her into her home, but have reservations about how Shadow would adjust. So, I REALLY need some good advice, please! We lost our first leo, Barney. He only was with us for 3 months but never seemed to adjust. He had been at the pet store for 1.5 years. And since that loss, I am afraid our two week "absence" from her will be detrimental. I'm even considering taking her with us! (We live on a small pond and a few years ago a brown duckling took up with us. Everytime she would see us outside, she would come running up and would actually peck my feet to feed her. Well, our Ducky disappeared when we went on our usual two-week summer vacation. A neighbor dog-sat for us and was comfortable feeding Ducky as well but said she disappeared a few days after we left and never came back. Either something got her or she flew off thinking we had abandoned her.) So now you have some background on my paranoia. (Can you tell I'm a worrier?) I just don't want us to jeapardize the health and well being of our Shadow. See, here it is February, I'm already stressing about vacation in June! Shadow has grown by leaps and bounds considering she had a broken arm when we first got her at the end of November. (I have her and late-Barney's pictures posted on the HC site). When we got Shadow around 4-5 months old she only weighed 13 grams. Now she's weighing in at 54 grams! (And we can now confirm she is a she, like we thought all along). The vet said she's a Tangerine Fire, but I've seen other names, too, Super Hypo Tangerine, etc. What's your take on her? She still has the bands on her back but they are fading away. Anyway, enough rambling for one night. Thanks for the vacation advice, it's greatly appreciated!