This Pool is For The Dogs – Literally

A house is up for sale in Massachusetts, and it’s got a big dog bone shaped pool. Cheers to the guy who put this in!

MassLive shared:

A property newly on the market in Western Massachusetts offers a customized home for both human and furry residents.

The 6,240-square-foot home was built as a bed and breakfast “by and for dog lovers,” the listing states.

The property features seven bedrooms, including four guest rooms with private bathrooms. The contemporary ranch offers an open floor plan, with a large kitchen and living room that opens onto the rear deck.

One of the more unique aspects of the property is the pool. The home features an indoor, bone-shaped swimming pool that is a favorite of dogs visiting the property.

The home is located on 31 acres of land in the rural Hampden County community of Holland.

The question is, how do you bid our regular service for an indoor pool that is virtually guaranteed to have dogs regularly swimming in it? Think of having to pay extra attention to not just what the skimmer has caught, but what it isn’t catching. The potential for dog hair to clog filters, the insides of pipes and fittings, the drains and the filter system!

How about keeping the chemicals balanced with the oil from a dogs skin and fur? It’s not a matter of being outright yucky, but dogs do have a lot more going on that the homeowners kids in most regards. I read a few articles that compared a single dog in a swimming pool to have the same effect on the water as 50 people. Mutiple dogs … it’s like balancing a pool after a weekend kegger! Keep this in mind when you bid out weekly service.

Truth be told, not everyone in the world is going to come at a service tech with this kind of situation – but you want to keep your eyes open just the same. Does the lay of the land reveal a lot of dog toys around, or even IN the pool? It’s no joy for a vinyl liner either ; think of all the paws scraping into the liner. Maybe the owners don’t tell you about it, but the dog could spend as much time in the pool as they do, so you have to keep your eyes open to all potentials.

Does this mean an increase in service fees? Ask yourself if you’re vacuuming more dirt from the bottom of the pool. Are you using more than standard mixes of chemicals to keep the pool balanced? Are the results of the homeowners dogs keeping you on the job longer than necessary? Don’t be afraid to ask for a bump in fees to do the job right. After all, you are doing a job, and to do it right costs money. Woof!