Luke does not know that the job of a pool boy is to HELP with the pool. Instead, he makes filling the pool into quite the project. This pool we have has a removable plug which is very convenient for draining it. The only problem is that Luke learned as a puppy last year that the plug could be pulled and it was fun to run around with it (and he did not forget this over the winter). I worried he’d swallow it. Finally, we came up with the solution of putting the plug in from underneath so he couldn’t steal it.
But that means picking up the pool, after first trying to rinse the dirt out from the last use, and then trying to get the plug in. That is not easily done when Luke wants to do two things: get in the pool before you can fill it, and play with the water coming out of the hose!
Meanwhile, while you’re trying to do all of this, Cricket also expects you to be throwing the ball!
Does anyone else’s dog like to play with the hose? Our only other dog that’s done that was our Lab mix Maggie. She loved it, until one day she was afraid of it. We’re not sure what happened….but our elderly neighbor used to care for her sometimes and we wonder if he sprayed her too hard with it, or she jumped in when he was power washing or something. I try to be careful to turn the power of the spray down when Luke wants to play, and he just loves it!