If the measure of a man is how they treat animals, then Aaron Franks will be celebrated as a saint someday in doggy heaven.
Awesome Dad Spends 3 Years Building Epic Dog Palace Complete With Pool
The north Florida man recently brought a long-gestating pet project — a three-story deck and patio outfitted with electricity, running water, and pool — to completion and it is something to behold.
But this lavish spread isn't for himself.
No, rather, it was built for his three pups, whom he describes as "family" in a Facebook post that has since gone wide on the social web with more than 118,000 shares.
In the description attached to his photoset (which we've edited lightly for grammar and spelling), Franks explains how the deck and patio came to life:
"It took me 2 years to build but well worth it. I'd like to say thank you to my wife for being patient and understanding, plus she gave me the $500 for the paint so I could finish painting it. Haha, love u babe. Our dogs are a part of our family and our dog house almost completes our home that we've been working on for 10 years. I guess some people wouldn't call it a dog house but that's the shortest name I could come up with. It's a 3 story play area (dog story). It has 3 entrances, it comes equipped with electricity, running water, 3 swings, inground pool, 2 security cameras, indoor staircase with ramp, fire hydrant, pirate ship wheel, access to food and water, its mulched where they do their business, 3 rabbit escape holes, plenty of spots to lounge in or out the sun, plus a boom-boom room."
As the pictures compiled below reveal, he put a lot of effort into both the design and execution of this very elaborate dog house.
Included amongst the features is a shallow, dog-sized pool (BECAUSE FLORIDA HEAT IS OPPRESSIVE AF) ...
... nautical-styled portholes for games of peekaboo ...
... and ramps for easy doggo access (steps are hard, don't @ me).
Fleshing out this doggy retreat are numerous bone-shaped accents seeded throughout the space, along with a "fire hydrant" adjacent to the area reserved for the pups to do their business.
And with three doors, Franks' dogs can enter and exit as they please. Security cams, for their part, afford the family peace of mind that their pets are safe and sound.
The one must-have accessory not incorporated into these cool doggy digs? A flatscreen television.
But as he notes in his post, it might just happen — someday.
"My kids want me to put a flatscreen out there so they can watch animal planet but i don't know, that might be to much, haha."