I have a 23k in-ground pool. I am in N. Calif. just above Sacramento . I have read numerous posts about closing a pool in a cold/freezing climate but that doesn't apply to me. Freezing temps are rare, but I do have oak trees that will be dropping copious amounts of leaves and acorns. I thought about a cover, but I have pets (cats and a 80lb German Shepard) and I am concerned they would try to walk on it and BAD things will ensue. I am sure there is a logical solution, but I have no idea what it is. I would dearly love not to have to be skimming leaves and daily emptying the vacuum bag all fall/winter.