A matter of perspective

I told you a couple of weeks ago how I met up with my friend Sandy and one of his bipeds and we walked home together. Some of you laughed at the idea that the bipeds were chatting about nothing of any importance, so I’ve decided to let you make up your own minds about it. They were talking about a dishwasher!

Open dishwasher

Open dishwasher
Attribution: BrokenSphere [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I’ll tell you the tale of the dishwasher from the beginning. Sandy and his bipeds had moved to our village a few months before. The kitchen in their bungalow was nicely fitted out, but there was no dishwasher. Sandy’s female biped (SFB) was very keen to get one, but Sandy’s male biped (SMB) said that it would be too much work to fit one because of the layout of the kitchen. SMB said that it wasn’t possible to get the plumbing to a dishwasher in any of the places SFB suggested because of doorways and the solid floor. SFB was very disappointed but gave up on the idea of a dishwasher.

Sandy, like any responsible dog, offered to lick all the plates clean, but his bipeds have the same strange ideas about that as mine do!

Then SFB had a problem with a toe. She had injured it some time ago and once or twice a year it troubles her and she has to keep her weight off it for a couple of weeks for it to recover. This meant that SMB was doing the cooking and the washing up. On the second day, while doing the washing up after their evening meal, he had a brainwave. He could see a way to fit a dishwasher!

Dishwasher advertisement from 1896

By McClure’s Magazine [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

He told SFB the good news. She asked how that was possible and he explained his plan. They could get a dishwasher and put it in place of the washing machine. SFB said that although she was keen to get a dishwasher she couldn’t give up the washing machine. SMB said he’d anticipated that and this was the cunning part of his plan.

He would remove the fitted cupboard in the bathroom, make a few other changes and put the washing machine in there. She could have a tumble dryer on top of the washing machine if she wanted and he would build a new cupboard to contain them. SFB said it sounded great but was concerned about how much work it was for him. He said it was no trouble at all – it would only take him a few days to get everything done. I think you’ll get an idea how enthusiastic he was when I tell you that he managed to get a dishwasher delivered and fitted the very next day!

Our walk was a few weeks after this when SFB’s toe was recovering again. She was telling my biped that the work on the bathroom was almost complete and she could use the washing machine again. The bipeds laughed together and made jokes about how it only took two days of washing up to focus SMB’s mind and how rapidly “impossible” could become “no trouble at all”.

See you next Wednesday!


  1. Clowie,
    Our house has those same silly rules about not licking the dishes. Much less work for the bipeds if only they would agree! BOL!
    And how very true it is that it all about perspective! See you next week!

    • Yes, we could clean the dishes in no time at all. I think it would be what they call a “win win” situation! But sometimes they just won’t listen.

  2. Ha ha ha ha ha! How right you are about perspective Clowie. That sore toe did SFB a big favour.

  3. Hi Clowie.

    It’s not hopeless. Bipeds can be trained. We do the pre-wash and it is yummilicious. Our bipeds do remove some stuff that they say is unhealthy for us even if it smells soooooo good. And the dishwasher does a much better job with less gunk to lick off.

    We’ll be sneaking back to look at your blog whenever the bipeds are away.

    Woof from Doffen, Pepper, Chilli and Cayenne.

  4. Ah, the male human brain. Fascinating study, isn’t it? (For me, it is so interesting to get a canine’s observations of the male biped.)

  5. Ha! That is a good story! Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Dad doing the dishes created a powerful will! I love “doing” the dishes….

    Love and licks,

  6. I think doggy dishwashing makes sense……it’s a lot quieter than most dish machines anyway!!!!

    Hugs, Sammy

  7. I am not allowed to clean the dishes or vacuum the floor, because when we go visit elders bad things could be on the floor, Mymomwithoutpaws does not want me to be in the habit of it. Now with you Clowie I do not see any reason what so ever. Woof, keep at it they may succumb one day

  8. Just needed the right kind of motivation! I need SMB at my house to figure out how to put a washer and dryer side by side.

    • Yes, it’s amazing what happens with a little motivation. Perhaps inspiration would strike in your household if you asked for a little more help with the chores, ha ha!?

  9. Funny how once male bipeds figure out how much work something can be, they find the solution quite reasonable.

  10. Clowie it sure is motivational when one person sees what another means..first hand and tea towel hehehehe 🙂 hugs Fozziemum xxx

  11. BOL!!!!! I am so glad you shared what they were talking about! I was curious! hhaha!!!! That male biped sure sounds a lot like my hubby!!!!!
    Why is it these silly humans take on such impossible tasks!!
    Ah well!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  12. Another bonus of a dishwasher is that the counter above them gets warm..which is great for cat naps,but we’re not sure that dogs would fit on top of the counter.
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx

  13. Haha, that’s a great conversation from you today. And, hey there’s a famous TV show that dealt with nothing and lotsa people loved it. And, yeah, they laughed as well. Seinfeld. Our bipeds have a dishwasher but usually wash things by hand. We could save them both of those tasks! wag wag.

  14. Ha even an ouchie on a toe can lead to a dishwasher. Mom planned a wall breakthough once, because it was annoying to run around the house to enter the back yard, specially with the laundry. But my dad said: NO! NEVER. After two weeks where my dad had to carry the laundry and 87 (or more) bags of potting soil around, we’ve got the wall breakthrough and a new door :o)

  15. Hahaha! That’s exactly how my hubby came up with the “poop scoop pail” He was having to do the pooper scooping after I had back surgery! Necessity is truly the mother of invention!

  16. I’d let you help me clean our dishes. You could lick and I could stick in the dishwasher to finish the job.

  17. Great read Clowie! Laughed my wolfie socks off thank you 🙂 Just what I needed on a cold, wet March day in the UK 😉

  18. We always want to pre wash but are not allowed either. Why not if that machine is going to wash that stuff anyway?

  19. Oh I sneak up behind her when the washer is open with all those yummy foody plates and forks, If I plan it right, I can always get a couple of good quick licks in .. Then the gate closes on me and I am barred from the kitchen BOL… well worth it though Clowie, catch ya next week xxxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  20. Haha I love this story Clowie! Thanks for sharing it. I don’t allow the pups to clean our dishes either, they would be very good at it but we like the pattern and they would try to lick that off too!
    Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

  21. You always give a lift to my day, dear Clowie!

  22. Well you could have been talking about my daddy. Great story!


  23. A very cute story! All it took was a sore toe and a man washing the dishes.

  24. Haha, that’s a great story.

  25. Clowie
    How very nice to meet such a handsome and smart Wolfe! Mom has admired your breed in the dog shows!
    Oh the bipeds and their priorities. So e times I am amazed they can function! We thoroughly enjoyed your take on the conversation
    Madi your new friend

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