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. Them bipeds are sometime just silly. A dishwasher! Who needs that when you have puppies 🙂

  2. Really, male bipeds should concede the point that female bipeds often have the best and most sensible ideas first. 😉 So much time could be saved that could then be spent on more important things — like talking walks with canine companions!

  3. Clowie we just read your ‘about’ tab. We now know you are a lovely lady.

  4. Great post Clowie. The doggie here, Ande, does lick the plates but the Person washes them too. We don’t have a dishwasher either. We have the Person all trainedto do the washing. Have a great evening.

  5. That’s so funny. Yes, it’s easy to look at someone else’s problem and think “why, that’s no problem at all!” But then… when it becomes YOUR problem… well, that’s a whole other story! BTW, I’d love to have you come to our house Clowie and lick our plates (that’s the pre-rinse cycle! It saves water!). Our Rita is so fussy, she does a terrible job on them! And don’t even think of giving her a bowl with yogurt in it, or a plate with some peanut butter. She’ll just turn up her nose and walk away!

  6. Now THAT is a totally funny story Clowie…Mom Linda found it way fun…male bipeds are actually rather predictable….maybe SFB just ‘pretended’ her toesie hurt…heh…heh…very clever we females are you k know…

    • I’m glad you liked it, Savannah! I think SFB’s toe was genuine because I heard her say that if she’d known what would happen she would have had a fake bad toe long before that!

  7. Wait a minute… I still haven’t figured out why lickin’ the plates clean doesn’t work? MOUSES!


  8. I am so curious as to how the Faultless Quaker dishwasher works, what a neat old ad! Congratulations on the reno and finally getting a dishwasher installed, I am sure you do a stunning pre-rinse Clowie, and then let the machine to all the elbow work! Have a great weekend 🙂

    • I’d like to know how it works – it looks like you’d just get a load of pieces back out, but it assures us it doesn’t even chip the plates. Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Hawk aka BrownDog

    Hi Y’all!

    Yep, my Human suggests something and gets turned down flat…but after a few days my Human Papa suddenly suggests the same thing…

    Silly Humans!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  10. We agree Clowie but usually most of what we hear bipeds say is of not much importance. We do listen closely when they mention walks, woods, creek, swim which of course we find of immense importance:-)
    Have a great week.

  11. This is amazing, Clowie. In particular when thinking about how quickly Male bipeds change their minds if they need to do things they consider to be quickly done (as long as someone else does them of course).
    I love this story!! It made me giggle. Thanks for sharing!

  12. LOL A matter of perspective, indeed! Funny how these things work out 🙂

  13. My peeps feel for them, they are both convinced they would’ve got divorced by now had they not had a dishwasher!

  14. Haha

    Great story! Maybe my Mum should use that approach if she wants something from my dad? 🙂

    Hope you’re having a fun day

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  15. LOL, that’s brilliant. If they had to do the chores all the time, a home would be outfitted with all the latest, greatest! I’m going to keep this little trick up my sleeve.

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