Dining with Dogs – Dogs at the the dinnertable?

This morning, idly flicking through twitter as I sipped my tea, I came across a tweet.

Interest piqued, I replied.

Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 7.27.24 AMIt seems ‘Tony from Windsor’  dined out on the weekend, at a dog friendly restaurant in Noosa.

It reminded me of the time when a certain newly wed, newly mortgaged couple were invited to their neighbours for a dinner party. For the newly espoused, this was a big event. Suitably frocked, Mateus Rose in hand (it was the late 1980s), our delightful duo embarked to the land next door, where they were met by amazing smells of spices, meats, pastry and something vaguely sweet.  The nose always  knows, they say, and in this instance the nose was not disappointed. Neither were the taste buds, the tongue or the tonsils. Course by course, the hostess – ‘Mum’s from France, Dad’s Vietnamese, we were raised in Noumea‘ – presented dish after dish and plate after platter piled with delightful goodies, well fortified by Mateus,  not to mention a few extra sips  here and there, as it were.

Duly sated, table cleared, the new bride wandered through the immaculately presented home to the kitchen to offer to assist with coffee making, washing up, or whatever was required.

What greeted her seemed impossible to her eyes. It made no sense.  For there were all the dishes and cookware, lined across the floor in what appeared to be military precision. Platters, plates, bowls, trays. Baking dishes. Oven tray. Chopping boards. And busy, on duty, a large Alsatian and a small, furry black ball with legs – both head down, tail up, ‘doing the dishes’.


My in-laws had Schnauzers.

I have photos of them sitting at the table, hair brushed and bibbed up, ready to eat with their ‘parents’ at the set table.

So tell me – what’s your views on doggies and dishes?  Is lick and wash an acceptable practice?

Oh – if you want to know what happened to Tony from Windsor – you can hear it here  (slide to 1.10)

*image courtesy of Google

7 thoughts on “Dining with Dogs – Dogs at the the dinnertable?

  1. No its not OK. I couldn’t be too critical on Twitter because my cousin would see. It was HIS parents that used to do it. I love my dog and respect his own space by not eating off his bowl. He does the same for me.

  2. LOL I think there are dog people and non-dog people. Many dog people allow their dogs on their beds and don’t have a problem with the dog doing the dishes. Some are totally grossed out. I’d certainly want them washed in the dishwasher before serving something to me on it again.

  3. I have a foot in both camps here as I used to let my dog lick the plates. I don’t do it any more, more for aesthetic reasons than anything else. All my dishes go into the dishwasher so they are pretty well sanitised, but I can see why that young wife might have been a little confronted by seeing ALL of the plates on the floor!

  4. Given that there is a good chance your dog (or cat) licked their bum before licking the plate, I say not acceptable.

    I love animals, but I would not eat at a place that encouraged animals to eat off the plates.

    Nor do I understand why people let their dogs lick their faces or the faces of the kids.

  5. Oh that makes me laugh. :-) I know dog saliva is highly antiseptic so it doesn’t bother me too much if the plates are cleaned well afterwards. I figure whatever doesn’t kill me makes me more highly resistant. :-)

  6. I grew up with dogs as outside the houseyard (let alone inside the house doing dishes) so I cannot do anything but shudder.

    That being said – we used to put our dessert plates sneakily down beside our chairs when we were children. When my grandmother discovered our “secret”, she insisted my parents keep her a set of plates separate to ours so she could eat her icecream safe in the knowledge that the bowl had been unsullied by our cat’s tongue (prior to a hot wash up).

    Apparently cat’s clean themselves “there” with their tongues, and therefore forever suspect!

  7. I’m a dog person, Shirley, this is actually the first time in my whole life that I’ve been without a dog. I would never have one sleep on my bed, although I do allow them inside. On licking the plate… not sure how I feel about that. I think, no. The dog should have a dedicated bowl. Great pic of the Schnauzer. My daughter has two of them, very cute! Very naughty too.

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