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Old 11-16-2012, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Doggie Dishwasher Pre-Wash

Every dog we've had insists on "pre-washing" the dishes as they are loaded into the dishwasher. It's like impossible to keep them away, and frankly, we don't try very hard. Our two current dogs are no exception. Ozzy is a 9 year old Dobe/Shepherd mix, and BlackJack (Jack) is a 19 week old, 50lb, working line Shepherd...big powerful puppy.

So, the other day my wife is loading the dishwasher, and Ozzy is showing Jack the fine points of the art of pre-wash. It's the usual dance...my wife turns around with some dishes to load...shoos the boys away, loads the dishes, turns back to the sink, and the dogs are at it again....routine, right?

Routine until the ring on Jack's collar gets hooked on one of the posts on the lower dishwasher rack. My wife turns around, shoos the dogs, Jack tries to back up, can't, tries again, can't, and FREAKS OUT!

The full dishwasher rack, loaded with dishes, is then taken on a grand tour of the first floor of the house just as fast as Jack can run so encumbered, which is apparently pretty fast considering where some of the dishes ended up. The whole time, Jack is howling, my wife is yelling for him to stop, the rack is careening off of furniture and door frames and chair legs, and Ozzy is tracking down all of the yummy newly exposed dishes, no doubt planning to "high five" Jack later for the brilliant move.

Somehow Jack finally gets loose from the rack while in the bedroom (my wife never got close to catching him), and he makes a beeline for his crate, and cowers in there whining.

My wife called me at work and told me about it. Jack wouldn't come out of his crate, and she wasn't sure if he was injured, so I took a half day of vacation and went home, thinking during the drive how I was going to minimize the likelihood of any PTSD developing from the incident. You know...I didn't want to spend the next decade buying a new dishwasher every year because Jack eats them out of revenge.

Well, I needn't have worried. When I got home, Jack and Ozzy greeted me enthusiastically at the door as usual, and Jack is showing no signs of hate or fear of the dishwasher. We don't know yet if he will resume pre-washing the dishes...but I'm sure Ozzy won't miss the competition if so.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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OH MY!!! That must've been quiet the sight. A dishwasher wrack filled with dishes attached to the collar of a dog running like a maniac! Whew. Glad all is fine.

Mine like to pre-wash the dishes as well I usually let them do it before the dishes go into the wrack. I've trained them to stay way from the dishwasher but sometimes they get a lick in here and there!
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yet another reason why dog collars are dangerous.
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I'm laughing out loud now thinking of the rack getting a grand tour of your home.

Our dogs have always pre-washed too. So how did the dishes hold out? Anything broken or are you going to be the new spokesperson for the brand you have?
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Okay, when I read "freaks out" I felt so worried, but I have to admit I laughed pretty hard at your description of this incident. Then I worried he would be traumatized too. Then I realized you are a really good story teller. All is well, so I laughed so more.
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...So how did the dishes hold out? Anything broken or are you going to be the new spokesperson for the brand you have?
Remarkably, only one plate broke. The rack first hit the floor in the kitchen where the floor is tile, but the rest of the tour was on carpeting. He likely had some traction difficulty until he got on the carpeting. Quixotically, the same carpet that enabled him to really get moving probably protected the dishes as they scattered.

And now for the endorsement: The dishes are Corning Corelle. The one that broke, wasn't. Corning can contact me here to find out where to send the check.
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Ha, Correll is great stuff, you have to actually go some to break 'em. Which means I have managed it, but they hold up really well.
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Scarlett is a Pre-washer too. Our dishwasher is getting replaced in the spring, so I'll see if they make a GSD-pre-wash proof model. I'm not holding out much hope.

I read your story to my daughter and she was laughing out loud too.
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My previous girl got her collar caught on a 5 gallon bucket once. I have no idea how it happened, but it did. Of course she freaked out and yelped loudly as she ran up and down the hallway of the mobile home we lived in. I tried frantically to catch her and help. Seemed like it took for ever and when I did finally catch up to her, it slipped right back off before I touched it. Luckily she was not hurt, but there was a dent in the wall from the bucket.
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Okay, when I read "freaks out" I felt so worried, but I have to admit I laughed pretty hard at your description of this incident. Then I worried he would be traumatized too. Then I realized you are a really good story teller. All is well, so I laughed so more.
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