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<p>My inlaws...FIL, MIL, and two Aunts-in-law live together.  When they're finished eating, if there's anything left on the plates, they place them on the floor for the dog to lick clean.  If they eat in the living room-like watching TV or something-they put the dishes on the floor for the dog to lick clean before taking to the kitchen.</p>
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<p>Then they wash them, in the sink. (There's no dishwasher, so the water is only as hot as they can stand to place their hands in).  </p>
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<p>This just absolutely sicks me out.  Probably because this is the same dog that goes outside and finds dead animals to drag around the yard, and only gets bathed once a year, and that's only if he starts getting ticks so he gets a flea/tick bath-so it's not even every year.</p>
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<p>I don't make a big deal out of it.  Luckily my kids all have their own "special" plates that they use there, so I make sure they get washed without help from the dog.  I always make a point of either dropping my plate on the floor, or "noticing" it's dirty, so I can give it a good hot wash and rinse before eating.</p>
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<p>I guess I was just thinking about it today, and was curious if I was in the minority or majority of thinking it's gross.</p>
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<p>In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out I'm not really a dog person-which may be a big part of why it's so gross to me.</p>
 

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<p>I'm with you on the gross side! My aunt and uncle do this but use a dishwasher. I'm also not a dog person though.</p>
 

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<p>I'm with you.  Its pretty yucky.  That said I'm not a dog person either so our views might be skewed.:)</p>
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<p>When my MIL visited with her 2 puppies who were too young to be left alone, she used to use my good serving ware as their DOG DISHES.  I couldn't really say anything as we were relatively newly married and I wasn't used to having dogs underfoot.  I was a little grossed out then, and we have a dishwasher.</p>
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<p>This was the same MIL who got a used playpen before Dd's birth, lined it with absorbant pee pads and used it as the puppies' pee place.  After Dd was born, MIL said she cleaned the playpen out with bleach then wanted us to use the play pen for Dd.  God, was I grossed out then...</p>
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<p>Luckily neither of my Dds ever used a playpen and I craigslisted it as a doggy item.</p>
 

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<p>I'm a huge dog person, but that's gross. The dishes probably aren't actually any dirtier than they would be otherwise, but I would think that most people would realize that guests may find that unappetizing and would at least dump their plates out into the dog's bowl instead. </p>
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<p>But then I always used a separate scrubber to clean the dog's bowl than I used to clean our dishes, so I guess I'm a fan of keeping doggie slobber and human slobber separate. <img alt="wink1.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/wink1.gif"></p>
 

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<p>If they use soap to clean the dishes, it's not gross to me. I have a Great Dane who's tall enough to get up and reach the dishes in the sink and lick them there. She also easily reaches the plates on the table and licks them if the kids let her upstairs before the table has been cleared. We use dishsoap and water when hand-washing, and dishwasher soap in the dishwasher. We clean them well enough, and I don't believe that any doggie germs survive.</p>
 

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<p>um I am totally a dog person ( we have two) but I am also totally grossed out! <span><img alt="grossedout.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/grossedout.gif">- of course I am kind of a neat freak so I don't let my dogs inside except to make their way to the basement at night where they sleep. Also- um I don't care how clean people say dog's mouths are- they lick their nether regions...</span></p>
 

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<p>Meh.  They are washing them.  Dogs mouths are cleaner than humans' mouths anyway.</p>
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<p>I may or may not have done that when I was a kid and had to do the dinner dishes.</p>
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<p>Mind you, I have two dogs now, and don't do it.  The scraps get put in their bowls for them.</p>
 

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Gross or not (which I think it IS), it's not something I'd want my children to learn. I can't quite articulate why but mealtimes are more purposeful to me.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>lotusdebi</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283155/this-is-gross-right#post_16088675"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>If they use soap to clean the dishes, it's not gross to me. I have a Great Dane who's tall enough to get up and reach the dishes in the sink and lick them there. She also easily reaches the plates on the table and licks them if the kids let her upstairs before the table has been cleared. We use dishsoap and water when hand-washing, and dishwasher soap in the dishwasher. We clean them well enough, and I don't believe that any doggie germs survive.</p>
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<br><br><p>Right, but a lot of what grosses people out, and therefore isn't polite to do (particularly in front of guests) doesn't necessarily have to do with actual risk of infection or whatever. Farting at the dinner table probably won't make anyone ill, but it's not polite and people generally refrain from doing it (again, particularly when they have guests). Most hosts tend to err on the side of not doing stuff that has a likelihood of being unappealing to guests. When our dog was alive, if I petted her and then needed to handle food, I would wash my hands in the kitchen so that guests could see me washing them and not worry that I had gone straight from touching the dog to touching their food -- just erring on the side of sending a "don't worry, your food is pristine" message. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></p>
 

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<p>We have a dog, and I grew up with dogs.  Plates were always put on the floor for the dogs to lick.  Now I just see it as an eco-friendly way to 'rinse' the plates before putting them in the dishwasher <span><img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif">.</span></p>
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<p><span>I honestly have never thought that anyone would consider it gross, considering everything gets thoroughly washed before it gets put away or used again.</span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>limabean</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283155/this-is-gross-right#post_16088754"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><br><br><p>Right, but a lot of what grosses people out, and therefore isn't polite to do (particularly in front of guests) doesn't necessarily have to do with actual risk of infection or whatever. Farting at the dinner table probably won't make anyone ill, but it's not polite and people generally refrain from doing it (again, particularly when they have guests). Most hosts tend to err on the side of not doing stuff that has a likelihood of being unappealing to guests. When our dog was alive, if I petted her and then needed to handle food, I would wash my hands in the kitchen so that guests could see me washing them and not worry that I had gone straight from touching the dog to touching their food -- just erring on the side of sending a "don't worry, your food is pristine" message. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></p>
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<p>I have 2 dogs, let them sleep with me, lick me sometimes, etc. and I still find the plate licking gross!  If I'm giving the dogs table scraps it's put in their bowls or given by hand, not licked off of a plate.  I don't even wash their bowls in the same load as human dishes in my dishwasher!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>thtr4me</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283155/this-is-gross-right#post_16088771"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>We have a dog, and I grew up with dogs.  Plates were always put on the floor for the dogs to lick.  Now I just see it as an eco-friendly way to 'rinse' the plates before putting them in the dishwasher <span><img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif">.</span></p>
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<p><span>I honestly have never thought that anyone would consider it gross, considering everything gets thoroughly washed before it gets put away or used again.</span></p>
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<p>I agree.  The dish is washed, I see no problem with it at all.</p>
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<p>Of course, my dog's goal is to see how many dishes he can lick as I'm loading the dishwasher before I close the dishwasher door.<br>
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I dont do it as a rule but with 2 kids the occasional/bowl plate gets licked but I dont freak out about it. I have a dishwasher and that sucker gets hot so I know all the germs are gone. I would however make an extra effort to prevent the plate licking if I ever had company.
 

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<p>I don't think it's gross.  I assume they sometimes have raw chicken on their dishes, are you worried about salmonella after they wash them?</p>
 

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<p>It doesn't gross me out.  I let my cats lick the ice cream leftovers out of my bowl occasionally, and if I can't find their bowls or they aren't clean I've fed them out of regular plates before.  Like a PP said, I also have raw meat on my plates and that comes up clean when I wash...  We don't have a DW right now either. </p>
 

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<p>Doesn't gross me out at all. We let our Jack Russell do it all the time - but- he isn't an 'outside' dog so I know he's not eating gross things while I'm not looking and I'm the one who does the dishes (no dish washer for us) so I know they are clean when I'm done! But I'm a dog person- the thought of a cat even coming near my face icks me out : P </p>
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<p>Stardogs- Is your avatar a picture of your dog? So cute! </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>lotusdebi</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283155/this-is-gross-right#post_16088675"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>If they use soap to clean the dishes, it's not gross to me. I have a Great Dane who's tall enough to get up and reach the dishes in the sink and lick them there. She also easily reaches the plates on the table and licks them if the kids let her upstairs before the table has been cleared. We use dishsoap and water when hand-washing, and dishwasher soap in the dishwasher. We clean them well enough, and I don't believe that any doggie germs survive.</p>
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<br><br><p>This.</p>
 
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