A couple nights ago, I was preparing a dish that required me to saute several ingredients separately. Having worked as a dishwasher for years when I was younger, I am sensitive to any process that unnecessarily requires anyone to do more dishes.
With this in mind, I set 3 bowls from the night before on the floor, let the dog lick them out until they were clean, and used them.
My wife was annoyed saying it was yucky. My position is that had she not seen the process for cleaning them, she would never be able to tell the difference. Moreover, the ingredients I put in them were too hot for germs, and they were going to be cooked again anyway. If that weren't enough, the only cooties you could get were from the dog and that's like being smooched for all practical purposes.
My workmates think I'm out of my mind. What say my fellow foosters?
BTW, I always let the dog lick the spatula after flipping things on the grill -- I like the spatula to be clean at all times. My wife knows I do this and it doesn't bother her.