Since we never feed poor Rascal, except for his breakfast and supper and then also scraps from whatever we're eating, he's always hungry. This is often annoying, such as when he begs at the table or when he eats unmentionable objects off the street and subsequently throws them up, but it does have its uses. Most obvious is the help it is in training the little guy, willing as he is do almost anything for a single piece of his dog food, but we shouldn't overlook the aid he provides in getting our dishes sparkling clean. This service isn't limited to licking plates and spoons we put in front of him; his dedication even encompasses spending long hours (1 human hour equals 7 for dogs) in front of the dishwasher, assiduously cleaning everything within reach of his busy tongue. Actually, he doesn't spend hours, but he would if we let him! And so far, he hasn't cut his tongue even once. Good boy!