Dogs may be man's best friend, but UK laundry company JTM Service is helping them creep into that "one pet fits all" territory. They've created a bark activated washing machine, making it possible for support dogs to take on their share of chores to help owners with disabilities.
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The invention, aptly named "Woof to Wash," has been dogified with height-appropriate buttons and a pull toy attachment on the door handle, making it easy to open. Check out the video after the jump to see machine (and adorable support dog Duffy) at work:
The machines were a collaborative design between JTM and Miele for Support Dogs UK in an attempt to help those with physical and learning disabilities. It may not have the color appeal we've seen with other washing machine concepts, but the usability is spot-on for our canine friends.
While it is a little strange seeing a dog go through the motions of cleaning clothes—especially when we were all taught to keep our pets away from our freshly laundered linens—it is quite the revelation when it comes to the tasks support and therapy dogs can take on. What's next, dish washing? We can only hope.
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.