Disturbing Dishwasher Discovery

Just as Princess Davis was found this week, another pet went missing.  Snail.  I was not enthusiastic about a snail being on the loose in my house.

When unloading the dishwasher, I made the gruesome discovery.

The dishes had seemed a little slimy.

“I found Snail.” I said, “He went to heaven.”

I did not expect much of a reaction.

Dani rushed over and peered at the overcooked escargot.  “Snail!  Oh Snail!  I love you Snail!  I love you!” she tearfully cried, and cried.


We had a burial.  Dani spoke.

“I loved Snail as much as I love you Mom.  I would rather have Snail than every type of candy in the world.”

In retrospect, I probably should have snuck Snail into the garbage and not said a word.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Plan of the Day:  Taking a pet break.


  1. Rachael says:

    Oh how heartbreaking! Dear snail rest in peace.

  2. I can barely type becuase I'm laughing too hard!! I wish we lived closer because rarely do I find a person with a similar sense of humor and parenting style!!!! I's so nice to know I'm not alone!!!! I love you and your site!!!!

  3. Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace says:

    I felt bad for laughing at such a somber subject, but laugh I did. It's just difficult to predict what a day might bring… slimy dishes and a snail funeral.

  4. Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys says:

    That would have really grossed me out if I had found a snail in my dishwasher. I don't think I would have ever looked at my dishes the same way again lol. I gotta say girl you have an exciting life. Sorry that Dani got so upset about the sail. Hope you have a better day today and no snail's in the dishwasher.

  5. Jessica says:

    RIP snail.

  6. Dishwasher? What a way to go! May snail RIP 😀
    Made me think of when we had fish. The girls were so sad when one died at first, then they'd fight over who gets to flush it!!

  7. Yuck! but kids are so funny. Thanks for the laugh. I hope Dani recover's fine. I guess you should not have escargo for dinner anytime soon. 🙂

  8. Tatiana says:

    Oh snail, rest in peace.
    But if you did get another pet, you've got to admit that a snail would be the perfect low maintenance, least noisy one. Not a bad thing in a mommy's book

  9. Mom of 12 says:

    Sad! My daughter had the same sort of hysterics when her bunny died on St. Patrick's Day. But before that I could barely get her to remember to feed and water the poor thing…

  10. An Irish Italian Blessing says:

    Ahhh, I love Snail as much as I love you Mom?! Oh my gosh, you have the COOLEST kids on the planet. Seriously, your life would be the best reality show 🙂

  11. LaVonne @ Long Wait says:

    I am sorry but that sure did bring a smile to my face 🙂 Poor snail…

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  12. I dont know whether to laugh or say a nice word for Snail. lol You have plenty of entertainment in your home! =)

  13. Caffeinated OC Mommy says:

    Dani and my oldest could be twins… xoxo

  14. So the question is did he know about the snail and had lost it and somehow it ended up in the dishwasher??? oh boy the extent of my interaction with other creatures besides humans have been with roly polies…but with boys I guess I should be prepared for anything right? LOL

  15. Victoria says:

    Oh no! Poor snail! My best wishes to the grieving family. I AM curious, though, as to how it ended up in the dishwasher. Poor thing. Your daughter is the best though. A kid after my own heart!

  16. Karen Greenberg says:

    It's amazing how attached the kids get to small pets. When my daughter's fish died a few months ago, I was shocked at how much she cried. When a second one died, I thought she was going to dehydrate from crying so hard. I felt terrible. I think that was a lovely speech your daughter gave for the snail funeral.

  17. Oh my… I am sorta grossed out by the whole snail in the dishwasher thing…

    And…hmm… all the candy in the world??? If you just buy another snail you could save on dental bills!

  18. Sandra's Fiberworks says:

    Oh, noooo, if you snuck snail into the garbage, they would find out sooner or later the TRUTH, as my boys did when I told them buries our fish, rather than flushed them.

    HMMM. Pet snails. Hadn't thought of that one for our pet-lovers/haters/allergically divided household. Are they fun and loving, that is when they're vital and alive? Do they snuggle? :))

  19. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Ew! I won't want to find him in with the dishes. The tombstone is very well done.

  20. Oh no, how sad! But that part about the dishes feeling kind of slimy is pretty funny 🙂

  21. Mormongirl says:

    My brothers' pet tadpoles have definitely gone down the drain, and had a vacation on the floor while they were "cleaning the tank." I'm glad it never went through the dishwasher, though

  22. Oh my! I can't say that I've ever attended a snail funeral before!

  23. LOL! This is a welcome "laughter" break! I look forward to situations like this with my daughter… 🙂

  24. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    I'm just sooo confused on how the snail got *IN* the dishwasher???

  25. just me... says:

    I love everything about this.
    I love that you let her have a snail as a pet.
    I love that she named the snail, Snail. (my son has a stuffed dog he creatively named Dog. He is rarely a moment without it)
    I love that her heart is so big that it can love a snail as much as she loves you.
    And I love that you celebrated that love with a fitting and proper burial.
    With this much drama over a snail though, I'm sure you can't wait until she's 13 and a boy breaks her heart. 🙂

  26. blueviolet says:

    That sign and burial plot are KILLING me! That is just way too funny!

  27. RoryBore says:

    ah, poor little snail. how on earth did it get in the dishwasher? but the "tombstone"…that is killing me.

  28. I love the tombstone and dear sweet sentiment, but ewww. Poor old Snail.

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