In case the pictures of Pellet don't do him justice, I have to clarify that Pellet is huge. He is a large dog. There are many daily life activities that we have become accustomed to, not realizing that this behavior is not normal.
Example of such activity: every time anyone is done doing dishes, Pellet jumps up on the sink and inspects it to make sure that no food remnants have been left behind (we don't have a disposal). He jumps up on the kitchen sink as casual as ever (my computer is still in the shop, otherwise, I'd upload a picture of this right about now).
Because of his size and ability to reach the counter without necessarily jumping, we have developed the habit to put all edible materials away from the edge. Usually we put things on the back burner of the stove, or on top of the toaster, inside the microwave, etc.
This afternoon I caught Pellet up on the stove, licking the pan that was on the back burner... grant it, the pan should've been washed and put away after frying breakfast sausage (homemade breakfast sausage) but it wasn't.
I guess items are no longer safe on the back burner...
For all you germ freaks - the pan will go in the dishwasher and will come out clean as ever. No need to worry about our hygene habits.