Here's the issue: I love Labradors. They're lovely dogs. I've never personally owned one, but my cousin has two that I just love, and she and I hang out together often so I've gotten to know a bit about Labradors. There's little not to love about Labradors, but if there's one thing that's off-putting to me is that there seems to be built into the breed a love of food a little TOO much. I've considered owning a Labrador one day, but I also have a food-addicted cat that's quite the trouble maker, trying my patience every day. He won't stay off the counters or out of the sink, multiple times a day he relentlessly dives into the sink to lick dirty dishes no matter how many times I spray him out of their with the squirt bottle, and he's even figured out how to dig trash out of the kitchen trash bin by pulling past the child-proof latch that the trash bin is behind! Needless to say, I've sort of grown wise to the ways of a food-addicted animal. I know that Labs are easy to train and eager to please, but I'm worried that if I have one, the dog may be just like my cat- good in the kitchen in my presence, but right back to being a mischief maker in my absence. Do you have any experience with a food-addicted Labrador? My cousin says that her Labs normally are good about not getting up on the counters or digging through the trash. I wonder how common it is in the breed and if there's a large number of dedicated counter-surfers and dumpster divers? Because of the issues I have with my cat, do you think I'd be asking for trouble by getting a Lab? I may never get a Lab, but I look forward to your answers for at least the purpose of learning something new. Maybe I'll hear some information that I can apply to helping my cat overcome his issues, LOL.