Our pup Cooper has always had an affinity for our table bench, mainly because it's where we sit when we're at the computer and so where he can be close to us.
5 month old Cooper
The wooden bench was once a favourite chew toy when he was a very young pup and teething, but since then it's become a place to slobber and sleep on.
3 month old naughty pup
The table and bench set, from Crate & Barrel, is a great space saver and it's easy to tuck the benches underneath the table to allow more room in our main living area.
Cooper at 10 months
This helps enormously when we're throwing a ball for Cooper or he has his 'mad five minutes' and decides to dash full pelt around the living room crashing into everything in sight.
2 month old pup Cooper
When Cooper was a young Labrador pup he could easily fit between the bench legs, but now that he's a giant brute of a pup, he can barely fit his body under the whole length of the bench.
Bigger Cooper at 5 months
10 month old Cooper
For something that's made of wood, which doesn't look all that comfortable, Cooper definitely seems to feel right at home sleeping on it, no matter how precariously he's balanced.
5 month old Cooper
Cooper at 10 months old
7 month old pup
Like I said above, he likes to be on the bench with us, either sleeping or chewing a bone or playing with a toy of some kind.
Pup playing at 21 weeks
We have some of the cutest pictures of Cooper as a young pup on the bench seats, when the size of his puppy paws gave us an indication of just how big he was going to grow.
10 week old Cooper
How could you not love Labradors (and Cooper) after seeing these pictures?
Cooper at 3 months
If you love his posing on his bench, you'll love the images we have of our puppy playing at the beach or how great our young Labrador looks under blue skies.
7 month old Cooper
But I do think you'll agree that, as these photos show, he is such a 'Bench Monster'.
Happy and healthy 21 week old Labrador
Even more importantly he's a healthy, happy and sweet-natured pup.
I'm sure it won't be long before there's only room on the bench for one body though and we all know who that will be don't we...