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Do Tell: Do Your Pets Gollum?


When I first read about "golluming" over on Wag Reflex, admittedly, I'd never heard of this. Pet behavior specialist Sarah Wilson explains her pooch's funny habit of golluming (derived from Lord of the Rings): "To obsessively and compulsively covet without the ability to enjoy that which you covet."

I've never read (or watched) Lord of the Rings so this concept was entirely new to me; the behavior, however, not so much. Slightly different than taking a special bone to eat in a corner all alone, this reminds me when North makes his special deliveries under my bed. I can tell when he's put something there because he will then choose to sleep right next to my bed, not on his bed but on the floor. I'm curious to know, do your pets gather toys in a crate or particular spot, only to sit guard and not actually enjoy them? Share their stories in the comments below!

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