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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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kasuko kasuko 7 years
We have 4 dogs. They all have the same favorite toy. Some plastic keys that remind me of keys babies play with. Our Maltese, Lily, will take the keys and lay on them, just to keep them from everyone else. She doesn't play with them often. She'll even fall asleep on them. The other 3 dogs wait for the moment she gets up to get the toy. She doesn't get up unless she absolutely has to.
weffie weffie 7 years
My dog Lily has a serious shoe fetish and has a stash in a bedroom closet. She doesn't chew them, just collects one shoe from each pair to keep in her supply. When somebody comes home, she'll bring one of that person's shoes to the door and wave it proudly for them... but if they don't grab it then it goes back in the arsenal :)
karina2244 karina2244 7 years
Yes!! My dog has piles and piles of stuffed animals, bones, balls, everything sitting around her and won't let anyone come near them. Major golluming.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
My yorkie, Bibi, always just holds any treat I give her until our pom-kees mix, Cosy, finishes hers and comes over. Then Bibi growls and carries on while Cosy watches her. Such a brat.
ladyr ladyr 7 years
The dogs I have now don't do this, but one of my childhood dogs did something like it. She was a Brittany named June, and she used to dig little holes around the yard and drop pieces of kibble in them and cover them up like a squirrel. It was very odd, but she had a lot of quirks like that. She was quite a sweetie though!
cokerad cokerad 7 years
My parents' parti pomeranian will hide those little marrow treats in every couch and armchair crevice everytime she gets one. I guess this is what that is?
Angelica Angelica 7 years
That is hilarious! My cat gollumed. Big time.
ladyv ladyv 7 years
You've never seen LotR? Whoa.
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