People collect things for a myriad of reasons. For some, it has a lot to do with the sentimental or historic value of the elements they want to add to their collection. Bills, coins, and stamps usually fall under this category.

Other collectors are enthusiasts who live for the thrill of the hunt. They don’t mind investing in hard-to-find pieces for as long as they can add them to their collection. These folks are willing to pay more for items that are in mint condition, like video games, trading cards, or action figures.

Interestingly, dogs have a penchant for collecting things too! Such is the case of Bruce, a Golden Retriever who’s four years of age and has a knack for collecting sticks.

A teaching moment

According to Leo Icenhour, Bruce’s owner, the dog started collecting sticks after a winter storm hit their part of the world. The pup lost his favorite stick when it got buried under a thick blanket of snow.

Bruce spent the next couple of days digging frantically for his stick. It took some time before he got over it. Each time he and Icenhour would go outside the house, he would dive into the snow to find his favorite toy. Unfortunately, Bruce’s efforts were in vain.

The only time Bruce got hold of his favorite stick again was when the sun finally melted all the snow. Icenhour noticed that the experience was a teaching moment for his doggo. Bruce began collecting sticks of all shapes and sizes to make sure he wouldn’t have to live through the anxiety and panic of going stickless ever again.

Bruce’s precious collection

Bruce sees to it that there’s a variety of shapes and sizes in his collection. This four-legged collector has more than 50 sticks in the past years. He would proudly show Icenhour his collection each time the opportunity would present itself.

Credits to Leo Icenhour


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