March 7, 2011

Truffle Dogs in France

Truffle Dogs in France

Jade is a lovely pure bread black Labrador; her full registered name is Ogden’s Princess Jade. She is of hunting stock through her family linage. However, Jade was never trained as a hunting dog. The closest she came to participating in the action, was her one and only trip to Saskatchewan, duck hunting with Chili several years ago.  Jade was really keen, she did not even mind the quick airplane ride in a dog kennel.  She was happy to see the other dogs and even happier to greet their owners.  However, when the first gunshot sounded Jade quickly retreated under the trailer-home, until everyone came back from the sporting activity.  Jade had quickly decided that not only did she dislike the sound of the guns, she was not sure about swimming in cold water, lying quietly and chasing dead birds. Needless to say, Jade has never been invited back to the annual hunt. Jade is clearly not a Truffle Dog either.  She does have keen sense of smell and can find bits of discarded food in the oddest places.  However, she does not have a discerning nose and that is what is required for black (or white) truffle hunting.  Truffles are a prize gourmand food in Europe and with increasing popularity and production levels on other continents. (more…)

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