Truffle hunting terrier

The Daily Mail (14th October 1012) managed to pick up on this story before us, but we liked it so much we thought we would share it with you…When Nellie the English bull terrier kept digging up the back garden, her owners were not best pleased.

But it turned out Nellie wasn’t just enjoying a little meaningless destruction – she was busy discovering a gold mine. The couple were astonished to find their dog had unearthed a stash of valuable black summer truffles.

Nellie has been finding truffles for the past six years – uncovering 500 grams of the fungi this year alone.

Truffle hunting terrier

The Daily Mail (14th October 1012) managed to pick up on this story before us, but we liked it so much we thought we would share it with you…When Nellie the English bull terrier kept digging up the back garden, her owners were not best pleased.
But it turned out Nellie wasn't just enjoying a little meaningless destruction – she was busy discovering a gold mine. The couple were astonished to find their dog had unearthed a stash of valuable black summer truffles.

Nellie has been finding truffles for the past six years - uncovering 500 grams of the fungi this year alone.
The couple, who run a B&B in Lavenham, Suffolk, now sell the truffles at local markets or trade them with nearby businesses.
They are worth £280 a kilo, and the couple say Nellie has uncovered at least £1,000worth each season for the past two years.

Miss Auchincloss, a mother of two who works as a garden designer, said: 'We could not believe it when she turned up with a truffle in her mouth.
'At first we were a bit annoyed that she kept digging up the garden. We could not work out why she was doing it.
'But we soon realised she was using her powerful nose to seek out truffles – they are the last thing you would expect to find in a Suffolk garden.

'I had not realised you even get them in England, I thought they are just usually found in France and Italy. At first we thought she would just get one or two, which is rare enough, but then she just kept finding them one after the other.
'We have to be very careful – she absolutely loves them so we take a bone with us and use it to pry her away from them.'
Miss Auchincloss and Mr Perkins, a former detective chief inspector, bought Stone Farm B&B in 2006. Nellie discovered her first truffle in the autumn of 2007 and continued to find the odd one until last year, when she stumbled across a bumper crop. Her biggest truffle so far weighed 108 grams (4oz), and was the size of a fist.
Mr Perkins said: 'The truffles are amazing, we really are sitting on a gold mine of the stuff. We have been thinking about putting them on our menu, we might start grating them over the scrambled eggs.'
'It is funny, most dogs actually cost their owners money but Nellie certainly earns her keep.
'We are not that bothered about money from the truffles but Nellie can at least afford to pay for her own dog food.'

This is a great discovery and we always love to hear about your wild finds so please do get in touch if you think you may have found a truffle.

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