Sunday, September 06, 2009

In the enchanted mushroom forest

4 comments:

Bloggerboy FFM said...

Have you trained her yet to find the edible ones?

Anonymous said...

Great pup in the forest!
Tim

Gardenia said...

Memphis growing to be a very pretty dog. There is a joke originating in Iowa about mushroom dogs. At least I think it is a joke - maybe people do train their dogs to hunt mushrooms - at any rate, why hunt when you can be part of an enchanted forrest?

Anonymous said...

Dogs are often trained to "hunt" for truffles which are a type of fungus that live entirely underground and never show themselves on the surface. They are however so aromatic that animals can smell them and dogs (and in europe pigs) are trained to find them. This isnt such a big deal in North America which has edible truffles but lacks the fanaticism. In Europe a very big truffle of a choice variety might well sell for tens of thousands of dollars. The record is in the order of $300,000 and it was found with the help of a dog. Ontario has truffles but the tasty edible kind do not grow here.

It actually would be fairly easy to train a dog to point to more tradional mushrooms but I think this is a bad plan. First, a dog might just as easily bite off the mushroom and bring it to you in slightly used condition if you were not paying attention. Second he might start doing this with mushrooms that are deadly poison.