English bull terrier Nellie finds black truffle delicacy
English bull terrier Nellie could be getting an extra pillow in her dog bed tonight, after she managed to sniff out some valuable black truffles in her owners’ garden, reports eadt.com.
Owners Janey Auchincloss, 48 and husband John Perkins, 53, now sell the edible delicacy, which is worth £1 a gram, at local markets.
It is thought that Nellie has uncovered up to £1000 worth of the truffles over the past two seasons at the couple’s home in Lavenham, Suffolk.
Mother-of-two Miss Auhincloss, told dailymail.co.uk that she ‘could not believe it’ when Nellie turned up with the truffle in her mouth. She said: “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.”
Black truffles are usually found in France and most commonly grow next to oak or hazelnut trees.
The couple, who run a bed and breakfast hotel, said they are thinking about putting them on the menu. That is if they manage to prize them away from bull terrier Nellie, who apparently ‘loves them’, according to Miss Auchincloss.