Doxies sniff out truffles, mushrooms

The Daily Dachshund and Dog News must admit that it didn’t know dogs — let alone doxies — could be trained to sniff out truffles, the treat of gourmets. We thought it was a pig thing.

Turns out it’s both and in France, they even have truffle sniffing competitions for dogs. Alas, the Dachshund mentioned in this article didn’t do too well and ended up with nothing more than salami. But this little fellow, discovered in the New York Times archives, was apparently a far more diligent worker, helping his French immigrant owner discover mushrooms in the Bronx woods in 1915. It’s hard to argue that he didn’t live up to his name of Charlemagne.