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I was still a child … and I well remember that my father had never liked sleeping until late, much less on Sundays when he could go truffle hunting. It was a ritual that had accompanied him over time and that always aroused in me a great curiosity, connected to the hidden but constant hope of seeing an enormous truffle appear from the pockets of the vest, every time he returned home.

On a warm summer evening, at the end of a day spent searching truffles, my father – while showing off stories in series celebrating the qualities of an excellent digger of his dog – gave himself up with my great astonishment to the promise, almost a tacit secret, that the next day – at the first light of dawn – I would have been no longer just a listener but the protagonist of his countless stories, that still excite me today. Yes: it would have been just me! My father – like every good truffle hunter of the past – was reserved, closed, shy and suspicious. The imperative was: preserve and keep the places secret. I still remember that day: we “drew” a great quantity of truffles but he kept telling me: “I recommend: don’t talk about it with anyone“. Shortly, “finding” truffles became a game for me, a fun pastime.

At the age of 15, driven by boundless passion and dedication, I managed to convince my father to take my first puppy named Brina. Describe her would be superfluous, because what she left is still indelible in our memory: it was with her that I became a truffle hunter.

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The basis of a profitable training is to establish a relationship of alchemy between the dog and the handler: it is only when this almost symbiotic relation is composed, that it is possible to obtain the unthinkable. Even today, among the people of the village, they recall her exploits: she was a special and inimitable dog, of a rare intelligence. Thanks to her I was able to select a unique phenotype, obtained by crossbreed. In the estate there are still her direct descendants whose undoubted abilities will be the guide to accompany you along a path of particular and intense emotions …