Gallery: Snapshots from Italy: Truffle Hunting (With a Dog!) in San Pietro de Avellana

Meet Faina
Meet Faina
Truffle hunter extraordinaire.
And Giuseppe
And Giuseppe
He's been hunting truffles for more than 15 years—not professionally, but as a hobby (or, as he calls it, "an art").
Ready to Go!
Ready to Go!
You can almost see her nose twitching.
Roaming
Roaming
This sort of terrain—on a mountainside, with clay in the soil, and the presence of oak, hazelnut, and chestnut trees—is ideal for black truffles.
Found it!
Found it!
Faina starts digging. In some cases, she can sniff out a truffle as deep as a meter beneath the soil.
Once She's Found It...
Once She's Found It...
Once Faina's sniffed something out, her handler takes over.
Dug up!
Dug up!
Round Two?
Round Two?
Ready for another go.
Finding another...
Finding another...
Diggin' up...
Diggin' up...
Triumphant!
Triumphant!
Giuseppe gets the truffles. Faina gets the treat.
Good dog!
Good dog!
A job well done.