It’s one of my favorite things! This annual tradition we have. Each year, Mom and Dad take me Christmas tree hunting. We pile into the car and head out to the u-cut Christmas tree farm to search. We search for the perfect tree. The one that calls to us! I’m the only one who gets to go. You see, I have a talent for finding special Christmas trees! I find Christmas trees that also grow truffles!
It’s true! I’ve found truffles on our Christmas tree hunts for several years. The first time I was uncertain if we were allowed to play this “truffle game” while perusing the farm. That year was pivotal in my love for truffle hunting. That year, I realized that Mom will, without a doubt, ALWAYS listen to me when I alert. Every single time!
Let me take you back to that first time I found a truffle next to the Christmas tree…
We were strolling along among some beautiful trees, everyone looking up at the shapes and sizes of each option. I caught a whiff of something. It was familiar. I lagged back a bit to sniff, which caught Mom’s attention. I was uncertain though. This was the familiar smell she always wants me to tell her about, but we were in an unfamiliar environment and I wasn’t sure if she wanted to play the game here.
I lingered on the smell. I just couldn’t let it go. I had so many happy memories associated with that smell and I couldn’t stop recalling how delighted Mom is when I tell her about this scent.
She was holding my leash so I decided to test the water. I tentatively bowed down over the scent and then let my back end fall to the ground. I was intently sniffing the spot on the ground but I was also positioned to walk away with her if she didn’t want to play. She turned to look at me because the leash tugged her arm. She saw me laying down with my nose on the ground and immediately caught on. Almost in disbelief, she quietly whispered “Little Buddy, did you find a truffle?” As soon as she acknowledged my alert, however timid it was in this unfamiliar place, I bounced up and carried on with my usual behavior when we play this game. I am SO GLAD she wanted to play!
From that day on, I knew that the game was possible anywhere and anytime. I knew that we would always listen to each other, even when I smell truffles in unlikely places! Mom says my confidence surged after that day and we both experienced a different level of trust from that day forward.