|Suillus americanus (Wikimedia Commons).|
I collected a few on morning dog walks for drying— they turn wormy very quickly, and many that look good are not. The flavor is OK, nothing special, but they are mushrooms and picking them fulfills the Hunting and Gathering Imperative.
But someone was watching.
Twice this morning Fisher the dog darted into the oak brush and started munching. He was after the mushrooms — and he does not care if they are dessicated and/or wormy. (We have to keep him away from screens of drying mushrooms at home.)
So this is another one of those dog-behavior conundrums. Does he like mushrooms naturally, or does he like them because they are People Food and hence higher-status than Dog Food?
M. says that he is a dog out of place (but then she says that a lot). If we had truffles, he could have easily been trained to find them.
Given his love for finding dead stuff in the woods, he could have been an outstanding corpse-searching dog too.