Kris started her dog training when she was a K9 officer with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, in Eugene, Oregon. She became attached to the Belgian Malinois breed and worked with Fryda, a Royal Dutch Police (KNPV) trained police dog. She has continued working and training with the Belgian Malinois breed for the last 17 years.
Ilsa is her current working truffle dog. She is exceptional, with a well developed “work ethic” and a keen ability to focus on the task at hand. If there are truffles to be found, she will find them.
- October, 2012, worked for Texas Tech University to find Tuber lyonii (pecan truffles) for an agricultural research study, successfully detecting them all over the state.
- February 28th, 2013, made Oregon agricultural history by discovering and harvesting the first cultivated Tuber melanosporum (French périgord) truffle in a Willamette Valley truffiere.
- 2014/2015, worked for the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, conducting truffle surveys in various regions of the foothills of the Cascade and Pacific Coast mountain ranges.
- 2016, assisted Montana State University mycologist, Dr. Cathy Cripps, in a survey of hypogeous fungi species, outside of Bozeman, Montana and discovered eight truffle specimens not previously cataloged before.
- 2016/2017, continued to make history by finding the first commercially viable amounts of cultivated périgord truffles in Oregon.
- 2017, discovered the first cultivated French périgord in Sonoma County, California.
Kris is training a new recruit, Jory, a young male Belgian Malinois. The youngster wants to be a truffle dog just like his older pack mate. He got an early start by finding truffles at 21 weeks of age! During the off season for truffles, Kris and Jory train together in agility, nosework, obedience and barn hunting trials.