Blackberry Farm, last day

We got up the last day and prepared to leave.  Just a few things we had to do before we left.  On the top of the list was a visit to the dogs. 

Jim Sanford is the dog trainer.  He spent 20 years training elephants and now trains dogs at Blackberry Farm.  He works with Lagotto Romagnolo Italian truffle dogs.  They can find truffles which they are now growing on the farm.  One of them found a 200 lb truffle at the Oregon Truffle festival.  Seriously nice man.  They sell the puppies to patrons of the resort.  

Emily got on the swing before we left.  The swing, the views, the whole picture defines the place.  We had an amazing time.  So glad we went.  A journey worth taking. 

BTW, they gave us each a gourmet box lunch to take on the plane…just in case we had to have one more bite. 

Comments (Archived):

  1. JLM

    .Nice trip. Nice report. Well played.Truffle dogs?JLM.

    1. Gotham Gal

      who knew.

  2. awaldstein

    Cuter than truffle hunting pigs.

  3. Jill Stern

    great photo!

  4. CCjudy

    You didnt take home a dog?

    1. Gotham Gal

      If it wasn’t for the fact that I already have one, I would have picked up one in a heartbeat.

  5. William Mougayar

    Beautiful setting. To give it 4 posts means you were really impressed! I love the dogs pic & truffle hunting.I had no idea that truffles grew here. Are they less expensive and as good as the ones from Italy?

    1. Gotham Gal

      The truffles that have taken root are actually from France. I believe it is an industry just starting to take off in certain areas around the country

  6. Tracey Jackson

    I feel like I just left. I miss it already. When are we all going back?

    1. Gotham Gal


  7. Nicole

    We got our Lagotto Romagnolo from Blackberry Farm. INHUMANE! At 6 months old she was diagnosed with DOUBLE HIP DYSPLASIA! We called to let them know and they said, oh she’s the second one in her litter! Turns out her breeding father, Bruno bred multiple dogs with hip dysplasia! INHUMANE BREEDING PRACTICES! We are so upset and want all future owners to know that Blackberry Farm is not a safe place to get your little lagotto. Our baby is going to have surgery soon, we have to wait until she is a year old. She is in so much pain, has to take 2 painkillers to be comfortable everyday. She cannot jump and she has trouble running beyond 30 second spurts. IT IS SO SAD TO WATCH YOUR LITTLE LAGOTTO IN PAIN! I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW BLACKBERRY FARM IS NOT A SAFE PLACE TO PURCHASE THESE BEAUTIFUL DOGS!