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Mel with Rani and Gator out in the plantation.
The Booths’ dogs are all rehomed — a mix of rescue and ex-customs dogs. Rani is 15 years old; a Quercus ilex, or holm oak tree; Viva, 15, loves attttention and was originally trained to be a prison dog; Brin exploring the yard; Briony, one of the six Highland cows. “They are purely ornamental. Mel loves them,” says Gavin; from the humble canvas bag to restaurants around the world. “Mel and I work well as a team and we both quite enjoy the hard work of trufflffle farming,” says Gavin.