ROSCOE

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It would be un­fair to call Roscoe a pub­lic­ity hound, but the 8-yearold bea­gle has cer­tainly had his share of me­dia at­ten­tion. Af­ter fears about bed­bug in­fes­ta­tions be­came na­tional news in 2008, the cer­ti­fied bed­bug de­tec­tor was called upon to demon­strate his skills on count­less TV shows. It didn’t hurt that he was also re­ally cute. Res­cued from a pound in Ken­tucky, Roscoe works for New Jer­sey– based Bell En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices. His job takes him all over the New York metropoli­tan area and as far away as Philadel­phia to in­spect spa­ces small and large (think am­bu­lances and cor­po­rate of­fices), says Jen­nifer Er­do­gan, a di­rec­tor at the com­pany. One busy day, he cov­ered an en­tire 50,000-square-foot of­fice build­ing. By con­trast, hu­man in­spec­tors may need three hours to do a sin­gle room. Off the job, Roscoe lives with five other bed­bug de­tec­tion dogs: three bea­gles, a Jack Rus­sell ter­rier and a mixed breed. But there’s lit­tle ques­tion who’s top dog. “Roscoe is very mo­ti­vated,” Er­do­gan says. “He’s al­ways ex­cited to go to work. It’s like a game for him.”

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