This dog's nose knows mold

Yellow LabThis nose knows
By Michael J. DeCicco, Enterprise correspondent

LAKEVILLE — Joseph Tomaselli believes his one-of-a-kind business partner helps beat the competition by a nose.

Tomaselli owns and operates Mold Rover Inc., a service that uses a dog to sniff out mold in homes across the region.

His partner, Cosmo, a yellow Labrador retriever, is the only certified mold-sniffing dog in Massachusetts and one of only about 100 in the United States and Canada.

Tomaselli said the doggy detection method is a growing trend and claims it is a more effective way to do the job. A native of Brockton, Tomaselli was working for a Cape Cod contractor when he got the idea last year to start the service. Although he was intrigued by the use of dogs in detecting mold, the contractor was not, so Tomaselli started his own company to do it

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