Moments later, he turns up wearing the helmet from a police costume, his mother's leather boots, and the dog's bright red winter jacket as a kind of tunic and announces that he's Leila's special "SWAT protector and bodyguard." A shame that the beast seems a little underwhelmed by this sudden attention.
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For short jaunts (and I've been shuttling solo around Rye a lot recently) she travels beside me in the front passenger seat, only occasionally sliding off with a resentful expression if I have to brake too sharply. But when I first slip her into the car, she immediately takes up a position on the driver's seat, staring stoically forward, and she won't move to the sidekick seat until I get in and shift her over. I have no explanation for this behavior other than suggesting that dogs have a sense of humor, and she's teasing me. Bitch.
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NPR's "Fresh Air" is the latest lump of the media to tackle the nation's ever- expanding epidemic of bedbugs. Terry Gross's guest was an academic expert on bedbugs, roaches, fleas, etc. who rejoiced in the title of "Professor of Urban Entomology."