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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wendy Laymon's Puppy Mill tactics. Know of her?

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how puppy mill dogs are kept

This information just came through my email courtesy of about a lady, Wendy Laymon, who hit the road once she was caught selling puppy mill pups.  So in order to  keep all of you  informed each time I receive a name I am going to publish it. Those that have had dealings with  said  person are free to dispute, deny, or confirm in the comment section below as this is an open forum and I am not a judge or jury. But be warned, if your name passes my desk in this manner it will be forwarded to others here. If your name is clear you will have no problem proving it, I am sure.  

Please know that when such people are found in one area doing this that they just move to the next area where they may go unnoticed for a while and sometimes they give a false name (s).  This particular person seems to be selling these pups online.  Remember anyone can build a website and make themselves look good, even a business! 

I previously wrote about the new new puppy mill tactics in the link  below which also included my link to Puppy Brokers The New Stock Market, written back in Feb of 2011,  so if you did not get a chance to read either  please do. In my article  Puppy  Brokers, in the comment section you will see names of people who others like yourself have had a run in with. Familiarize yourself with such names when looking for  a dog. Never buy a dog sight unseen or over the internet. If you are planing to spend big bucks on a pup make sure you know what you are getting.    

Link to New Puppy Mill Tactics, click here   

To go to the  the original article on Wendy Laymon  click here  I would suggest you subscribe to the Examiner's  site as well.  

 There are too many puppy mills and not enough inspectors to cover them all. As well there is a loophole in selling puppies online so it is up to you and I to put these people out of business!  Please do not buy a dog based on a rating of the Better Business Bureau  as they too are bought off  to give a good rating. They mislead  the public as you can see here in this 20/20 investigation.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FDA Findings In Kasel Dog Treats

I have posted the recall on Kasel treats in previous blog articles.
If you have any, toss them out, no sense in taking and risk on your dog's health or your own.
Below find a link to the FDA' s official report to Kasel Industries.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

HyVee recalls food for Aflatoxin

Another  recall call only not for Salmonella this time, this has the potential to be serious as you are dealing with mold also known as Aflatoxin which is a mycotoxins.  Higher levels than normal of Aflatoxin has  found in the dog food which can be very toxic if eaten in large quantities. During all the recalls in 2007 when dogs were dying, many thought aflatoxin to be the culprit but it turned out to be the mealmine from China. So this tells you just how dangerous this has the potential of being.   

Friday, February 22, 2013

Day Three and counting! More Recalls!

 The Honest kitchen (how appropriate ) is recalling  at least five of its pet foods. Verve, Zest, and Thrive  pet food products are involved.

Just  a reminder, wash your hands after touching pet food general  rule is "wash as  long as a song" I like the ABC song but thinking of changing it to "B-I-N-G-O was his name O"
Also some dogs are just carriers and show no illness but still can infect people.
For a quick look at what is being recalled see the chart below, For more information on the company contact go  to this  link for the  full 'scoop,' 

Honest Kitchen by phone at 1-866-437-9729 or email at


Recall -- Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

The Honest Kitchen® Voluntarily Recalls Limited Lots Of Verve®, Zeal®And Thrive® Products Due To Possible Health Risk

Lucy Postins
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 21, 2013 - The Honest Kitchen today announced that it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products produced between August and November 2012 and sold nationwide in the US and Canada via retail stores, mail order and online after August 2012 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No other Honest Kitchen batches, production dates or products are affected.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Animals with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some animals will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy animals can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your animals have consumed the recalled product and have these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The Company is taking this action after learning that one of its raw ingredients suppliers has recalled a batch of human-grade parsley that may contain Salmonella. The batch of parsley was shipped to the Company in 2012 and used in the production of five lots of finished Honest Kitchen products.
The Honest Kitchen regularly tests for Salmonella and other pathogens as part of its quality control process and has not received to date any reports of illness associated with these lots of products. Nonetheless, the Company is proceeding with this action in order to ensure the full safety and quality of its products.
"We are committed to providing the highest-quality human-grade food available to our customers’ pets," said Lucy Postins, founder, CEO and CMO of The Honest Kitchen. "While our quality control tests did not find evidence of Salmonella in any of our finished products, we are accountable for everything we make, and are taking precautionary action to ensure the safety and integrity of our products."
The lots being recalled are:
Item CodeProduct NameProduction DateExpiration DateSizeLot Number
V4 + VRVERVE8/20/128/20/13
4 lb. box,
10 lb. box
2332A (batches 1-3)
VRVERVE11/1/1211/1/1310 lb. box3062A (batches 8 & 9)
TMTHRIVE9/18/129/18/131 oz. sample2622A (batch 3)
Z4 + ZRZEAL8/14/128/14/13
4 lb. box,
10 lb. box
2272A (batches 1–5)
ZRZEAL9/21/129/21/1310 lb. box2652A (batches 1–4)

And let's add the updates on Kasel as well! Lots of  PetCo,Sams Club, Cosco, and Target items!
Link: click here

Product NameDistributorsLot/Best By DateUPC
12 PK Natural Pig EarsPetco04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN800443092910
12 PK Smoked Pig EarsPetco04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN800443092927
16 oz Chicken ChipsPetco, Kasel04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN647263800291
16 oz Chicken JerkyPetco, Kasel, Menards04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN647263800291
16 oz Pork JerkyPetco, Kasel, Menards04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN647263700157
16 oz Salmon JerkyPetco, Kasel04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN647263900151
25 PK Natural Pig EarsPetco04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN800443092903
4 oz Beef JerkyPetco, Kasel04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN647263801175
4 oz Chicken JerkyPetco, Kasel04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN647263800178
4 oz Lamb JerkyPetco, Kasel04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN647263510176
4 oz Salmon JerkyPetco, Kasel04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN647263900175
7 PK Natural Pig EarsPetco04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN800443092934
7 PK Smoked Pig EarsPetco04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN800443092941
BIXBI Hip And Joint Beef Liver Jerky 5ozBIXBI04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN091037018106
BIXBI Hip And Joint Chicken Breast Jerky 5ozBIXBI04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN091037018083
BIXBI Hip And Joint Lamb Jerky 5ozBIXBI04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN091037018120
BIXBI Hip And Joint Pork Jerky 5ozBIXBI04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN091037018144
BIXBI Skin & Coat Beef Liver Jerky 5ozBIXBI04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN091037018021
BIXBI Skin & Coat Chicken Breast Jerky Treats 5ozBIXBI04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN091037018007
BIXBI Skin & Coat Lamb Jerky 5ozBIXBI04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN091037018045
BIXBI Skin & Coat Pork Jerky 5ozBIXBI04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN091037018069
Boots & Barkley Assorted Natural Parts 32ozTarget20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN490830400086
Boots & Barkley Beef Bully Stick 12"Target20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN085239043165
Boots & Barkley Beef Bully Sticks 6ctTarget20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN647263899189
Boots & Barkley Beef KnuckleTarget20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN647263899172
Boots & Barkley Beef Ribs 2ctTarget20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN647263899196
Boots & Barkley Braided Bully Stick 5"Target20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN085239043110
Boots & Barkley Chicken Jerky 16ozTarget20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN085239043325
Boots & Barkley Chicken Jerky 8ozTarget20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN085239043400
Boots & Barkley Chicken Stuffed Beef Femur Bone 6"Target20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN085239043202
Boots & Barkley Flossie 6-8"Target20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN085239043103
Boots & Barkley Pig Ear Strips 8ozTarget20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN085239403440
Boots & Barkley Pig Ears 12ctTarget20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN647263899158
Boots & Barkley Pork FemurTarget20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN647263899165
Boots & Barkley Smoked Beef Femur Bone 3"Target20APR2014 DEN-03OCT2014 DEN085239403495
K9 Chicken Breath Fresh Jerky 15ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507117
K9 Chicken Breath Fresh Jerky 5ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507100
K9 Chicken Calming Jerky 15ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507094
K9 Chicken Calming Jerky 5ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507087
K9 Chicken Coat Jerky 15ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507070
K9 Chicken Coat Jerky 5ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507063
K9 Chicken Digestive Jerky 15ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507155
K9 Chicken Digestive Jerky 5ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507148
K9 Chicken Healthy Weight Jerky 15ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507179
K9 Chicken Healthy Weight Jerky 5ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507162
K9 Chicken Jerky 16ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507032
K9 Chicken Jerky 5ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507018
K9 Chicken Jerky 8ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507025
K9 Chicken Joint Jerky 15ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507056
K9 Chicken Joint Jerky 5ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507049
K9 Chicken Senior Jerky 15ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507131
K9 Chicken Senior Jerky 5ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125507124
K9 Hip & Joint Chicken Strips 8ozNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN669125990445
Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky 2.5lbsSam’s Club04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN647263800208
Nature's Deli Chicken Jerky 3lbsCostco04202013 DEN-10032013 DEN647263800215
Nutri-Pet 16oz Natural Filet StripsNutri-Vet04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN76-0081
Roasted Pig Ear Dog Treats 28ozSam's Club04202014 DEN-10032014 DEN681131857246
TDBBS, Inc Beef Lobster Tails 1ctTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENBulk
TDBBS, Inc Buffalo Hearts Sliced 3 lbsTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENBulk
TDBBS, Inc Chicken Jerky 16ozTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENUnknown
TDBBS, Inc Hearts of Lamb 4ozTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENUnknown
TDBBS, Inc Knee Caps 25 CtTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENBulk
TDBBS, Inc Lamb Jerky 4ozTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENUnknown
TDBBS, Inc Pig Snouts 25ctTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENBulk
TDBBS, Inc Pork Jerky Strips 16ozTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENUnknown
TDBBS, Inc Turkey Cubes 4.5ozTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENUnknown
TDBBS, Inc Turkey Jerkey Sticks 6ctTDBBS, Inc/Best Bully Sticks04202014 DEN-10032014 DENUnknown

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Salmonella Side Order? You Betcha' !

Disclaimer:  random pic from the web

Just when you thought it was safe to go shopping, the itsy bitsy salmonella bug went up the doggy treat spout!     Who's on the chopping block?   Nutri Vet.   I will take take bets now for more to come. 

 Until next time keep your pets safe from the humans that make food for them!

 To see the product recalls click here 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Recalls in treats!

Did I call it or what?  Even though it has nothing to do with bits of plastic as the last recall did we haven't had the good ole fun that salmonella causes in a few months!  I am sure there will be more on the horizon!

General Kasel Associated Industries Products Affected Are:
 Bully sticks
smoked Beef Femur bone
American Flossie 
Pig ears
Chicken Jerky (you knew that was coming!)
Beef Ribs
American Beef Knuckle
Pork Femur
Salmon Jerky
Lamb Jerky
Buffalo Hearts
Beef Liver Jerky
Knee caps
Turkey Cubes
Pig Snouts
Turkey Jerky
Hearts of Lamb
Keep in  mind that salmonella can spread to people, most vulnerable are the elderly and children in the human category.  Always remember to wash your hands whenever you feed your dogs anything, it's just a good habit to get into because there will always be recalls for salmonella and life is too short to feel like you have these flu like symptoms all through the year! 

Don't forget if you have multiple pets that share a water bowl that can become contaminated also. Call your vet for treatment recommendations if you suspect your dog has this.

Symptoms in pets
Diarrhea with or without blood
abdominal pain

Salmonella in Humans ( you may need to seek your doc;s help)

Symptoms can show up 12 to 72 hours after contact
Abdominal cramps

For the full list and best used by dates click here

Until next time happy washing, scrubbing, and tossing!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Recall of Instinct - Raw by Nature's Variety

Nature's Variety is recalling Instinct Raw Chicken Formula patties in the 6 lbs bag, 36 lb case. In the  Raw Organic Chicken formula Medallion it is the 3 lb bag and the 27  lb case.
  Bits of plastic have been found in the food which can cause a choking hazard.
The use by date to look at would be Oct. 4, 2013

You can contact the company directly  here  or go to the FDA US food and Drug Animal an Veterinary here 

Is this the end? Probably not, keep your eyes open  and it may be a good idea to mix foods with your hands to see if you feel any abnormalities among the kibble

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Bark on DAP

I took this picture while sitting in my car in
a parking lot. No dogs were with me at the time.

 The Bark on DAP

Dog Appeasing Pheromone  '

 There’s been a lot of bark over the Dog Appeasing Pheromone  (DAP) collar, DAP spray, and DAP diffuser. It is seemingly being touted to handle all sorts of behavior problems from the crying puppy, to the aggressive dog, to the puking dog inside a car.
For those of you who have not heard of the DAP collar, it is basically a device that emits a scent which reproduces the pheromone of a mother dog when nursing which supposedly  is to help pups/dogs stay calm.

   To me it seems this product is over praised by  professionals that are looking to give  a quick fix to a problem which may actually need a combination of multiple aides such as counter conditioning, medication, and long time training in conjunction with DAP.

 Don’t get me wrong, there have been studies where it has helped dogs, particularly puppies, but I wonder if that is because the replicated mother’s scent is still fresh in their minds.

 I also wonder about the clinical settings in which the testing’s were done. Settings such as kennels and Vet offices are quite different from the average home. If the studies took a multiple number of homes where dogs were suffering from specific problems then to me it would be a little more realistic.

While some have had success with DAP  whose dogs  suffer from noise phobia or separation anxiety, just as many people that I talked too  had no success. 

Because my dogs could care less if I am with them or not and are not the anxious type that they turn to shaking, vomiting, trembling, or hiding,  I personally did not want to purchase a DAP collar since I felt I could not judge it fairly. So I did the next best thing, I had someone else purchase it for their dog! (Thanks Gina!)  Of course I also talked with many who had used the product and I looked over some clinical studies in large group settings.    

Some of the dog owners I talked to said it helped, others said they tossed it in the trash because they noticed no difference, and some said it made their dog more “flighty” becoming more nervous than they were before. All of these that I heard from were dogs in a home situation not a kennel situation.

The owners I spoke to that thought the product worked had dogs that suffered canine cognitive dysfunction, separation anxiety, or noise anxiety,  and the majority said it was the DAP diffuser plug in that helped most, not the collar or the spray.
However none that I talked to said it helped with their aggressive dogs. Even the clinical studies that have been done admit they saw no change in aggressive behavior and this is why this product being touted as the cure all for every situation is scary for me as someone who works as a trainer in behavior modification.

I think it is great to give anything a try as each dog is different and they don’t all respond to one particular product or training. As well, much depends on the owner themselves if they are following through with ‘all’ that you are telling them to do, or if are they trying to take the easy way out through medication or products like the DAP collar.

Just like in life, nothing good comes easy. If you are inclined to believe when your Vet or other advisor tells you this is the wonder product of this century please ask that more information specific to your problem be given to you just in case this miracle  product is not the end all~ be all to your dog’s situation. 

To my contributing research partner and fellow trainer/behaviorist Jane a big thank you for passing these studies on to me.

The links and conclusions/ summations of the studies done are below. They are not my writings but are pasted here for easier viewing. All credit of the below conclusions go to their authors and testers. The links are provided for you to take a look if you wish to.

Fearful of vet office setting ~ ( but not effective on aggressive dog behavior)


The behaviour and emotional state of 15 dogs, known to be fearful of the veterinary clinic was evaluated during a standardised 5 min waiting room procedure and standardised 2 min consultation room procedure prior to a sham clinical examination, in the presence of Dog Appeasing Pheromone and placebo. Subjects acted as their own controls and were semi-randomly allocated into treatment groups to control for order effects. A triple blinding procedure was used in order to remove bias from the assessment of video recordings of the dogs, with two naïve independent raters used to analyse the video recordings of the behaviour of dogs during the test procedures. The raters showed good, and similar, agreement in their evaluation of both the specific behaviour of the dogs and their putative emotional state (relaxed, aroused and anxious). The results suggested that the use of DAP in the clinic was associated with greater relaxation of the dogs but there was no effect on aggressive behaviour during the clinical examination.

·                                 Dog; Fear; Fireworks; Homeopathy; Placebo
Seventy-five dogs that showed a fear response to fireworks participated in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the efficacy of a homeopathic remedy for the alleviation of their behavioural signs. Dogs were randomly assigned to one of two treatments; the homeopathic treatment or the placebo treatment. At the baseline assessments the owners identified the behavioural signs of fear that their dogs normally displayed in response to fireworks, rated their frequency and intensity, and assessed the global severity of their dog’s responses. These measures were repeated at the final assessment and owners also completed weekly diaries for the length of the trial. There were significant improvements in the owners’ rating of 14/15 behavioural signs of fear in the placebo treatment group and all 15 behavioural signs in the homeopathic treatment group. Both treatment groups also showed significant improvement in the owners’ rating of the global severity of their dog’s responses. However, there was no significant difference in the response seen between the two treatment groups.

House soiling and night disturbance

A placebo-controlled study to investigate the effect of Dog Appeasing Pheromone and other environmental and management factors on the reports of disturbance and house soiling during the night in recently adopted puppies.

Abstract (my question would be could the pup simply over time gotten used to the new surrondings?) 

Disturbance and house soiling during the night are common problems faced by the new puppy dog owner. They may result as consequence of a mismatch between the developmental status of the puppy and its new environment and/or separation distress in a typically social animal. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP, Ceva Santé Animale) as well as a range of other management and environmental factors that might affect this process. It has been suggested that DAP may help the puppy settle into the new home by continuing the provision of the maternal appeasing pheromone. In order to test this, a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of DAP was conducted with 60 pedigree puppies, aged between 6 and 10 weeks, as they entered their new home. A few days prior to the puppy's arrival, volunteer owners were supplied with either a verum or placebo plug-in diffuser designed for the slow release of the pheromone analogue over 4 weeks. Owners reported daily on disturbance and house soiling during the previous night over the following 8 weeks from the puppy's first night in the new home. The effect of the treatment together with the gender of the puppy, its maternal environment, the use of a puppy crate, sleeping with other dogs at night and the experience of the owner were included in a general linear model to explain the total number of nights spent disturbing and house soiling. Sleeping with another dog reduced the puppies’ tendency to disturb at night to almost zero. Over 70% of puppies sleeping alone disturbed during the first night. The mean total number of nights of disturbance over the 2 months was between five and six nights, mostly in the first week in the home. A significant effect of DAP treatment was found in the case of the gundog breeds only (p = 0.003), gundogs receiving placebo cried for a median of nine nights, those receiving verum cried for a median of three nights. No effect of DAP treatment was observed on the total number of nights that the puppy soiled the house (p > 0.05). However, puppies that were placed in crates during the night (p = 0.004) or had come from domestic maternal environments (p = 0.006) had significantly fewer reports of house soiling over the first 2 months in the new home.
Car travel related studies

Signs of travel-related problems in dogs and their response to treatment with dog appeasing pheromone


(My questions would be could the behavior have just ended because they got used to the car?)

Sixty-two dogs with problems when travelling in the car took part in a non-blinded study aimed at differentiating groups of dogs on the basis of the pattern of signs shown by individual dogs and their response to treatment with a collar impregnated with dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP) for six weeks and general behavioural advice. The dogs were taken out in the owner's car at least twice weekly for nine weeks, and their behaviour was assessed every three weeks to determine the frequency of 21 behavioural signs. On the basis of these signs and by using principal components analysis, the dogs were grouped into five well defined groups, defined as ‘excitable’, ‘nausea’, ‘tense’, ‘attention-seeking’ and ‘elimination’. For the purpose of statistical analysis, the attention-seeking and elimination groups were combined when assessing the effect of the treatment. All the groups showed some statistically significant improvements after treatment, but their responses were not uniform. The greatest perceived improvement was among the nausea group and the least was among the excitable group. In the groups for which there were sufficient data for analysis, there was little evidence of a relapse in most of the signs in the three to five months after the collar had been removed.

Puppy Training

This one is put out by the AVMA  ~ it’s an easy read so I did not post it as I did the others as all testing/conclusions seem to be on the one page.
(~ puppy class~ my question~ puppies did better - but is it possible they just became more socialized over a  six week period and it had nothing to do with DAP?)


  My  conclusion on this product would be the same on every other product when it comes to needing behavior modification, try everything to see if it works as long as it won’t harm the dog because all dogs  will react differently to any specific product or training. But I would ask that you not look for miracles in one product alone and that you have a back up plan to put in place.  Dogs that are fearful, have such anxieties such as separation anxiety, noise phobias or aggressive issues did not get like that overnight and it will take longer than overnight to help them reach the ‘best capacity that they are able to handle’. 

As always I welcome feedback from all who have had success or failure with this product in the comments section below.

Because of such a wide reaction to this product I have to give it a ½ &  ½ rating. Two paws up and two paws down.