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April 2, 1987

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) _ Some lucky dogs are getting gourmet treats when they wag their tails, shake hands, sit up or roll over.

The first batch of 2,000 home-baked dog biscuits concocted by a local hospital auxiliary went on sale last weekend at a dog show. The treats - from buttermilk bones to schnauzer-shaped crumpets - sold out in hours.

″We sort of hope to become the See’s Candies or Mrs. Field’s Cookies of the dog-food industry,″ said Sharon Andreason, a member of hospital group, which plans to market its homemade dog biscuits to local stores this summer.

″This is going to be as big as we want it to get,″ Ms. Andreason said.

The treats are made from bone meal, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ and flour, she added. Dog delicacies such as liver, buttermilk, peanut butter, garlic and tofu can be added for real ″bone appetit cuisine.″

Charities in at least a half-dozen cities are believed to have used the dog cuisine idea as a fund-raiser, said Ken Johnson, a Los Angeles kennel club operator. There’s even a canine cookbook out, written by two Arizona women.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Folks may dread the dentist, but speaking in public ranks even higher on the list of common phobias, according to a survey published by a dental magazine.

A thousand folks were given a choice of five fearsome phenomena, guaranteed to send a shiver up the spines of all but the most unflappable: dentists, high places, public speaking, mice or flying.

Public speaking was most feared by 27 percent of the 1,000 respondents, while going to the dentist was picked by 21 percent, according to the spring issue of Dental Health Advisor.

Twenty percent expressed a fear of heights as their principal phobia, mice got the vote of 12 percent, and flying was the top fear of 9 percent. Eleven percent professed no fears or said they couldn’t decide which on the list was the worst.

The magazine is published by Knoxville-based Whittle Communications and is distributed to approximately 30,000 dentists offices in the United States.

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