Chow Chow


Once upon a time in SL, Enrico Genosse decided on which breeds to make by using a raffle, a system that is no longer allowed. The winner of the raffle would get to choose the next breed. The winner of one of the last raffles ever held was a guy named Mitch Merricks. It was Mitch's hope that he would win the raffle so that Mr. Genosse would then make the breed of Mitch's choice … a Chow!

Mitch had a RL Chow of his own, a Chow called Amber. But, unfortunately, Amber had passed away just a couple of weeks before the raffle was held. Amber had been the victim of the tainted dog food problem that had been running rampant. Of course, Mitch was heartsick over Amber's loss.

But Mitch did win the raffle one late Friday evening, and his choice for Rico's next creation was to have Enrico make the Chow. Mitch sent real life pictures of his Chow, Amber, and Mr. Genosse made the textures he used on the VKC™ Chow from the real life pictures of Amber. Mr. Genosse also asked Mitch to tell him about Amber so that he could make her as true to Mitch's Amber as possible. Mitch told Mr. Genosse how Amber would look back at him. So Mr. Genosse fashioned a pose that only the VKC Chow Chows have … the lookback pose. And Mitch told Mr. Genosse how Amber would ring a bell when she wanted to go outside. So Mr. Genosse asked Blu Sparkle if she would like to train the Chow Chows before they ever went on sale to do some of these things that the RL Amber did.

Then Blu Sparkle and Sandry Logan set about training the VKC Chow Chows to do some tricks that would look as close to Amber as they could. Along with that training, Miss Sparkle created a bell for the Chows to ring and you've probably seen them ringing the little bells that are on the ground in various places in the VKC Dog Parks. Miss Sparkle made the bell as a gift for the Chow owners.

Because Miss Sparkle cannot be present all the time and doesn't know every Chow owner personally, we have put out a dispenser so all Chow owners can get their copy of the bell. And may all VKC Chows continue to ring the bell in loving memory of Mitch's dear Amber!


  • Basic Positions: stand, sit, down, bang, beg, bellyup, shake, rest
  • Basic Activities: come, getbone, howl, itch, roll, rove, sniff, speak, wag, touch, wander
  • Other Activities: go, run, on, greet, get (These require you to name a destination or an object; for example, "Amber go Sandry" or "Amber run redball" or "Amber greet Bichon")
  • Owner-only commands: heel, follow (Follow also requires you to name a destination)
  • Special command: fetch (Requires a redball toy, free at VKC Dog Parks)

These instincts are not described in any detail because it will be much more fun for you and your dog to try them out together. 

Special Commands

The name Amber is used here as an example. You should use your dog's actual name or the general name, dogs, to command your dog.


Say: Amber alert


Say: Amber lookback


Say: Amber wave

ringbell (this requires an object named bell)

Say: Amber ringbell

touch (this requires the name of an object you want the dog to touch)

Say: Amber touch ball

wiggle (this requires name of person you want dog to go to)

Say: Amber wiggle Ebi

It is important to mention that touch is designed to allow the dog to touch small objects and intended to be incorporated into your tricks, for example ringing the bell. It will not work very well if you tell your dog to touch an avatar or a large object like a house or tree.

Special Poses

The following poses add liveliness and charm to tricks you teach your dog. They must be used with the command pose. For example, to get the dog to bow down in the play pose, you would say, "Amber pose touch1" or "Amber pose touch2."

  • lookback (dog turns her head to the left and looks over her shoulder)
  • shake1 and shake2 (dog holds up the left paw and bends the wrist up or down)
  • touch1 and touch2 (dog reaches out with the right paw and moves the paw up or down)

Color Options

You can use the commands color and tint with the Chow and the entire dog will change color. When working with color, it is important to remember the natural color of the dog's coat, as this will affect the colors you choose. It is not possible, for example, to have a white chow.

Prim Count

Prim Count — 31

Land Impact — 30

Important Dates

Released: June 2007

Retired: January 2012

Although the Chow Chows are in retirement, they still receive the full support of the VKC. They can be updated and claimed at the Dog Clinics and the VKC Proven Trainers will continue to help you with these breeds, just like always.


Petting the VKC Chow Chow

(above) Amber, Enrico Genosse, Mitch Merricks and Blu Sparkle on Amber’s first day in Second Life. [Photograph courtesy of Blu Sparkle, © 2010]

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