Polar Bear

About

Initially, the Polar Bear was a holiday surprise for members of the Virtual Kennel Club™. All VKC members were invited to pick up a free Polar Bear for the first few days following its release. Those who were not members could join for a temporary enrolment fee, get a free bear, and enjoy the knowledge that half of the membership fee would be donated to the World Wildlife Fund. In January 2010, Mr. Genosse sent a contribution of $250.

VKC support for real-world charities did not stop with this gesture, generous as it is. The Widget is the VKC's charitable dog. Find out more about the ongoing charitable support on the Widget page.

The Polar Bear proved to be so popular that Enrico released him again in support of Project FUR Japan. All of the adoption fee, for a total of L$14,000 was donated toward helping ill-fated but well-loved dogs and cats and other pets in real life, victims of the tsunami in Japan in 2011.

Again in 2012, the very desirable polar bear was released, this time with huge improvements. Now the Polar Bear is pathfinding-enabled, sports a handsome scarf, and offers not one, not two, but three owner-controlled petting animations. 

It's quite a leap from the "traditional" VKC Pets to the pathfinding pets and to get the best results requires some work to be done to prepare the dog's new home for pathfinding. But you don't need to worry about that right away, you can optimize his home for pathfinding at your leisure because when you adopt a VKC Bloodhound II, you will find that he can switch between pathfinding and traditional modes at will.

In December 2011, the VKC released a Polar Bear Cub and released it in 2012 as a pathfinding animal.

Instincts

  • Basic Positions: stand, sit, down, bang, beg, bellyup, shake, rest
  • Basic Activities: come, getbone, howl, itch, pounce, roll, rove, sniff, speak, wag, wander
  • Other Activities: go, run, on, greet, get (These require you to name a destination or an object; for example, "Fido go Sandry" or "Fido run redball" or "Fido 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.

Pathfinding Instincts

  • Explore
  • Patrol
  • Hidefrom
  • pf on/off

Special Poses

There are three petting animations for the polar bear. The owner may use the setpet command to select from among the three options: strokehug, and scratch. We will leave it to you to work out which is which and to choose your favorite.

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

  • crane (bear stands tall and holds paws above his head)
  • hug (bear stands up and places paws as though to hug someone)

Color Options

The color of the warm woolen scarf on the polar bear can be changed. There are two ways to control what your Polar Bear's scarf looks like. You can directly tell her what to wear. You also can cycle through the choices by clicking on the collar or the scarf/bandana.

Example scarf commands:

fido scarf 20 — changes the scarf/bandana texture to an attractive purple*

fido bandana 14 — changes the scarf/bandana texture to a bright green*

fido s-color 0 0 128 — puts a dark blue tint onto the scarf/bandana

fido scarf hide

fido scarf show

*See the Color and Tint page for the textures.

Other Considerations

There are now three versions of the Polar Bear: original, special, and pathfinding.

The original bear, the one with the big bow that was released in December 2009, is a no copy version managed by the VKC database, just like the dogs. If this bear is lost, becomes injured, or needs an update, you use the services of the VKC Clinic, located in every VKC Dog Park.

You can regenerate your original Polar Bear so she is pathfinding-enabled and has all the newest features but it will no longer be transferable. If you do not regenerate him, you will still be able to reclaim lost bears at the clinic and you will get the original transferable version, but there are no plans to update the old versions.

The second is the special version of the VKC Polar Bear, released for the Project FUR Japan fundraiser in April 2011. The special bear is copyable but not transferable. If this bear is lost, becomes injured, or needs an update, you simply rez a new one from your inventory. Remember to always keep one copy of the bear in your inventory as a backup. The services of the VKC Clinic are not necessary.

You can regenerate your special edition Polar Bear but it will no longer be a copiable bear. You can still keep the copiable ones and you can still rez as many of those as you wish but they are no longer in the development cycle so there will be no updates for them. 

The third is the pathfinding-enabled VKC Polar Bear, the one with the soft woolen scarf that was released in December 2012. This is a no copy, no transfer version managed by the VKC database.

Your pathfinding Polar Bear will get updates whenever they are released, just like any VKC pet. After regeneration, you will be able to claim your bear from the VKC Clinic as usual.

Permissions

The VKC Polar Bear II is not transferable. If you wish to give one as a gift, please use the Gift Vendors in our VKC Dog Parks.

You can also send a VKC Polar Bear as a gift from our Marketplace Store.

Prim Count

Prim Count — 22

Land Impact — 25

Important Dates

Released: December 2009

Re-released: April 2011, in support of Project FUR Japan

Major update and re-release: December 2012

Petting the VKC Polar Bear


(Click to enlarge the contact sheet of scarf textures. Right-click or control-click to download the image to your computer)