Irish Wolfhound II

About

As soon as he released the original bloodhound back in 2006, Enrico Genosse was flooded with requests for a second dog. That second dog turned out to be the Irish Wolfhound known as Pluto.

Seven years later, that original dog was overdue for a makeover. New techniques for modeling the dog have been developed and new scripting tools have become available. In January 2012, this old dog was retired from active service.

And so it is that the VKC introduces Irish Wolfhound II, an entirely new version of our old favorite. Completely rebuilt from new scupts and textures, with the latest skills and pathfinding abilities, this gentle giant with the kindly disposition and gentle demeanor rejoins the pets in the VKC Parks.

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 Blu" or "Fido run redball" or "Fido greet Bloodhound")
  • 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

These features work only when your dog's pathfinding is enabled. Say, "Fido pf on" to enable pathfinding. To get the best out of this new feature, you may need to do a little work on your land to optimize it for Pathfinding. 

Please watch out in the VKC Group for announcements of Pathfinding Classes. If your land is not ready, or your landlord has disabled Pathfinding, your dog will still be able to work in "Traditional Mode." Say, "Fido pf off" to enable traditional mode.

Special Commands

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

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

Say: fido touch ball

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

Thanks to the animation genius of Solcar Amat, this dog offers four petting animations: stroke, scratch, hug, and cuddle. Try them all; we're sure you will like them.

The following poses add liveliness and charm to tricks you teach your dog. When you enable motions, your dog will cycle through the poses associated with his position in a random, natural manner. For example, if you tell him to beg, he will use all of his beg poses in random rotation.

These poses also can be used with the command pose. For example, to get the dog to bow down in the play pose, you would say, "Fido pose play."

  • beg2, beg3 (slight variations of the beg pose)
  • bellyup2, bellyup3 (similar to bellyup but dog holds his head and tail in different positions)
  • down2, down3, down4, down5, down6, down7, down8 (slight variations of the down position)
  • drop (pose to drop a toy or other object from his mouth)
  • play, play2 (slight variations of the play bow)
  • rise, leap, land (this is a trio of poses that are part of the instinct pounce)
  • sit2, sit3, sit4, sit5 (slight variations of the sit pose)
  • stand2, stand3, stand4, stand5 (slight variations of the stand pose)

Special Sound

All VKC dogs have a sound file that is not associate with any instinct: growl. Tell him, "Fido sound growl" to make him growl.

Your Irish Wolfhound has a second bonus sound: happyhowl. Tell him "Fido sound happyhowl" to hear it. We think you will be pleased.

Of course, you can add these sounds to tricks you teach to your dog. You can make a happy noise trick like this:

fido learn happynoise pose howl sound happyhowl wait 7 sit

New features

  • Hide/Show the dog's name
  • Choose from four different petting animations
  • Collar and bandana
  • Motions and blinking

Color Options

The Irish Wolfhound II is available with a grey coat (actually a lovely silvery-grey).

Collar Options

The collar on these dogs provides a wealth of control for customizing it. There are 41 textures built into the collar. You can change the texture by simply clicking on it or you can use the collar command along with a value between 0 and 40.

For example, say, 

fido collar 01 (for a nice dark brown collar) 

or say, 

dogs collar 27 (for a lovely brown leather woven collar)

(Click to enlarge the photograph; right click or control-click to download it to your computer.)

Bandana Options

The bandana  or scarf has its own set of 40 built in textures and works in the same way as the collar; you can click on it to cycle through the available choices or you can use the bandana command along with a value between 0 and 40.

For example, say, 

fido bandana 04 (for neutral grey bandana) 

or say,

dogs bandana 10 (for a traditional red bandana)


(Click to enlarge the photograph; right click or control-click to download it to your computer.)

Coloring the Collar or Bandana

The collar and bandana also can be changed using the c-color and b-color commands. Although you can use any of the textures when you use the tint and color commands, you will get the truest colors if you begin with a light color.

Say, for example,

dogs collar 15 c-color 255 255 0 

to make the collar bright yellow woven leather.

To remove or restore the collar, use either of the following commands:

  • tint-1 (restores the collar to its original color)
  • tint-2 (makes the collar invisible)

Regeneration

If you already adopted an original Irish Wolfhound, you can regenerate (convert) him or her to a new Irish Wolfhound II at a fraction of the regular adoption fee. You'll get a astonishing, clever dog with all the personality, memories, and tricks of your own beloved dog, just with additional skills and abilities and an improved appearance. 

Look for the sign named "Regeneration Station" near the VKC Clinic in selected VKC Parks, click on it, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Please note: While updates continue to be available at no extra charge, there is a small fee to regenerate this dog.

Permissions

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

You can also send a dog as a gift from our Marketplace Store.

Prim Count

Prim Count — 30

Land Impact — 38

Release Date

November 2013