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What's This? A New Puppy, too!

posted Dec 27, 2016, 11:20 AM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Dec 27, 2016, 12:24 PM ]

Photograph of Ironwood Puppy

With little fanfare, a new VKC Puppy appeared on the scene between Christmas and New Year's Eve this year—a surprise even for Enrico's closest confidants, not to mention the rest of us.

Meet the Ironwood puppy, a delightful tri-color, mixed breed puppy that looks a little like a beagle, and a little like a young trailhound, and a little like… umn… 55 other cute dogs, maybe even a bit of foxhound, basset hound, and bloodhound.

With this puppy, the VKC is pioneering a new AO, one that automatically recognizes the general size of your adult avatar and adjusts how your avatar sits on the ground. And that's the operative word here—on the ground, not in it. Let us know how you like it.

Stop by the VKC Parks today to get acquainted.


VKC White Cat Arrives in Time for the Holidays

posted Dec 26, 2016, 1:17 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Dec 26, 2016, 1:18 PM ]

Fictional villains know about the appeal of a white cat. Witness, for example, James Bond's nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld always stroking his white cat and Austin Power's foe, Dr. Evil seldom seen without his white cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. Some days, the Internet seems to be built on a foundation of cute kitties, especially white ones. Cat lovers the world around hold them in high esteem.

With his brilliant green eyes and festive red collar, the VKC White Cat has arrived just in time for Christmas and all the winter holidays. Stroke him, pet him, scratch his belly, cuddle with him for as long as you like. Play fetch with him or carry him around in your arms. Like the other VKC Cats, the White Cat has a full repertoire of cat behaviors, including artificial disobedience. He is full trainable and can learn tricks and marks with the best of them.

The VKC White Cat is available for adoption in all the VKC Parks. Not ready to adopt yet? That's okay. Stop by to meet and greet the new cat and stay to play with him for a while.

Introducing the German Shepherd Plus

posted Dec 17, 2016, 2:40 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Dec 18, 2016, 3:02 AM by Sandry Logan ]

You've asked for it and now it's happening! We have upgraded and re-released the VKC German Shepherd dog! The new version of the dog will be known as German Shepherd Plus.

  • New Coat
  • New Petting Animations
  • Collar and Bandana
  • Pathfinding Enabled

Read more about it in the Release Notes!

Release Notes for the VKC German Shepherd Plus

2016.12.17

We have upgraded and re-released the VKC German Shepherd dog. The new version of the dog known as German Shepherd Plus.

What's in the Upgrade?

  • New coat—we think you’ll agree that the new textures are a big improvement. 
  • Four brand new and exclusive petting animations from our master animator, Solcar Amat. Use the setpet command to switch among hug, stroke, scratch and cuddle. 
  • Hide and show your dog's name.
  • Improved toy handling—no more old-fashioned toys following along behind your dog! 
  • Bandana with 40 textures
  • Collar with 40 textures.
  • Stands on the ground.
  • Motions and blinking—motions are small movements made by the dog that give him a more lively and lifelike appearance when she is in the stand, sit or down positions.
  • Pathfinding enabled.
  • Image for VKC German Shepherd Plus Release Notes
    • Finds her way around obstacles, no more bumping into things. 
    • In and out of the house with ease.
    • Smoother on heel and better heel positions.
    • New commands and behaviors.

Come to one of our free Pathfinding Classes to learn more!

Q&A

What's this “Plus” business?

A “Plus” dog has major new features added to an existing model, but is not a full Regeneration of the dog in the same sense as the Bloodhound, Irish Wolfhound or the Australian Shepherds. For example, the German Shepherd Plus has a new coat, pathfinding, new toy handling, collar and bandana, but does not get a new body.

***** PLEASE NOTE *****

The other thing that will change are the Permissions. The Plus series dogs are not transferable.

How do I get it?

If you have an original German Shepherd, you can use the Regeneration Station in the VKC Parks —specifically Turing Isle and Canis Beach VKC Parks—to upgrade her to the German Shepherd Plus. Click on the Regeneration Station to start the process. Read the instructions in the menus and messages and it will walk you through the simple process.

How much does it cost?

There is no fee to upgrade your German Shepherd to a German Shepherd Plus from now until 1st January 2017. After the end of the year, the fee for the upgrade is L$250.

Can you upgrade your white GSDs to Pluses, or only the Black and Tan ones?

We have not made a White German Shepherd Plus. If you wish to convert your existing White German Shepherd to the black and tan German Shepherd Plus, please contact one of the VKC Trainers. They will not be able to do it immediately, but they can forward your request and we'll do it as quickly as we can.

Are you releasing the dog for sale?

Yes, the dog will be available in the VKC Parks from Saturday 17th December at 12:00 SLT and on the Second Life Marketplace shortly after.

How much is it?

If you adopt the dog in the VKC Park or on Marketplace, the adoption fee will be L$3800.

Why is it cheaper than the other breeds?

Although they have most of the features of the VKC Series II animals, the Plus breeds are cheaper than the Series II breeds because although they have most of the features of the VKC Series II animals, the modeling is not as sophisticated and the Series II animals have better movement and mobility.

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

posted Nov 25, 2016, 3:55 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Nov 26, 2016, 10:42 AM ]

We're having a sale over the weekend. In fact, it just started! 

Each of the three days will feature different pets with a special sale price. So, if you don't see what you are looking for on one day, be sure to come back the next day and check again.

The Sale Days are:

  • Friday 25 November
  • Saturday 26 November
  • Sun 27 November

The Sale ends at midnight SLT on Sunday.

VKC PETS ROCK!

posted May 13, 2016, 12:50 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated May 13, 2016, 12:52 PM ]

poster for the VKC Pets Rock Party

Spring is in the air. Summer is on its way. Not that we need an excuse to have a party, but these are pretty good reasons.

Brought to you by the VKC Social Committee, this promises to be the party of the season. Chill or dance to the music of Daughtry. Enjoy an exhibition of the VKC Pets as they show off some zany tricks and their dependable skills. Snack, drink, laugh, visit, and generally have a good old time. When the sun goes down (which it will do on command just for us), we will roll out a fireworks display.

Bring your friends and your favorite pet.

  • Where • Canis Beach Training Area
  • When • Starts at noon on Sunday, 22 May
  • Why • Hang out, chill, enjoy music and VKC Pets
  • Music • Daughtry, as brought to us by the Lightening Strikes Tribute Band
  • More • VKC Pet Demonstration and special Fireworks Display

Huge Success: Annual Bunny Hunt

posted Apr 19, 2016, 3:38 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 4:10 PM ]

Milo, the VKC Fir Puppy participates in the Annual VKC Bunny Hunt 
Even Polar Bears got into the action at the VKC Bunny Hunt

Wow! How much fun was that? The VKC Annual Bunny Hunt had people and pets running every which way trying to catch bunnies that made mad dashes from one bunny cover to another.

The update for the VKC Pets was effective in teaching them basic hunting skills but it really took teamwork to locate the bunnies and a fair amount of coordination to catch them as they ran off. Man, those little rabbits are a lot faster than they look!

A total of 242 VKC Rabbits were caught and given away as prizes. These are fully functional VKC Pets with with AI, tricks, toys and all the other great features all VKC Pets enjoy. The following is a tally of the bunnies that now have new homes.

  Second Life InWorldz
Rabbit Chocolate 51 28
Rabbit Self Black 49 32
Rabbit Wild 49 33

The VKC extends a big thank you to all who participated, plus an even bigger thank you to all who brought their friends to the hunt or who expressed their pleasure over the hunt.

Annual Bunny Hunt!

posted Apr 3, 2016, 4:46 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Apr 6, 2016, 9:22 AM ]

Poster for the 2016 VKC Bunny Hunt

Yes, it is time again for that much anticipated, much loved VKC event that involves bunnies hiding in bushes, dogs (and a few bold cats) scrambling to sniff them out, and people running around trying to catch the bunnies as they make a mad dash from one cover to another.

If you've played it before, you'll already know all about this and you'll know what to do. Update your dog or cat, visit the various hunt locations and get your pet to chase the bunnies out of the bushes so you can catch them! 

But if you've never played it before, keep reading! You're going to have a lot of fun doing this and you're going to win some very cool prizes

This is a Hunt unlike any other that we know of. You'll need your VKC Dog (or Cat) with you for this one. Together you go out to various locations in Second Life or InWorldz and search for bunnies. That's Right! We're talking about Virtual Kennel Club Rabbits — full-fledged VKC Pets with AI, tricks, toys and all the other great features that our dogs and cats enjoy.

The Hunt Bunnies this year are:

  • Chocolate — yes, that's right, an artificially intelligent chocolate bunny!
  • Self-black — not quite chocolate, but dark enough.
  • Wild — because everybody needs a wild bunny or two in their petunias.

You can take all three home, if you can catch all the hiding bunnies.

How to Hunt

It is easy to hunt! Just decide which of your dogs (or cats, puppies, bears, or wolves) you want to team with you in the hunt. Take this pet to the Clinic and update him so he knows how to hunt. [Note: this is a simple update from the clinic to give him hunting skills he needs for this event. You don't have to Regenerate your pet to the Series II/Pathfinding version of himself.]

After your pet returns from the Clinic with his new-found hunting skills, take him to one of the hunt locations (see below), rez him, and give him the command:

fido bunnyhunt

Your pet will go off to search for and try to flush a bunny. He will run to the nearest bunny cover, sniff among the leaves and flowers, and bark a couple of times.

If your pet finds one, the bunny will run out of the cover, quick as a bunny look for another hiding place, and run like mad to hide in the next place. Your pet will try to follow the bunny to help you see the bunny. You need to click on him (the bunny, not your pet) before he gets to the next hiding place. Be quick! You only have a short time before the bunny is in hiding once again. You cannot click on the bunny unless he is on the run, even though you may see him.

Keep giving your pet the bunnyhunt command until you manage to catch your bunny. Remember that you and your pet are in this hunt as a team. Sometimes, you pet may go back and forth between two bunny covers each time you tell him to bunny hunt, even though both of the bushes are empty. This is when you need to call your pet to come closer to a different set of bushes before telling him again to bunnyhunt.

*** FOR BEST RESULTS in SL *** Make sure that your pet is in pathfinding mode (if he has this capacity). If you are hunting in InWorldz or if you pet does not have pathfinding skills, don't worry. He will still be able to help you with the hunt.

Where to Hunt

The Bunny Hunt is active in the virtual worlds of Second Life and InWorldz. You can hunt in the VKC Parks and in some extra locations that have been set up just for this event.

Image of a puppy chasing a bunny in the VKC Bunny Hunt

VKC Parks — Second Life

Extra Locations — Second Life

Turing Isle — InWorldz

Extra Locations — InWorldz

VKC Staff Dogs available to hunt with you in InWorldz
Haven't Adopted a VKC Pet in InWorldz Yet?

You can still hunt and win a VKC Bunny even if you don't already have a VKC Pet. At each of the first three locations in the list above, you will find a "Staff Dog" on duty who will help you by flushing out the Bunny at that location. The three Staff Dogs are:

  • Bo the Bloodhound at Enrico's Workshop at Turing Isle
  • Montalbano the mixed-breed puppy at Turing Isle Dog Park
  • Floyd the Siberian Husky at the Training Area at Turing Isle

When you want the staff dog to flush a Bunny out of the bushes, the command to use is "bunnyhunt". You say the dog's name and then the command, like this:

floyd bunnyhunt

If you want the dog to look in a different place, stand near the place you want him to search and tell him to come, like this:

bo come

Are you finding Montalbano's name a bit of a handful? Here are a couple of tricks you can use to make it much easier. This trick works in both Second Life and InWorldz.

  1. Abbreviate his name. VKC Pets will answer to the first few characters of their name. Montalbano will answer to mo. So you can say mo bunnyhunt
  2. Use the chat recall feature in your viewer. Click your cursor in the chat bar and hold down the Ctrl Key, now press the Up Arrow and release it. This will recall the last thing that you typed. Press Ctrl Key and Up Arrow again and you'll get whatever you typed before that. When you see the command you want, press enter to say it. You'll be working with your dog like a pro in no time!

FAQ

Q. How many bunnies must I find in each location?

A. There is one bunny to find in each hunt location. When you have found the bunny, you can move on to the next location. Remember to take your partner pet with you.

Q. How many bunnies can I win?

A. Three. You can win one bunny of each type — chocolate, self black, and wild. You must catch a bunny in every location and you will win three new bunnies.

Q. When does the hunt finish?

A. The annual Bunny Hunt begins today and continues until 5 o'clock in the evening (17:00) SLT and IWT on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Q. Do I need to visit and hunt in all the locations?

A. You can stop hunting at any time. If you want to go home with three new bunnies, including the amazing AI-enabled chocolate bunny, then yes, you will need to visit each location and catch a bunny there.

Q. Why doesn't my pet go to the right place to sniff out the bunny?

A. Your pet will go to the nearest place that provides cover for the bunny and try to flush one out. If he is very close to a cover, he will go to the next nearest one. But remember that you are a team. Sometimes you will need to call your pet to get him to try hunting in other areas of the location. After you call him, give him the bunnyhunt command again.

Q. My pet keeps going to the same two bushes. Why doesn't he search in all the bushes?

A. Imagine that you are hunting with your RL pet. Yes, the dog that barks at the postman, sleeps on the sofa, and has little more hunting experience than “hunt the slipper.” In most cases, if you took this dog out with you to look for rabbits, you’d be saying “fido find the bunny” and fido would be running around in circles, wagging his tail, and panting. You, all the while, would be pointing at the bushes and saying “find the bunny, find the bunny!” He’d probably be trying his very best to understand you, but in most cases, our own dogs would have little experience of hunting for bunnies and would need some help and guidance from you. So, if you go and stand near a different bush, call the dog over to you and tell him again, perhaps he’ll try a different one!

Q. When I tell my pet to bunnyhunt, he replies with a dot but he just stands there. Why doesn’t he look for the bunnies?

A. He needs to be updated first. Take him to a Clinic and update him. The Clinic will give him a quick hunting lesson and return him to you, ready to hunt for bunnies!

Image of a VKC Polar Bear Cub chasing a VKC Chocolate Bunny
Q. Does it have to be a dog? Can I hunt with a polar bear or a cat?

A. Yes, you can. The VKC Dogs, Puppies, Polar Bears, and Cats can all take part in this.

Q. I don’t have a VKC Dog, can I still hunt?

A. If you have a friend with a VKC Dog, they can take you with them. If they “friend” their dog to you, you will be able to hunt for bunnies with your friend’s dog.

Q. My friend sent her dog to flush the bunny for me. When the bunny ran out and I clicked on him, nothing happened. What am I doing wrong?

A. You, not your friend, must send the dog to flush out the bunny.

Q. I don’t have any friends and I don’t have a VKC Pet. How can I hunt?

A. The best solution to this is to adopt a VKC Pet. Then you will have a friend, and a dog and be able to hunt. Failing that, join the VKC Group and ask one of the VKC Proven Trainers to make you a Patron. Then you can put a call out in the group and ask if someone will take you with them when they go out to catch a bunny.

Q. Hey! When I told my dog to heel, he went behind me, but normally he goes to the side, did you change something?

A. Yes. But it's only temporary. The hunt plugin for the pets makes them follow rather than walk beside you so that they will chase the rabbits instead of try to run alongside them. When you update or reclaim your dog after the end of the hunt (on 18 April), he will resume the normal position of walking beside you when he is on heel.

Q. I have a custom heel position in an init trick, will that be changed too?

A. Yes, but it's only temporary. If you have an init trick with a custom heel position, you will probably find that it changes when you rez your dog for the second time after updating him for the hunt. When you update/reclaim your dog after the end of the hunt (on 18 April), he will go back to using your init setting.

Q. Hey! (again) What's this custom heel position? How do I do that?

A. Come to one of our free training classes and find out! There are all sorts of cool things that your VKC Pets can do!

Q. When I clicked on the Bunny, it said “Invalid Hunter.” What does that mean? Is the bunny trying to insult me?

A. There are two occasions when the bunny uses this message:

  1. When someone sends a pet to flush the bunny out, only the person who gave the command may click on the bunny to catch him. If I send a pet to bunnyhunt and you click the bunny, the message that you see is “Invalid Hunter.” You must be the one to send a pet to flush out the bunny in order to be the one to catch the bunny.
  2. If you click on the bunny when he is hiding in the cover. You must send a pet to flush out the bunny and then you can catch the bunny.

Q. When I clicked on the Bunny, it said, "I'm checking details for another hunter.” What does that mean?

A. Pretty much exactly what it it sounds like. The bunny is in the process of registering that he was caught by another avatar. Wait for a few moments and then send your pet to flush him out again so you can click on him.

Q. What do all those breed and color names mean? What in the world is a self black rabbit?

A. All VKC Pets have a name and a breed which identifies them in the Registry. We named the breeds for the Rabbits after the way that RL Rabbit breeders name the colors of the rabbits.

A rabbit that is a solid color all over is called Self Colored, hence Self Blue, Self Red, Self Chocolate, etc. A rabbit with a color that is broken up with white patches or areas is called a Broken Color, hence Broken Red, Broken Blue, etc. These color/breed names have been set up with the intention of offering more color variations in the future.

Q. Oooops! I made a mistake and declined the inventory offer of my new Rabbit. Oh no! What can I do?

A. Go to a VKC Clinic  and say,

claim rabbit

in local chat. The Clinic will redeliver your rabbit to you, just as it does with any of your other VKC Pets. In this case, you have not yet named your bunny, so the command is claim rabbit rather than claim flopsy.

Q. I've read all this and I am still stuck. What can I do?

A. The first thing to try is to ask in the VKC Group if anyone can help with your problem. If no one can help there, come to a VKC Clinic and in local chat say,

help

If there are no VKC Trainers online, the Clinic send out an email to all of them and someone will call you back as soon as practical.

Poster for the VKC Annual Bunny Hunt
What Else Should I Know About the Hunt?

The most important thing to know about the hunt is that we have created it for you to have fun with your VKC Pets. Enjoy!

Acknowledgements — InWorldz

We'd like to say a big thank you to the folk that helped make this possible in InWorldz.

Our landladies for the Hunt Locations are:

  • Aztek Aeon of Ethereal Estates and the Virtual Kennel Club
  • Remmy and Renate Roelofs who also work for us at the VKC and lent us their garden
  • Tanya Matahari of Matahari Estates and Matahari Style

Thank You!

We'd also like to thank Bard Elcano for loaning us his beautiful island while we were getting set up in InWorldz and Tanya Matahari once again who hosts our reserve Clinic at Matahari Island. Finally we'd like to thank Tranq and the Development Team for their work on Phlox and PhysX which makes it possible to have the Virtual Kennel Club Pets in InWorldz at all.

VKC Fall Ball, A Huge Success!

posted Nov 21, 2015, 6:05 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Nov 22, 2015, 10:35 AM ]

Tone Uriza rocks out at the VKC Fall Ball

"This is the most fun I've had in SL in a long time!" shouted one VKC Patron, following up this comment with a long "Hooooooo!"

Tone Uriza always pleases, and today he was hot! He kept party-goers entertained with his live music for two hours, weaving a special blend of the best traditional and contemporary blues just for the VKC Fall Ball.

The decorations at the LogSpark Courtyard, the creation of Aztek Aeon, were fabulous and beautifully autumnal. Trees in every hue surrounded the courtyard, strings of lights surrounded the dance floor, and a canopy of sparkles and falling leaves danced overhead. Apples in the tree were ripe for picking and an old wooden cart held various pumpkins and fruits of the harvest.

Des gets going even before the party starts

Destiny Anwyl Mowadeng, one of the
first to begin dancing

While the party officially began a little after 10:30, some of the early arrivals did not wait for the main attraction, they started dancing as soon as they arrived.

Soon the party kicked into high gear and kept going for a full two hours with forty-six avatars and their pets in attendance. Humans, elves, angles, furries, a Winnie-the-Pooh, goth and glam all showed up. Even the huge Dire Wolf who turned out seemed to be smiling with enjoyment and entertainment. Well, at least his mouth was open in what we can only assume is a grin.

Shouts and applause rang through the air at the end of every song, and sometimes during them. People danced, danced, and danced, sometimes with a partner, sometimes with a their pets, and occasionally solo. The pillowed benches thoughtfully placed around the edges of the dance floor remained lonely and unused.

The Raffle Puppy was busy randomly selecting the lucky winners of a VKC Pet of their choice. For one especially lucky winner, the Birch Puppy she chose was her very first VKC Pet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VKC Fall Ball!

posted Nov 19, 2015, 3:54 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 3:58 PM ]

Image of the VKC Fall Ball Invitation
Yes, you heard right! The VKC is having an Autumn Event!

Help spread the word and join us...

Fall Ball

Featuring the musical talents of Tone Uriza

There also may be a surprise in store for some lucky people who attend

When: Saturday, 21 November, starting at 10:30 am SLT

Where: LogSpark Courtyard, Turing Isle

This is a get together for all VKC Patrons, their pets, and their friends, a time to hang out, dance, play with pets, swap stories, and generally have a good time together.

Suggested attire: formal or semi formal.

Who Let the Dogs Out?

posted Sep 23, 2015, 4:23 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 4:28 PM ]

If you are one of those folks who hangs around the VKC Parks frequently and knows every Park Pet by name, then you will have noticed that some of the dogs are missing. Yes, it's true. Half a dozen of our favorites have gone into retirement. Never fear! They will return sporting new accessories, animations, and pathfinding skills.

Which dogs retired this month?

  • Bichon Frise
  • Chihuahua
  • Black and Tan German Shepherd Dog
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Portuguese Water Dog

When they return, you will be able to go to the VKC Clinic with your dog, click on the Regeneration Station, and receive the new, more talented version of good ol' Fido.

In the meantime, your VKC Pets, even the retired dogs, still will continue to receive the full support of the VKC. They can be updated and claimed at the VKC Clinics and the VKC Proven Trainers will continue to help you with these breeds, just like always.

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