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Earth Dog Hunt!

posted Jan 14, 2012, 4:01 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 9:35 PM ]

We are all excited by the prospect of a new arrival next month! As part of the celebrations we have organised an interesting and challenging Token hunt across the 9 VKC Dog Parks. There are 48 Tokens and your job is to find them ALL.

As you find them, you accumulate points which can be exchanged for gifts. If you can find all 48 by the time of the Valentine's Party on 11 February 2012 (details here), your name will be entered into a Prize Draw for the new VKC Dog at the party.

Who: Everybody and their friends!

What: VKC Earth Dog Hunt — Search all the VKC Dog Parks to win great prizes and to be entered in the drawing for the Grand Prize!

When: Begins on Sunday, 15 January and goes until 11 February, 2012

Where: Start at VKC Hunt Central and follow the clues to locate tokens hidden in each of the VKC Dog Parks.

Why: For the sheer joy of it!

Date for qualifying for Grand Prize Draw: Find all 48 tokens by noon on 11 February and you will be entered in the drawing. Meanwhile, you can still use your tokens to get prizes. The available prizes may change over the hunt, assuring you of finding the prize of your choice.

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How to Begin

Start at VKC Hunt Central.

Touch the Hunt Starter which registers you with the Hunt and gives you your first Clue.

Solve the Clue. This will lead you to a location, where you search for the Token. When you locate the Token, touch it. Provided it is the correct Token, it will congratulate you, add to your score, and give you a new Clue. If it is not the correct Token, it will tell you and repeat your current Clue to you.

You may cash in your Tokens for prizes at any time. To claim a prize, return to VKC Hunt Central and click on the Prize Giver for the prize that you wish to receive. The Prize Giver validates that you have sufficient Tokens and delivers the prize, decrementing your Token balance accordingly. If you do not have sufficient Tokens, the Prize Giver informs you and confirms your current balance.

You can spend as many Tokens as you like on prizes and they will still count towards your entry into the Grand Prize Draw at the end of the hunt. (Provided of course that you have found ALL the Tokens.)

If you are stuck on a particular clue, you can go to the Hunt Helper (at Hunt Central) and request a Hint.

If you are is completely stuck on a clue, you can visit the Hunt Helper and choose to Skip that Clue. This will allow you to go to the next clue and continue to collect tokens that you can exchange for prizes.


If you skip a clue, you cannot go back and reactivate it later. This means that you won't be able to complete all the clues and therefore will not qualify for the Grand Prize Draw when the Hunt finishes.

Where to Hunt

In the smaller parks, such as Caledon or Steelhead, the Tokens should be within the park boundaries or maybe just on the boundary. 

At Turing Isle and Canis Beach, you should consider the Training Area, Agility Course, Memorial Garden, and so on as part of the park. The Tokens may be hidden in this extended area.

The Tokens are not hidden in any of the private residences at Turing Isle or in the stores surrounding any of the Dog Parks.

The Hunt Helper Can Help You

The Hunt Helper lives at Hunt Central and may be used to confirm your current Clue, request a Hint, check your Token balance, etc. Click on the Hunt Helper and choose an option from the menu.

Hunt Helper Options

CLUE - Confirms your current Clue.

HINT - Gives a hint (if available) to help solve your clue.

TOKENS - Confirms your current Token balance.

REGION - Gives you the Region Name for the clue that you are solving.

SKIP CLUE - Allows you to Skip your current clue and get another one.

IMPORTANT! If you skip a clue, you cannot go back and reactivate it later. This means that you won't be able to complete all the clues to find all the tokens. In this case,  you will not qualify for the Grand Prize Draw when the Hunt finishes.

Hints and Tips

The Token does not give anything to you except the clue in chat. You are encouraged to make a note of your clues.

Clues are assigned at random, so if you are hunting with a friend, it is very likely that you will both have different Clues to solve.

When you solve all the available Clues, you will be informed of this and told your current Token count.

Dog Park Locations

Update 11 February 2011

Congratulations to the Grand Prize Winners from the Earth Dog Hunt: Jana Crispien, Terpsichore Resident, and BamaLady Resident! "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" gushed Terpsichore as she picked up her puppy at the VKC Dog Clinic.

These three were chosen at random from among the 46 hunters who completed the Earth Dog Hunt. A total of 221 people entered the hunt, some hunting into the wee hours of the morning in an effort to locate the cleverly-hidden tokens.

"Pretty much fun! Wish I had known about it lots sooner! Two days just isn't enough time! Thank you though! Will keep trying! Hunt is very difficult and clues sure don't help much. Especially when the item has vanished! Thankful for friendly employees!" was one of the comments left in the suggestion puppy at Turing Isle.

Other comments ranged from "This hunt is really difficult!" to "This hunt is too easy!"

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