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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.
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    • 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.