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Mutt Contest

posted Nov 9, 2009, 10:53 AM by Enrico Genosse   [ updated Jan 13, 2013, 4:17 PM by Rosanna Himmel ]

In October 2009 Enrico Genosse, the creator of the VKC Dogs, asked SL residents to send him pictures and sounds of real mixed-breed dogs. The following announcement went out the the members of the Virtual Kennel Club.

Do you have a favorite mixed-breed dog?  Would you like to see him in Second Life?

With some 13 pure-bred dogs already in the VKC Kennel, I decided to do something different for my next dog.  This time I will make a mixed-breed dog, a "mutt", and I want your help picking him out.

I'm accepting nominations for the your favorite mutt until November 8th.  Then I will select the best nominations and set up signs with pictures of the candidate mutts in several VKC Dog Parks. Anyone in SL can come and vote on their favorite mutt until Saturday, November 21st when I will announce the winning dog who got the most votes!

After I make the mutt, he will sell for a special low price (not being a pure-bred after all), and 25% of the price will go to dog-related charities of your choosing.

If you'd like a chance to see your favorite mutt in SL, send me pictures!  I need at least 5, minimum size of 1024 x 768.  Take them at the same time so the lighting conditions are the same, preferably outdoors.  Take these pictures:

  1. close-up of your dog's face looking directly at the camera.
  2. the front of your dog from head to toe.
  3. profile, from the side with your dog looking straight ahead, full body.
  4. from above.
  5. from behind.

I attached five sample pictures of my own mutt at the bottom of this page to show you what I'm looking for.  (the samples are smaller than 1024x768 just to save you download time, the originals are bigger.)

I'd love to include your dog's sounds too, so if you can, record your dog barking, sniffing, growling or whatever other sounds you want.  Send them along with the images.

You can send them to me in two ways:

  • By email:
    • attach all the files to your email message
    • put the name of your dog as the subject
    • send the email to mutt.contest@virtualkennelclub.com.
    • if necessary, you can send on image per email, just use the same subject.
  • In world:
    • upload the images (and sounds if you have them)
    • build a box and put them in the box
    • make sure the box and each item have full permissions (copy, mod, trans)
    • name the box the name of your dog
    • transfer the box to the VKC bot-avatar, VKCService Runner.

(By sending images and sounds to me, you give me permission to use them and copy them for the purposes of promotion and making virtual dogs.)

So if you'd like to see your favorite mixed-breed dog walking with you in Second Life, send me those pictures!


From those dogs that were nominated, Mr. Genosse selected the best. Then he turned again to the residents of SL to choose the best of the best by means of a vote. A week after the voting closed, on December 19, 2009, the VKC Mutt was introduced to the world and appears now in all the VKC Dog Parks.

Widget, who lives with Aztek Aeon in RL, emerged as the winner of this contest. He now proudly represents the shelter and rescue dogs of the world in his role as VKC Mutt.

Part of the price of Widget will be donated to a RL dog-related charity organization that will revolve monthly, starting with Adopt a Pet.com. So, adopting your own VKC Mutt means that you are helping real life dogs in need have a chance of finding a home. How cool is that!?

Of course, Widget, like all the VKC Dogs, is smart. He is able to learn from experience, in response to praise, and through training. Each VKC Dog develops an individual personality by virtue of the varying experience it has.


Example Photographs

Two face shots:
One has the nose in focus...
The other has the ears in focus. Good image of fur
Captures posture Bum: every dog's got one Shows shape of the dog
Another good example
Rosanna Himmel,
Jan 30, 2010, 6:16 PM
Rosanna Himmel,
Jan 30, 2010, 6:16 PM
Rosanna Himmel,
Jan 30, 2010, 6:16 PM
Rosanna Himmel,
Nov 9, 2009, 10:54 AM
Rosanna Himmel,
Jan 30, 2010, 6:16 PM
Rosanna Himmel,
Jan 30, 2010, 7:14 PM
Rosanna Himmel,
Jan 30, 2010, 7:22 PM