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New VKC Pet Revealed and Winners Announced

posted Mar 16, 2013, 5:33 PM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Apr 11, 2013, 10:40 AM ]
Update 2013-03-29

Amid plenty of hoopla, cheering, exclamations of excitement, even drumming, the names of six winners were drawn from the Magic Hat. As each name was announced, the crowd gave a big cheer while a few expressed understandable disappointment at not being chosen. After the last name was drawn, people immediately began asking about the identity of the new breed. We are happy to report that the new VKC Pet is a Yorkshire Terrier!

When all was said and done, the VKC Patrons gave a warm round of congratulations to the winners as well as to Enrico for making it all possible. The names have been announced in world and posted in the VKC Group Notices.

At the close of the competition, we had 142 entries in total, 51 of which were correct entries. Congratulations to all who participated and to the winners!

The Yorkshire Terrier will be released about midday (noon, SLT/PDT) on Saturday, 2013-3-30 in the VKC Parks! Please refer to the Release Notes for a quick summary of the new dog's features.

  Four of our six winners! Two were unavailable for photographs.

Original Post

It's been a little while since a new VKC Pet has been released, and you know what that means! Mr. Genosse has been hard at work developing a new pet. It's not quite ready yet, but Mr. Genosse and the VPS staff have cooked up something fun to help you survive the suspense until the release day at the end of the month. It is a contest and an opportunity to win a brand new VKC Pet! What kind of pet will it be, you ask. Well, we can't tell you because that is the point of the contest: Guess the New Breed Competition. Guess correctly and you will have a good chance of winning the new pet.

How to Enter the VKC Guess the Next Breed Competition

Use your skill and judgment and the clue/clues provided to determine the name of the next new breed that the VKC will release. You can just take a wild guess if you prefer!

  1. Wear your VKC Group Tag
  2. Click the "Click To Enter" sign
  3. Read the message in local chat
  4. Say your guess on the channel specified in the message. (For example: type in chat — /14 Irish Peathound)
  5. Wait for the response to confirm that your entry has been accepted.

You may enter as many times as you wish, but only your last entry will be accepted. All correct (last) entries will be entered into a draw to win one of the new dogs when they are released.

You must to be a member of the VKC at the time of the draw to be eligible to win one of the new dogs. If you are not a member of the Virtual Kennel Club Group, the sign will show you how to join. Once you have joined, please contact a VKC Trainer so you can be added to the group's role of "Patron of the VKC" and receive announcements which may yield other clues to the answer.

The "Click to Enter" signs are located in select VKC Parks. You can use the sign in any VKC Park you prefer as it makes no difference to your eligibility or chances of winning.

Hints? Yes, We Have Hints for You!

To make everything easy for you, we have created some hints. Near the "Click to Enter" sign, you will find two vendors that will give hints.

One vendor will give you puzzle pieces. Assemble the 24 pieces of the puzzle and you will see the new pet right in plain sight. The pieces are free, so you can collect them all and put the puzzle together yourself. However, the puzzle vendor randomly selects which piece to give to you, so you might end up with duplicate pieces and missing pieces. Of course, you can continue to click the vendor until you get them all, but consider the fun of getting together with others, rezzing the pieces, and working together to solve the puzzle. The completed puzzle will look much like the photograph at right, but with VKC Pets and without words.

The other source of hints is photographic. The second hint vendor will give you a notecard that explains. One photograph will be uploaded each day, beginning with the really difficult hints and continuing through easier and easier hints until all the hints are displayed. If you don't understand the hints you see, you can wait until more hints become available.

Guess the Breed Competition — Photographic Hints

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  1. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  2. Eligibility • The contest is open to any avatar in good standing with Linden Labs who is a Patron of the VKC group in SL. Only the final entry per avatar will be eligible to win. Multiple entries from the same avatar will be accepted but on the entry with the latest submission date will count as an eligible contest entry. You must to be a member of the VKC at the time of the draw to be eligible to win.
  3. Contest Timing/Description • The contest runs from Saturday, 16 March 2013  at 6:00 (18:00) SLT to Friday, 29 March 2013 at 5:00 pm (17:00) Second Life Time (Pacific Daylight Time). There will be six prizes awarded in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received.
  4. How to Enter • You may enter the contest using the Click to Enter sign in Second Life. In chat speak the name of the breed you think the next VKC pet will be. Correct spelling is important. Incorrect spelling of your guess will result in the disqualification of the entry.
    The Virtual Kennel Club, as the sole sponsor of this event, reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to remove any entry that the sponsor believes is inappropriate, objectionable, and/or inconsistent with the positive image or good will it wishes to promote in this contest.
    All eligible participants acknowledge and agree that all entries submitted in connection with this contest are submitted on a non-confidential and non-proprietary basis and may be used by the sponsor and its agents for any and all advertising and promotional purposes including (but not limited to) in connection with the contest, in perpetuity, worldwide, in any media now known or hereafter developed.
  5. Determination of Winners • Six (6) potential winners will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by the deadline on 29 March 2013 at 5:00 pm (17:00) Second Life Time (Pacific Daylight Time).
    Potential winners will be notified by Instant Message (IM) in Second Life on or about 6:30 pm (18:30) Second Life Time (Pacific Daylight Time) on 29 March 2013.
  6. Odds • The odds of winning one of the six (6) prizes depend on the total number of eligible entries received for the contest.
  7. Prizes • The winners will receive the VKC Pet that will be released for adoption in the VKC Dog Parks on Saturday, 30 March 2013. The value of this prize is L$4800.
    No substitutions, cash equivalents (Linden currency or any other currency), or transfer of prizes are permitted, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor who may allow transfer of the prize if the winner requests such. Limit one (1) prize per avatar during the contest period.
    Winners will be announced in world via the Virtual Kennel Club group as well as in any or all VKC media outlets, including but not limited to this website, Facebook, Twitter, and various SL-related discussion boards and blogs.