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Yorkshire Terrier Release Notes

posted Apr 1, 2013, 9:27 AM by Rosanna Himmel   [ updated Jul 14, 2013, 5:23 PM ]

30 March 2013

Small in stature but enormous in character, the VKC Yorkshire Terrier has all the great features of the other VKC Dogs including pathfinding, three petting animations and, being a small dog, this is another one that you can pick up and carry with the here command.

Changing the Bow Textures

You can change the textures on the dog’s bow with the “bow” command.

For example:

fido bow 12

fido bow 23

(Click to enlarge the texture sheet)

The numbers correspond to the 40 separate bow textures. You can see the range of textures for the bow on the texture sheet.

You can also tint the bow using the b-color command. We recommend starting with one of the more neutral textures before you start to add colors:

fido bow 0 — a silvery/white texture

fido bow 09 — dotted texture with a pale background

fido bow 25 — texture with white stars over a neutral background

fido bow 32 — neutral grey and white plaid texture

All of the above textures will support coloring quite well.

To apply the color, you use the b-color command followed by the three values for the Red, Green and Blue components for the color that you require.

For example:

fido b-color 128 0 0 will apply a dark red color to the bow.

fido b-color 0 255 0 will apply a bright blue color to the bow.

fido b-color 0 0 255 will apply a bright green color to the bow.

fido b-color 255 255 0 will apply a bright yellow color to the bow.

fido b-color 255 128 0 will apply a bright orange color to the bow.

You can make almost any color you can imagine by combining the values for Red, Green and Blue. The minimum value for each color component is 0 and the maximum value is 255. To make more subtle colors than the example illustrates, vary the values for the three components so that they are not just the maximum or minimum values.

Hiding the Bow

To hide the dog’s bow say: fido bow hide

To show it again say: fido bow show

The Hair Clip/Band

When the bow is hidden, you can see the dog’s little hair clip which holds her long hair up out of her eyes. Although this cannot be hidden, you can change its color using the c-color command.

For example:

fido c-color 90 56 156 which would make it a sort of dark lilac color.

Changing the Petting Animation

By using the setpet command you can change the animation that you and the dog do when you pet them. The three options are: stroke, hug and scratch.

For example:

fido setpet hug

Picking Your Dog Up

Say fido here to pick up the dog.

The first time you do it, you will need to give the dog permission to attach to you.

fido attach

Watch for the drop down menu at the top right of your screen. Once you have given permission, give the here command once again and the dog will be able to jump into your arms.

To put your dog down again, right click on your dog and choose Drop from the menu.

If you find that your dog jumps into your arms all the time without telling him to and you don’t want him to do that, tell him attach no, like this:

fido attach no

This revokes the attach permission that you gave earlier, and if you want him to respond to the here command again, you will first have to tell him to attach again, give him permission on the drop down menu, and then you can use the here command.


Q. What is pathfinding?

A. Pathfinding is an amazing new Second Life feature that allows animals like the VKC Dogs to move around without crashing into things. They can find their way around obstacles instead of jumping over them and can find their way in and out of the house, provided the doors are open or if you have a fence around your yard, the dogs/animals will stay inside the yard. You’ll need to keep the gate shut and make sure there are no holes in the fence of course.

It takes a little bit of work to get your land set up for pathfinding, particularly your buildings. But it’s not difficult by any means and the results can be stunning. You can read more about it on our web site and on the Linden Wiki.

Q. My landlord has disabled pathfinding on my sim and he won’t turn it back on. Do you have anywhere I can rent where it will be more friendly for my pets?

A. Yes! You can find land at both Turing Estates which is owned by Enrico Genosse, Blu Sparkle and Sandry Logan, and Racer Group Estates which is managed by Aztek Aeon of Canis Beach. Land at these estates is always pet friendly.

Q. To get the best results from my Pathfinding dog, I need to set my house to walkable and optimize my home. Do you have classes about this?

A. Yes, we do. There is usually at least one pathfinding class per week. You can get the current class schedule from the Information Kiosk near the Dog Clinics.