Frequently Asked Questions


• My dog is missing What do I do?

If your dog disappears, you'll often find him in your Lost and Found folder in your Inventory. It may take a few minutes, but if he does not appear there, go to the VKC Clinic at one of the VKC Parks. When you are in front of the Clinic, say "claim" and the name of your dog. For example, if your dog is named Fido, say "claim fido." Your dog will appear in your inventory in the Objects folder as the name of its breed. When you first rez it, your dog will automatically change to its proper name and recall all his tricks and memories. Then when you return it to inventory, it will go into the Objects folder with your dog's name.

• My dog is broken. What do I do?

If your dog is broken, go to the VKC Clinic at one of the VKC Parks and rez your dog nearby. Then say "update" followed by the name of your dog. For example if your dog's name is Fido, say "update fido." Unless your dog is completely unresponsive, your dog will disappear from the world and reappear in your inventory. You'll find him in the Objects folder as the name of his breed. When you first rez it, your dog will automatically change to its proper name and load its memory. When you return it to inventory, it will go into the Objects folder with your dog's name. If your dog is completely unresponsive, you will have to delete the dog yourself and say "claim" and the name of your dog to get a new one. There is no charge. Updates and minor upgrades to VKC Pets are always free.

• Do you have my favorite breed?

I get so many requests for specific breeds, it's impossible for me to make them all. In the past, I have experimented with many ways of choosing the next breed. Back in 2007, I held a lottery and the winner was able to select the next breed. I have held an election to choose the next several breeds after that. People were able to vote for the dog they wanted. I pay attention to notecards added to the Idea the Suggestion Puppy at Turing Isle. If you want to be one of the first to hear about the next breed to be released, let me know or one of my VKC Officers know and we'll invite you to the Virtual Kennel Club Group where all announcements are first made.

• How do I get a dog or other pet?

You can adopt a pet one of our many VKC Parks. You'll find most of the breeds of VKC pets playing in the park. Look for the pets that say "ADOPT ME" in yellow letters over their heads. To adopt one, right-click on the animal of your choice and select "Pay." Click on the price to pay, and a folder appears in your inventory. The folder name is 'VKC' plus the breed you selected (for example, "VKC Bloodhound" or "VKC Ginger Cat"). In the folder is your pet (the object with the name of the breed you selected, like "Bloodhound" pr "Cat"). Drag the object in-world to rez your pet.

If you would like to give a VKC pet as a gift to someone, you can use the gift vendor located in the VKC Parks or you can send pets from our Marketplace store.

• Why do the breeds have different prices?

VKC Dog adoption fees used to be dynamically driven by their popularity. As a dog's popularity went up and down, so did it's price! So if you bought a dog one day and came back a week later, you may have found the price of that dog had gone up or down since you bought it. 

Now the prices vary based on whether the dog is one of the older dogs built from prims or one of the newer dogs built from sculpties (see Chronology of the Dogs). Many of the dogs currently available were created before SL supported sculpted prims (sculpties) and these dogs' adoption fees reflect the fact that they are less realistic in appearance. The first sculpted dog is the Chihuahua.

Although the breed is different, all the dogs have most of the same features.

• Your dogs are wonderful! Do you do custom work or sell your scripts?

Thank you for your interest, but I cannot do it. I continually work to make my dogs as realistic as possible, I have many new features and new breeds I want to add, and I get wonderful constructive feedback from my customers which I incorporate when I can. This work takes all my available time in SL, and doesn't leave me room to consider other opportunities.

• How can I make my dog more active at home?

VKC Dogs are very active at the VKC Park because they are stimulated by the active environment and all the visitors at the park. There are two reasons why your dog may not be so active at home. First, your dog may not be in active mode. If he's in passive mode he only obeys direct commands, so make sure you've given him the active command. Second, your dog may not have many tricks to choose from. The more tricks you teach your dog, the more active he will become. You can see what tricks your dog knows by the help command. Be sure to read the manual about teaching your dog tricks. Finally, you can give your dog some active commands (such as rove or wander, for example) and then praise him when he completes them.