Vavoom! News October 2010

Dear Everyone,

I have another very exciting toy to announce this month… did you know that your dog could play basketball? No? Well have a look at this…

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Click on the basket or backboard, choose a dog’s name from the menu and watch him take the ball back to the net and take a shot. After he’s taken his shot, he comes back to you barking and wagging his tail, enthusiastic to do it all over again. All of your VKC Dogs can play with this from the Chihuahua right up to the Irish Wolfhound and if you have a Hyena, it will work with him too. Oh and you should see the Polar Bear shoot a basket!

You can try it out for yourself at my store and in some of the dog parks.

There are scripted controls for the owner to colour the hoop, the pole and the net and there is a built in rezzer (and de-rezzer) for the optional extra prim with the markings for the Baseline, Key and Three-Point Line. There is also a button to remove any stray basketballs that you may have rezzed when the game is over.

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SLURL for Main Store

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Lost Products

Don’t forget that anything you buy at the Vavoom! Store can be reclaimed for free if you lose it. If you need to reclaim something, you do it at the Update Stations:

SLURL: Vavoom! Update Stations

Did I say that it’s free?

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Thanks as always for shopping at Vavoom!

Chiva

Vavoom! News September 2010

Dear Everyone,

I am really excited about this month’s news! Please put your hands together and give a very warm welcome to the Vavoom! Fuzzbee Toy!

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Yes, it’s a flying disc toy rather like an internationally famous real life toy that everyone will recognise. Once again I had the immense pleasure of working with Solcar Amat who makes the petting animations for the VKC ® Dogs. He has made a superb animation in which your avatar will bend down to pick up the Fuzzbee Toy, stand up and show it to the dog before finally throwing it for the dog to fetch. It is, of course, as simple as can be to use. All you have to do is attach the two Fuzzbee objects, one on your screen and one in your hand. You then touch the HUD that shows on your screen, choose a dog, and the script handles everything else.

You can also choose how far to throw the toy from the Options Menu in the HUD. The ranges vary from a very modest 6 metres for when you’re in your bedroom or skybox, to an ambitious 85 metres for which you’ll need a large and script-quiet space. If you find that you threw it too far for your dog to find, there is also a Clean Up option which will remove any lost Fuzzbee Toys in your region.

SLURL for Main Store

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Lost Products

Don’t forget that anything you buy at the Vavoom! Store can be reclaimed for free if you lose it. If you need to reclaim something, you do it at the Update Stations:

SLURL: Vavoom! Update Stations

Did I say that it’s free?

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Thanks as always for shopping at Vavoom!

Chiva

Virtual Kennel Club 4th Anniversary

Have you all seen this already?

The Virtual Kennel Club is celebrating its Fourth Anniversary this weekend with parties and prize draws in the parks.

http://www.virtualkennelclub.com/latest-news/vkcanniversarycelebration

Congratulations Rico!

Vavoom! News August 2010

Dear Everyone,

What’s new this month?

  • Two New Dog Beds
  • Updates to ALL Dog Beds, Dog Houses, Cuddle Rugs, Chaises and the Vavoom! Poser for Dogs.

1. Quilted Dog Bed

The Vavoom! Quilted Dog bed is a soft, comfy looking bed that your precious friend can sink down into at the end of the day as he or she dreams of chasing bunnies across the downs.

There are nine different colours built in:

  1. Red
  2. Green
  3. Blue
  4. Orange
  5. Purple
  6. Teal
  7. Grey
  8. Light Brown
  9. Dark Brown

You can access the colours by touching the bed and choosing Options from the Menu and then Colours.

The Quilted Beds are made from One Prim and are designed for a dog to sleep in alone, but they’re copyable so that you can have as many as you need.

Copy/Mod. No Transfer. 8 Prims.

If you wish to purchase one of these for someone else, there are Gift Vendors at all my stores and if you want to try one our with your own dog before you purchase, there are examples for you to try out too.

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2. Rustic Dog Bed

Looking for something a little less soft and plush? Try the Vavoom! Rustic Dog Bed. It looks like it was made from an old box with an old blanket or sweater inside for your favourite friend to sleep on.

There are nine different colours built into the bed:

  1. Red
  2. Green
  3. Blue
  4. Purple
  5. Orange
  6. Yellow
  7. Brown
  8. Grey
  9. Black

You can access the colours by touching the bed and choosing Options from the Menu and then Colours.

The Rustic Beds are made from One Prim and will accommodate one or more dogs. Click on the place where you want each dog lie and choose their names. When they’re all on the bed, click the bed again and choose Options and then Save Bed from the menu. The dogs will now go back to sleep in the same spot every time and next time you can use “All Dogs” from the Main Menu and they’ll all go to bed one by one.

Copy/Mod. No Transfer. 8 Prims.

If you wish to purchase one of these for someone else, there are Gift Vendors at all my stores and if you want to try one our with your own dog before you purchase, there are examples for you to try too.

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3. Updates to Beds, Houses, Rugs, Chaises and Posers.

Q. What is the update.

A. This is a minor update that ties in with the updates to the VKC Dogs that was released on 2 August 2010.

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Q. Do I need it?

A. If your dogs only ever sleep in a bed/house/etc. that is owned by you, then you don’t need this update.

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But, if your dogs use your boy/girlfriend’s dog bed or if their dogs use yours, you/they will need to come and update your beds, houses, etc. You will also need to bear in mind that the beds will no longer be able to tell dogs that have a different owner to that of the bed to become passive or active. The owner or a friend of the dog will have to do this manually. You can say dogs passive or dogs active and all dogs that you own or are friended to will obey.

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Q. What happens if I don’t update the beds?

A. Dogs that do not have the same owner as the bed, will not get into it.

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Q. Which products does this apply to?

A. It applies to all Vavoom! Dog Beds, Houses, Rugs, Chaises and Posers sold on or before 7 August 2010.

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Q. Where do I get the Updates?

A. The Update Stations are on the Deck at the far end of my Main Store on Turing Isle. There are Updaters for various types of Vavoom! Product. Touch the ones that you wish to update and the Updater will give you a folder with all the items of that type that you have previously purchased.

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Lost Products

Don’t forget that anything you buy at the Vavoom! Store can be reclaimed for free if you lose it. If you need to reclaim something, you do it at the Update Stations:

SLURL: Vavoom! Update Stations

Did I say that it’s free?

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Want to Unsubscribe from the news service?

If you no longer want to receive these notices, please send me a Notecard with your name and the word unsubscribe. (You can just put this as the name of the Notecard, if you like. No Need to write anything inside.)

If you request to unsubscribe from this service, please be SURE that this is what you want to do. It means that you will not hear when there are updates to the Vavoom! Accessories even if those updates are vital when the dogs are changed such that the accessories MUST be changed to continue to work with the dogs. (This is of course a rare occurrence, but it is not entirely unheard of.)

Thanks as always for shopping at Vavoom!

Chiva

Bathing your VKC Dog

If you haven’t seen seen or tried this yet, then it’s high time that you did! It’s not a Vavoom! product, this is the amazing LogSpark Dog Bath for VKC Dogs made by Blu,  Sandry and Solcar, my old friends from Turing Isle. The bath has separate bathing animations for each of the dog breeds and scripted “themes” so that you can change the look of it with the touch of a button. The sponge produces bubbles as you bathe the dogs and there is an amazing control that allows you to move your avatar around to get the best position to suit your size and shape. There is nothing that could even be described as similar to this product.  How many VKC trainers can you spot in this video?

For the best quality, click on the video and watch it on the youtube web site in HD.

Vavoom! News July 2010

Dear Everyone,

It’s all about houses and beds this month!

1. Magic Mushroom Dog House

Here’s something a little different to my usual style. The Vavoom! Magic Mushroom dog house is built with a mixture of sculpted and regular prims and features hand-painted textures exclusively made for this house. It’s shown with a small breed in the photo, but it will extend right up to Hyena and Irish Wolfhound size if you’d like it to.

Copy/Mod. No Transfer. 10 Prims.

If you wish to purchase one of these for someone else, there are Gift Vendors at all my stores.

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2. Round Wicker Multi-Dog Beds

Designed to accommodate several dogs at once, the Round Wicker Multi-Dog Beds come in a choice of dark or light wicker baskets have a scripted controller that allows you to select one of 9 different quilt colours to fit in with your décor.

These beds include all the usual Vavoom! Dog Bed features: when dogs go to sleep in the bed, they are set to passive so they stay there. When you use the Wake Up feature to get them up again, they are set back to active. Don’t forget, if you have a number of dogs that regularly share the bed, there is a feature to save the positions where they sleep so that you can send them all to bed at once.

The colour menu is accessed by touching the bed and choosing Options from the Menu and then Colours.

Copy/Mod. No Transfer. 1 Prim.

If you wish to purchase one of these for someone else, there are Gift Vendors at all my stores.

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3. Red Roofed Doghouse

Using the techniques developed for last month’s Log Cabin Doghouse release, this is another build with custom made sculpted prims, baked textures and three built in themes:

  1. Dark Wood
  2. Medium Wood
  3. Light Wood

You can access the themes by touching the quilt and choosing Options from the Menu and then Colours.

The Red Roofed Doghouses are designed to be shared by a number of dogs. You click on the point on the quilt where you want the dog to lie down. When dogs go to sleep in the house, they are set to passive so they stay there. When you use the Wake Up feature to get them up again, they are set back to active. Don’t forget, if you have a number of dogs that regularly share the house, there is a feature to save the positions where they sleep so that you can send them all to the house at once.

Copy/Mod. No Transfer. 8 Prims.

If you wish to purchase one of these for someone else, there are Gift Vendors at all my stores.

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Lost Products

Don’t forget that anything you buy at the Vavoom! Store can be reclaimed for free if you lose it. If you need to reclaim something, you do it at the Update Stations:

SLURL: Vavoom! Update Stations

Did I say that it’s free?

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Want to Unsubscribe from the news service?

If you no longer want to receive these notices, please send me a Notecard with your name and the word unsubscribe. (You can just put this as the name of the Notecard, if you like. No Need to write anything inside.)

If you request to unsubscribe from this service, please be SURE that this is what you want to do. It means that you will not hear when there are updates to the Vavoom! Accessories even if those updates are vital when the dogs are changed such that the accessories MUST be changed to continue to work with the dogs. (This is of course a rare occurrence, but it is not entirely unheard of.)

Thanks as always for shopping at Vavoom!

Chiva

Vavoom! News June 2010

Dear Everyone,

I’ve only actually got two things to show you this month, but I think you’ll agree that they’re rather special.

1. Log Cabin Dog Houses

Making a log cabin dog house had been on my to-do list for ages. I finally got around to it earlier this week. I started off with a low prim house and found some log textures, but it just didn’t look right. So I decided to build it myself from scratch. The sculpted prims were made by me and the textures were baked for those prims. So what you see here is all exclusively by Vavoom!

The Log Cabin Dog House has three built in themes:

  1. Dark wood
  2. Medium wood
  3. Light wood

You can access the themes by touching the quilt and choosing Options from the Menu and then Colours.

The Log Cabin houses are designed to be shared by a number of dogs. You click on the point on the quilt where you want the dog to lie down. When dogs go to sleep in the house, they are set to passive so they stay there. When you use the Wake Up feature to get them up again, they are set back to active. Don’t forget, if you have a number of dogs that regularly share the house, there is a feature to save the positions where they sleep so that you can send them all to bed at once.

Each house is made from eight Prims and is Copy and Mod. (No Transfer)

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2. Grad Cap Magic Toy

You can wear this AND your dog can play with it. If you wear it, it attaches to your chin. If you then right click and drop it (or just rez it from your inv), you can touch it and have the dog fetch it for you. But, if your hair gets all sticky because the dog had your hat in his mouth, then it’s nothing to do with me. As with the new houses, the sculpties and textures are exclusively Vavoom!

The Grad caps are made from two prims and are Copy and Mod. (No Transfer)

BTW, congratulations to Roe!

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Lost Products

Don’t forget that anything you buy at the Vavoom! Store can be reclaimed for free if you lose it. If you need to reclaim something, you do it at the Update Stations:

SLURL: Vavoom! Update Stations

Did I say that it’s free?

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Want to Unsubscribe from the news service?

I am planning to introduce a system that will allow you to unsubscribe from the notices yourself, but it is going to be a while before it is ready. In the meantime, if you no longer want to receive these notices, please send me a Notecard with your name and the word unsubscribe. (You can just put this as the name of the Notecard, if you like. No Need to write anything inside.)

If you request to unsubscribe from this service, please be SURE that this is what you want to do. It means that you will not hear when there are updates to the Vavoom! Accessories even if those updates are vital when the dogs are changed such that the accessories MUST be changed to continue to work with the dogs. (This is of course a rare occurrence, but it is not entirely unheard of.)

Thanks as always for shopping at Vavoom!

Chiva

Vavoom! News May 2010

Dear Everyone,

What’s new for May 2010? Oooooh where should I start…

  1. A new *Magic* Bed
  2. A new Active Toy
  3. Two new *Magic* Toys
  4. Half Price Product-Retirement Sale
  5. Updates to Beds and Dog Houses

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1. The new dog bed is “Jack’s Bed”.

Designed with the Jack Russell Terrier in mind, Jack’s Bed is a wicker basket with a comfy pillow inside. It’s all done with one sculpted prim and it has a choice of six baked textures all controlled from the Colours section of the *Magic Bed* script.

Although I designed it whilst thinking about the new Jack Russell Terrier, it will work with any of the dogs. You can shrink it down for your Chihuahua or stretch it out for your Irish Wolfhound.

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2. The new *Active* Toy is called CoCo’s Cupcake.

A few weeks ago a good friend of both Vavoom! and the Virtual Kennel Club, Roe Woodford, was celebrating the birthday of her dog Coco. Roe called Sandry Logan looking for a cake for Coco. Sandry called me and here’s the result! The pack contains both Pink and Blue Cupcakes.

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Happy Birthday Coco!

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3. New *Magic* Toys

Buddy Toy – Single prim. Baked texture. Choice of two colours.

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USB Drive – A geeky dog toy. Or a toy for geeky dogs?

One prim. Baked Texture. Choiced of three colours: Red, Blue, Pink

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4. Product Retirement Sale.

I’m going to retire some of the older Vavoom! products/colour options to make room for new things. I’ve put everything that is being dicontinued in a skybox over my Main Store and set it to half the regular price. It will be there until the next edition of the Vavoom! News Letter comes out. After that, it’ll be gone.

SLURL : Vavoom! Product Retirement Sale

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5. Updates to beds and houses.

This is a bug fix release, but it applies to only a tiny fraction of owners. The bug only occurs if you have a dog named Red or Blue (or one of the other colour names that I used In the Wicker Beds series). It is present in most beds and houses that were sold or updated since March 2010, but it is not present in the new Sam’s Dog House that came out in March. I think this only affects a tiny minority of dog owners because there are only a few of you with dogs that are named after colours. If you *are* affected, please come and collect an update from the Update Stations.

SLURL: Vavoom! Update Stations

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Lost Products

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Don’t forget that anything you buy at the Vavoom! Store can be reclaimed for free if you lose it. If you need to reclaim something, you do it at the Update Stations:

SLURL: Vavoom! Update Stations

Did I say that it’s free?

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Want to Unsubscribe from the news service?

I am planning to introduce a system that will allow you to unsubscribe from the notices yourself, but it is going to be a while before it is ready. In the meantime, if you no longer want to receive these notices, please send me a Notecard with your name and the word unsubscribe. (You can just put this as the name of the Notecard, if you like. No Need to write anything inside.)

If you request to unsubscribe from this service, please be SURE that this is what you want to do. It means that you will not hear when there are updates to the Vavoom! Accessories even if those updates are vital when the dogs are changed such that the accessories MUST be changed to continue to work with the dogs. (This is of course a rare occurrence, but it is not entirely unheard of.)

Thanks as always for shopping at Vavoom!

Chiva

Jack Russell Terriers

Rico released the long awaited VKC ® Jack Russell Terriers today, aren’t they gorgeous?

VKC_jack_russell_terrier_sittingThey has a second bellyup pose, bellyup2 so you can teach an itch or scratch trick and he also has down2 and lick1 and lick2 poses that you can build into your tricks.  You can access the new poses with the pose command, for example:

jack pose down2

This the first dog that Enrico has brought us as the result of a VKC™ Favorite Breed Poll and voting in the poll has its rewards, two dozen voters received their Jack Russells for free. So make sure you vote next time. It doesn’t matter whether or not you vote for the winner, just vote!

Come and see them today at your favourite VKC™ Dog Park. Watch the Vavoom! News for new accessories next week.

Vavoom! News April 2010

Dear Everyone,

The April 2010 Vavoom! Newsletter brings you:

  1. New Raised Food and Water Bowls

  2. A new *Magic* Toy

  3. An Update for Sam’s Dog House

  4. Updates to all Vavoom! *Magic* Bowls

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1. The New Raised Food and Water Bowls are only One Prim and have individually Baked Textures. There are four designs with a food bowl and a water bowl for each design.

  • Carved Wood

  • Pebbles

  • Rose Tile

  • Tiled

As you would expect, the bowls are copy and modify so that you can resize them to suit your dogs and you get a standard size and a small size with each purchase.

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They’re available individually or in twin packs . There is a discount for the twin packs.

You can view them and try them out at my Main Store.

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2. The New *Magic* Toy this month is a Traffic Cone.

I was reminded recently of a story about a German Shepherd Dog called Chloe who thought that traffic cones were the best toy ever. She’d take her cone into the garden and drag it around shaking and chewing it until it was reduced to small pieces of plastic. The trouble was she’d see one in the street and want to do the same thing to that too. This is my tribute to Chloe.

There are two types in the pack, one with a square base and one with a round base.

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By the way, it was my turn to provide an item for the Grid-wide Hunt that Turing Isle is taking part in this month. I put the Traffic Cone in, so if you hunt around a bit, you can get it for free.

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3. The Update for Sam’s Dog House is a small bug fix. If you bought one of these cute colour changing houses last month, you may have noticed that it failed to return from the Colours Menu to the Main Menu when the button was clicked. This update fixes that bug.

This applies to Sam’s Dog House if you purchased it before 2 Aprl 2010. The other dog houses are not affected.

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4. The updates to the Food and Drinking Bowls add a couple of new features and also include some general tidying up of the code to make it more efficient.

  • You can now set the range within which the bowl will call the dogs.

  • If you click on the bowl and there are a lot of dogs in the vicinity (more than 12), the bowl will automatically generate a Menu with buttons for “More” (and “Back”) so that you can browse all the dogs that are nearby. (This works up to a maximum of 16 dogs, because 16 is maximum number that can be found by an LSL Sensor.)

Don’t forget that if you purchased your bowls in my “Mega-Pack”, you need to use the Mega-Pack Updater instead of the bowls one when you come to collect.

This applies to all Vavoom! Bowls purchased before 2 April 2010.

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Lost Products

Don’t forget that anything you buy at the Vavoom! Store can be reclaimed for free if you lose it. If you need to reclaim something, you do it at the Update Stations:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Turing%20Isle/122/5/26

Did I say that it’s free?

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Want to Unsubscribe from the news service?

I have a longer term plan to introduce a system that will allow you to unsubscribe from the notices yourself, but I’m still a long way from having time to work on it. So in the meantime, if you no longer want to receive these notices, please send me a Notecard with your name and the word unsubscribe. (You can just put this as the name of the Notecard, if you like. No Need to write anything inside.)

If you request to unsubscribe from this service, please be SURE that this is what you want to do. It means that you will not hear when there are updates to the Vavoom! Accessories even if those updates are vital when the dogs are changed such that the accessories MUST be changed to continue to work with the dogs. (This is of course a rare occurrence, but it is not entirely unheard of.)

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Thanks as always for shopping at Vavoom!

Chiva

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