Puppy Puppe

Our sub Puppe Maurer (dana.drezelan) has recovered from her humare adventure and is seeking new adventures. She explored the possibilities of becoming a puppy and discussed with me about it and showed me a sim for training – RubberTopia. She watched and got in contact with the some trainers there (Nikita and Stephaniee) and gathered information about the gear. She filled the registration form and asked me to consider it for her. She wasn’t really sure if she wants it as it looks to be pretty tough, maybe even tougher than the humare experience. But then Jenny and I had a closer look and visited the sim. We looked at the gear, talked with Katrine, the owner of the sim and head trainer there, and we came to a clear decision – YES.
So what is that experience about? First of all, Puppe has been transformed into a puppy. We chose the dalmatian skin for her. In her puppy body she has  restrictions that make her feel and act like a puppy – as close as possible in SL and with some little, but important differences. One main feature of the gear is the pet hearing. Puppe will have to learn about 30 core words which are common for a puppy to understand like come, get, stay, sit, fetch or seek. After she has heard these words often enough she will recognize them in main chat. In addition she can learn up to 20 words defined by her owner. These 50 words are her world in chat from as they are learned and from then on all she will ever see.
Jenny and Diomita Maurer with their puppyAnother feature is that she will have to play, jump, fetch sticks and to train her body by running and competing. This will build up her stamina so she may stay awake for longer between naps. Her home of course is a kennel and if she finds herself lost by any chance she can  teleport back to it herself – but she’s not able to get out of the kennel on her own.
Puppies can’t read, so how can they really recognize who is around them? By sniffing of course. So after being with someone for a while she can recognize who it is by sniffing. Of course Puppe barks and licks and can bite. To prevent biting she can wear a muzzle with implies further restrictions on her. The Puppies have strict orders not to bite and if they do they may find themselves muzzled for a long time when they really need to be training.

The base training of our puppy will take place at RubberTopia. Puppe has to be trained for at least 6 weeks. She will learn to obey  the commands which she gets in main chat (by the core words). She will have fun and play, as well as work hard, with the trainers to learn. Fortunately I was invited by Katrine to be a trainer there myself which allows me to visit Puppe during her base training and to take her out on the course to play or work. We’re even able to take her home to be with us for a while but she has to be back in her kennel after that. This is pretty fine for us as Puppe is in another timezone and our online times do not overlap that much.

A little extra is that I can IM with her – but she can’t start an IM. I like to stay close to her and this will enable me to do. We look forward having a nice puppy around us for a long time after the base training which will be fun hopefully. We’re proud that Puppe is brave enough to start this experience.

Good luck, Puppy Puppe (nice word game btw.)