January 2012 – I’m Back

December 16, 2011

Newyear2012vito

 

Well, it has been almost a year now that I have not maintained a regular presence in SL, but as of Decenber 15th, I am back, with fresh ideas, and new dogs!

It is time now that I explain, where my I’ve  been, and how we have managed to keep Dogland running smoothly in my absence.

For the past 12 months, I kept contact with grace Feden, who monitored traffic on a daily basis… and got me in world through timely phone calls, to help  keep things “business as usual”.

Dog Seesaw took care of Facebook and VKC Dog Owners Open Chat Group in world, while My wonderful wife, Patty  took care of all other Dogland Groups and our TBI group.

Patty… my sweet Patty… by laptop, or whatever means, she  got me logged in when it was time for serious matters.

Wonderful members of the TBI community like Spiritoflife Edelmann and Cora Heslop kept communications open at the Center and at Dogland.

Danny06 Aya handled regular announcements on all social networks, so that birthday greetings, and news got posted as normal. 

 

I was logged in every day as myself and at night  as my “alt”, so that I would not miss out on group happenings! Until now my RL medical, and Community commitment kept  me less than focused… So I watched, and sat quietly, enjoying SL through all of your adventures!

I managed a couple of posts on Network blogs, but was always interrupted by that pesky RL!

 

I of course still have RL health issues.. heck, I was in a prolonged coma 8 years back, and have paralysis and spasticity!

That aside, I am well rested, I have been given a clean bill of health, and am enthusiastic about starting a new year here in SL with my true friends and Family. 

I wish a special thanks to:

Grace Feden

Bethi Catteneo

Dog Seesaw

Danny06 Aya

Kenzie Serrari

wim Arliss

Tinylittleallthat Resident

Spiritoflife Edelmann

Cora Heslop

Sweetbabe1A Lusch for ongoing moral support

and Patritzia Rossini, my wife…

These people along with the many dog owners in the group VKC Dog Owner’s Open Chat Group helped me to maintain an ongoing presence, and continued support for activities at Dogland for the past year.

Here’s to a powerful new year!

 

 

Traversing RL Dreamscape in SL

January 7, 2011


Friends of Dogland and some of the various group members from Dogland’s 11 Groups have joined me in a new project, that promises great success.
In a conversation with my friend Jolie she had mentioned having unusual grand scale dreams. She wondered if speaking to a dream analyst would help her grasp the meaning of her dreams. 
In my articles, and in the Video “Success Begets Success” I talk so much about dreams, and SL’s effect on our dreams. I have always said that dreams are the key to self confidence, and good attitude.
This next “epiphany” flooded over me like a tidal wave!
What about those times when your day was not filled with success. Your dreams become unclear and a bit confused.
You have the tools right here at your disposal! SL is the perfect platform to reconstruct your dreams for further study, and just for the fun of it!
Using carefully chosen environments and taking as much time as needed, those assisting have helped obtain described textures, and various primes adjusted until each participant’s “Dreamscape” was as the dreamer (participant) remembered it.
Then the choreography began, until the trek through the dreamscape was finely tuned to match the moves in the dream. 
The participants were encouraged to traverse the scenario over and over with breaks in between each attempt. 
All participants found that they began to notice missing details from the dream, as the dreams imagery became more and more familiar to them. Most reported recalling previously hidden details such as clothing worn in the dream.
All “dreamers” reported at improved recall of the dream that they were studying.
More than half reported full recall of the dream material, and were able to “recapture” the emotions felt at the time of the dream.
In most cases this combined recreation, and concomitant recall once combined with discussion of the dream allowed participants to come to grips with what they were thinking at the time of the dream, helping them to realize what the symbolism meant to them personally.
Dreams are a powerful thing, and I encourage exploration of your dreams using this fine venue that we call Second Life!

Success Begets Success (the video)

September 2, 2010

In the virtual world of Second Life, I was able to recreate my life and find new ways to help others after a prolonged coma.
I own Dogland, an independent Dog Park serving ALL makes of Virtual Dogs. I also own and maintain a group for others that are recovering from Brain Injury.
Freeta Kayo, a dear friend and supporter of Dogland Park in Second Life. Asked me if she could make this video, to help get what she felt was a “worthy message” out to the public.
Freeta is a Machinima Artist, and Media Specialist with extreme talent.
The musical background for this piece was made by Composer Claus Gahrn from Denmark.

Thanks, SL!

June 26, 2010
Vitosinterview

I came to Second Life at the end of 2006, after 2 years of rehabilitation from the devastating effects of a prolonged coma. I was re-hospitalized in early 2007, and closed my SL account. After returning home in April of 2007, I reopened a new account.
The last 4 years have been amazing. In SL I have learned to function again, and this has spilled over into my real life.
I now owe the Universe a great debt for my fortunate circumstance of staying alive.
It is in SL that I repay the debt. SL has taught me much, and I have learned to create, build, and be a productive part of the lives and learning of other residents.
My goal has been and remains to be to use my land, and Virtual dogs, as a source of success for others. When residents come to my land I make sure that the place is set up, so that it becomes almost impossible not to have a fun interaction with the dogs or many other attractions I have built. A fun interaction leaves the door open for information to slip into ones mind, and anything learned makes the day a success.
I would like to say thanks to many people for believing in my dream.
◊ ~ My biggest inspiration has been the encouragement of my RL/SL wife Patty. She assists me with my in world goals, and gives me moral support when I have doubts.
I love Patty beyond anything I could ever explain.
It was not until after long rehab from the results of my coma that I met Patty. A driver for a city transportation service for the disabled, Patty picked me up one day from a trip to the public library. We fell in love fast. We have been together for over 3 years.
My sweet wife has watched over my shoulder, and through the screen of her own computer, as the adventures of sl have unfolded.
A word of caution to all. When a partner in a relationship is deeply involved in Second life, it can make our loved ones feel “left out”. Patty has her own SL account, but she does not use SL in the same way that I do. We all must take precautions, that we do not leave our rl loved ones with less of our attention that they need, or one’s SL will become a tender spot in any partnership.
◊ ~ I want to thank my good friends Driftwood Nomad, and Darrly Chang. These 2 guys are the originators of the 1st real SL Dog. D&D dogs allowed me to learn and grow.
My 2 good pals have shown great confidence, in allowing me to direct all of their in world services for them. In return, I recently Invited them to move D&D Dogs to Dogland in Rhoda ( my Dog Park), where they will remain supported by me, and never again pay tier. Read about D&D dogs at: http://www.sldogs.com/
◊ ~ The members of the group Survivors of TBI, have shown me great interest, and have supported their TBI center. They too have a permanent place in world, 3000 meters above Dogland Park.
◊ ~ I have learned much from VKC Dogs creator, Enrico Genosse. Once a good friend, he had me for almost 2 years, help him find the “bugs” in his dogs and system. This learning caused Dogland Park to be the most visited of any Dog park in the metaverse. The popularity of Dogland, and the support that it still gets, caused a rift in the association I had with Mr. Genosse. A gifted creator, he still is loved by me, even though I disagree with his ethics and practices.
I own 10 groups in world, that have loyally supported my goals.
◊ ~ I thank the 2000+ members of these groups with my heart full of love.
*Survivors of TBI
*VKC Dog Owners Open Chat Group
*Dogland Training Group
*Harmonious Society of Peaceful Fist
*Karate-Do
*Dogland Kids
*Working Dog Handlers
*We Love Dogs
*SL Grid Marketing & Advertising
The group Survivors of TBI gives members access to group meetings, 24 hour help line, Skype conference, and group phone conference.
I also spread my word about Dogs, TBI, and SL on the web, on the following websites;
http://www.virtualdogtalk.org/
http://tbisurvivors.yolasite.com/
http://www.avmsurvivors.org/
http://www.sluniverse.com/php/vb/members/vitolo+rossini.html
http://slhealthy.wikifoundry.com/page/Survivors+of+TBI
http://dogfather.wikifoundry.com/
http://vitolo.wordpress.com/
http://twitter.com/vitolorossini
http://dogfather-sl.blogspot.com/
http://profiles.yahoo.com
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/
http://doglandpark.ning.com
https://sldogfather.wordpress.com
The first of the links provided above, includes a 24 hour live chat line for talk, assistance, and service, as well as request forms for those who do not wish to interact in live chat.
http://virtualdogtalk.yolasite.com
http://tbisurvivors.yolasite.com/
◊ ~ I thank the members of the 10 off world (not in SL) Dogland Groups. The members of these groups have regular meetings online, as well as access to email communication, Skype calls, and group phone conference. These Can be found at:
Yahoo Groups – Dogland Dog Owners
ProfilesLive Groups – Dogland Dog Owners (Website no longer functions)
FaceBook Groups – Dogland ‘s “FaceBook 2nd Life Group”
Facebook Fan Pages – Dogland Dog Park
WikiFoundry – The Dogfather
SLUniverse – Dogland Dog Owners
MyPlace – Dogland Dog Owners (Website no longer functions)
2nd Friends – Dogland Dog Owners
Association of Virtual Worlds –Dogland Dog Owners (Website no longer functions)
Virtual World Professional Networkers- Dogland Dog Owners Group (Website no longer functions)

Now let me not forget Linden Labs, and the group of Lindens that see that all is in order in world. They have provided us with a platform to live a second life. A good portion of SL residents are homebound for one reason or another. Physical, emotional, and other variable conditions, can have one staying at home. SL has freed us, and given us a world.
◊ ~ I thank Linden Labs for the world I now inhabit. I thank the governance team for not allowing land bullies to have their ways. They have taken care to investigate every difficulty, and have not yet failed to provide me, members of my groups, and those who are close to me with resolution of abuses and violations of TOS and Community Standards.
◊ ~ AND… If you took the time to read this, I thank you too! You have shown an interest in what is going on in the heart and mind of another.
If in any way I have inspired any soul to use SL as a tool to expand your lives, and feel success…
◊ ~ I Thank the Universe!

Virtual Dog Owner’s Open Chat Group

June 26, 2010

openchtlogonewest

Most dog groups are owned by the company the makes the dog, so information you get , is “filtered” and sugar coated. They will tell you what they want you to hear. “VKC Dog Owners Open Chat Group” is independent, and sends out great inventions for dogs weekly. We have events/contests. Not owned by a “manufacturer”, this group is owned by dog owners like yourself. Being independent, this group will always get you the facts (good and bad) and all update information.

This group is based in Second Life, at Dogland park, in the region of Rhoda.
Contact Dog Seesaw, Vitolo Rossini, or Danny06 Aya to join.
“By the people, for the people”
openchatnewer

5 de Mayo Celebration at Dogland Dog Park

May 6, 2010

 5 de Mayo, the fifth day of May was celebrated in style at Dogland park. I am a big fan of Mexican Culture. The music, food, art, culture, and people are exciting.

 Dogland Park provided a taste of all of these things. I live on the Mexico/U.S. border, and have for a long time. I found this transformation of our Dog Park to be easy and fun.

Mexican music played on the spacial channel, while residents took turns riding on the Sombrero ride called “Sombrero-go-round”. Free tacos, cokes, and beer were served, along with hot red or green animated Jalapeño peppers.

 Fiesta Shirts, and panchos were available in a large “kit” full of animations, objects, clothing and more. Everyone wore sombreros, as visitors rode the brightly colored sailboats around the Linden waterways.

The people on the beach played maracas, as all of us danced. The “Mexican Hat Dance” was performed by a pack of dogs that had been trained to do this 3 minute long choreographed, multi-dog trick.

Mexican edition Dogland Flags flew for the occasion, next to the flag of Mexico.

Dogland Boardwalk had it’s hot air balloon decorated brightly in the pattern of a mexican woven rug.

A number of people got themselves Chihuahua dogs that were already trained, and at special very low 5 de Mayo prices.

The party went on all day until almost midnight. Due to the number of VKC Dog owners that requested that we duplicate this event next year, I have had this listed as an annual event. 

Thanks all for your support. I had a great time also!

 

5_de_mayo_celebsmallSnapshot_001

In Honor of Service Dogs

April 8, 2010

Media_httpapiningcom8_awrcb

In RL I am disabled. My service dog Buster and I have a very close relationship. He is attentive to my needs, and I love him dearly. Buster (American Bulldog) can pick up my cane and on his hind legs, he can return it into my hand. He knows how to retrieve anything that I drop and slip it back into my fingers. When I “space out” for a moment, he licks my face and brings me back. Buster can even bring me my clothing to dress in the morning, and can “fetch” my medications.

I have been privileged in my lifetime to have worked with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, in the capacity of training working dogs, and working dog handlers.
Since the time that a prolonged coma changed my life, I have had more touching working dog training experiences. I have been lucky enough to work with Service dogs from all walks of the disabled community.
Next time you see a service dog, take a moment to admire them. Take a second to thank God for the dogs that care for the disabled!
Come visit Dogland Park in Rhoda, at: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rhoda/175/170/28
See some of what we are doing with dogs, for the disabled in SL. The staff of Dogland has clients with visual impairments, emotional needs, and other physical impairments. These clients come to learn about using dogs in sl and in RL.Visually impaired residents can request the latest version of Doglands Akita Guidedog at no cost. Many have extended their RL use of a canine service companion to SL. They have found comfort in this extension in the virtual world.
God bless and protect our Service Dogs!

Media_httpapiningcom8_cujma

Poses for VKC Dogs – The Dogfather

March 24, 2010

Poses for VKC Dogs (Updated)

Vkc_pose_chart

TBI Center above Dogland

March 15, 2010

 

Media_httpapiningcom8_gvsfo

 

Second Life (SL) is a virtual world. Here thousands upon thousand of people come to live out there dream existence. It is boasted by Linden Labs, creators of Second life that it is “your world,… your imagination”. As it turns out SL is a place where many go who are homebound, or are not able to get out into the world. The virtual metaverse has become for them not only a place of refuge, but a window to the world. This blog entry is devoted to all of my friends in SL who survived as I did a traumatic brain injury. If your interested read on…

Survivors of TBI- Traumatic Brain Injury

Residents of sl….. Whether you are a survivor of a head injury-

A medical professional, with compassion- a friend to someone whos been injured- a family member of a survivor- or you just want to learn more or help others….

This group is active in assisting folks who are recovering , or have recovered from Brain Injury. You can learn and grow right here in sl. Find new ways to think! Open new pathways in your brain.

My name is Vitolo Rossini, and I spent 5 & 1/2 weeks in a coma…and I’m back! I want you to search, and look at this group.

It is growing, and there’s more to come. Group notices with inventory designed to make living in sl more fun and EASY!

Feel free to check my profile, and see where I am coming from.

We can help one another.

Pass this notecard on, and you’ll be doing a good thing, as it will eventually fall into the hands of a Survivor, who wants to share, and learn. A year in a wheelchair & speech & physical therapy haven’t helped my heart as much as this! – Vito

Our facility offers meeting rooms, education, and group/private consultation, not to mention unique social opportunities. Located 3018 meters above Rhoda’s Dogland Park for privacy, the 60,000+ meters of beach and park below offers ample opportunity to explore and learn. There’s an MD and an RT on staff. It is a good place just to come and “chill out”. Pets are welcome and encouraged for therapy and fun. Meet our TBI Group dog, “Theo”!

 

Please Check the following Websites:

http://slhealthy.wetpaint.com/page/Survivor+of+TBI

 

http://vitolo.wordpress.com

 

http://dogfather-sl.blogspot.com/

 

Or Come visit us at:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rhoda/159/201/3019

Dogland_squarish

Dogland Park is a non profit Dog Park in the virtual world of Second Life. Second Life is “window to the world” for many homebound individuals. Our goal is to help residents with Traumatic Brain Injury, and other limitations, find new ways to think and function, using Second Life, Dogland park, Virtual Dogs, and our TBI Center as tools to implement this growth and development.

 

RL Pet Memorial In A Virtual World

March 12, 2010
Media_http4bpblogspot_duifq

Any of us who has lost his beloved pet knows where I am coming from on this topic. It is devastating, and we never forget, or stop glancing down to see if our old friend is there.
When I came to SL I became a resident of the virtual world. Being homebound, I spend most of my days in world. I early on brought memories with me of things I loved, even though I have these photos here at home in RL. I put a picture of my RL Godmother up at the TBI center that I built for those recovering from Brain injury. The picture is to remind me always of an important person in my life. As a resident of SL, I pass her picture in the hallway of my virtual TBI center more often than I pass the photo at home in RL. Seeing her more often has brought me comfort.
I later put a photo on my SL desk, of my family pets, including the dogs gone by that I loved so well, and ached so deeply over. I found comfort here too, and decided that I should talk to others about the comfort I find in this practice. The response was very exciting, as friends began to upload pictures. Some photos of past pets went on Dogland’s Bulletin Board.
I heard your call for a Pet Memorial that was without cost to use, so I added one to Dogland Park. The Memorial Wall is located near the duck pond close to the Dogland Little Theater. There is plenty of room for anyone to memorialize their friends that have passed. Send me a full perm picture of your pet, and write a notecard about them- say what is in your heart. Your pet will appear on the wall the very same day, and will remain there for you and for others to visit, when at Dogland. When your pet’s picture is touched, your notecard will be delivered, so that your thoughts about your fuzzy friend can be appreciated by others. This memorial is for anyone who has lost their rl best friend.
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rhoda/164/245/28