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People's impressions of microchips

Postby Jen » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:34 pm

My cousin was telling me she was shocked how many people think a microchip is a GPS tracker. So many people she talked to told her that she should have chipped Pepsi (he is) and she'd have found him right away. :rolleyes:

One guy on the neighborhood FB page seems to think they're not just trackers but tractor beams. He said if Pepsi had been chipped she'd have no problem getting him. :confused:

So weird.

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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby Sabine » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:07 pm

That is weird. Chips are passive and have no power source...
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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby SherriA » Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:52 pm

A lot of people don't have a clue, about a lot of things.
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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby MaisyPancakes » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:10 pm

Laughing at Sherri's comment. Truth! I've never heard of this misconception either, but I guess I've never really talked to anyone about chips.

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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby Jen » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:17 pm

Good point, Sherri! lol

The tractor beam one just baffles me. Okay, maybe I can understand gps tracker. There's some crazy technology available these days. But chipping would make it easy to catch him?? Makes no sense.

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Postby connie » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:33 pm

There are GPS units that pet owners can put on their dog's collar, though. After Tramp the Shy Sheltie bolted on his owners less than a month after they adopted him, and they found him two hours later at a local park, Adrienne bought a GPS and put it on his collar. He still wears it. It looks like one of those theft-prevention devices that are found on handbags and clothing in stores! Adrienne says she can access it from her iPhone and it's super convenient. It sure is a nice option to have for a bolter dog.

This is the one Adrienne has on Tramp:
http://www.pettracker.com/GPS-Pet-Track ... MgodTVcA8g

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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby Jen » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:36 pm

That's really cool! I'm going to send the link to J. She says she's just as nervous as Pepsi when they go outside.

ETA: I just sent her the link and she said she bought it one day shipping last night. Should be there tomorrow first thing. :thumbup:
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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby connie » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:41 pm

IMO if it gives peace of mind, it's worth it -- and if it helps find the dog, even MORE worth it! When Tramp stayed at my house for a week he wore it 24/7 except when A texted me to take it off and recharge it -- she got a 'low battery' message on her phone.
I think it would be a great idea for Pepsi! :thumbup:

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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby Jen » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:46 pm

I edited just as you posted. I think it sounds great!

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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby connie » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:29 pm

I'm so happy that she got him back! He was gone a long time! :wow:

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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby whiteboxerboy » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:29 pm

wowza, that's great that Pepsi is back at home. :thumbup:

tractor beam :rofl: :lol:

people are such idiots.... sometimes the sh*t they make up in their head & declare to be reality is beyond comprehension.

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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby LisaT_II » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:36 pm

Having a dog with weird tremor/seizure activity, I wondered if there was any sort of signal that the chip was emitting (until I was assured that was not the case), so maybe not so weird. Didn't even think about the lack of power source :lol: In my defense, I *knew* it wasn't a tractor beam or GPS unit.
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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby maxs_mommy » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:35 pm

Oddly, I heard a story today of a dog lost in Kentucky, hit by a car, landed in local high-kill shelter pulled by rescue in PA then sent to a foster home in Philly to heal for adoption. Only after a routine vet visit by the foster did they even scan for a microchip to check if the dog (9 y/o beagle) had an owner. If the shelter had scanned the dog on intake or at any point, the dog would have been home 17 months (!!!) sooner, so in addition to not being GPS, they have to at least be checked for, which apparently isn't as common sense as I thought.
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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby Jen » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:54 pm

That's so sad, maxs_mommy :(

I heard a similar story about a cat, but it wasn't 17 months!!

Could have been powered "hydroelectrically" with little blood vessel water wheels, Lisa. LOL

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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby LisaT_II » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:35 pm

Could have been powered "hydroelectrically" with little blood vessel water wheels, Lisa. LOL
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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby SherriA » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:08 am

That dog has been ALL over the beagle lists. Happy ending, but could have been a happy ending so much sooner.
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Re: People's impressions of microchips

Postby amyzon » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:30 am

My husband would have had both his girls "chipped" if that were the case. lol He already has them half believing he had some sort of tracker implanted in them at birth. Gotta love a cop....


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