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  1. #1 Davis
    October 15, 2008

    I don’t understand why they refer to this as a “radio signal.” Radio signals are electromagnetic waves, not sound waves.

  2. #2 Harrumph
    October 15, 2008

    Radio? No, audio.

  3. #3 Eric
    October 15, 2008

    I remember learning about this in humans in my undergrad psych course on perception…

    Here’s something related: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE1DB1E3AF93AA35755C0A964958260&sec=health&spon=&pagewanted=all

  4. #4 tguy
    October 15, 2008

    It’s simple, this is how he sends data back to his home world. He’s obviously an alien, I mean just look at him.

  5. #5 Jenbug
    October 16, 2008

    Aw, chihuahuas are all robots anyway. It’s no wonder one goes on the fritz ever now and then.

  6. #6 s1mplex
    October 16, 2008

    That’s some wicked loud tinnitus!

  7. #7 Sheri
    October 16, 2008

    Great link, Eric! I had no idea that ears can produce sounds.

    And curse you, s1mplex, for beating me to the punch(line).

  8. #8 Susan Hutson
    October 20, 2008

    The most logical reason is because the dog contains a chip. The chip in which many dogs are being implanted with is a RFID or Radio Frequency Identification type chip.

    These chips not only can track or locate a dog with a special tracking number but they also record and EMIT RADIO frequency, thus the reason for the sound.

    These chips are usually passive, and powered by the living oranism but are read by special scanners. Most implanted dog chips are at the 125mhz or 134 mhz frequency however there are some at 13.56 too. They can be made and programmed to any frequency, as this is a Nanotechnology enhanced device.

    The poor dog must have damage to his sensitive ear from having to live with this.

  9. #9 Janeen
    October 22, 2008

    As noted in the comments of my blog, I don’t agree with Ms. Hutson. The RFID chips in dogs are passive. They need a scanner or other device to provide induction for the coil.

    It’s only conjecture, but I think that his bulla (inner ear) may work as a Helmholtz resonator.


  10. #10 S Hutson
    October 23, 2008

    The chip can only be read from a reader. As long as the dog is alive the chip will emit radio frequency, hence the name Radio Frequency Identification. The living dog actually powers the chip within, which is what the Verichip company origninally informed the public of, until they changed their marketing tactics a few years ago.

    If the dog’s ear is working as a Helmhotz resinator, why don’t all or many of the Chihuahua’s ears do this?

    I say, put your money where your mouth is and let’s prove it either way!

    The dog resides 20 miles from me and I would be willing, if the dog owner was agreeable, to checking this out further.

    What would it take to make you understand?

  11. #11 zay?flama
    October 27, 2008

    They can be made and programmed to any frequency, as this is a Nanotechnology enhanced device.

  12. #12 Smartdogs
    October 28, 2008

    Susan, I respect and appreciate the act of throwing down that gauntlet, but will pass on your challenge. In googling you up I see that you already have a horse in this race (i.e. found web articles by you arguing against microchip implants) so I’d just as soon put my energy to other efforts.

    If you find the answer and document it, let me know.

    As for me, I see that all chips are made the same so believe that in the same environment they should all make dogs’ ears resonate like the Chihuahua’s. And they don’t. But… each dog’s ear is unique in many ways so Eric may be right or I may be (or neither)… but I still don’t think it’s the chips.

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