Posted March 19, 2017 by Ron Callari

Animals personified have taken over the game of Monopoly. Seems the thimble, the boot and the wheelbarrow have seen their better days, now that an extinct dinosaur, an aquatic flightless bird and a toddler’s bathtub toy have moved onto the board.

Posted March 17, 2017 by Ron Callari

Babies and puppies in the home are similar in one respect. They are both learning as they go and can be taught preferred behavior at an early age. But when the puppy enters the household in advance of the baby, it can be a daunting experience, particularly when the pooch feels neglected or it has lost some influence with its masters. No longer being the center of attention can be traumatic. On top of that, a pup now has to also adjust to a variety of new sounds, sights and smells — all of which — can be stressful in a dog’s or cat's early life.

Posted March 16, 2017 by Ron Callari

What’s labeled ‘faux’ should be just that. The origin of this word is French and it's translated to mean “imitation.” Used as an adjective, it most often precedes a noun as a descriptor for an object, event or character that is ‘not the real deal.’ In the case of ‘faux fur,’ a garment can range from every-day wear to haute couture. However, it should not come from a fur-covered animal and if it does, it should never be marketed as ‘faux fur.’ Unfortunately in the case of ‘raccoon dogs’ that is not the case, and definitely a practice that should be banned.

Posted March 6, 2017 by Ron Callari

Those who follow Google Doodles have come to expect the unexpected from the world’s largest search engine. From birthdays of sometimes little-known historic figures to the celebration of esoteric holidays, Google invests time, money and labor into entertaining us regularly with their innovative and creative Doodles.

Posted March 2, 2017 by Ron Callari

Drugs for our pets is becoming ‘big business.’ In the past, I’ve reported on medical marijuana, which is legal in 23 states and is now being used to assist in alleviating pain for our older cats and dogs. But should other more potent pain-killing drugs also be administered to our pet owners? Tramadol, for instance is an opioid analgesic pain killer that’s prescribed for cats and dogs, but unfortunately it's being misused by drug addicts.

Posted February 28, 2017 by Ron Callari

The goal is 12,500 species. The ’Photo Ark’ navigator and animal photographer is Joel Sartore. The mission is to document every captive animal species in the world using studio lighting and black-and-white backgrounds. So far, he’s traveled to 40 countries and has accomplished more than half of his target.

Posted February 27, 2017 by Ron Callari

In some scientific circles, it’s a foregone conclusion that bumblebees are heading for extinction. Pesticides in particular are one of the major causes for accelerating their demise. The downside if their extinction were to happen, the earth’s functioning ecosystem would collapse.

Posted February 23, 2017 by Ron Callari

Some of the smallest frogs known to man were recently discovered following a five-year survey in India. Scientists discovered the new species after exploring some of the more biodiverse forests and mountains of the country. The seven new species are part of the “night frogs" family, biologically referred to as the Nyctibatrachus genus. Four of the seven — which are among the tiniest frogs ever found — are capable of comfortably crouching on a Indian rupee of or a thumb nail, with room to spare.