Posted April 20, 2017 by Ron Callari

On April 22, 2017, our planet will be celebrating its 47th Earth Day. This special event was launched for the first time in 1970.  Back then, only a few regions around the world marked the occasion. Today, almost 200 countries will join in consort with the Earth Day Network that features an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. Since the formal agenda does include some eco-friendly endeavors introduced by pet owners over the years, today I'd like to highlight a few of the successful and meaningful ways you can engage with your pets for Earth Day, 2017.

Posted April 18, 2017 by Ron Callari

Of recent date, I've been fascinated to learn of an island occupied solely by monkeys. I was particularly intrigued since this unique isle is located just a short distance offshore of Beaufort, South Carolina where I reside. Then when my research uncovered that 'Monkey Island’ — as it known by the locals — was an animal laboratory of sorts, images of  H. G.

Posted April 17, 2017 by Ron Callari

Have you been following the saga of April the Giraffe's pregnancy? If so, betcha you can think of an catchy name for the long-awaited-arrival of her baby boy? Exceeding the traditional giraffe pregnancy term of 14-15 months, April’s newborn took 16 months to make his debut on planet Earth!

Posted April 16, 2017 by Ron Callari

In a recent Google Trend Survey request, a curious submission questioned the following: “What animal is the fastest on Earth: Cheetah or Peregrine Falcon?” The response was the cheetah by a wide margin. However when one digs a bit further or flies slightly higher, you begin to realize we are not comparing apples to apples. In fact, we are not even dealing with the same species, since one is a mammal and the other is a bird [aka ‘Aves] — and one has the land record, while the other, the sky's the limit!

Posted April 13, 2017 by Ron Callari

In bucolic Beaufort, South Carolina where I now reside, the locals are keen to set Northerners straight about alligators. They’re omnipresent —  they’re everywhere. They’re like squirrels in the Lowcountry [and believe me, my backyard is full of squirrels.]  And while intimidating, recorded alligator attacks are few and far between.

Posted April 11, 2017 by Ron Callari

While over 400,000 lives have been lost in Syria, and international turmoil is escalating after the use of chemical weapons and a U.S. strike, there has been little reported about the fate of the country’s animals. Overshadowed by these human death tolls and humanitarian abuse of children and women, it’s an afterthought what can done for animals and pets in this war-torn country? Yet their crisis is dire and heart-breaking as well.

Posted April 9, 2017 by Ron Callari

Launched in 2011, Nextdoor is a private social networking service. Differing from the major social networks that appeal to large international audiences, this social media platform is set up for smaller groups, which have one area of focus in common — namely their local neighborhoods.

Posted April 7, 2017 by Ron Callari

If you haven’t heard about her before now, it’s a bit surprising, since this story has been developing for over a year. And when I say ‘developing’ I’m talking literally — because 15 months is the length of time it takes for a giraffe to deliver a newborn.