Posted December 5, 2016 by Ron Callari

Many Americans have pet dogs and cats, and would never consider killing them for sustenance. Yet 'dog meat' is a common dish in the West African nation of Nigeria and has a long history in Chinese cuisine. In the States, there seems to be a double standard where we find it heartbreaking to witness a dog being abused but can justify cows and pigs brought to slaughter to feed a portion of our population.

Posted November 25, 2016 by Ron Callari

The term "man’s best friend" has been around ever since owners first came up with the idea to domesticate their dogs. In fact, the term ‘canis familiars’ [or "domestic dog"] was first used when humans realized Eurasian gray wolves could be domesticated some 15,000 years ago.

Posted November 19, 2016 by Ron Callari

Remember the dinosaurs? Probably not . . . since it’s been 65 million years since they roamed the planet. An extinction event (also known as a mass extinction or biological crisis) is a widespread and rapid decrease in the biodiversity on Earth. When it happens, it occurs at an uneven rate. Based on fossil records, the rate of extinctions on Earth is about two to five species of animals every million years. Estimates of the number of major mass extinctions in the last 540 million years indicate there has been as many as five since the dawn of time.

Posted November 16, 2016 by Ron Callari

Comfort animals are a sub-category of service animals that assist their masters with disabilities. According to the American with Disabilities Act , service animals are individually trained animals that specialize in certain forms of assistance. This form of aid includes guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for deaf, mobility animals that can pull wheelchairs and alert animals that protect pet owners should a bodily seizure occur.

Posted October 28, 2016 by Ron Callari

What does the US’ 2016 World Series and a billy goat have in common? Well, if you were to check the etymology of ‘billy goat’ you would find its first known use surfaced in 1820, where the definition simply states: “a male goat.” Female goats, on the other hand are referred to as "does" or "nannies,” and juveniles of both sexes are called "kids”. However, when you Google search further, you’ll find one ‘billy goat’ reference that has historically impacted one very important baseball game.

Posted October 21, 2016 by Ron Callari

Wildlife rescue facilities — dissimilar to most zoos — focuses on the rehabilitation and care of wild animals, saved from illegal breeders, circuses and other types of commercial confinement. In most instances, these centers do not seek to find adoptive homes for the animals, but rather introduce the animals to new lifestyles that suit their needs and that allow them to live out their lives in a loving and nurturing environment.

Posted October 19, 2016 by Ron Callari

Love comes in all shapes and sizes and can be expressed in meaningful ways, particularly when the bride and groom are animal advocates. Most recently, when two couples planned their weddings, they similarly thought of a creative way to shake things up a bit. In place of the traditional bouquets and boutonnieres, both couples chose rescue pups instead for themselves, bridesmaids and groomsmen.  

Posted October 5, 2016 by Ron Callari

Humans aren’t the only ones affected by the predatory pricing of the life-saving medication epinephrine. As the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its subsidiary King continue to inflate the pricing of their drug, our dogs and cats whose pet owners can’t afford to pay for their prescriptions are in dire straits as well.