Pets, Animals & Social Media by Ron Callari

Welcome to my Homepage. As a freelance writer and editorial cartoonist, my published work explores current trends on the digital horizon, social media, humor, politics and innovation. I treat global geo-political issues with the same weight of importance as cartoons and Twitter.

Also keenly interested in the safety of our pets, and will be writing here about various issues pertinent to pet travel, pet innovation and how social media intersects with the pet world.

Ron has also been a contributing writer for InventorSpot - the most popular invention site in the world, where he focuses on social media issues and evolving technology.

In a world where we are barraged daily by data overload, I try to cut through the clutter by delivering new insights with off-center, but hopefully insightful commentary. Your comments and feedback are always welcome. If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow. If you need a friend, let's connect on Facebook! But in any event, please come back often!

Pet Genetic Engineering Addresses Disease & Eradication
Posted on December 13, 2017

Gene modification is a tricky business. As man experiments with saving the planet and some of its most threatened inhabitants are we entering territory that’s too close to godly work?

When The Circuses No Longer Come To Town
Posted on December 10, 2017

It’s no coincidence that this year’s blockbuster Christmas movie. ’The Greatest Showman’ should coincide with the curtain falling on the longest-running traveling circus, namely the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus.

In DC, Pets Are A Low Class Yokel Embarrassment
Posted on December 7, 2017

The world has changed a lot in the last year. Our public discourse, social behavior and perceptions of what is acceptable has changed. Normalization is a threat when actions that were once verboten in the past have all of sudden become copacetic.

Keeping His Nose To The Ground, Sheriff’s Bloodhound Seeks Name
Posted on December 5, 2017

Naming a bloodhound is a ‘ruff’ decision for the Sheriff in Beaufort, South Carolina. So much so, he’s turned to a select group of folks who ironically can’t vote in the state.

To Treat Or Not To Treat Your Dog
Posted on November 30, 2017

Treating your dog with treats is a fun activity, but one definitely to be managed. It's part of the bonding process to become best friends with you best friends, but treat-giving needs some forethought.

Robots Patterned After Nature
Posted on November 29, 2017

While man's ancestors have been roaming the planet for some six million years, homo sapiens only evolved about 200,000 years ago. During a climactic shift, modern man first began to climb the evolutionary ladder in Africa.

9-to-5 Dog Subbing As Therapy Pets
Posted on November 28, 2017

Therapy dogs are gaining in popularity globally. From the battlefield, to the classroom to hospitals and beyond, canines are going where no canines went before.

Animals Benefit Twofold On #Giving Tuesday
Posted on November 27, 2017

While it’s been around since 2012, Giving Tuesday is just coming into its own this year, due to Bill Gates and Facebook.

New Finch Interloper Lands, Darwin Rolls Over
Posted on November 25, 2017

During his auspicious journey to the Galapagos Islands in 1836, Charles Darwin discovered several finches that varied from island to island, which aided him gr

Do Animals Have Accents Y’All?
Posted on November 24, 2017

Accents change from country to country, state to state and even city to city. But do our animals follow suit?

Good & Not-So-Good Turkey Day Food For Rover & Puss
Posted on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Day is all about food, food and more food. It’s a culinary marathon. In addition to the pièce de résistance [aka as turkey], the copious number of side dishes [both traditional and reconstructed favorites] are in the hundreds.

Ever Think About Using A Animal Mascots To Brand Your Brand?
Posted on November 21, 2017

It’s purported animal mascots are one of the best branding techniques for a company's product and services. It’s known to leave a much more lasting impression with customers than other promotional approaches.

Reversing The Import Of Elephant Trophies Is Based On Conservation?
Posted on November 16, 2017

Elephant hunters are giving a free pass to import trophies of elephants they hunted and killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Canine Lines Are Fashion Forward & Game On
Posted on November 11, 2017

As each new season of the Game of Thrones repeats their annual warning: “Winter is coming!” —  we’re reminded of that time of year when it’s prudent to prepare for the chilly days ahead.

Animals Of Sutherland Springs, Site Of Shooting Were Collateral Damage
Posted on November 10, 2017

The recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs,Texas was a horrendous recurrence of a travesty that needs to be stopped in the U.S.. These atrocities are happening too often and the fatalities are mounting per event.

Military Combat Dog Becomes Conscientious Objector
Posted on November 8, 2017

Over the last couple of decades — with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — there’s been a lot of attention given to military dogs who've have been trained to become top-notch canine soldiers.

Do Animals Laugh & Cry?
Posted on November 6, 2017

We laugh and cry for a multitude of reasons, whether it takes a minimal amount of emotion or a lot of thought. The range is vast for humor.

Beaver Moon Rising, With A Chance Of Frost On The Horizon
Posted on November 6, 2017

You might have missed it on November 3.

Why Do Our Dogs & Cats Get A Bad Rap For Pet Peeves?
Posted on November 4, 2017

Ever wonder where the term ‘pet peeve’ came from and how it became so prevalent in today's society? The 1950’s cartoon directors Hanna and Barbera even produced an animated film on the topic with the same name.

Humane Last Good-bye For Your Pets
Posted on November 3, 2017

Euthanasia is a sad but necessary decision when our dogs or cats enter their final days.

“No Kill” Animal Shelters Are Not Black & White
Posted on October 31, 2017

While the thought of “no kill” shelters brings a smile to animal advocates, many are cognizant there's a significant grey area that exists regarding euthanasia.

Adopting Wildlife Remotely On Long Island
Posted on October 30, 2017

Adopting dogs and cats these days has become fairly commonplace. In fact, in many instances, pet owners consider it preferable to seeking out a pedigree.

Should Robots Awarded Citizenship Be Considered Pets?
Posted on October 29, 2017

Aside from ‘singularity’ potentially overtaking mankind in the foreseeable future, from my perspective, today we face an equally important philosophical dilemma, namely — should robotic life-forms be considered our pets?

Audobon’s Birds Of A Feather Fly Together In Manhattan [Once Again]
Posted on October 26, 2017

His seminal work, Birds of America was published between 1827 and 1838. In it, he painted, catalogued and defined bird species.

Pet Sitting Is Now A Profession
Posted on October 24, 2017

Pet Sitters use to be friends, family members or neighbors. When you needed someone to keep a watchful eye over Rex or Socks, you could lean on them to lend a helping hand.