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!

Grasshoppers Takes Sin City By Swarm
Posted on December 9, 2019

Like something biblical, like locusts out of Exodus 10:3–6, a plague of grasshoppers swarmed Sin City [aka Las Vegas] this past July. This migration was triggered by a harsh winter, one the city hadn't seen in a long time.

Pet Cloning Is In The Business Of Resurrection
Posted on December 8, 2019

Today, we talk about extending the life of our pets, through cloning. While this procedure doesn't bring back the original pet, it does come fairly close to the physical make-up of our dogs and cats.

A Bird Eating Out Of Your The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush
Posted on December 6, 2019

Watching outdoor birds landing at a bird feeder through a window can bring a smile to anyone's face. It's also rewarding to figure out the best seed combination for various bird species.

Deaths Of Our Internet Pets Affects Millions
Posted on December 4, 2019

With the death of 'Lil Bub' [Age 8] this week and the passing of 'Grumpy Cat' on May 14  [Age 7], it gave me pause [no pun intended] to think about the deaths of "our" Internet pets.

Blue Jays Versus Mockingbirds: Bullies Vs. Innocents, Democracy Vs. Autocracy
Posted on December 2, 2019

Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" was a prescient novel. Rooted in the civil rights era of the 1950s, it could also be set in modern day America, where bullies versus innocents and democracy versus autocracy are inherent.

Urban Coyotes? Looking For Them In All The Wrong Places?
Posted on December 2, 2019

Like the 1980's pop tune from the hit movie Urban Cowboy, "we were looking for [coyotes] in all the wrong places."

Threats To Our Pets Rise During The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Posted on November 30, 2019

As the thermometer starts dipping, threats to our pets could start rising. Costly visits to the vet are substantial during the holidays of November, December and January.

Outer Banks "Sea Cows" Swept Out To Sea By Hurricane Dorian
Posted on November 28, 2019

Affectionately known as "sea cows," the National Park Service reported learning about cows who were swept off to sea by Hurricane Dorian.

Does Life Imitate Art With Barnum's New Animal Crackers?
Posted on November 25, 2019

After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) accused circuses of cruelty repeatedly over the years, they finally ceased using elephants altogether, and actually retired the older ones to sanctuaries they created.

When What To My Wondering Eyes Should Appear . . . White Reindeer?
Posted on November 24, 2019

It's that time of year. That time when Clement Clark Moore's "Twas The Night Before Christmas" comes to mind.

Nonagenarian Horseback Rider Queen Elizabeth Still Galloping
Posted on November 23, 2019

Queen Elizabeth is not letting a minor issue like age prevent her from galloping into her ninth decade.

Will Mountain Gorillas Stop Extinction In Its Tracks?
Posted on November 21, 2019

As mountain gorillas are usually hunted for bushmeat, they are frequently injured or killed by traps.

"Lion King" Played Out At The Denver Zoo
Posted on November 18, 2019

Novelist Emily Giffin once quoted: "A son is a son 'til he takes a wife, but a daughter is a daughter all her life." While this dynamic normally holds true for most mammal species, that are exceptions.

Rocco The Parrot Rocks Merch On Alexa
Posted on November 16, 2019

What is "Alexa Voice Shopping?" If you are unaware, it might interest you to know that birds are quite familiar with the technology.

Lion, Tiger & Bear Are BLT & BFFs, Oh My
Posted on November 11, 2019

This tale is about BFFs including Leo the African lion, Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger and Baloo, the black bear. Together they make up the trio, known as BLT, [or bear, lion and tiger].

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reunion Of Two Circus Elephants Is A Moment To Remember
Posted on November 9, 2019

They says elephants have excellent memories. They never forget. This is backed up by research.

Elbow Hygroma In Dogs
Posted on November 8, 2019

In dogs, hygromas appear in the elbow versus the wrist.  It is more commonly seen in short-haired, such as Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, mastiffs, and Great Danes.

Should We Be Allowed Bereavement Leaves For Animal Loss?
Posted on November 6, 2019

Bereavement leave is taken by employees due to the death of another individual, usually a close family member. Why can't be allotted the same benefit for our pets?

Queen Elizabeth Shows Leadership With Her Position On Trophy Hunting
Posted on November 4, 2019

The Queen does distinguish herself from the U.S. in rallying the cause to finally ban trophy hunting in the UK. President Trump, on the other hand doesn't measure in this arena.

Was This Weasel On Back of Woodpecker Photo-shopped?
Posted on November 2, 2019

Like something out of Disney's Aladdin and his magical carpet ride, so rode a baby weasel on the back of a woodpecker?

Piano-Playing Pig In A Blanket & Other Farm Animals in CA Fires
Posted on October 31, 2019

"California Wildfires" in the news are running as rampant as the fires themselves. But often when human lives are at stake, there is very little talk about the animals that may also be in jeopardy.

"Very God Dog" Helps To Take Down Al-Baghdadi
Posted on October 29, 2019

A Belgian Malinois, originally reported as a "Very Good Dog" was instrumental in the the death of Abu Baker al-Baghdadi. He played a vital role in this historic military operation.

Took More Than 100 Years For Tortoises To Return To Galapagos
Posted on October 27, 2019

During the 1700s, stow-away hungry rats from a docking ship led to the depletion of the tortoise population on the Galapagos Island of Pinzon, Ecuador. These rats were successful in wiping out an entire species for over one-hundred years.

Roncalli Circus
Posted on October 26, 2019

Circus administrators are finally listening to people wanting a ban on elephants, tigers and bears being used for entertainment purposes.

Shots Fired From Social Media At Jimmy John's Elephant Hunting
Posted on October 22, 2019

Social media users are demanding a boycott of Jimmy John's after controversial photos of its CEO surfaced online conducting big game hunting.