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!

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.

Sleep Tight, Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite At Trump's Doral Resort
Posted on October 20, 2019

The hashtag #BedBugSummit trended on Twitter October 18, due to allegations of pest infestation at President Trump’s resort in Doral, Florida.

Facebook's Hounding The Airwaves For A New Image
Posted on October 19, 2019

Facebook allows political parties to run false ads. It feeds us tens of thousands of fake news posts weekly. It continues to expose our privacy and personal data . . .

New Study Shows Horses' Left Eye Determines Threats
Posted on October 18, 2019

Over the years there's been a number of studies showing that horses can interpret human expressions. However new research actually demonstrates that horse can remember human emotions.

The More Affordable Kiki Is The Latest Robopet Iteration
Posted on October 16, 2019

Kiki was constructed with a robust personality to solve the emotion all of us feel from time to time, namely loneliness. Its inventor, Mita Yun, grew up without any pets, and always wanted a companion to help her manage her periods of solitude .

2019 Halloween Costumes For Our Pets
Posted on October 15, 2019

According to the National Retail Federation, 29 million people will dressing up their cat or dog for the holiday this year.

Ukrainians Who Protect Animals
Posted on October 12, 2019

One might assume by the title of this blog, I'm referencing the political implications of this country. Yes politicians have been chastised as "animals," but that topic is better addressed by political organizations.

Holland Defeats Dog Homelessness
Posted on October 12, 2019

Homelessness in the world does not only affect displaced humans. It's a critical issue for dogs as well. In fact, homeless animals outnumber homeless people.

Urban Lizards Evolving
Posted on October 10, 2019

Urban lizards are prevalent in Puerto Rico and the Carolina's. Many of them have taken to residing in urban areas due to deforestation and commercial tracts of shopping centers popping up along our highways.

Mother Goose Comes To The Rescue For Orphaned Pooch
Posted on October 9, 2019

I've written several stories over the years about interspecies relationships. Whether it be dogs and goats, bison and cows, or wildlife in Africa. Today, it's another unlikely pair -- a goose and a dog.

Can Cats Protect You From Ghosts This Halloween?
Posted on October 3, 2019

With Halloween fast approaching, odds have it that you'll have a few kids impersonating ghosts and evil spirits this year. Those are the knocks on the door you will be rewarding with candy and other treats.

Love Is In The Air As Lovebugs Attack Southerners
Posted on September 30, 2019

The lovebug (Plecia nearctica) is a species of fly found in parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, specifically South Carolina where I live.

SpotOn, Ride-share For Dogs
Posted on September 29, 2019

For those who like to use Uber or Lyft but travel with their dogs, not all ride-share drivers accept our furry-friends. For drivers, this is worrisome, particularly if they have allergies that would prohibit them from doing so.

The Onion Shutters Its Doors On Humans, But Not Frogs
Posted on September 28, 2019

The Onion was a satirical digital media company and newspaper organization that enjoyed wide popularity over the years.

Can Dogs Commit Suicide?
Posted on September 25, 2019

Most of us have read human interest stories about dogs and their survival acumen. A dog not only seems to be born with these instincts, there's a multitude of stories how they use those skills to save humans.