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Pets & Animals & Social Media by Ron Callari

Ron CallariRon CallariWelcome 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 FacebookBut in any event, please come back often!

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It’s The Year Of The Sheep, erh Goat, erh Ram, erh Yang?

The Chinese bid farewell to the Year of the Horse this past week when they ushered in the Year of Sheep on February 19, 2015. Or maybe it was the Goat. Or perhaps the Ram! But what's up with that Yang?

Hey Baby, It’s Cold Outside ♪ ♫ ♪. . . For Pets Too!

The winter of our discontent is definitely upon us. This year’s uninterrupted successive number of snowstorms and freezing temps have made bearing the elements a challenge for man and beast. While wildlife might have it in their DNA to instinctively know how to brave a blustery harsh winter, our pets, without our intervention are another story entirely!

And They Called It Puppy Love ♪ ♫ ♪ . . . Literally!

For anyone who remembers Paul Anka’s ballad dedicated to Annette Funicello back in the 1960s, or the revival by Donny Osmond in the the 70s, the term 'puppy love' refers to young love often experienced by sweethearts in their adolescence. While sometimes used in a derogatory fashion associated with infatuation, Sigmund Freud was far from underestimating the power and the proverbial durability of one’s first love.

Android’s ‘Friends Furever’ Features Unlikely Animal BFFs To Sell Smartphones

TV commercials are a rare art form that eludes some big brands. While a company liked Geico has been consistent in developing fresh and innovative ads, Google more than often misses the mark when trying to capture our imagination.

‘Easy Rider’ Dogs Don Doggles & Ride Shotgun In Motorcycle Sidecars

Down through the ages, man’s best friend has often filled the role of ’sidekick,’ whether it be the family dog, a guard dog or a member of a police squad’s K-9 Unit. But, most recently that term took on a more literal meaning. In a new initiative that includes sidecars, doggles (doggie goggles) and road trips, ’sidecar dogs’ are becoming the new rage.

Office Mascot Survives Charlie Hebdo Terrorists Attacks In Paris

As the whole world learned of the devastating terrorist attacks inflicted on the Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris, little was reported about the affects on one lone canine. Actually it wasn’t until January 16 that France’s Le Monde newspaper released a very heart-warming story of an unreported survivor of the shootings.

Geese Ride The Himalayas Like A Roller Coaster

Some humans seek out the Himalayas as a spiritual retreat - some for communing with nature - others for trekking to the highest peaks — but none I think would equate those majestic mountains to an amusement park ride. Additionally, either would migratory birds. But there is a rare breed known as the bar-headed geese (Anser inducus) — who while I’m sure  have never been to Disney World  — use the Himalayan Mountains. . .

Banning ‘Tiger Selfies’ In NY Could Curb One’s Tinder Love Life

In New York in February, it will become illegal to pose for a photo with a lion, tiger or other big cat. The measure - which specifically prohibits contact between members of the public and big cats at animal shows, zoos,circuses and carnivals - was passed after self-portraits with the animals started becoming more popular online, particularly with some young men on dating sites such as Tinder.

It’s A Scientific Fact Sloshed Songbirds Sing Silly Love Songs

No, we’re not talking about that piano bar where you might catch a a group of inebriated celebrants drinking themselves silly while singing ‘100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.’ No, in an authentic scientific study, researchers actually got a flock of zebra finches drunk in order to test their vibratos, under the influence!

Russian 'Bear-Hunting' Dogs Immigrate To U.S.

The official breed name is Caucasian Ovcharka, commonly known as the Caucasian Shepard Dog. Originating from the Caucasus Mountains in Russia, these sizable dogs are members of the Molosser breed and historically have been used for centuries to protect properties, guard livestock — and yes, hunt bears!


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