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!

‘Internet of Animals’ From Russian With Love?
Posted on March 22, 2018

While dogs, cats, rabbits and a slew of other cute creatures are constantly featured on the Internet, who knew animals had their very own Internet — and it was being controlled by the Russians?

The WH's Second Pet Is Immortalized In Hare-raising Tomes
Posted on March 19, 2018

I was wrong when I stated there would be no pet taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

A Support Dog By Any Other Name May Be A ‘Therapy’ Or ‘Service’ or ‘Working’ Dog
Posted on March 17, 2018

Using the terms ‘service dog,’’therapy dog’ and ‘working dog’ interchangeably is a misnomer.

Sniffing Out Humans At Petzbe?
Posted on March 16, 2018

Where are those dang humans? A new app called Petzbe claims its raison d'être is to provide a new world, totally devoid of human intervention.

Can Our Dog’s “Dog’Years” Ever Match Human Years?
Posted on March 14, 2018

“7 dog years to 1 human year” is a misnomer. Yes, our dogs live shorter lives than humans, but the 7-to-1 correlation is far from being accurate. That ratio is just fuzzy math.

Move Over SXSW, Austin ADOPTS Dog By DogWest
Posted on March 13, 2018

Austin, long known for its iconic March event known globally as South By Southwest gives birth to a new Texan happening. Now, in its 30th year, SWSW will share the spotlight with DXDW [ aka Dog by DogWest ].

Mars Blows The Whistle On Pet Tech
Posted on March 12, 2018

A new venture fund for pet tech is being subsidized by Mars, the candy maker.

Penguins Up Close, Personal & Selfie-Snapping?
Posted on March 10, 2018

Animals taking selfies have become a thing ever since that now famous “monkey selfie” went viral back in 2011.

Puppy Mills Versus Pet Stores Selling ONLY Rescue Dogs
Posted on March 9, 2018

Various states in the country are taking opposing approaches regarding puppy mills.

New Tech & Products For The Birds
Posted on March 8, 2018

Over the years, our pets have transitioned from property to companions to family members to leaders of the roost. We depend on them more and more for comfort and all that unconditional love they’re willing to dole out.

Acupuncture For Pets: Prickly Placebo Or Productive Procedure?
Posted on March 7, 2018

When ‘acupuncture’ comes to mind, visions of needles may not only dance through your head, they might also make you wince at the idea of being pricked, poked and probed.

Punny Pawscars For Animal Actors
Posted on March 4, 2018

Over the years, several animal advocate organizations have used “The Pawscar” mantle to recognize canine thespians for their moving roles in film and TV.

See You Later Alligator, In A While, [Lacoste] Crocodile
Posted on March 2, 2018

Remember that Lacoste logo that came part and parcel with every polo shirt you purchased? They were designed by French tennis player René Lacoste.

Comfort Dogs Deployed To Comfort Parkland FL Students
Posted on March 1, 2018

In the aftermath of havoc — wrought by a deranged gunman, armed with an AR15 rifle at a Parkland, Florida high school — it makes all the sense in the world to deploy comfort dogs to aid the survivors.

Why Is Pentobarbital, The Euthanasia Drug Added to Dog Food?
Posted on February 22, 2018

If you were to Google search ‘Pentobarbital’ and ‘Euthanasia Drug,’ you would find no less than 138,000 SERPs [search engine results pages.] It’s an issue that is killing our dogs, and while its been identified as dangerous by the FDA and recalled

Black Panther, the Blockbuster Flick Flops As Individual Species
Posted on February 20, 2018

As an iconic member of the big cat family, it’s been immortalized down through the ages. It’s touched our culture in varied ways. We allegorize, analogize and identify with this unique feline creature.

Rescue Dogs Finally Get Their Shot At ‘Top Dog’
Posted on February 19, 2018

What about those overlooked pups made up of the lost and the abused? What about those who need medical assistance or just a good home they may have been deprived? What about all those rescue and sheltered animals?

Olympic Underdog Achieves More Than Gold Saving Dogs In Korea
Posted on February 18, 2018

Medaling at the Olympics is an achievement that lasts a lifetime for many who reach that pinnacle of success, so early in life. Such was the case for Meagan Duhamel who partnered with Eric Radford to become world champion pair figure skaters.

Vets Making Virtual & Mobile House Calls Via Skype & FaceTime
Posted on February 17, 2018

Telehealth is a rapidly growing field of healthcare. With the introduction of hand-held digital devices and access to communication software such as FaceTime and Skype, doctors can tend to you at home without even knocking on your door.

From Goya To Westminster, The Bichon Frise Has Come A Long Way Baby!
Posted on February 16, 2018

Originally a Spanish sailing dog, the Bichon Frise is mistakenly thought of as a French Dog because of the name.

Mason Bees Steal Lead Over Honey Bees In Pollinators’ Marathon
Posted on February 15, 2018

Differing from Honey Bees, Mason Bees have a long wait for their first supper — namely the time it takes for a human to have a baby — nine long months.

Tribute To Wild West Iconic Animals
Posted on February 13, 2018

For those who were fortunate enough to catch the Broadway or West End award-winning stage productions of War Horse, you may have an understanding how much work goes into making

Can Jellyfish Make Humans Smarter?
Posted on February 12, 2018

For thousands of years, it was the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree that served as a common Chinese medicinal treatment for brain function.

Passport For Pooches
Posted on February 11, 2018

For some time, traveling with your pets was stymied by quarantine restrictions.

Cloning Your Dogs Before They Cross The Rainbow Bridge
Posted on February 10, 2018

Cloning mammals was highly inefficient in the 20th Century. It wasn’t until 1996 when the case of Dolly the sheep received world-wide notoriety that the technology made a major leap forward.