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 FacebookBut in any event, please come back often!

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Holy Cow, Jon Stewart’s Running With The Bulls

When one mentions Angus Bulls, it’s hard for most of us carnivores not to think of a succulent juicy steak dinner. However, to the contrary, vegetarians and one award-winning TV comedian might think otherwise. Most recently when the fate of Frank Lee the bull was publicly released, it quickly became a breaking news story. Why? Because Jon Stewart was instrumental in allowing for this particular bull to go from a ‘Blue Plate Dinner Special' to securing him safe haven in a sanctuary.


HubSpot Promotes ‘Bring Your Octopus & Alpaca’ To Work Program

Inbound marketing firm HubSpot, which has built a solid reputation of increasing traffic to websites is promoting another form of traffic this year — namely, herding pets and animals into their offices. In an effort to increase employee morale by upping the ante on Corporate America’s ‘Bring Your Dog to Work,’ programs, HubSpot’s top human resource gurus came up with a groundbreaking employee perk: Productive Employee Things -- better known as the P.E.T. Program.

Gorillas, Endangered Gentle Giants With A Heart Of Gold

While gorillas are often characterized in film as wild and mean-tempered jungle beasts, there’s too much evidence in the real world that suggests the contrary. These magnificent creatures are not only our closest cousins on the evolutionary scale (98% of their DNA is identical to that of humans) . . .

‘Birdie’ Surrogate Goes Viral At Bernie Sanders’ Rally

The political season this year in the States has been one big super non-ending dose of ‘Reality TV.’ Nobody could have scripted what Americans and the world at large has laid witness to over the course of the last six months — and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight. From Trump’s ‘the Emperor’s wearing no clothes' raucous sideshow act to establishment stalwarts like a a Bush family member being kicked to curb, viewers and voters would have to attest to the unique entertainment value in this political field.

Tilikum, Symbol Of Sea World’s Whale Mistreatment, Nearing An End

As SeaWorld finally phases out Orcas whales as an attraction, animal advocacy groups and animal lovers at large are pleased to finally witness the impending end of whales bred in captivity. This means that the captive killer whales currently held at SeaWorld parks will be the last of their kind. The news comes after decades of bad publicity and a decline in visitor numbers, which came to a head after two trainers were killed by SeaWorld Orcas.

Dindim The Penguin Knows There’s No Place Like Home

Like his fictional counterpart Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “Dindim the Penguin” seems be of the inclination “there’s no place like home.” Except the hometown in this case is not Kansas. In fact, it’s not even in North America. No, this Magellanic Bird returns home annually to visit an old friend who resides in the southern hemisphere on Proveta Beach in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.

A Tweet From A Twit Doesn’t Compare To A Tweet From A Tit

There’s now scientific evidence a tweet from a Japanese great tit might make more sense than those created by humans. Twitter’s microblogging platform gave added new meaning to our lexicon for the word ‘tweet,’ when it debuted almost a decade ago.

Fido & Fluffy Can Donate Blood Too

Pet owners don’t just take their dogs and cats to the veterinarians when they are sick. Often, healthy pets can serve as the best aid for other pets who are sick or injured.

Making Whalers Extinct Versus The Whales?

The tides are turning literally and figuratively in bringing the heinous act of whale hunting to an end. Conservationists are hopeful that their successful efforts in shuttering one commercial whaling shop in Iceland might be the first beacon of hope that their efforts will go world-wide, and that the final chapter of whale hunting might be in our foreseeable future.

Santa’s Flying Reindeer Fly When They’re High?

The story of Santa and his flying reindeer might be based on some historical fact. It appears that in Siberia, reindeer (the animal North Americans call caribou) are indigenous — and so is a hallucinogenic mushroom that goes by the genus name of Amanita muscaria. For literary buffs, it’s widely known as the hallucinatory ‘shroom’ responsible for Alice tripping the light fantastic in Wonderland.


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