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!


Songbirds Honored The Fallen on 9/11/15

The iconic beams of light that visually replicate the World Trade Center's Twin Towers were turned off several times on the evening of 9/11. The annual “Tribute in Light”  disappeared shortly after 9 p.m. three times causing confusion among those viewing this year's memorial.

Twin Pandas Fathered by Two Fathers?

It was a heart-breaking story for the world to learn of the Smithsonian National Zoo’s panda-in-resident giving birth to twins cubs (August 22), only to have one die days later. Pandas are famously challenged to breed in captivity and the twin birth presented an even greater hurdle for 17-year old Mei Xiang, the mother. More shocking was the fact that this female was inseminated by two male pandas.

The Circus is NOT Coming to Town?

If U.S. Representative Jim Moran had had his way, the days of traveling circuses would have already come to an end. That’s right . . . “lions and tigers and bears . . . oh no!”  In 2014, he took an historic stand for animals by reintroducing the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (H.R. 4525), which would end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses, over concerns about their welfare and safety risks they pose to us.

Elton John & Edward Snowden Are Now Swimming With The Fishes

Betcha’ you’re thinking that with a headline like that, you might have missed some breaking news? What could this unlikely duo possibly have in common and why might they be found at the bottom of the sea, alongside Davy Jones’ locker?

Octopi Have No Latin Etymology, But Could They Be Alien?

Octopi, the supposed plural of octopus, is a favorite among lexicologists. and fans of quirky terms, but there really is no etymological basis for the word. The appellation was created by English speakers out of a mistaken belief that ‘octopus’ is Latin and hence pluralized it with an -i ending.

$250K Cash Reward For World’s Top Animal Advocate

Do you know how many animals are unfortunate enough to have made the ‘rarest primates on the planet’ list? It's unthinkable that in the year 2015 the issue of endangered animal species should continue to be of global concern — that the possibility of their extinction is not more of a clarion call for action?

Method Canine Actor Uggie’s Next Role Is Heaven Bound

Who doesn’t remember Lassie, Toto and Rin Tin Tin? Now, right up there with those celebrated dog actors of the past is Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who starred in the Oscar-winning film, The Artist. After battling prostate cancer for some time, he was quietly put to sleep on August 7th at the age of 13.

Cecil The Lion, King Of The Hill, ‘A’ Number One

The story of Cecil the Lion is now ubiquitous. His tragic ending at the hands of a nihilistic American hunter has been rebuked as pure savagery. Much has been written and captured on video. This past week, Jericho, Cecil’s brother also received global attention when it was erroneously reported that he too was killed by poachers.

Fear For Cecil The Lion’s Cubs After Uncle Was Initially Reported Killed

In the wake of Cecil the Lion brutal killing last month and his murder receiving condemnation from around the world, it was initially reported that Cecil’s brother Jericho was also killed by a hunter August 1, according to an announcement issued by the Zimbabwe Conservation Task force. Like something ripped from the Disney animated film, The Lion King, this potential tragedy had Cecil’s line of succession in potential danger — this time, not at the hands of humans, but by fellow lions.

Dr. Seuss Fans Get A Treat This Week With New Book All About Pets

He passed away in 1991, but his body of work lives on and is still as fresh and relevant today, as it was when we were growing up. Now, you can add to that legacy yet a new tome - one that’s being lauded as “pure Seussian magic (with) loopy drawings, crazy rhymes, kids taking charge and even a little mystery at the end,” according to a NY Daily News review.

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