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!

Curtain Comes Down On Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey
Posted on January 16, 2017

As nostalgic as circuses were for many of us growing up, the “Greatest Show on Earth” is taking its final curtain call this May.

Rhinos Poop Versus Tweet Their 140 Characters
Posted on January 15, 2017

Over the years, I’ve acknowledged some of Twitter’s “Top Pet Tweeters.” Yes, based on the number of pets that have taken to the microblogging site, it can definitely be said that Twitter is an all-inclusive ecosystem.

Dreams Of A Bucking Bull Anthropomorphized In Children’s Book
Posted on January 13, 2017

Except for The Story of Ferdinand written back in 1936, there are not too many children’s books that feature a bucking bull as a lead character.

SeaWorld Is A Day At The Spa Versus Marineland
Posted on January 11, 2017

Over the years, I’ve blogged a lot about the animal abuses and outright cruelty incurred by sea animals at SeaWorld. Most recently, I penned a testimonial piece in memoriam for the passing of the killer whale, Tilikum.

When the Elephant Is Pitted Against The Tiger — Who Wins?
Posted on January 9, 2017

As fate and the stats would have it, even though Alabama’s Crimson Tide took home the win and bragging rights last year, the odds-on favorite for 2017 by several sources is calling Alabama . . .

Mixed Emotions Over Death Of Tilikum, SeaWorld’s Orca Whale
Posted on January 8, 2017

The death of an Orca whale on January 6 was a very sad event. We’ve heard a good number of reports over the years regarding these magnificent creatures being washed ashore at the end of their lives.

Robot Wildlife To Snoop On Real-life Wildlife
Posted on January 6, 2017

It’s like the Jurassic Park meets Westworld in a unique cinematic project that is being commandeered by TV broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Frederick Attenborough.

A Prince Of A Guy Sees Endangered Species As ‘Test Of Humanity’
Posted on January 4, 2017

My blogs over the years have covered the perils and forecasts of the many endangered species on this planet.

Microchips: Don’t Let Your Birds Fly The Coop Without One
Posted on January 3, 2017

In a few of my past posts, I reported on microchipping dogs and its importance in locating lost pets, particularly during inclement weather such as hurricanes.

Social Networking Has Gone To The Dogs Literally
Posted on January 2, 2017

Who says our dogs can’t have their own social network? Perhaps you’re thinking their paws aren’t built for smartphone touch screens or computer keyboards? Well, you’re right, they’re not.

‘Dive For Dogs’ On New Years Day!
Posted on December 31, 2016

Polar Bears are out in force, all over the country. It’s that time of year when normal people get a wild hair up their you-know-where, strip down to their skivvies and jump into some icy cold waters.

Cheetahs Racing Against Extinction
Posted on December 29, 2016

As researched and reported in my previous blog, “Why We Should Be Concerned About The Sixth Mass Extinction,” we are the midst of an ‘extinction event.’ Considering there has only been five other mass extinctions since the dawn of time, it’s eye-o

‘Watershed Down’ Author Passes After Life Dedicated To Animal Rights
Posted on December 29, 2016

For those of us who grew up reading Richard Adams’ classic novel Watership Down, your worldview may have been significantly altered as to how you thought about the treatment of animals.

The Public Responds To A Pet-less White House
Posted on December 28, 2016

On the paws of my recent post, “2017 Will Be A First For A Pet-less White House,” Dawn Riley, one of my Twitter followers tweeted me an update about the President-Elect’s historical pet-less situation.

Leaping Lizards Evolving Faster in South Carolina Due To Cuban Invasion
Posted on December 26, 2016

While humans have experienced a long-standing, contentious relationship with Cuba  — dating all the way back to JFK and the Bay of Pigs crisis of the early 1960’s — who knew other animal species...

2017 Will Be A First For A Pet-less White House
Posted on December 26, 2016

I’ve been speculating over a year now, as to the next presidential pet to grace the White House?

Parrots Have Speech-ready Voice Boxes & Speech-ready Brains
Posted on December 14, 2016

My last post focused on monkeys and the biological reasons why man’s closest genetic cousin lacks the ability to utter a word.

Monkeys Have Speech-ready Voice Boxes, But Not Speech-ready Brains
Posted on December 12, 2016

That old cliché, “monkey see, monkey do” is true in many cases, as monkeys do like to mimic what they learn from humans.

Pacific Fishers Are Off The Hook From Extinction
Posted on December 11, 2016

Most recently I documented research in a blog post pertaining to the ‘sixth mass extinction,’ which is shockingly taking place as we speak.

If All Animals Are Sentient Beings, Can We Reduce Meat In Our Diets?
Posted on December 5, 2016

Many Americans have pet dogs and cats, and would never consider killing them for sustenance. Yet 'dog meat' is a common dish in the West African nation of Nigeria and has a long history in Chinese cuisine.

Circuses Are Not The Place For Our Elephants Anymore
Posted on November 30, 2016

Animals are herd animals. As such, and according to the American Zoological Association [ASA], which sets elephant care standards for zoos — female elephants should be kept in groups of three.

Pandamonium Follows Bei Bei From Birth To Surgery
Posted on November 28, 2016

The birth of a giant panda has been known to cause heightened excitement the world over —  hence the newly-minted term: "pandamonium." As an endangered species, the panda population has declined due to habitat fragmentation and poaching in the wil

Twinning With Your Best Friend
Posted on November 25, 2016

The term "man’s best friend" has been around ever since owners first came up with the idea to domesticate their dogs.

Man’s Best Friend In The White House
Posted on November 23, 2016

Dog or Cat? The one you prefer might tip your hand as to your liberal or conservative bias. However presidents on both sides of the aisle seem to prefer dogs over other pets.

Why We Should Be Concerned About The Sixth Mass Extinction?
Posted on November 19, 2016

Remember the dinosaurs? Probably not . . . since it’s been 65 million years since they roamed the planet. An extinction event (also known as a mass extinction or biological crisis) is a widespread and rapid decrease in the biodiversity on Earth.