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!

'Puppy Dog Eyes' Have Evolved In Domesticated Dogs
Posted on August 20, 2019

Darwin never got around to dogs in his scientific research on evolution. If he had, he might have learned about the evolution of 'puppy dog eyes.'

Robotic Dog 'Jennie' Supports The Elderly
Posted on August 19, 2019

I've written about 'support dogs' and 'robotic dogs' in the past, but never a robotic canine created primarily for the support of the elderly.

Gardeners Coexisting With Deer
Posted on August 18, 2019

When it comes to deer grazing on your garden's picture-perfect landscape, there may be a way to counter their actions, so you can co-exist with one of life's most beautiful animals- the white-tailed deer.

Declining Chemo, 90-year-old Hits The Road Accompanied By Her Dog
Posted on August 15, 2019

Reaching the ripe old age of 90, Miss Norma Bauerschmidt knows a lot about debilitating disease. Unfortunately after the passing of her husband, she got the news no one wants to hear. She was diagnosed with a cancerous mass on her uterus.

Endangered Species Just Became More Endangered
Posted on August 14, 2019

Significant changes are underway to gut the Endangered Species Act, putting species like the polar bear and bald eagle, plus others on the d-list.

First Dog Candidates For 2020
Posted on August 10, 2019

I've written a number of articles over the years pertaining to presidential dogs. Whether it be the Obama's Portuguese Water Dogs Bo and Sunny, George W. Bush's Springer spaniel Spot  or Richard Nixon's cocker spaniel Rex.

For The Tardigrade, Earth Was Not Enough
Posted on August 9, 2019

Like the TV Honeymooner Ralph Kramden's catchphrase, for those who remember, I could hear scientists saying, "To the Moon, you tardigrade, to the moon!"

Service Dogs Arrive In El Paso To Comfort First Responders & Victims
Posted on August 8, 2019

Service dogs were sent to El Paso,TX to help treat first-responders after the August 3rd shooting. That mass murder tallied 22 dead and 24 injured, after a lone gunman opened fire at a Walmart.

Children With Their Heads In The Clouds Over A Winnie-The-Pooh Look-Alike
Posted on August 5, 2019

It could have been a promotion to promote a special event? Perhaps the charity organizers were floating a balloon that looked like the Winnie-the-Pooh character?

Mongolian Legend Of A Dog Leads To Reincarnation In A Book & Movie
Posted on July 31, 2019

The Mongolian legend, in its simplest context refers to a "prepared" dog who may be reincarnated in it next life as a human.

Presidential Candidate Jon Stewart Saving Abused Animals?
Posted on July 30, 2019

Accomplishing significant change as a private citizen is a monumental feat. So, it dawned on comedian and political activist Jon Stewart that he might consider seeking the highest office in the land.

Jennifer Hudson Roars Onto the Big Screen With 'Cats'
Posted on July 28, 2019

The venerable musical 'Cats' is making its way to the big screen. After 39 years of stage performances between the West End in London and Broadway in NYC, total performances are in the tens of thousands.

Petcube Devices Get Alexa Upgrades
Posted on July 27, 2019

Petcube’s original 'Bites' smart treat dispenser and 'Play's' pet camera [with a built-in laser pointer] were great for pet owners who couldn’t always hang with their pets 24/7

How Do Real Animals Differ From Anthropomorphic Ones In The Lion King?
Posted on July 25, 2019

While the '"Lion King" roars into movie theaters, it's a sure bet the lions and other animals will be misrepresented from those that exist in the real animal kingdom.

Actor Morgan Freeman, Savior of Honey Bees
Posted on July 21, 2019

It's not a secret that honey bees are facing extinction.

Monkey Business in SC Grew From 1400 to 3500 Monkeys In 4 Decades
Posted on July 13, 2019

The colony of 1400 rhesus monkeys and the scientific project was launched in the summer of 1979 in La Parguera, Puerto Rico. They were then shipped 1300 miles away to Morgan Island, SC., across the waters from Beaufort, SC.

"All American Pet Photo Day" Is Yet Another National Event To Celebrate Your Favorite Pet
Posted on July 12, 2019

This year the "All American Pet Photo Day" was celebrated on July 11. That is an annual auspicious day that American pet owners are asked to share their favorite pet photos.

PAWmicon 2019 Strut Its Super Hero Stuff For Charity
Posted on July 11, 2019

You might have heard of San Diego's "Comiccon" and its focus on super heroes. But how about celebrating our super pets?

Lions & Tigers & Bears Are Choosing To Go Bump In The Night
Posted on July 4, 2019

Humans may go out at night to avoid meeting or bumping into people they know are only out during daylight hours. It's a conscious decision. But do animals avoid interacting with humans in a similar fashion?

An Elephant & His Slam Dunking Trunk
Posted on June 30, 2019

There's a unique basketball shot performed by players who jumps in the air, control the ball above the horizontal plane of the rim, and scores by zinging the ball

Graffiti Artist Jimmy Swift Transforms Rock Into Jaws-Like Shark
Posted on June 27, 2019

On Palolem Beach, South Goa, India, American artist Jimmy Swift displayed his unique ability to create outdoor art that is both creative and terrifying.

'Generation Z' or 'Snowflake' Kids Define Themselves With Shelter Dogs
Posted on June 24, 2019

High School kids today are not only brighter than previous generations, they appear to be more compassionate. Now termed 'Generation Z,' this is the demographic that follows the Millennials.

Don't Make It A Big Bang For Your Pets This Fourth
Posted on June 22, 2019

The Humane Society posts updates each year as to ways to help your dogs and cats manage the holiday that comes with fireworks . . . namely, July 4th.

One Of My Conure's Sister-From-Another-Mother Got Lost In My Hometown
Posted on June 18, 2019

For those who follow me, you know that my posts are normally not personal or biographical. However, today I have chosen to take the liberty to write about a lost bird  that I could relate to on a emotional level.

Let Augmented Reality Animals Entertain You On Your iPhone
Posted on June 15, 2019

Google launched a app tool that allows iPhone users to view animals come to life on their cameras in any setting of your choosing.