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!

2019 Halloween Costumes For Our Pets
Posted on October 15, 2019

According to the National Retail Federation, 29 million people will dressing up their cat or dog for the holiday this year.

Ukrainians Who Protect Animals
Posted on October 12, 2019

One might assume by the title of this blog, I'm referencing the political implications of this country. Yes politicians have been chastised as "animals," but that topic is better addressed by political organizations.

Holland Defeats Dog Homelessness
Posted on October 12, 2019

Homelessness in the world does not only affect displaced humans. It's a critical issue for dogs as well. In fact, homeless animals outnumber homeless people.

Urban Lizards Evolving
Posted on October 10, 2019

Urban lizards are prevalent in Puerto Rico and the Carolina's. Many of them have taken to residing in urban areas due to deforestation and commercial tracts of shopping centers popping up along our highways.

Mother Goose Comes To The Rescue For Orphaned Pooch
Posted on October 9, 2019

I've written several stories over the years about interspecies relationships. Whether it be dogs and goats, bison and cows, or wildlife in Africa. Today, it's another unlikely pair -- a goose and a dog.

Can Cats Protect You From Ghosts This Halloween?
Posted on October 3, 2019

With Halloween fast approaching, odds have it that you'll have a few kids impersonating ghosts and evil spirits this year. Those are the knocks on the door you will be rewarding with candy and other treats.

Love Is In The Air As Lovebugs Attack Southerners
Posted on September 30, 2019

The lovebug (Plecia nearctica) is a species of fly found in parts of Central America and the southeastern United States, specifically South Carolina where I live.

SpotOn, Ride-share For Dogs
Posted on September 29, 2019

For those who like to use Uber or Lyft but travel with their dogs, not all ride-share drivers accept our furry-friends. For drivers, this is worrisome, particularly if they have allergies that would prohibit them from doing so.

The Onion Shutters Its Doors On Humans, But Not Frogs
Posted on September 28, 2019

The Onion was a satirical digital media company and newspaper organization that enjoyed wide popularity over the years.

Can Dogs Commit Suicide?
Posted on September 25, 2019

Most of us have read human interest stories about dogs and their survival acumen. A dog not only seems to be born with these instincts, there's a multitude of stories how they use those skills to save humans.

Taylor Swift Cancels Concert Amid Animal Abuse Claims
Posted on September 23, 2019

It took Taylor Swift over 10 years to be come the pop star she is today. She currently has a whopping net worth of $320 million stemming from her record sales and concert performances. However every success story faces bumps in the road.

The Hounds Of Downton Abbey
Posted on September 21, 2019

Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen, and the cast is pretty much all in tact.  That is except those that had passed away.

Less Birds Of A Feather In North America Since 1970
Posted on September 20, 2019

Perhaps you've seen a change in bird populations right in your own backyard. Perhaps your bird-feed seems to last a lot longer than it did in the past.

Circus Elephants Retiring In Denmark
Posted on September 17, 2019

Circuses, as we know them are becoming extinct.  Denmark is following suit with the   retirement of their circuses' last elephants.

Pet Tails: Cat Daddy Soothes The Savage Feline
Posted on September 17, 2019

"My Cat From Hell" is an Animal Planet TV show, which has gained popularity over the last 8 years.

Bow Ties for Bow Wows
Posted on September 15, 2019

Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters annually every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.

Man Saves Bear In Wildlife Reversal
Posted on September 9, 2019

This is a tale of a drowning bear and what it took to save it. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist Adam Warwick was actually found rescuing a black bear off the Panhandle.

Bahamian 'Clara Barton' Saves 97 Dogs From Wrath Of Dorian
Posted on September 6, 2019

Clara Barton's experiences during the Civil War taught us the necessity for providing housing and nursing care and emotional support during national disasters.

Gorilla Who Loses His Mom Is Comforted By Ranger
Posted on September 3, 2019

When humans lose their parents, they can grieve for weeks on end. Even when the grieving subsides, the loss creates an emptiness in many of us. It's a hole that can't be filled easily, and sometimes it never is. But what about wildlife?

Tale Of Three Amigos: A Lab, A Neighborhood Dog & A Goat
Posted on September 2, 2019

This tale is about how one dog who decided to abandon the security of his hearth and home, to seek adventure.  Perhaps his backyard was becoming to hum-drum. Perhaps he lacked companionship.

Photoshooting Birds By Feeder Cam
Posted on September 1, 2019

Many of us have hung bird feeders in our back or front yards. We usually position them strategically near a window, so we can view their interesting activities throughout the course of the day.

Ten Percent Of Earth's Animals Are Affected By Amazon Fires
Posted on August 27, 2019

What does the the Amazon fires mean for wildlife? According to National Geographic's Natasha Daly, "In the Amazon, nothing is adapted to fire. 10 percent of Earth’s animal species live there."

Half Of Earthlings Have Been Wiped Out By Mosquitos
Posted on August 23, 2019

It's not guns, wars, accidents or long range missiles that we need to be afraid of. The deadliest killing machine on this planet is one we don't give enough attention to.

'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.