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!

Deceit Abounds In The Animal Kingdom - No Lie?
Posted on May 23, 2017

Since animals don’t talk, it’s a bit of a stretch to accuse them of uttering falsehoods. Yet, it seems deception is not exclusive to just homo sapiens.

When Plants Act Like Animals
Posted on May 21, 2017

When 17th Century René Descartes first penned: “I think therefore I am,” he voiced a now-accepted belief, which distinguishes animals from other life forms. His philosophy underscored the connection between the brain and the body.

Too Hot for Spot In The Summertime
Posted on May 19, 2017

With summer fast approaching and temps in the South already approaching triple digits, heat this year [whether or not you believe in climate change] is a serious issue for our pets — particularly our dogs.

Zen Master Pets Help Master Their Masters
Posted on May 17, 2017

When was the last time your dog turned the tables on you? When was the last time you were going through a rough patch and a lick of a tongue or a wag of the tail changed your mood from somber to gleeful?

Pets On A Plane Go “Furs Class” Again
Posted on May 12, 2017

Over the years, I’ve researched and covered stories about airlines providing pet service on flights.

Ravens & Crows Are Birds Of A Feather?
Posted on May 10, 2017

When those ‘Four-and-twenty-Blackbirds’ got baked into that ole pie back into the 18th Century, did anyone question which blackbirds they were referencing?

Russian Shepard Dog
Posted on May 8, 2017

The official breed name is Caucasian Ovcharka, commonly known as the Caucasian Shepard Dog.

Dogs On Wheels
Posted on May 7, 2017

Life has a way of spitting and sputtering. Like Forrest Gump’s iconic quote from the movie of the same name: "My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates.

When ‘Wag The Dog’ Is Not A Distraction
Posted on May 5, 2017

In the volatile, vitriolic political climate we live in these days, the catchphrase ‘wag the dog’ probably resonates as much today [if not more] as it did when the iconic black comedy film . . .

Giant Rabbits Hopping Their Way Into Hearts & Minds
Posted on April 30, 2017

Growing up, rabbits often became our pets at Easter time. However, many of us learned over the years there’s a concern pertaining to the pet ownership of these fluffy creatures, since they are also one of the most abandoned pets in the U.S..

Making A Mountain out of Mole Hill
Posted on April 27, 2017

Human moles [of the espionage kind] are sometimes referred to as ‘rats’ due to their devious behavior of being underhanded and duplicitous.

Iraqi Zoo Animal Survivors Live To Hibernate & Roar Another Day
Posted on April 26, 2017

For man and beast, the Middle East is a dangerous place to call home. It’s been fraught with unrest for millennia. Unfortunately, our zoo animals get caught in the cross-hairs as witnessed in Syria and Iraq.

Animals Can Be Innovative But Not Innovative Enough To Put A Man On The Moon
Posted on April 23, 2017

Humans are the only species on the planet who are not only able to invent but are also able to pass on that knowledge for others to build upon. It’s easy to illustrate this point, say in the area of communication.

Earth Day Tips For Pets & Environment
Posted on April 20, 2017

On April 22, 2017, our planet will be celebrating its 47th Earth Day. This special event was launched for the first time in 1970.  Back then, only a few regions around the world marked the occasion.

Some Animals Are Islands Onto Themselves
Posted on April 18, 2017

Of recent date, I've been fascinated to learn of an island occupied solely by monkeys. I was particularly intrigued since this unique isle is located just a short distance offshore of Beaufort, South Carolina where I reside.

Name April’s Baby Boy Giraffe
Posted on April 17, 2017

Have you been following the saga of April the Giraffe's pregnancy? If so, betcha you can think of an catchy name for the long-awaited-arrival of her baby boy?

Peregrine Falcons Able To Leap Tall Buildings In A Single Bound
Posted on April 16, 2017

In a recent Google Trend Survey request, a curious submission questioned the following: “What animal is the fastest on Earth: Cheetah or Peregrine Falcon?” The response was the cheetah by a wide margin.

In Beaufort, It’s See You Later Alligator For A Reason
Posted on April 13, 2017

In bucolic Beaufort, South Carolina where I now reside, the locals are keen to set Northerners straight about alligators. They’re omnipresent —  they’re everywhere.

Animals In Syria Can’t Escape War-torn Chaos
Posted on April 11, 2017

While over 400,000 lives have been lost in Syria, and international turmoil is escalating after the use of chemical weapons and a U.S. strike, there has been little reported about the fate of the country’s animals.

Nextdoor Adding Pet Directory To Their Social Network
Posted on April 9, 2017

Launched in 2011, Nextdoor is a private social networking service.

Will April The Giraffe Deliver In April?
Posted on April 7, 2017

If you haven’t heard about her before now, it’s a bit surprising, since this story has been developing for over a year.

Landmark Study Fleshes Out Fishy Friendships
Posted on April 5, 2017

If you ever acquired tropical fish for a freshwater fish tank, you might have already come to the conclusion that fish have personalities.  Perhaps you’ve noticed how they’d rub against the glass when you slide your hand across it, or they would p

Dye Your Easter Eggs, Not Your Chicks
Posted on April 3, 2017

Who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of dyeing eggs with festive colors for the Easter holiday? In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth.

Google’s New Pet Apps: Who's A Good Boy? Who’s Our Sweet Puss?
Posted on April 1, 2017

Well, it was bound to happen. Google unveiled today a new iOS and Android app designed specifically for our cats and dogs  — in essence, handing the Internet over to our favorite furry friends.

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” Allows Animals In Flick To Do The Directing
Posted on March 31, 2017

Similar to how Antonina and Jan Zabinski interacted during World War II with their zoo animals up close and personal, actors Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh engage with animals on a movie set much the same.