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!

“The Last Pig” Takes Meat Off The Table
Posted on April 20, 2018

Face it, pigs are much maligned animals. We define them in scurrilous terms. We use unsavory adjectives as dirty, uncouth, messy, gluttonous, fat and dumb.

Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lie
Posted on April 17, 2018

Your dog’s body language says a lot. If our pups were poker players, their tails would be their number-one “tells.” They say a lot about their feelings during social and/or stressful engagements

Tails Of Twain Follow The Tales Of Twain
Posted on April 12, 2018

Mark Twain was not only one of America’s greatest humorists, he was also one of its greatest animal advocates.

Agrihoods: Replacing Boomer Golf Courses With Millennial Farms
Posted on April 10, 2018

Millennials are hearkening back to simpler times by transitioning golf courses and other vacant patches of land into community farms, surrounded by nature’s bounty and earthly goodness.                                                

Cat In The Hat Takes Instagram By Storm
Posted on April 8, 2018

Attracting over a half-million followers with less than 500 photos, Henry has partnered up with a new companion, a four-legged fur-ball named Baloo — who while born into Siamese litter actually thinks he’s canine versus feline.

The Tax Man Cometh For You & Your Dogs?
Posted on April 7, 2018

It’s tax season once again. Time to take a paws as you research whatever tax breaks might help you get past April 17th as unscathed as possible.

Dog-Sharing?
Posted on April 6, 2018

The new “shared economy” is somewhat of a misnomer as the home-share of an AirBnB or the ride-share of an Uber. Add “dog-sharing” to this mix, and visions of passing dogs around for free seems unfathomable.

Global Pet Expo: It’s A Dog’s World, We’re Just Keeping Them Company
Posted on April 4, 2018

One has to have attended the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida, March 21-23 to realize "this" planet belongs to our canines.

Puparazzi & Pooches Invited To The ’Isle Of Dogs’ Movie
Posted on April 1, 2018

Wes Anderson’s latest flick, ‘Isle of Dogs,’ is definitely dog friendly. On April 12, the Denver Film Society is opening it doors for a first-time event to celebrate the filmmaker’s stop-motion-animation film.

‘Internet of Animals’ From Russian With Love?
Posted on March 22, 2018

While dogs, cats, rabbits and a slew of other cute creatures are constantly featured on the Internet, who knew animals had their very own Internet — and it was being controlled by the Russians?

The WH's Second Pet Is Immortalized In Hare-raising Tomes
Posted on March 19, 2018

I was wrong when I stated there would be no pet taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

A Support Dog By Any Other Name May Be A ‘Therapy’ Or ‘Service’ or ‘Working’ Dog
Posted on March 17, 2018

Using the terms ‘service dog,’’therapy dog’ and ‘working dog’ interchangeably is a misnomer.

Sniffing Out Humans At Petzbe?
Posted on March 16, 2018

Where are those dang humans? A new app called Petzbe claims its raison d'être is to provide a new world, totally devoid of human intervention.

Can Our Dog’s “Dog’Years” Ever Match Human Years?
Posted on March 14, 2018

“7 dog years to 1 human year” is a misnomer. Yes, our dogs live shorter lives than humans, but the 7-to-1 correlation is far from being accurate. That ratio is just fuzzy math.

Move Over SXSW, Austin ADOPTS Dog By DogWest
Posted on March 13, 2018

Austin, long known for its iconic March event known globally as South By Southwest gives birth to a new Texan happening. Now, in its 30th year, SWSW will share the spotlight with DXDW [ aka Dog by DogWest ].

Mars Blows The Whistle On Pet Tech
Posted on March 12, 2018

A new venture fund for pet tech is being subsidized by Mars, the candy maker.

Penguins Up Close, Personal & Selfie-Snapping?
Posted on March 10, 2018

Animals taking selfies have become a thing ever since that now famous “monkey selfie” went viral back in 2011.

Puppy Mills Versus Pet Stores Selling ONLY Rescue Dogs
Posted on March 9, 2018

Various states in the country are taking opposing approaches regarding puppy mills.

New Tech & Products For The Birds
Posted on March 8, 2018

Over the years, our pets have transitioned from property to companions to family members to leaders of the roost. We depend on them more and more for comfort and all that unconditional love they’re willing to dole out.

Acupuncture For Pets: Prickly Placebo Or Productive Procedure?
Posted on March 7, 2018

When ‘acupuncture’ comes to mind, visions of needles may not only dance through your head, they might also make you wince at the idea of being pricked, poked and probed.

Punny Pawscars For Animal Actors
Posted on March 4, 2018

Over the years, several animal advocate organizations have used “The Pawscar” mantle to recognize canine thespians for their moving roles in film and TV.

See You Later Alligator, In A While, [Lacoste] Crocodile
Posted on March 2, 2018

Remember that Lacoste logo that came part and parcel with every polo shirt you purchased? They were designed by French tennis player René Lacoste.

Comfort Dogs Deployed To Comfort Parkland FL Students
Posted on March 1, 2018

In the aftermath of havoc — wrought by a deranged gunman, armed with an AR15 rifle at a Parkland, Florida high school — it makes all the sense in the world to deploy comfort dogs to aid the survivors.

Why Is Pentobarbital, The Euthanasia Drug Added to Dog Food?
Posted on February 22, 2018

If you were to Google search ‘Pentobarbital’ and ‘Euthanasia Drug,’ you would find no less than 138,000 SERPs [search engine results pages.] It’s an issue that is killing our dogs, and while its been identified as dangerous by the FDA and recalled

Black Panther, the Blockbuster Flick Flops As Individual Species
Posted on February 20, 2018

As an iconic member of the big cat family, it’s been immortalized down through the ages. It’s touched our culture in varied ways. We allegorize, analogize and identify with this unique feline creature.