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!

Can Animals Take A Joke
Posted on May 31, 2018

A while back I questioned whether or not animals could laugh and cry? Research indicates they can — but with reservation.

Canines Out-IQ Felines?
Posted on May 29, 2018

It’ll be raining cat-and-dog-owners after this news gets out. A new study might be barking up the wrong tree, but they're telling anyone — who will listen — that dogs get an A+ in the ‘smarts’ department.

When Cats Go Viral In Real Life, Not So Much Fun, Google!
Posted on May 28, 2018

The love of cats on the Internet is infamous. From 'Grumpy Cat' to 'Lil Bub,' cats make up some of the most viewed content on the web.

Due To Magnetic Field, Loggerheads Don’t Always Return Home
Posted on May 26, 2018

There's been a long-held theory that female Loggerhead sea turtles return to the place where they were born to lay their own eggs, once they reach maturity.

“Whale . . . Is There A Porpoise For Dolphins?”
Posted on May 24, 2018

Using the terms dolphins and porpoises to describe marine mammals belonging to the Cetacean species [from the Greek “kenos” meaning large sea creature] are often used interchangeably.

When Dogs Look Human
Posted on May 22, 2018

There's been a long-standing old adage that many pet owners look like their dogs. The phenomenon has been well documented.

Our Pets’ Allergies Are Nothing To Sneeze At
Posted on May 21, 2018

If you’ve ever suffered from sneezing, runny noses, nasal congestion, watery eyes and/or itchy noses, you know what how uncomfortable allergies can be.

Can Justify’ Become The “Baker Dozen” Triple Crown Winner?
Posted on May 20, 2018

Of the 292 horses that have won a single leg of the Triple Crown, 52 horses have won two of the races (23 the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, 18 the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, and 11 the Kentucky Derby a

The Incredibly Shrinking Animals Of Planet Earth
Posted on May 18, 2018

Do you remember the cult classic horror film, The Incredible Shrinking Man? It’s unfathomable plot focused on man shrinking in size, due to some nefarious chemical dispersed by a foreboding cloud.

Slow & Steady Wins The Race For The Longest Living Pets
Posted on May 15, 2018

The bragging rights for the “oldest pet ever” has to go the Aldabra tortoise, Adwaita, who lived to the ripe old age of 255 years old.

Training Your Dog Pawsitively
Posted on May 14, 2018

Everyone knows a well-behaved dog lessens pressure in a household.

“Empty the Shelters” Events Bestowed Free Adoptions
Posted on May 9, 2018

On May 5, 2018, thousands of pets from hundreds of shelters across the U.S. made it to their forever homes during the Empty the Shelters (ETS) “free” adoption event, sponsored and organized by by  BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF).

 

Fate Of Animals On Big Island In Volcano & Earthquake Aftermath
Posted on May 7, 2018

Pets and animals are most at risk when left behind or separated from pet owners and animal advocates.

Is The Rainbow Bridge Heavenly Or One Bridge Too Far?
Posted on May 3, 2018

Whether it's called Heaven, Paradise, Valhalla, Nirvana, Shamyim, Firdaws, Ouranos or Tian (天), they all relate to the afterlife, once man leaves this mortal plane.

From A Horror Flick To A Horror Documentary, Filmmaker Saves An Elephant
Posted on April 30, 2018

It’s a long journey from the horror movie The Last Exorcism to a heartfelt human interest tale with the seemingly lighthearted title of Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story.

Celebrate National Therapy Animal Day
Posted on April 28, 2018

For all those therapy animals out there who don’t get the recognition they deserve, Pet Partners has decided to recognize them with their own special day on April 30th.

Stopping A Charging Elephant Without A Credit Card
Posted on April 28, 2018

If you were to check an elephant’s credit rating, you’d probably wouldn't be surprised to learn that pachyderms do leave home without their American Express . . . VISA too!

Can Animals Transfer What They Learn In Their Lifetime To Their Next Generation?
Posted on April 25, 2018

Ever since Charles Darwin, the common belief of evolution is that it directly relates to natural selection.

Facial Recognition Helps To Find Rover. . . Puss Too!
Posted on April 23, 2018

What’s the worse than losing a pet? Well . . . practically nothing. It’s a heartbreaking calamity that is extremely stressful.

Dogs Suffer From PTSD Too!
Posted on April 22, 2018

There’s daily news about our military suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). as the result of wars persisting in the Middle East and the number of tours of duty soldiers sign up for.

“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.