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!

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Posted on January 26, 2013

Developed by the New York-based primate advocacy group Orangutan
Outreach, Houston was one of the first zoos in the country to
participate in their "Apps for Apes" programs which

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Posted on January 25, 2013

When you look back over the last millennium, it's hard to say if man has
evolved? Homo sapiens, the forerunner of anatomically modern humans,

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Posted on January 23, 2013

While our real-life pets find a special place in our hearts, there are
many found on TV, in the movies and online that we've grown fond of as
well. We think of them similarly to those that inhabit our households,

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Posted on January 17, 2013

The term "to ape someone" originated from monkeys mimicking the behavior
of humans. But are there any behavioral characteristics that comes
natural to the species closest to man? 'Fair Play,' for instance was

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Posted on January 12, 2013

Jules Verne might have been onto something when he wrote his classic
science fiction novel titled, "Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers" or
"Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea" in 1870. That mysterious sea

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Posted on January 7, 2013

Camouflage in the animal kingdom is the result of evolution over long
periods of time where certain species begin blend into their habitat to
avoid predators.  A

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Posted on December 24, 2012

Like a masquerade party gone to the dogs, or something out of a spy
movie, the latest craze in Southeast Asia is to disguise your dog as
something other than a dog. For instance, while the Giant Panda is on

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Posted on December 22, 2012

The fear of an Obama presidency seems to be less of a phobia today than
it was when he was elected for his first term. However a recent
association with spiders might be giving ammunition to the naysayers who

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Posted on December 17, 2012

Shelter dogs are often overlooked when folks are in the market for
purchasing a pet. Dogs that have been abused, abandoned or just
forgotten are often overlooked. However for those living in New Zealand,

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Posted on December 15, 2012

Anyone who's ever read the bible knows that Noah paired up each species
so post-flood they would be able re-populate the planet. Well, what goes around - comes around. Except this time, there's two would-be Noahs: Johan

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Posted on December 12, 2012

What does the Twitterati and Barn Owls have in common? Well, it seems
they are known to frequent historic landmarks, such as the Palace of Fine Arts
in the Marina District of San Francisco, California. But what makes it a

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Posted on November 30, 2012

Litter Genie, the poop-disposal system is riding the Internet craze of
anthropomorphizing cats, and pushing the envelop yet one step further.

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Posted on November 26, 2012

While Darwin's theory of 'survival of the fittest' was first conceived
on the Galápagos Islands back in 1835, it's somewhat ironic that the
birds, reptiles and mammals who call this locale their home are some of

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Posted on November 19, 2012

Adopting children from third world countries has become a trending
exceedingly popular with celebrities, the likes of Madonna and Angelina
Jolie. But what about elephants? Some are more in need of a home than

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Posted on November 16, 2012

Many of our veterans returning from the Wars
experience invisible wounds. In most instances you can't see a
wheelchair or a prosthetic leg. Yet nonetheless, many come home with

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Posted on November 13, 2012

Both bird and humans residing in the Northeast corridor of the U.S.
witnessed their habitats and communities at odds with nature most
recently. The devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy played havoc to

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Posted on October 29, 2012

Birds, dogs, cats and other house pets can often sense weather-related
events much further in advance them reaching one's geographic area. 
This phenomenon will be heightened with the storm of the century, now

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Posted on October 29, 2012

Who came first? The Muppets' Swedish Chef or San Diego's Beluga Whale? While some say the Sesame Street
character was inspired by the TV personality "Chef Tell," new research

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Posted on October 21, 2012

Dog photography is a real art as evidenced by folks such as renown pet photographer Paul Walker (see "Who's On Canine Camera?"). But Seth Casteel
has distinguished himself from the others in his field with a unique

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Posted on October 17, 2012

Animals in the wild are analogous to the Gold Rush miners of the Wild
West. They instinctively find a way to lay claim to their territory
before anyone else does. Cats in particular are not that far removed

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Posted on October 14, 2012

Recent research is indicating that mice are capable of singing like a
songbird given just the chance. While disputed by many scientists who

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Posted on October 10, 2012

When one mentions elephants or donkeys, what do you conjure up?
Dependent on where you hail geographically, you might own one as a pet
or as a means of transportation. Certainly in Africa and Mexico, that

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Posted on October 8, 2012

For those still scratching their heads as to
how Big Bird became fodder for this year's presidential campaign, it
appears that nation's favorite pet, now in his early 40s is a major

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Posted on October 3, 2012

Evolution normally takes hundreds if not
thousands of years for one species to morph into another creating an
entirely new species. You know. . . like humans descending from apes.

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Posted on October 1, 2012

Polo has long been the sport of kings with a history dating all the way back to the Persians in 5th Century BC.
The British are credited with spreading polo worldwide in the late 19th