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!

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.

Revenge Of The Arachnid: When Spiders Rule The World?
Posted on March 29, 2017

Like something out of the B movie, Tarantula — this week some new scientific evidence laid claim that spiders could overtake the planet — if they wanted to.  All it takes is for them to band together.

Comfort Dogs
Posted on March 28, 2017

There are a number of reasons pet owners are presenting their dogs in public as service animals.

The New Art Of War: Cyborg Insects & Entomological Warfare
Posted on March 26, 2017

In a recent episode of FX’s hit TV drama ’The Americans,' the plot line hinged on what I thought was a fictionalized tale of espionage, utilizing insects as armed soldiers of sorts.

Can Our Pets Be Treated For Cancer?
Posted on March 23, 2017

Recently, I was deeply moved by a human interest story posted in The National, titled "Can we establish a cancer hospital for our animals" reported by columnist Rym Ghazai from the United Arab Emirates.  It was a touching feature about a

T.Rex, A Penguin & A Rubber Ducky Conduct Friendly Takeover Of Monopoly
Posted on March 19, 2017

Animals personified have taken over the game of Monopoly.

Is Puppy & Baby Company Or A Crowd?
Posted on March 17, 2017

Babies and puppies in the home are similar in one respect. They are both learning as they go and can be taught preferred behavior at an early age.

Fur Or Against: Raccoon Dogs Pawned Off As Faux Fur?
Posted on March 16, 2017

What’s labeled ‘faux’ should be just that.

Who’s The Alpha Dog In Your Household?
Posted on March 11, 2017

Who calls the shots in your house? Who’s the leader of the pack when it comes to taking charge? Are you or your dog the ‘alpha dog’ in your household?

Today’s ‘Animal House’ Is More About ‘Joy Scores’ Than Toga Parties
Posted on March 9, 2017

For those who remember the 1978 American comedy classic, Animal House, you may wax nostalgic at the mere mention of college fraternities, keggers and drinking

Google Doodle: ‘All You Ever Wanted To Know’ About Komodo Dragons & Then Some
Posted on March 6, 2017

Those who follow Google Doodles have come to expect the unexpected from the world’s largest search engine.

‘Frankenstein’ Triceratops To Be Fed To T.Rex At Smithsonian In 2019
Posted on March 5, 2017

This is a bit of a convoluted tale about creatures that date back eons ago.

Chicken’s Poop Is As Good As Its Eggs
Posted on March 3, 2017

Chicken eggs have long been a staple of most people’s diets, and there are definite advantages for purchasing fresh eggs from a poultry farmer.

Opioid Tramadol For Pets Uncovers Abuse By Pet Owners
Posted on March 2, 2017

Drugs for our pets is becoming ‘big business.’ In the past, I’ve reported on medical marijuana, which is legal in 23 states and is now being used to assist in alleviating pain for our older cats and dogs.