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!

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.

A ‘Photo Ark’ That’s Leaving No Animal Behind
Posted on February 28, 2017

The goal is 12,500 species. The ’Photo Ark’ navigator and animal photographer is Joel Sartore. The mission is to document every captive animal species in the world using studio lighting and black-and-white backgrounds.

Bumblebees’ Brains Wired Enough To Help Them Prevent Extinction?
Posted on February 27, 2017

In some scientific circles, it’s a foregone conclusion that bumblebees are heading for extinction. Pesticides in particular are one of the major causes for accelerating their demise.

Discovering Endangered Thumbelina Frogs No Bigger Than A Rupee
Posted on February 23, 2017

Some of the smallest frogs known to man were recently discovered following a five-year survey in India.

‘Water Man’ Supplies Kenyan Wildlife With H20
Posted on February 21, 2017

Robert Frost’s haunting refrain: “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep,” referenced a long trek on a cold wintry day in New England.

De-Extinction Could Recreate A Jurassic-type Woolly Mammoth
Posted on February 20, 2017

As much as it's been reported our world has entered the ‘sixth mass extinction,’ is it comforting to learn that scientists are experimenting with de-extinction?

Social Media Pooch ’Tinkerbelle’ Taking Home A Lot Of Bones!
Posted on February 17, 2017

Move over Grumpy Cat, there’s a new favorite pet ripping up the digital landscape these days. Out with the old, in with the new!

No Trespassing: Monkey Business Not Open To Beaufortonians
Posted on February 15, 2017

When I first heard about Morgan Island  - more descriptively known as ‘Monkey Island’ — I conjured up images of H.G. Wells’ 1896 science fiction novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau.

Google’s Valentine To Pangolins, Nature’s Only Scaly Mammal
Posted on February 13, 2017

One might ask why Google would devote a 4-day Valentine’s series of Doodles in 2017 for a species that is little known to the general populace?

Executive Order To Deport Giant Panda Bao Bao?
Posted on February 11, 2017

While President Trump has shown a proclivity for signing ‘executive orders’ to kickstart his first year in office, this week there was some confusion if animals would also be subject to his stricter immigration policies as well?

Can Blackish Star Out-Trick Letterman’s Iconic Bit?
Posted on February 10, 2017

It wasn’t any surprise, that David Letterman’s iconic ‘Stupid Pet Tricks’ would be sorely missed when he retired a few years back.

‘Unwanted NYC Pets’ Does Makeovers To Help Rehabilitate Dogs & Cats
Posted on February 8, 2017

Saving a dog or cat from euthanasia is a noble endeavor. Dog and cat non-kill animal shelters also have this as a goal. But the volunteer group known as the Unwanted NYC Pets and their proactive initiatives take rescues one step further.

Therapy Pig To The Rescue
Posted on February 6, 2017

By now, most folks know about therapy dogs assisting returning vets. There’s even a special day of acknowledgment. The first annual National Therapy Animal Day was introduced by the non-profit ‘Pet Partners’ on May 18, 2015.

Puns Proliferate For Puppy Bowl XIII
Posted on February 4, 2017

Each year in advance of the Super Bowl, there’s another ‘Bowl’ that catches the imagination of thousands of fans.

At PetSmart, Ellen DeGeneres In, Martha Stewart Out
Posted on February 3, 2017

As the pet market scales exponentially, celebrities have been cashing in on the trend for over a decade.

Refugee Cat Seeks Freedom in D.C.
Posted on February 2, 2017

Refugees from foreign countries are of topical interest in the United States these days, particularly with the recent ‘travel ban’ imposed by the president.

When A Flight Of Royal Falcons Goes First Class
Posted on January 31, 2017

While most falcons are known to be high flyers, there now appears to be a certain group that could be referred to as ‘frequent flyers.’ That’s right .  .  .

Chinese ‘Year Of The Rooster’ Celebrates The New Year & Trump
Posted on January 30, 2017

t’s becoming more and more evident the Chinese have a growing fascination with the United States' current president. This is particularly curious since the tensions are strained between the U.S.

Doggone Miracle For 103 Puppies Pulled From Overturned Truck
Posted on January 27, 2017

Police rescued 103 puppies from an overturned transport van that was driven into a ditch off of interstate 86 in Avoca, a town located in Steuben County, New York.

Chinese Zodiac Animals Circle Back Every 12 Years
Posted on January 25, 2017

The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao is based on a twelve-year cycle, where each year within that cycle relates to a specific animal.

Man’s Best Friends Join The Women’s Marches
Posted on January 22, 2017

As marches in almost every state of the union scaled into the millions, women’s equality issues seemed to also be supported by their four-legged sidekicks!

The Trump Bird That Doesn’t Tweet
Posted on January 21, 2017

By now, the world is fully aware that our new president is only a tweet away from his next 140-character proclamation. Call it what you like - it’s his go-to platform, his preferred soapbox, his bully pulpit.

Chrome Domes Making Caterpillars Feel At Home
Posted on January 19, 2017

Insects evolve in ways that protect them against predators and other forms of immediate danger.

Curtain Comes Down On Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey
Posted on January 16, 2017

As nostalgic as circuses were for many of us growing up, the “Greatest Show on Earth” is taking its final curtain call this May.

Rhinos Poop Versus Tweet Their 140 Characters
Posted on January 15, 2017

Over the years, I’ve acknowledged some of Twitter’s “Top Pet Tweeters.” Yes, based on the number of pets that have taken to the microblogging site, it can definitely be said that Twitter is an all-inclusive ecosystem.