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!

What Does An Elephant & Mouse Have In Common?
Posted on January 11, 2020

Do you remember this African fable: There once lived a colossal, clumsy animal named "Elephant" who had a thorn in his foot and a minuscule, fluffy, rodent named "Mouse" that was the only creature able to pull it out?

'Underdogs' Too Nice For Police Work Can Be Adopted
Posted on January 10, 2020

The 'Police Academy' franchise has spawned 8 movies and 2 TV series.  These productions portrayed a group of misfit recruits in their attempts to prove themselves capable of being police officers, and more than often failing.

LDC, the Animal Advocate Just Happens To Be a Movie Star
Posted on January 8, 2020

At the Golden Globe Award show this year, Brad Pitt dubbed Leonardo DiCaprio with the nickname "LDC." It was a unique way for Pitt, the Golden Globe winner to show respect for his "partner in crime," who unfortunately did

Biting Satire Phases Out Humans To Save The Planet
Posted on January 6, 2020

For those who believe that satire died in 1729 with Jonathan Swift's 'A Modest Proposal' think again. Satirist Paul Duncan, 'The Out And Abouter' is here to tell you that humans are the greatest assault on our planet.

Mallacoota Koalas Saved From Australian Bushfires By 22-yr old
Posted on January 5, 2020

Australia began the New Year fighting bushfires that ripped through the popular tourist state of Victoria. While tens of thousands of tourists and resident are looking for ways to evacuate, one brave soul went into the inferno to save koalas.

Self-Proclaimed Dr. Doolittle Sleeps With Big Cats
Posted on January 4, 2020

For those who remember the pop tune hit of the 1960s titled "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," by the Tokens, all you'd have to do is to swap out 'Cheetah' for 'Lion' to get a idea at the life led by Kristen Kerr.

Philippines 'Happy Animals Club' Started By 9yr old Saves 100s
Posted on January 2, 2020

If I was to tell you that a 9yr old opened an animal shelter in the Philippines, rescued 100 dogs and cats and provided tens of 1000's of meals to starving strays, you probably would sum that up to a tall tale.

Inflatable Trump Chickens Alive & Well
Posted on December 31, 2019

2018 or 2019 could have been the Chinese 'Year of the Chicken' versus the 'Year of the Dog' or the 'Year of the Pig,' -- in honor of the two inflatable Trump chickens released during the last two years of the decade.

A Boy, A Cat, A Bully, A Cleft Lip & 2 Different Color Eyes
Posted on December 30, 2019

Bullying in grade school can be a rite of passage. When the matter is addressed in a humane fashion, at times boys and girls can find ways to overcome the ridicule and physical fights.

Can A Giraffe Swim?
Posted on December 29, 2019

Can a giraffe swim? After all, most mammals can. Yet, there is doubt out there whether or not this awkward animal can swim like a dog -- or if not a do -- at least a reasonable facsimile thereof.

Senior Celebs Promote Grey Muzzle Org & Senior Dogs
Posted on December 26, 2019

Shelter dogs are an option for would-be pet owners. For the last decade, there's been a shift from breeders and puppy farms to shelter pets. To that end, there's a new movement promoted by some of our legends of comedy.

World's Oldest Cat Celebrates His 30th Birthday Party
Posted on December 22, 2019

Growing old with your cat is not something one talks about. The average age of a cat's life is 12-15 years old.



What's The Difference Between A Feral Cat & Norwegian Forest Cat?
Posted on December 20, 2019

Outdoor cats are a strange breed. That is, if you could call all outdoor cats a breed? Both feral cats and Norwegian Forest cats are outdoor cats, but the former is not a breed and varies between countries.

What's A Quokka & Why Are They So Damn Happy?
Posted on December 18, 2019

For starters, conjure up a creature the polar opposite of Grumpy Cat? Yes, it's an innate wide grimace that makes this little fellow so adorable.

'Kid Of The Year' Is A Dog Whisperer For 2000 Dogs & Cats
Posted on December 16, 2019

It's an arduous task for an adult to save 2000 dogs and cats.  However, for a 7-yr old, it's a monumental chore. The hero of this blog is Roman McConn hailing from Evans, Georgia.

Carolina Parakeet
Posted on December 14, 2019

A new research study sequenced the Carolina Parakeet [aka Conuropsis Carolinensis), the only U.S. parrot native to the eastern part of the country.

Year Of The Goat Saved Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Posted on December 11, 2019

A 2019 headline could have read "Ravenous Goats Credited With Thwarting California Wildfire." If Time Magazine also published an "Animal of the Year" issue, in addition to "Person of the Year," goats would have had a good shot at that dis

Grasshoppers Takes Sin City By Swarm
Posted on December 9, 2019

Like something biblical, like locusts out of Exodus 10:3–6, a plague of grasshoppers swarmed Sin City [aka Las Vegas] this past July. This migration was triggered by a harsh winter, one the city hadn't seen in a long time.

Pet Cloning Is In The Business Of Resurrection
Posted on December 8, 2019

Today, we talk about extending the life of our pets, through cloning. While this procedure doesn't bring back the original pet, it does come fairly close to the physical make-up of our dogs and cats.

A Bird Eating Out Of Your The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush
Posted on December 6, 2019

Watching outdoor birds landing at a bird feeder through a window can bring a smile to anyone's face. It's also rewarding to figure out the best seed combination for various bird species.

Deaths Of Our Internet Pets Affects Millions
Posted on December 4, 2019

With the death of 'Lil Bub' [Age 8] this week and the passing of 'Grumpy Cat' on May 14  [Age 7], it gave me pause [no pun intended] to think about the deaths of "our" Internet pets.

Blue Jays Versus Mockingbirds: Bullies Vs. Innocents, Democracy Vs. Autocracy
Posted on December 2, 2019

Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" was a prescient novel. Rooted in the civil rights era of the 1950s, it could also be set in modern day America, where bullies versus innocents and democracy versus autocracy are inherent.

Urban Coyotes? Looking For Them In All The Wrong Places?
Posted on December 2, 2019

Like the 1980's pop tune from the hit movie Urban Cowboy, "we were looking for [coyotes] in all the wrong places."

Threats To Our Pets Rise During The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Posted on November 30, 2019

As the thermometer starts dipping, threats to our pets could start rising. Costly visits to the vet are substantial during the holidays of November, December and January.

Outer Banks "Sea Cows" Swept Out To Sea By Hurricane Dorian
Posted on November 28, 2019

Affectionately known as "sea cows," the National Park Service reported learning about cows who were swept off to sea by Hurricane Dorian.