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!

Posted on March 24, 2013

The cat who became an Internet sensation overnight is not a cat at all.  Less than 1 year-old, Grumpy Cat
is really still a kitten about to celebrate her 1st birthday on April

Posted on March 17, 2013

Twitter's first bird logo cost less than a pint of beer at a Silicon
Valley saloon. The stock image on which Twitter's first bird logo was
based was created by graphic designer Simon Oxley

Posted on March 15, 2013

Newly appointed pontiff Jorge Mario Bergoglio
is the first pope to take the name of the Catholic friar known for
being a nature lover and preacher to birds. The much-beloved Italian

Posted on March 11, 2013

ABC’s Shark Tank stars billionaire Mark Cuban, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, technology innovator Robert Herjavec, fashion and branding expert Daymond John and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary as the five sharks.

Posted on March 11, 2013

It's odd the collaborative online research conducted by and Bark-BuckleUP in its "Top Ten Pet-Safe Vehicles" rankings released on March 5, 2013, omitted an obvious contender.

Posted on March 8, 2013

The act of turtles burying their heads in their shell was interpreted in
idiom as the need to "come out of one's shell"-- or to become more
sociable and less shy. While this reptile's shell makes a lot of sense

Posted on March 7, 2013

To date, I've posted several stories pertaining to animals in the workplace.
But today, I focus on the creative genius of Young & Rubicam NY
whose imaginative TV commercial titled, "Meet Thomas: Creator of an

Posted on March 2, 2013

The Buffalo Zoo is challenged to raise another $4 million to fund a new home for their baby cub nicknamed "Luna,' born in captivity this past November. Visitors to their website

Posted on February 28, 2013

News Flash: Hey Ms. Mayer, the 1950's called and they'd like their Employee Handbook back!  Well,
that's one way to look at what's being viewed as Lady Mayer's draconian

Posted on February 27, 2013

While the world's most popular virtual pets "Angry Birds" soar in popularity and Zynga's "Farmville"
is somewhat of a nostalgic icon of the last decade, do they hold enough

Posted on February 26, 2013

With Seth MacFarlane's off-color jokes and "We Saw Your Boobs" medley
behind us, we can now shift our focus to a much more civilized view of
Oscar-worthy movies. This year the American Humane Association

Posted on February 21, 2013

What a difference a decade makes. Prior to Facebook being incubated in a Harvard dorm room, Mark Zuckerberg was tinkering with a lesser known website, he called: "Facemash."

Posted on February 16, 2013

Matthew Crawley's character on Downton Abbey played by Dan Stevens tweets "Hound's Bum Abbey Time," to
his Twitter followers, at the beginning of each episode aired in the

Posted on February 11, 2013

Some New York City Hotels carry a mystique. One known more for it's telephone number than its service was the Hotel Pennsylvania. So much so, it became the inspiration for Glenn Miller's Big Band hit of the 1940s.

Posted on February 8, 2013

Not exactly carrying the weight of a "Frankenstorm,"
which epitomized the length and breadth of Hurricane Sandy hitting our
NE shores back in October, the name "Nemo" seems like a less likely

Posted on February 6, 2013

If you haven't yet caught the UK and American TV Shows "Being Human" on SyFy and BBC,
I recommend both versions highly. Where the premise of those dramas
depict werewolves and other creatures of the night trying to maintain a

Posted on February 5, 2013

While this year's power-outaged Super Bowl XLVII
was nonetheless super-charged with excitement, pet lovers felt their
interests were also attended to. For many, they got a chance to be
entertained by Puppy Bowl IX

Posted on January 30, 2013

The Space Race was a mid-to-late 20th century competition between the
Soviet Union and the United States for supremacy in space exploration.
Between 1957 and 1975, the Cold War rivalry

Posted on January 26, 2013

Forget waving the Pittsburgh Steelers 'terrible towels' at this year's
Super Bowl. Because not only are they not playing, all eyes might be
viewing something else wagging on the gridiron - namely some very cute

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

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, evolved between 400,000 and 250,000 years ago.

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,

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

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