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!

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.

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

The goal is 12,000 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.