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!

Rescue Dogs Finally Get Their Shot At ‘Top Dog’
Posted on February 19, 2018

What about those overlooked pups made up of the lost and the abused? What about those who need medical assistance or just a good home they may have been deprived? What about all those rescue and sheltered animals?

Olympic Underdog Achieves More Than Gold Saving Dogs In Korea
Posted on February 18, 2018

Medaling at the Olympics is an achievement that lasts a lifetime for many who reach that pinnacle of success, so early in life. Such was the case for Meagan Duhamel who partnered with Eric Radford to become world champion pair figure skaters.

Vets Making Virtual & Mobile House Calls Via Skype & FaceTime
Posted on February 17, 2018

Telehealth is a rapidly growing field of healthcare. With the introduction of hand-held digital devices and access to communication software such as FaceTime and Skype, doctors can tend to you at home without even knocking on your door.

From Goya To Westminster, The Bichon Frise Has Come A Long Way Baby!
Posted on February 16, 2018

Originally a Spanish sailing dog, the Bichon Frise is mistakenly thought of as a French Dog because of the name.

Mason Bees Steal Lead Over Honey Bees In Pollinators’ Marathon
Posted on February 15, 2018

Differing from Honey Bees, Mason Bees have a long wait for their first supper — namely the time it takes for a human to have a baby — nine long months.

Tribute To Wild West Iconic Animals
Posted on February 13, 2018

For those who were fortunate enough to catch the Broadway or West End award-winning stage productions of War Horse, you may have an understanding how much work goes into making

Can Jellyfish Make Humans Smarter?
Posted on February 12, 2018

For thousands of years, it was the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree that served as a common Chinese medicinal treatment for brain function.

Passport For Pooches
Posted on February 11, 2018

For some time, traveling with your pets was stymied by quarantine restrictions.

Cloning Your Dogs Before They Cross The Rainbow Bridge
Posted on February 10, 2018

Cloning mammals was highly inefficient in the 20th Century. It wasn’t until 1996 when the case of Dolly the sheep received world-wide notoriety that the technology made a major leap forward.

340 Or 192 Dog Breeds?
Posted on February 7, 2018

With all the cross-breeding of dogs occurring in modern time, it’s not surprising that the number of breeds would vary country to country, in addition to world-wide.

Grieving With ‘Outlander’ Birds & Others
Posted on February 6, 2018

Fans of the acclaimed Starz TV show, ‘Outlander’ may remember an insightful quote uttered by lead character Jamie Fraser, regarding the concept of ‘mating for life.’

L’Affaire Dexter Pecks Away At Airline Comfort Animal Rulings
Posted on February 5, 2018

Delta and United Airlines have instituted more stringent rulings pertaining to the flight of comfort pets. The controversy surrounding this issue is hinged on free passage and security.

Back Behind The Wheel, The Barkley’s Are On The Road Again
Posted on February 2, 2018

America’s furry four-legged family, the Barkleys are back in a series of new Subaru TV ads called "Dog Tested. ... The Barkleys.”

Killer Whales “Talking” A Good Game For First Time
Posted on February 1, 2018

New research has just added ‘human speech’ to the accomplishments of Orca Whales. A feat previously reserved for primates, birds, elephants, dolphins and seals is a new Orca skill that’s surprised even the scientific communities.

They’re Too Friendly For Their Genes (& Diet)
Posted on January 31, 2018

Is your dog super-aggressive or super-friendly? Is he an Alpha Male or your Hyper-social best friend? These differences might be what distinguishes your pup from nature’s wolves.

Tim Flach & Joel Sartore Capturing The Endangered Visually On The Brink
Posted on January 29, 2018

To record what might be fleeting in time is a special art. Photographers differ from a lot of other artists in being focused on the “now.” They’re capturing what is here today in any given moment of time.

‘Dogs On Deployment’ Comforts Un-deployed Dogs
Posted on January 28, 2018

These are the dogs who are left behind when a serviceman is deployed to go to war. Love doesn’t stop at the borders for these pets and their owners.

Dogs Are Gonna’ Partay Like It’s 4716
Posted on January 27, 2018

It might be 2018 in the Western Hemisphere, but in the East, the Lunar Calendar is not only ringing in 4716, its ushering out the ‘Roosters’ while welcoming in the ‘Dogs.’

Animal ‘Last Suppers’ Tasty Treat For Eye & Soul
Posted on January 26, 2018

As an amateur photographer, I challenged myself recently to photograph seven dogs in one frame.

Pets On Deck: Cruising The High Seas
Posted on January 25, 2018

There’s been a lot in the news of late about Delta Airlines literally tightening the leash on service dog requirements.

TV Watching Is For the Birds
Posted on January 23, 2018

I’m the proud owner of a 12-yr old grey-cheeked Conure. We named him ’Gauguin’ due to his similar color palette that matches the famous artist’s work — namely, viridian green, teal, cadmium yellow, red ochre and zinc white.

Are Our Dogs & Cats Seaworthy?
Posted on January 20, 2018

While dogs are known to instinctively swim from birth, cats are one of the few animals who don’t particularly cotton to water. Yet oddly enough, both of these pets have a long history of being seafaring souls.

Noise Phobia like F-35Bs, Major Concern For Dogs & Owners
Posted on January 19, 2018

If you’re a dog owner, chances are you've viewed the displeasure your dogs show when confronted with loud noises occurring in your neighborhood or household.

Salt & Pepper: Chickens Can Be Pets too!
Posted on January 17, 2018

"She’s a murderer!” "She’s a murderer!” My lips trembled as I spoke those words in a chant-like fashion. As a five-year old toddler, these were words I had heard adults use on TV and in the news, but those I dared not utter myself.

Goat Simulator, You Got To Be Kidding!
Posted on January 16, 2018

I guess the original impetus for Goat Simulator was to compete with the Internet’s love of dogs and cats.