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!

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.

Will Poopless Dogs Replace The Real Thing?
Posted on January 15, 2018

Singularity is getting closer every day. But do we really need all of this new artificial intelligence [AI]? For instance, would dog lovers world-wide prefer robot dogs . .  over say, their rescue labradoodle?

From No-Kill Centers to No-Kill Cities
Posted on January 13, 2018

A "no-kill" shelter is an animal shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable, animals even when that facility is full.

Comfort Dogs Aid Team USA For Winter Olympics
Posted on January 10, 2018

Based on figure skating being an extremely stressful Olympic sport, the U.S. Figure Skating organization and Milk-Bone® devised a genius solution to help its athletes relax before and after their performances.

Post Your Dog’s Photo In Honor Of The ‘Year Of The Dog’
Posted on January 9, 2018

In honor of this year’s ‘Year of the Dog’ . . . there’s now a place for everyone’s dogs globally to be represented on Facebook. It’s easy to do.

Naturalist Attenborough v. Adventurer Bear Grylls
Posted on January 6, 2018

There are a number of animal advocacy groups, which spend a considerable amount of time making sure animals are treated in a humane fashion

Trophy, CNN’s New Blackfish
Posted on January 5, 2018

On the heels of President Trump reversing the so-called 'trophy ban' set in place by the Obama administration in 2014, CNN is premiering “Trophy,” the critically acclaimed documentary film exploring big-game hunting and wildlife conservation.

From Paternity To Pawternity Leave, Benefits Have Come A Long Way, Doggie!
Posted on January 4, 2018

Paternity leave is when a father is permitted time off to attend to his new-born or adopted child. This type of leave is rarely paid. A few progressive companies offer new dads paid time off ranging from a few days to a few weeks.

Biologists Take Issue With Animal Emojis?
Posted on January 3, 2018

When you think about natural science and all its research pertaining to the animal kingdom, it might shock you to learn that scientists also spend a lot of time 'thinking' about the unscientific.

New York Law For ‘Lost Pets’ Could Become Model For Other States
Posted on December 20, 2017

Over the years, locating our lost pets is a very traumatic experience for many pet owners — particularly since there are so many factors in motion. working against the possibility of them ever being found again.

Dog-gone Christmas Miracle!
Posted on December 19, 2017

This is the second blog in my series of animal Christmas miracle stories.