True, or true? Listen to the ladybug.

True, or true? Listen to the ladybug.
Wild Wisdom has been on hiatus for a few months. I pushed pause to take care of my home and spend some time working through my current growth spurt. I do miss writing about the animals. But I’ve had some run-ins with my inner critic lately who influences me more than I would like. I’m... Read more »

A Love Letter to My Beau: Who Also Happens to be an Elephant

A Love Letter to My Beau: Who Also Happens to be an Elephant
The following is a blog post as part of Blogapalooza, a ChicagoNow challenge to write and post within one hour of the topic being revealed. Tonight’s assignment: Write a love letter, but it can’t be to a person. Dear Beau: Don’t worry, I’m strong enough, you said. I was telling you, as you carried me on... Read more »

The Owl Interview: Secrets to Their High IQ

The Owl Interview: Secrets to Their High IQ
I stumbled across the story of this owl that was rescued in Thailand recently – and I can’t quite get her (or really, that face) out of my mind. It got me thinking about how amazing it is that many animals are symbols with shared meanings across many centuries and cultures. How can it be... Read more »
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Debunking the Myth that We Actually Outlive Our Pets

I feel like I haven’t been blogging long enough to write about the BIG topic. The heavy one. The death and dying stuff. Everyone has a story about losing the great animal love(s) they have known. It makes a permanent impression on your being. Can a blog really even make a meaningful scratch on the... Read more »

Find Out the Hummingbird Secrets

As long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to certain species – those that really speak to me and guide me. Among them: huge mammals, marine life, wise old tortoises, and so-totally-ugly-they’re-irresistibly-adorable pups. Winged creatures, on the other hand, have managed to escape my consciousness most of the time. I know there are so... Read more »

Listen to the Dolphins

It’s that time of year again. Many of us hear the cries of the dolphins calling out from their slaughter in Japan. In Taiji, hunters drive large groups of dolphins—highly evolved, social and trusting beings—into a cove of death. These precious creatures are scared into a shallow area, where they are tied by their tails,... Read more »
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The Giant Grouper & Other Underwater Insights

Several years ago, I had an adventurous streak and decided to get my scuba diving certification. It was really fun – although it’s a challenging hobby to maintain in Chicago. Over this recent holiday break, I had the chance to dive again in Grand Cayman. Known for some of the best diving in the world,... Read more »

Life Lessons from My Veterinarian

Dear Barb: Over the years, I’ve seen countless “patient” letters posted in vet offices and emergency care centers thanking veterinarians for caring for well-loved pet family members. There are often extraordinary circumstances, amazing outcomes and dramatic turns of health — as well as accounts of extra special end of life care. These heartfelt testimonials always... Read more »

Talking Turkey—Five Cool Facts About the Guest of Honor.

Talking Turkey—Five Cool Facts About the Guest of Honor.
There’s no shortage of Turkey chatter this week, as the mascot of Thanksgiving finds its way into parades and art projects, and on to dinner plates. As you express your gratitude, take a moment to consider what Turkey is really bringing to the table—and impress your family by sharing one of these tidbits as you... Read more »
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Obstacles Ahead? Talk to Salmon and Rise Above.

Obstacles Ahead? Talk to Salmon and Rise Above.
When learning to be open to messages from other species, it can come in stages. Dogs? Most people would say sure. Birds? Hmmm…okay. Insects, whaaaat? And fish? That’s when people really look at me like I’m crazy. But consider this—what creature can teach us as much about overcoming challenges, and facing them head on, than... Read more »
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    Jess Rappé is a writer, and president of Synergy Creative, Inc. In addition to managing the marketing and design firm she started nearly 20 years ago, Jess’ personal passion is rooted in all things animals. A student of interspecies communication, Jess is an active advocate for animal rights and believer in the connectivity of all living beings. Jess has been inspired through her studies and personal experiences to help shift the perception that animal wisdom is reserved for the eccentric—but in fact it’s a profound source of guidance that’s readily available us in our everyday lives.

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