TAKE A PEEK Not to beat a dead horse, but remember when poor little Kippee got bit? Well, even though she’s all healed up, the experience has left her somewhat frightened of dogs, so this weekend I took her to Natural Pet in Bay View for a session with nationally known animal communicator Rebecca Moravec […]


Not to beat a dead horse, but remember when poor little Kippee got bit? Well, even though she’s all healed up, the experience has left her somewhat frightened of dogs, so this weekend I took her to Kippee at Natural Pet.Natural Pet in Bay View for a session with nationally known animal communicator Rebecca Moravec of Kindred Spirits. Rebecca was in for a day of private consultations at this great little shop that specializes in natural and holistic pet foods, supplements and more. All right, I know what you must be thinking, but just hear me out, OK?

When Kippee was small, a friend treated me to an appointment with Rebecca so I could get to really know my dog. Even though I was skeptical, I was also curious, so I went. To judge the accuracy of what she told me, I was determined not to offer anything specific about Kippee other than her name and age. In a small room at the back of the store, Rebecca explained that she’s been able to ‘speak’ telepathically with animals since she was a child and that she would be communicating with Kippee through a mix of words, images, feelings, Kippee at Natural Pet.thoughts and emotions. She also said she’d translate any questions I might want to ask my pup. Once she (silently, of course) introduced herself and explained how this all worked to Kippee, she let me in on their conversation. And I gotta tell ya, just about everything she said Kippee was telling her was, well, pretty spot on for someone who just met her. For instance, just that week I had tried to get Kippee to cool off in the fountain outside of the Art Center and she would have absolutely none of it. During the session, Kippee apparently told Rebecca how frightened she was of the ‘tall loud water’ and didn’t want to go there ever again. When asked what things she did like, she indicated she loved being taken to the little blue house and asked when we would be going again. Now how could Rebecca have known I’d recently taken Kippee to visit a very fun friend who lives in a rather unique bright blue house? I don’t remember all the specifics anymore, but I do know, I left intrigued enough to try it again a year or so later.

That time, as a sort of test, I brought a friend who knew Kippee and held a strong bias against the Kippee and friend.whole idea of animal communication. Long story short, she was so impressed by what she heard she immediately made an appointment to bring her own dog in. So given Kippee’s recent trauma, I figured what harm could another visit with the gentle, soft-spoken Rebecca do. This time, according to Rebecca, Kippee began the appointment on a rather chatty roll, remarking how much she enjoys being an only dog, how she misses the car windows being down, how she doesn’t like green beans (she doesn’t) but really likes it when we go for walks and mingle with people. Then she ‘showed’ Rebecca something new, soft and pink under her feet, which apparently she liked a lot. When asked if that made sense to me, I told Rebecca it did. Since Kippee won’t lie down on pavement, I’d just purchased a small soft pink receiving blanket at goo goo gaa gaa for her to lie on under tables at outdoor restaurants. I had used it for the first time just the night before and she took to it immediately. Then it came time for Rebecca to bring up the dog attack. Apparently, Kippee was shocked by the suddenness of it and told Rebecca it came out of nowhere and it did (even I was stunned by the speed of the attack). Rebecca assured Kippee that I would be vigilant and do everything I could so it never happened again, told her how sorry I was that she had gotten hurt and that she should try once again to trust other dogs. Telepathic or not, it’s a message I hope she heard and understood. Only time will tell. For more information on consultations or workshops with Rebecca visit kindredspiritsanimalcommunication.com, 2532 E. Oklahoma Ave., 414-482-7387, thenaturalpetllc.com.

Maurices charm.Speaking of helping out dogs in trouble, with their second-annual Rescues & Runways campaign going on throughout the month of September, Maurices hopes to raise awareness of animal shelters, maximize pet adoptions, raise $100,000 and gather much-needed supplies for the ASPCA. Nationwide, stores will be pairing up with various animal rescue centers presenting a total of 750 fashion shows featuring models wearing the latest fall looks for women with ‘20-something attitudes’ joined by an assortment of adoptable pets. Silent auctions to raise money for the rescue centers will be held during the shows. In addition, anyone wishing to donate pet supplies to the designated shelters will receive a coupon good for 20 percent off one regularly priced item in the store. In a further celebration of the bond between owner and pet, a portion of all in-store and online sales of exclusive $5 Friends for Life charm (which can be split and worn by you and your cat or dog) will benefit the ASPCA. For specifics of the Greenfield, Delafield or Waukesha store events, visit maurices.com.


Best Seats in the House.Make a bid during The Best Seats in the House public auction taking place in the Hubbard Park Lodge Aug. 29 (4:30 p.m.). The $10 entry fee, benefiting the Shorewood Foundation, translates to complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and the chance to take home one of 41 uniquely designed benches that have recently been seen along the streets of Shorewood’s shopping district. Also being sold at the event are packaged note cards featuring various photographs of the colorful benches ($12 per pack of 10, $40 for complete set). Can’t make the live auction? Bid online now! 3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood, 414-962-7002, shorewoodwi.com.

Vieux et Nouveau Boutique.Get a Vieux et Nouveau Boutique frequent shopper card. For fans of the store’s trendy new and consignment fashion, shoes and accessories, it’s a no-brainer. Spend $150 now through December, and you’ll earn a $150 gift certificate that you can use to purchase in-store and pre-ordered fashions and shoes. Speaking of which, the store offers private appointments perfect for zeroing in on your style your way. 1217 E. Brady St., 414-287-9049, boutiquemilwaukee.com.

In addition to offering some of the finest business gifts in town, George Watts & Son makes it easy to learn how to connect and create business relationships in our ever-expanding technological world at a free event co-hosted by Netsolutions Aug. 26 (5-7 p.m.). With appetizers and hors d’ouevers, a cash bar and speakers on hand to explain how to keep businesses viable in today’s competitive market, the evening promises to be casual, informative and a great way to learn more about utilizing and keeping on top of social media trends. Plus you can enter your business card for a chance at a luxury giveaway. 761 N. Jefferson St., 414-290-5700, georgewatts.com.

Maggie Jackson knits.If you’re into fashionable knitting, better make your reservation now for the Sept. 17 (6 p.m.) Maggie Jackson Fashion Show and dinner at River Boutique and Yarn catered by Cocina De Leon. Seats are filling up fast for this terrific opportunity to enjoy the wit and inspiration of this celebrated Irish knitwear designer, who is internationally known for her innovative knitting techniques. Cost per person is $25. The shop is also taking reservations for Maggie’s inspirational intro “Oh No Not Another Scarf” class scheduled for Sept. 16 (4-8 p.m.), her “To Be or Not To Be…A Button” design workshop taking place Sept. 18 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and her “Looping, Ruching, Pleating and Weaving in the Maggie Jackson Way” workshop exploring new ways to knit outside the box on Sept. 19 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Beginners as well as avid knitters won’t want to miss meeting this special lady up close and personal, especially as all the events hold the promise of additional store specials and surprises. To RSVP for dinner or workshops or more information, contact the store. 18900 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, 262-641-7427, taffnie.com/riverboutique.


Now at Sprout: Check out new lines of fall fashions for girls up to 12 years and boys up to 8 years. Look for back-to-school deals and summer stuff marked down 25-50 percent. 320 E. Buffalo St., 414-289-0844, sproutmilwaukee.com.

Aug. 26 (5-10 p.m.) at Luci: Margarita Night rewards shoppers with great savings on new fall fashions, up to 70 percent off summer styles, complimentary sushi, Stinky Gringo Margaritas and hairstyling by DiCarlo Salon, plus a Stinky Swag gift with the purchase of $50 or more. 532 N. Water St., 414-226-0114, luciboutique.com.

Aug. 31 (5, 6:15 & 7:30 p.m.) at Thief Wine: Sample a full range of wines from Puglia, Sicily, Salento and Taurasi with palate-pleasing flavors ranging from soft and smooth to minerally and structured at a Reds of Southern Italy Tasting ($20 plus tax per person). 400 N. Water St., 414-277-7707, thiefwine.com.

Sept. 1 (7 p.m.) at Waterford Wine Company: Explore the region, grapes and exciting wineries of the state that’s giving California a run for its money at the Washington State Wine Tasting ($20 per person). 1327 E. Brady St., 414-289-9463, waterfordwine.com.