Owl Guide You®

Owls can navigate in the darkest of night… 

I’ll be your guide and shine a light for you.

Owls can move their heads nearly full circle… 

I’ll help you see new perspectives.

Owls have terrific binocular vision… 

I’ll bring things into focus.

Short Eared Owl in flight, against a background of blurred, dry meadow grassland

Owls can navigate in the darkest of night… 

I’ll be your guide and shine a light for you.

Owls can move their head nearly full circle… 

I’ll help you see new perspectives.

Owls have terrific binocular vision… 

I’ll bring things into focus.

Owls in My Life

I’ve always loved animals. Owls have become especially meaningful for me since my mother passed on and got her own set of wings. One morning, while she was in hospice, she said “Does this make sense to you – that I finished my owl last night?” Maybe the owl was her totem as she was preparing to cross over…who knows?

The following year, my husband and I moved into a home surrounded by a wonderland of wildlife. We put up various bird boxes, bird baths, and a large water trough with a trail cam.

We often heard the sweet whistling hoots of Western Screech Owls nearby (they don’t actually screech…click here to listen to their call), yet our owl box stayed vacant for a few years. Then, at dusk on Mother’s Day, I had a distinct urge to go look at the owl box. I was greeted by a stunning owl looking straight at me. We delighted in watching her and her 2 owlets that Spring.

Western Screech Owl mother and owlets peeking out of an owl box

Jump ahead to the arrival of 2020; a year titled for vision and clarity… little did we know how exactly that would show up. Amidst the changing times, one of the ways I found peace of mind is when I would say hello to another Western Screech Owl who claimed the box at the end of 2019, and for most of 2020, peeked out at dusk to greet us.

Western Screech Owl peeking out of an owl box
Western Screech Owl peeking out of an owl box

The following summer, I saw this owl looking out at me, just minutes after I had officially finalized a huge transition in my life. It was mid-afternoon, which was a very unusual time for the owl to peek out. Seeing those eyes focused on me, I couldn't help but feel an extra sense of peace with what may lie ahead.

Western Screech Owl peeking out of an owl box

Below are 3 different species of owls (Western Screech Owl, Barn Owl, and Great Horned Owl) who have visited us and kindly posed for some photos...

Western Screech Owl bathing in water trough
Barn Owl landing on top of a bird house
Great Horned Owl landing at water trough

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Owl Guide You® illustration of Charis Santillie holding a compass, with her dog beside her, and an owl sitting on a sign

Behind the Scenes



I named the owl in my logo 'Grace' since she’s a reflection of me; and my name, Charis, is derived from a Greek word meaning Grace.

Follow me on social media @charisyourlife to see more photos of animals who visit us, including...owls, hawks, raccoons (they love to take baths in the trough), foxes, jack rabbits, deer, turkeys, squirrels, and an occasional skunk, coyote, or bobcat.