This poignant, comforting Dog Pearl reflects a vivid vision that Little Pearls’ Executive/Creative Director Linda had of her older dog Katie, shortly after Katie’s death in March 2008.
In the vision, Katie was running joyfully, free and without limits, on a green mountain ridgeline. The first photo here is of Katie’s best friend Mitch, standing in for her.
Coming Home is the first of a series of Dog Pearls. It features five dogs filmed in HD on a beautiful mountaintop bald in the Blue Ridge Mountains, June 2008.
These dogs are members of three different families, not trained professionals. They did not all know each other, yet they had so much fun together, running loose and playing on a glorious day in the mountains!
Our mountaintop Dog Stars (L to R below): Mitch (age 12 at time of filming),
Tucker (almost 9), Lucy (1 1/2), Gracie (6 months) and Lola (5 months):
Coming Home was created simultaneously with Spirit Dog. Each of these Pearls is approximately one minute long. They are poignant, comforting and spiritual. They address living – and dying – with ease, love and grace.
These Dog Pearls are meant to encourage adoptions; a closer bond between humans and animals; and a sense of what we have in common with companion animals in so many life experiences. They are about what dogs teach us, in terms of being human, as much as they are about dogs themselves.
Some of the new Dog Pearls are playful, even funny, sharing the many benefits of bringing animals into our lives. Please help! DO(G)NATIONS
60 Second Dog Pearl – 2009
Featuring Dog Stars: Mitch, Tucker, Lucy, Gracie and Lola
Conceived by Linda McLean
Camera: Shane Peters, Media Cinedicate
Music: I Meet the Animals
by Richard Shulman
from the CD
Light from Assisi
©, (p) 1990 RichHeart Music
Used by permission
Voiceover: Linda McLean
Sound Studio: Chris Rosser – Hollow Reed Arts
Editing: Shane Peters of Media Cinedicate
with Linda McLean
Funding in large part came from a grant from the
Blessings Project Foundation
Production Assistants for the shoot: Tim Arem, Dana Gatlin
(Tucker and Lucy), Ruth Kae Hellerman, Pamela Stringer (Lola), Mica White
Online Outreach help/guidance – David Bourne – BourneMedia.com
Special Thanks to the friends and professionals whose input helped in the formation of this Pearl, including: Jim Stokoe, Dana Gatlin Hoffman, Debra Roberts, Julie Parker, Marlisa Mills, Barbara Johnston, Gloria Karpinski, Richard Shulman, Clyde Hollifield, Bob Child, Mary Olson, Mica White, Darlyne Sahara, John Charping, Maleah Jacobs, Cynthia Justice, Priestley Ford, Tim Arem, James Sorrells, Julia Book, Stewart Stokes, Ruth Kae Hellerman, Suzannah Tebbe Davis, Dana Garber, Trish Howey, Paul Howey, Peggy Holman, Carolyn Paden, Ruth Williams, Lee Hatling, Connie Scotchie
and the Little Pearls Board