Eight of the Pearls below are part of our Dog Pearls series, celebrating the wisdom and love of dogs.
Dig into the Good Stuff!
What a great message for us, from dogs digging with gusto and playing with such joy: “Dig into the good stuff of life!” This Dog Pearl is a heart-warmer ~ we think you’ll smile.
Wild and Free: a Screech Owl Named Pinkey
Pinkey was a funny baby screech owl orphan who needed extra help to become who he was meant to be. Through his strong bond with his rehabber Clyde and intuitive, unconventional rehab methods, Pinkey truly IS wild and free.
The Best and Most Beautiful Things…
The relationship between Shane and his son Elias is captured well in a beloved Helen Keller quote. Their tenderness and playfulness may make you giggle!
Anam Cara: Soul Friend
This Dog Pearl is a love letter to Mitch, a beautiful collie mix who died in May 2011 at the age of 15. At nearly 90 seconds, it’s long for a Pearl, yet this gorgeous music and mountaintop footage have their own magical timing.
Do You Know Who You Are?
This sweet Dog Pearl is full of older dogs interacting gently with puppies, passing on their wisdom to the next generation. Are we wise enough to share messages like this with our young ones, too?
Reaching for the Stars
Amanda Levesque was a beautiful teenager whose significant physical challenges paled in comparison to her ability to reach for the stars and manifest her dreams. She challenges us to do the same in our own lives.
Even More Love
Old Mitch had a broken heart when his best friend Katie died, yet puppy Gracie helped him fall in love again. “When your heart is broken, let it break open, to even more love.”
Our Children Ask the World of Us
The message of this Pearl, filmed when Kayla was seven months old, calls us to consider the kind of world we are creating, for the children we love and for all children on this planet. Their future really does depend on us.
Tucker represents all beloved animals who have gone to Spirit, comforting the ones they have left behind. Like the Coming Home Dog Pearl, Spirit Dog is a beautifully moving minute of dreamy slow motion.
Great Katie: Celebrating a Century of Living and Loving
“Great Katie” Latimore was a one hundred year old African-American great-great-grandmother whose warm presence touches us with such power and love.
Willie was an ordinary dog until his bad accident. He eventually became a certified pet therapist who adored his work, especially with children. A small dog with serious physical challenges, he still has a big impact on others. If he can make such a difference, maybe we all can.
Everything is a Miracle
Nicholas was a young boy with Down syndrome whose contagious joy and love of life sparkle. Albert Einstein’s famous quote shapes the heart of this Little Pearl.
This Dog Pearl was based on a vision of Katie, shortly after her death in March 2008. In the vision, Katie was running joyfully, free and without limits, on a green mountain ridgeline. Her buddy Mitch and four other dogs did their best to fulfill this vision on a stunning June day in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Taya and Sallie, 11 and 13 year old girls, played an exquisite violin duet, “The Lovers’ Waltz”. They were joined by sweet dog Chloe, howling her heart out and encouraging each of us to share our own special gifts with the world.
Compassionate Response to World Events
After the Storm
Can the devastating power of Hurricane Katrina also share with us the power of compassion and community? Two After the Storm Pearls, combined into one, speak to the need for our nation to reconsider our priorities.
Child to Child: Heart to Heart
Children from the Asheville, N.C. area sent poignant messages of love and support to the children of September 11. These powerful expressions of compassion came straight from the kids themselves, with no coaching. Out of the mouths of babes!
Farmer to Farmer
This is Western North Carolina farmers’ compassionate response to the farmers in the UK, especially in England, whose lives were devastated in 2001 due to the foot and mouth epidemic.