Coming Home

Background and funding information on the Dog Pearls is at

Mitch on the mountain

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!

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Coming Home on YouTube. Please play in HD, though it takes longer to load in – you’ll appreciate it so much more.  Our YouTube channel page is greatlittlepearls

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):

Mitch, Tucker, Lucy, Gracie and Lola, left to right, oldest to youngest

Mitch on the mountain in yellow flowers

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

Handsome Tucker

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 –

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

Gracie a blur, running - age 6 months Lola in the grass - 5 months old

All five dogs on the mountain