An Accidental Pilgrimage to Dog Mountain

Stephen Huneck's Dog Mountain

Stephen Huneck’s Dog Mountain

We’d just left an amazing view of an amazing landscape on an amazingly beautiful Vermont day in June.  Wait, dagdvm said as I drove us east on Route 2 towards our next geocache.  I just saw a sign for Dog Mountain.  It’s supposed to be a very special place.  We should go have a look.

Dog Mountain, rising high above St. Johnsbury, is dog lover Stephen Huneck’s legacy of joyous art, remembrance, and love.   There’s also plenty of space for all, canines and their loved ones of all species, to romp and run and play.

Gallery (foreground) and Dog Chapel

Gallery (foreground) and Dog Chapel

He created a gallery there to display his hand-crafted dogs-as-love creations, sculptures and paintings and more, all in celebration of life.

A very special dachshund

A very special dachshund

Huneck’s pieces speak of his love for dogs and their points of view.  His art encourages us to revel in our own lives.

Dog Chapel

Dog Chapel

He built Dog Chapel, a non-denominational refuge for the celebration of our loved ones, especially our canine loved ones.

No sermons -- just love.

No sermons — just love.

We enjoyed standing on the threshold of a space that encouraged us to step inside with nothing but love in our hearts.

dagdvm, surrounded by love stories

dagdvm, surrounded by love stories

The artist is gone, but his message remains

Stephen Huneck’s message lives on

The chapel anteroom’s  walls were covered with hundreds upon hundreds of notes and photos left by previous visitors in memory of their loved ones, and also in memory of Stephen Huneck himself, who died in 2010.

What apparently started as one remembrance wall had turned into a whole chapel of cherished memories, one note and one picture at a time.  We were alone but we felt the collective presence of everyone who’d ever been there.

The effect of Dog Chapel’s warm embrace, stained glass and canine choir and doggie pews, was  magnified by the tangible evidence of love its visitors left behind.

Dog Chapel as seen from the gallery

Dog Chapel as seen from the gallery

If you find an opportunity to visit Stephen Huneck’s Dog Mountain please do go.   Dog Mountain can open your heart and put you in touch with what’s most important.  And it’s a lot of fun, too.

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4 thoughts on “An Accidental Pilgrimage to Dog Mountain

    • Thanks — I’m very glad you liked it. It’s not really possible to capture all that’s special about Dog Mountain without going there. If this encourages folks who haven’t been to go, or people who have gone to go back, then that’s a good thing.

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