Day 132/Year 2
Our final stop of the Vermont weekend was at Stephen Huneck's Dog Chapel and Dog Mountain located in St Johnsbury.
If you're a dog or animal lover, this is a wonderful place to visit. Stephen Huneck was a wonderful artisit who had a vision several years ago after being in a coma from a life threatening event....that he should build a chapel for dogs. The photo above is of the outside of the chapel. It is a small replica of what the quintessential New England white steepled church looks like. Stephen made all of the stained glass windows himself, and he carved the wooden pews as well. They are a very beautiful and very unique work of art.
This is the art gallery which is located adjacent to the chapel.
View from the gallery:
Stephen Huneck was a talented artist and seemed to be very happy and "have it all". Unfortunately, he suffered from depression, and when the economy took a downward spiral, Dog Mountain was faced with an enormous debt. The bills could not be paid, and most of the staff had to be laid off. These people were like family, and Stephen could not deal with letting these people down. He ultimatley committed suicide last year. Ironically, when word of his death spread, his wife Gwen could not keep up with all of the orders. She ended up hiring the staff back. His death is what ultimately saved Dog Mountain from bankruptcy. Gwen is still facing an upward battle, but she is a fighter and through hard work and donations, the Dog Chapel and gallery are still open, free to the public....for now. It's still uncertain if it will make it. Any donations and purchases would be appreciated. It's such a beautiful place. I hope you can find some time to visit....with or without your 4 footed friend.