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December 17, 2011

Dog Mountain

Eko and I have visited tons of interesting and fun pet-friendly destinations, but we have never come across a place as unique and moving as Dog Mountain. Dog Mountain, located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, is the realization of the dream of artist Stephen Huneck and his wife Gwendolyn.  The property
Eko and I have visited tons of interesting and fun pet-friendly destinations, but we have never come across a place as unique and moving as Dog Mountain. Dog Mountain, located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, is the realization of the dream of artist Stephen Huneck and his wife Gwendolyn.  The property includes open fields and trails along the side of the mountain, a store featuring Huneck’s dog-inspired art and a chapel Huneck built to celebrate the lives of all dogs.

Can you spot the dog not made of wood? (Hint: he likes treats)

Huneck’s warm, friendly and fun style is a perfect reflection of his subjects.  There are plenty of great prints and designs to choose from in the shop

A ridge on a ridge.  Eko loved the open mountainside 

While running around the field, I tried to coax Eko to walk up the narrow ramp to the top of one of the obstacles.  Eko wasn’t having any of it, but that didn’t prevent him from getting his treat…

The mountain, the art and the store are all great reasons to head to Dog Mountain, but the highlight of the trip was definitely  the chapel.  A “dogma” free zone, the chapel is an amazing testament to the bond between dogs and their families.  The walls of the beautiful building are covered with layers of tributes and messages of thanks written by families for the dogs who loved them unconditionally.

Our kind of place

Not a free spot from floor to ceiling

St. Johnsbury was almost a two hour drive from Concord, but the trip was well worth it.  It was incredible to see the mountain, Huneck’s art and the chapel first hand.  If you are even remotely nearby, I can’t recommend the trip enough.  You will definitely hug your dog a bit harder after a visit to the chapel.

I could go on forever about Dog Mountain, but I really could never do the place justice.  You have to make the trip for yourself.  If you can’t make it  to Vermont, you can find more information at www.dogmt.com.  All purchases of Huneck’s artwork go towards keeping Dog Mountain open and free.

Comments for Dog Mountain

  1. JJ says:

    What an interesting place.

  2. Jonathan says:

    It took me a minute on the first picture until I realized I should be looking for Eko.

  3. Jenifer Saylors says:

    I had the distinct honor of visiting Dog Mountain two months ago. It was much more than I had imagined. As I planned our trip to New England I made sure that Dog Mountain was on the roster. As a lover of dogs – you will not be disappointed!

  4. Thanks for sharing your experience at Dog Mountain. I have wanted to visit there for a while now. I love Huneck’s art and would love to make the trip there one day!

  5. Will and Eko says:

    Dog Mountain really was an incredible and one of a kind place. Like Jenifer said, you really need to visit firsthand to appreciate everything the Huneck’s have done.

    Jonathan – Even if you know to look for Eko it still makes you do a double take!

  6. Really interesting, I’m sharing this for my friends in New England!

  7. Zena says:

    I would love a place like that near me, then we could write a tribute to Zac and everyone would know what a great pal he was.

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