News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Vermont’s famed artist of man’s best friend committed suicide in early January, apparently despondent about having to lay off employees at his Dog Mountain studio and dog chapel nearby his home in St. Johnsbury. The artist of whimsical paintings, sculptures, and woodcut prints, brought him fans across the globe. Huneck’s wife, Gwen, wrote in a letter, that laying off employees really hurt him. “He cared about them and felt responsible for their welfare.” Dog lovers often came to visit the chapel. Huneck once told an Associated Press reporter, “When dogs pull in here, they may never have been here before, but it’s like they saw the ‘Disneyland’ sign. They just get so excited and happy.” Stephen Huneck made lots of people and their canine companions happy. It’s a sad lick goodbye.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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