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GOIN’ TO THE CHAPEL, DOGGONE IT

by Craig Altschul

While many people know Sephen Huneck for his dog-themed paintings, woodcuts, furniture, and children’s books, perhaps the dog chapel built on his 175-acre farm in St. Johnsbury, is not as well known. The sign outside the chapel says it all: Welcome all creeds, all breeds. No dogmas allowed. The chapel’s main 30- x 22-foot main room has pew-style benches with dog likenesses at either end, says The Rutland Herald. There are stained glass windows with dog images. Owners leave messages and photographs saluting their current and remembering their past dogs. Humans have held their own life affirming wedding ceremonies there too. The chapel is open all year round for humans and dogs. "When dogs pull up in here…it’s like they saw the ‘Disneyland’ sign. They just get so excited, so happy," Huneck said. A salute to man’s best friend.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. 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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