Monday, July 23, 2012

The World's Only Dog Chapel

Author and artist, Stephen Huneck, built the world's only dog chapel in 1997 because he wanted  to celebrate the spiritual bond he had with his dogs and he invited all dogs and their people to attend. The Dog Chapel is located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and it is still in operation today.

Dog Mountain was styled in the manner of a small village church that was built in Vermont around 1820. Huneck wanted the chapel to look like it belonged among the rolling mountains and pasture of scenic Vermont and he accomplished that here!

As visitors walk inside the chapel they will see Stephen Huneck's dog carvings, framed prints, and children's books at every corner of the building. 

Also, dog tribute forms, and pencils are ready for those who wish to remember and display pictures and prayers for their deceased canines.

The chapel is covered from floor to ceiling with mementos, notes and photos of deceased dogs that are left by their mourning owners as tribute.

For those who cannot travel to Vermont, you can visit vicariously by purchasing Stephen Huneck's illustrated book, The Dog Chapel!

This charming dog chapel is truly something to howl about and I hope you will visit on-line or in person sometime soon!


  1. This is in Vermont? Cool! Maybe some day my mom and dad will takes me there.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

    PeeS No Thankful Fur 3 Thursday? :(

  2. That is so cool - thanks for posting and the pictures are great! What a cool idea!!

  3. Oh wow!! thank you for this tour of an amazing chapel! Wow! It's a very thoughtful concept - I hope many find peace and solace within its walls.

    Take care

  4. Oh, and PS - gave you a blog award on my site. Hope you'll stop by and check it out!

  5. Hi! We saw your comment at our blog and had to come by and meet you!! We are following you now too (or at least trying - the computer is being crabby so we hope it worked!)

    This is a cool post - we had no idea there is a Dog Chapel - what a great idea!

  6. Thanks for showing us, good job they have tissue's in there, I think I would find it quite upsetting.
    See Yea George xxx

  7. What a great place! We have the 62 acre Catholic Grotto here in Portland. They have the annual 'Blessing of the Animals'. Well behaved animals and their owners can attend and reflect upon the positive impact animals have on our lives. All kinds of critters go...snakes, llamas, dogs...


  8. That is a uber cool idea! I have never heard of it!

    I wish I be closer to Vermont so I coulds visit it........course I also wish I be closer to Vermont right nows to get outta dis HEAT! BOL


  9. We would love to see this in person someday! Thank you for posting about it.

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  10. Oh my gosh, that is some piece of awesomeness.

  11. Very interesting post - who would have thought there would be a dog chapel - guess if it brings comfort to humans then that is the main thing.
    If we are ever lucky enough to be there we would be sure to visit.

  12. That is one of the things I most want to see in our country one day! I was really saddened when he passed away last year. What a great talent he had!

  13. Hi there, we are new to your bloggie as we coming to batchelor/batchelorette pawty and thought we should say hello.

    Wiggles and Waggles
    Hector and Bonny too!

  14. Now there is another wonderful reason we wish we were back in New England. What a cool place to visit.
    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  15. That is a very cool place! I'd love to see it! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

  16. This is so cool! Vermont isn't too far, so maybe Momma & Dad will take me. Is is close to Ben & Jerry's and the Cabot cheese place - cause then that would be awesome!!

    woof - Tucker

  17. Oh my we have never seen the likes before. All Gods creatures! Have a good day.
    Best wishes Molly

  18. Wow that is a great looking chapel for dogs..i wish it was closer so i can go visit it!


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