The Dog Chapel

The Dog Chapel, Saint Johnsbury

The Dog Chapel
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Artist and author Stephen Huneck created the one-of-a-kind Dog Chapel to be in his words, “A place where people can go and celebrate the spiritual bond they have with their dogs. It is the largest artwork of my life and the most personal.” Thousands of people from around the world visit the Dog Chapel each year. The interior walls are covered floor to ceiling with photos, drawings, letters, and keepsakes left as memorials to beloved departed pets. The chapel is a place of quiet and colorful beauty, gentle humor, and profound love. A visit there is a unique and moving experience for all animal lovers. “When you visit the Dog Chapel you are totally enveloped with messages of love. It is a very moving experience - sad, certainly, but also uplifting - to see how much everyone cherishes his or her dog. Grieving for a lost dog is one aspect of the Dog Chapel, but equally important is celebrating the joy of living and the bond between dogs and their owners.” -Stephen Huneck
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Christopher C
Calgary, Canada594 contributions
May 2022
The Dog Chapel is but one part of the whole property that makes up Dog Mountain, but it is the cornerstone of it. The stained glass windows in the chapel are all dog themed, and carry such inspirations as peace, trust, faith, and play, but the walls and ceilings of virtually every inch of space in the chapel are covered in touching memorials of cherished animals, pets, dogs, and cats that people have had to say goodbye to. This is a very special place
Written June 25, 2022
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Sarah S
Shelburne, VT680 contributions
Apr 2022
Anyone who has or has had a dog MUST visit the Dog Chapel. This is an incredible place where you will laugh, cry, and embrace the love of our canine friends. The artwork is magical, the setting is heavenly and bring your dog(s) as they can run free in the fields. If you've lost a dog, bring a photo and write a tribute to post on the wall inside the chapel to honor his or her life. This is a special place!
Written May 2, 2022
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NHjo
Saco, ME4,923 contributions
Oct 2021
The Dog Chapel is something you don't see every day. It's fascinating and heartwarming and a wonderful tribute to lost pets. The inside has teal walls, beautiful stained glass depicting dogs gone to heaven, and handcrafted wooden pews with sculptured dogs at the ends. There are thousands of notes and pictures from dog owners whose pets are deceased that will make even the most stoic person shed a tear.
Written October 10, 2021
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Max
4 contributions
Jun 2021
I found this on the Roadside America app. What a bizarre and unusual spot. It is serene and beautiful. Very off the beaten path. My kids and dogs loved it. The gift shop is a destination all on it’s own. There is handmade furniture that is truly art. Everything related to dog but also a nightstand made to resemble nuns and a dresser made to look like business man. It is amazingly weird and wonderful. The Chappel itself it shocking and tragic and awe inspiring. I was moved. Actually moved. It is a lovely little cathedral…but ever millimeter of the walls (that are not the 6 stained glass windows depicting dogs) is covered in post-it notes, cards, photographs and other memorials to peoples dogs. As the walls are filled with thousands, they have now added giant ledgers where people can write their memoriums for their lost loved animals. I was more moved that almost any church I had been in. I can relate to this. These are my people. Thank you.
Written June 30, 2021
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travelingteacher51
Pepperell, MA1,420 contributions
Sep 2020
For anyone who ever loved and lost their dog, this place will be a must if you are in the area. The beautiful chapel was built to honor all dogs. It was sad and heart warming to see all the notes left by dog owners for their departed pets. The store has many dog gift items to choose from. There are walking paths too. Check out the web site. The site is just off the main road where the statue is located. I hope this helps.
Written September 19, 2020
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JanetJulia
Westchester, NY558 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
While the occasional town or city may have an individual statue or memorial for special heroic dogs this is the place where all other dogs may be remembered and honored. The entire interior of the chapel's walls are festooned with photographs, poems, post-it notes celebrating our "special" ordinary canine friends. We, who are lucky enough to live with dogs, know that ours is a unique relationship - and this unique chapel celebrates that love!
Written June 14, 2015
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mmeehan3
Hartford, CT66 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
Dogs are welcom on Dog MOuntain to explore the fields, creeks, ponds as well as the Art Gallery and tiny church. This is a true New England style chapel, built by a noted artist a few years ago, to honor the souls of dogs we have loved. There is a sweet little doggie door, beautiful stain glass windows, incredible artwork, including life size dog sculptures. Dogs are ENCOURGED INSIDE the church and art gallery!!!!!
Written June 12, 2015
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Jen t
Bohemia, NY87 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
Beautiful , special place for dog lovers and their best friends. The stained glass windows and handcrafted pews are a sight to see. The loving notes left for dogs that have passed on by their owners is touching and beautiful.
Written May 21, 2015
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Sergey G
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia10 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
I came across the information on this place by accident, and decided to make The Dog Chapel my destination along the way from Quebec to New York. What a wonderful place to realize once again, what wonderful creatures dogs are, and how important are they in a man's life.
Written April 15, 2015
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NEKArtist
Hardwick, VT27 contributions
I thought the place was pretty cool, the first time I saw it, but then I realized that the stained glass was just inserted with dog art into old glass. It certainly is a unique experience, even after the artist Stephen Hunek has passed away, but personally, I didn't have the desire to ever go back, once I had seen it all. I can't afford any of the artist's carvings or furniture and his marketing to the public is a bit overdone.
Written March 27, 2012
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM