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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Jun. 26th, 2009 06:49 pm
Vermont, day 2 (part I)

Yesterday we had the most fun EVER. We took off around 8:30am and headed up to St. Johnsbury. Desination: The Dog Chapel. We've been hearing about this places for quite some time and since it's only an our and a half north of David's folk's place it seemed silly not to make it up there. Yesterday was supposed to be stormy and miserable but turned out beautiful. Maybe we were blessed. ;-)

The Dog Chapel is a place created and designed by artist Stephen Huneck after he had a near-death experience. It is a fantastically whimsical place. The chapel itself is a sweet monument to our friends (canine and others!) who have passed on. The walls are covered with tributes to pets who have passed on. Some have photos. Some are just scrawled notes. David and I didn't have photos of Pepper or Heidi, so we wrote notes and pinned them to the walls within. The entire chapel and the art gallery next door are covered with Huneck's whimsical woodcuts and sculptures. Sometimes you almost miss them they just seem like they belong there.

Up the hill there's a pond for the dogs to play in, an agility course set up (I wish I had known about this -- I had no treats on me!), and trails through fields and the woods. We spent much time exploring. Dahlia met some other dogs there -- a Black lab and an old Golden retriever (they belong to Huneck), and a couple other Goldens. She had a blast and we just loved the place. I hope to go back there again sometime!

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The Chapel was modeled after an old New England one, so it fits right into the landscape.
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The angel dog on top of the chapel.
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The statues outside the chapel.
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One of Huneck's dogs.
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The other one.
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This dog angel statue is just inside the chapel.
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Inside the chapel.
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I love this bench.
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Some of the stained glass windows.
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I love the long Dachshund things in the chapel and gallery.
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The view facing away from the chapel.
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The agility equipment next to the chapel.
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The chapel, the gallery, and the pond next to them.
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The view looking down from one of the trails.
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Inside the art gallery.
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Dogs in the gallery.
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The art gallery and chapel.
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The top of the gallery.
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At the front of gallery.
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Dahlia at Dog Mountain.
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Dahlia and I on one of the benches near the pond. Ignore the frizzy hair. It was in the high 80s and really humid!
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shinoakkitenshi
shinoakkitenshi
Shi No Akki Tenshi
Fri, Jun. 26th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)

wow!!!! that looks like TONS of fun!!!! I wish I lived close so we could go have some fun. =D

And as usual Ms. Dahlia was gorgeous.


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alleykitten
alleykitten
Stacey Lynn Taylor-Kane
Sat, Jun. 27th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)

BEAUTIFUL! Oh, I wish I could go. Dahlia looks pleased as pop to be there.


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dippylou
dippylou
The Dip
Thu, Aug. 27th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)

I'm glad you finally made it up there and that you had fun! :)


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