Dog Chapel

Saint Johnsbury, Vermont | C.2000

Photo Credit: Accidentally Wes Anderson

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At this church, all congregants go to heaven—though don’t go looking for any dogmas. Where “all creeds and all breeds” are welcome, this chapel serves as loving testament between humans and their canine companions.

Surviving a close shave with his maker, dog-loving artist and author Stephen Huneck had a vision of a space that could bring closure to dog owners worldwide, and where the lives of hundreds of hounds could be celebrated. His idea? A Dog Chapel.

Purchasing a torn down church from Upstate New York, Huneck was able to put the chapel together on his gallery property. Stained-glass windows are emblazoned with dog imagery, statues of many breeds christen the floors, and even the doorknobs feature a friendly Fido.

In Field of Dreams fashion, people and pooches alike have come from near and far to visit the now 21-year-old chapel. The walls are covered with photos of pups and notes from their best friends, each piece showing a little glimpse into the many lives touched by the unconditional love of their pets.

While giving dog owners a space to reflect on their beloved pups, the chapel area is usually alive with many active furry friends both outside and in. The chapel also makes note that “all creatures are welcome”—and what can be more heavenly than that?

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