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News from Dog Mountain

Greetings from Dog Mountain

March 2, 2017

Join us on Saturday, March 11th from noon-8pm for a birthday celebration and bonfire in honor of Dog Mountain's beloved mascot, Sally!

 

Sally with Flower Power collar

 

Bring your pooch and join us to celebrate Sally's 4th trip around the sun!

 

Sally with birthday hat

 

From noon to 5pm, Sally will greet her birthday guests in the gallery. Join her for doggie (and people) birthday cupcakes, as well as other delicious sweets and treats. Puppy party favors will be given out to four-legged partygoers, and Makin' Maple will provide Sugar on Snow for our two-legged guests.

 

Happy Birthday Giclee

 

Afterwards, join Sally on the mountain for some snowy fun! Sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, and hiking! The Dog Mountain trails will be lit with tiki torches and luminarias -- perfect for a nighttime hike.

 

Sled Dogs

 

The bonfire will be burning until 8 pm. Gather round to roast some s'mores and hotdogs while enjoying a birthday snuggle under the stars with Sally!

In lieu of birthday presents, Dog Mountain will be accepting donations of pet food, pet supplies, and old towels and blankets for the Kingdom Animal Shelter.

The event is volunteer driven and free to everyone. And, as always, dogs welcome!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain

February 19, 2017

We hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day full of love and chocolate, hearts and flowers, and, of course, plenty of puppy hugs and kisses!

 

Close to My Heart Giclee

 

Recap: Puppy Love Party & Bonfire!

Valentine's Day Decorations

 

Here on Dog Mountain, we had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

 

Valentine's Day Decorations

 

Hearts, hands and paws were warmed at our Valentine's Day Party and Bonfire last Saturday, February 11th!

 

Valentine's Day Decorations

 

Dog Mountain was feeling the love as visitors had a blast sledding down the snowy hills, skating the pond and snow-shoeing on the trails.

 

Valentine's Day food

 

Tasty Valentine's Day sweets and treats were on hand in the Gallery and party-goers took home a lasting memory of the day by having a portrait taken!

 

Valentine's Day bonfire

 

In the evening it was time for the bonfire! With well over 30 people (and many more dogs), it was wonderful seeing new and familiar faces alike! Kids had a blast night sledding down the torch-lit hill.

 

Valentine's Day bonfire

 

Hot cocoa, hotdogs, and homemade donuts were enjoyed by all by the bonfire under the moon. It was our best bonfire event yet!

Stay tuned for more details about the next winter bonfire on March 11th!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Love Your Dog Party & Bonfire

February 2, 2017

Angel Heart

 

On February 11th, celebrate puppy and people love all day long at Dog Mountain!

  • 11am-5pm: Gallery is open. Treats & beverages for people and pooches served all day. Select items on sale in the gallery; get something special for the beloved person or pooch in your life.
  • Noon to 3pm: All Heart Pet and/or Person portraits. Photographer Barry Hayes of Photographic Illustrations will be taking photos and printing on site. Packages range from $10 to $25. Half of all proceeds will be donated to Friends of Dog Mountain!
  • 5:30pm-8pm: Hearts of Flame BONFIRE begins. Roast marshmallows, make s'mores, and cook hot dogs over the embers.

Arrive early and plan to make a day of it with those closest to your heart. Dog Mountain offers sledding, ice skating, hiking, nordic skiing or snow shoeing! Snow shoes are available for rent in the Gallery.

Join us to celebrate Valentine's Day the Dog Mountain way!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

No Dogmas Allowed - 20 Year Anniversary:

January 19, 2017

Dreams Logo

 

Dogma (noun)

1. an official system of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc., as of a church.
2. a settled or established opinion, belief, or principle.

 

Chapel with bird

 

As a special feature this week, we'd like to celebrate a piece of Dog Mountain history, a history as colorful, complex, heartfelt, and meaningful as Stephen Huneck's art.

 

Stephen and Gwen

 

One of Stephen's most famous taglines is "No Dogmas Allowed." It's characteristically Huneck: a humorous pun with a deeper meaning, representing Stephen's vision of the spirit of Dog Mountain and the Dog Chapel.

 

Winter Chapel Sign

 

In 1997, Stephen had the inspiration for what would become, as he himself said, his greatest work of art: the one and only Dog Chapel. At the time, he had no way of foreseeing the enormous impact it would have on the thousands of people who visit it every year. It's been a unique source of love and comfort for so many people who've come from countries all over the world, and its walls are covered floor to ceiling with tens of thousands of heartwarming notes of love and remembrance. But twenty years ago, when the idea was born, it was just a crazy, seemingly unachievable dream.

 

Winter sign

 

"I wanted to build a chapel," Stephen said, "a place that celebrated the spiritual bond we have with our dogs. A place that would be open to all dogs and to people of any faith or belief system."

Outside the Chapel, visitors are greeted by the iconic sign:

 

Chapel Sign

 

"Welcome
All Creeds
All Breeds
No Dogmas Allowed"

It's a universal message of acceptance, tolerance, and love: everyone is welcome at the Dog Chapel! Each visitor who enters has a unique personal experience. Different people see it with different eyes. Those differences are to be valued and celebrated!

 

toddler petting dog

 

We thank every single animal and animal lover who has visited over the years. Stephen's crazy idea twenty years ago is now a living, breathing, communal masterpiece that continues to grow and evolve with each new visitor, note, and memento that comes through its doors.

 

Chapel notes

 

Bonfire Recap:

Last Saturday was our first Winter Bonfire of the season! It was a wonderful success! Attended by around 25 visitors and 15 dogs, it was a great opportunity to catch up with friends, both old and new!

 

Bonfire 1

 

We had a beautiful, crisp night on Dog Mountain. Tiki lights lit the path up to the giant tribal/pack fire, all the dogs got along famously. Some were sporting their light-up collars!

We enjoyed a night hike, toasting marshmallows, hot dogs on a stick, birthday cupcakes, and other sweet treats! It was wonderful to breathe in fresh mountain air before warming by the toasty fire under the stars.

 

Bonfire 2

 

What could be better? Good friends, good dogs, and s'mores!!!

A big thanks to Jay Churchill and his posse for making it happen!!

And a special thanks to Brian and Dawn (and their three rescues), who came up from Rhode Island just for the bonfire. They, along with Jay and Steph worked hard all afternoon preparing the mountain by sanding ice and placing the luminaria along the trail. You guys are the best! We can't thank you enough!

Our next Winter Bonfire is scheduled for Saturday, February 11th. Plan to pack your pup and join us for another great night of winter fun on Dog Mountain!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Happy New Year from Dog Mountain!

January 6, 2017

Happy New Year GC

 

Happy New Year! As we begin 2017, it's the perfect time to make a New Year's resolution to come and enjoy the beauty, serenity, and fun of Dog Mountain!

 

Dog Mountain - Winter Wonderland:

Winter

 

We all know that Dog Mountain is a joy to visit in the summer, but Dog Mountain during the winter months is a special treat that's not to be missed!

 

Winter

 

We invite you and your dogs to come and be captivated by the natural beauty and breathtaking views as you hike our trails.

 

Winter

 

Many paws and boots have packed down the snow making for an easy-going path.

 

Winter sign

 

Feeling a little adventurous? Stop by the gallery to rent some snowshoes. They're perfect for off-trail exploration of Dog Mountain.

 

Snowshoe GC

 

Dog Mountain's 150-acres of pristine forest, meadows, and fields provide endless winter fun.

 

Gallery snow

 

After a long winter hike, make sure to stop in the gallery for a little winter warm up. We have hot cocoa, coffee, and tea available during gallery hours (11am-4pm).

Sally's also around to warm up visitors with a wag of her tail and a friendly cuddle!

 

Special Thanks to Winter Volunteers:

We are so thankful for our extended Dog Mountain pack members!

 

volunteers

 

Recently a group of wonderfully dedicated volunteers spent a day making Dog Mountain look its best!

 

volunteers

 

The pond was cleared of snow, making it a perfect ice skating rink.

And, if you hike the Blue Trail on Dog Mountain, you'll be treated to festive holiday decorations along the path.

 

ornament

 

Dog Mountain looks beautiful! Thank you to Susan Ohlidal, Jay Churchill, and all of our dedicated volunteers!

 

Winter Bonfires at Dog Mountain

Starting Saturday, January 14th, we begin our annual Winter Bonfire Events!

 

Bonfire 1

 

Join us once a month for a night of sledding, skiing, ice-skating, snow-shoeing, and more!

 

Bonfire 2

 

After some snowy fun on the tiki-torch lit Dog Mountain trails, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in the gallery before heading to the bonfire to make s'mores, do some stargazing, and catch up with old friends!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Recap: Holiday Event at Dog Mountain

December 22, 2016

Gallery
Photo by Jerry Johnson

 

We had a wonderful holiday get together on Dog Mountain on December 10th.

 

Food table
Photo by Jerry Johnson

 

Party-goers munched on delicious snacks and treats in the gallery provided by Bailiwicks.

 

Music
Photo by Jerry Johnson

 

And got into holiday spirit listening to live Bluegrass music performed by The Back Shed String Band.

 

Tree at Gallery
Photo by Jerry Johnson

 

A fresh Christmas tree was cut on Dog Mountain and we all gathered round to watch the tree lighting on the East Deck.

 

Blessing
Photo by Jerry Johnson

 

Rev. Susan Ohlidal conducted a moving non-denominational blessing of the animals ceremony in the Dog Chapel.

 

Blessing dog
Photo by Jerry Johnson

 

It was a wonderful party and we were overjoyed to celebrate with all of our Dog Mountain friends - old and new!

 

Gallery lit up
Photo by Jerry Johnson

 

A special thanks to Jay Churchill for everything he did to make this event a reality!

 

Upcoming Events:

Sally in the snow

 

We have some wonderful new winter events planned for the new year!

 

Upcoming Events:

Starting Saturday, January 14th, we begin our annual Winter Bonfire Events!

 

Bonfire 1

 

Join us once a month for a night of sledding, skiing, ice-skating, snow-shoeing, and more!

 

Bonfire 2

 

After some snowy fun on the tiki-torch lit Dog Mountain trails, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in the gallery before heading to the bonfire to make s'mores, do some stargazing, and catch up with old friends!

 

Dog Training Group Classes!

We are very excited to welcome Off the Beaten Trail to Dog Mountain!

 

Off the beaten trail logo

 

They will be holding indoor dog training group classes in the gallery this winter!

 

Dog Training Group

 

The first round will start the first week of January with a Leash Walking/Impulse Control Class as well as a Basic Obedience Class. All classes will run for 4 weeks. Please contact Jeff and Gillian Scarpino at offthebeatentrailvt@gmail.com for more information.

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Happy Thanksgiving from Dog Mountain!

November 21, 2016

Dinner Time Giclee

 

Only a few days left until every dog's favorite holiday, Thanksgiving!

 

Eye on the Pie

 

Sally is thankful for many things this year: rubs behind the ears, walks, swimming in the ponds, her Dog Mountain pack, squirrels, and, most of all, Thanksgiving leftovers!

 

A Lucky Dog giclee

 

While Sally dreams about Thanksgiving scraps, we want to take a minute to express our gratitude for what we are most thankful for - all of you!

 

gift tote

 

Dog Mountain has seen its fair share of ups and downs throughout the years, and we sincerely mean it when we say that it is your continued enthusiasm and support that keeps us fighting to spread the love and joy of Dog Mountain and Stephen and Gwen's message. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 

Give Love Get Love Giclee

 

We wish you all a wonderfully joyous holiday!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

November 18, 2016

snowy grounds

 

It's been a little gray here on the Mountain this week, but we sure needed the rain! Wet weather's no deterrent for our visitors, and for most dogs the wetter the better!

 

Open gallery

 

The Dog Mountain staff is hard at work making sure that the gallery and website is stocked with artwork and fun merchandise for holiday shopping!

 

Sled Dogs giclee

 

We have Original Huneck Fine Art Woodcut Prints, Giclee Prints, Posters, and Lithographs along with unique Housewares, and stocking stuffers. Or...even better than a stocking...

 

gift tote

 

-- fill one of our tote bags with a selection of Dog Mountain gifts!

 

USDA RBEG Grant Matched!

FODM Logo

 

Thanks to your tremendous support and generosity, we've surpassed our donation goal for the RBEG grant!

 

100%

 

We're overwhelmed with gratitude, and look forward to keeping you informed about progress at Dog Mountain made possible by this grant! Thank you!! And a special thank you to the anonymous donor who matched $13,000 in donations to help get us to our goal!

Click Here if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Dog Mountain.

 

DEADLINE! We need your vote!

Golden party

 

Only a few days left to vote for Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury to win a grant to bring ten live concert events to Dog Mountain during the summer and fall of 2017. These concerts will be dog-friendly and free of charge!

To win sponsorship for the series, Catamount needs to win an online voting contest.

 

Vote!

 

Voting ends November 21. You still have time to vote for Dog Mountain! Please register here, confirm your registration in the email they send you, then log into the Levitt Foundation Website and place your vote for Dog Mountain! Thank you!

 

Upcoming Holiday Event!

Snowy X-mas tree

 

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AT DOG MOUNTAIN
Saturday, December 10th 2016
Time: 11am-8pm

 

Dogs X-mas tree

 

Bonfire, tree lighting, and blessing of the animals in the chapel. Join us for a special evening of holiday season celebration and fun! Tasty snacks, beverages, live music and shopping in the Gallery. Learn more here.

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Grant Matching Challenge - Greetings from Dog Mountain!

November 10, 2016

Sally in knit hat

 

We're starting to see hats, mittens, and dog sweaters here on the Mountain! Winter's coming, as they say, and we look forward to many paw prints and snow shoe, nordic ski, and sled tracks in the snow. The gallery's always cozy, and we've got hot cocoa, coffee, and tea to help warm you up after some outdoor fun.

 

knit hats

 

We've also got colorful knit winter hats to keep your ears warm!

 

VOTE to Bring Free Music to Dog Mountain

As we told you last week, Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury has applied for a grant to bring ten live concert events to Dog Mountain during the summer and fall of 2017.

 

Summer party by the pond

 

These concerts will be dog-friendly and free of charge! To win sponsorship for the series, Catamount needs to win an online voting contest.

 

CA vote

 

Please help us by going to HERE to register and vote for Catamount Arts and Dog Mountain!

Voting ends November 21. Anyone can vote - you don't need to be a local resident. Thank you!

 

Fundraising Progress

FODM Logo

 

As regular readers know, our non-profit organization Friends of Dog Mountain (FODM) needs to raise $26,000 to meet the conditions of a $75,000 grant from USDA. And, thanks to the wonderful generosity of an anonymous friend of Dog Mountain, donations toward that goal will be matched, dollar for dollar, so you're donations will be doubled!

 

Progress

 

Thanks to many of you, we're more than 90% to our goal! One last push and we'll get over the top! Go here for more info and to make a donation via Paypal. Thank you!!

 

New VAA Membership

VAA Logo

 

We are very pleased to have become members of the Vermont Attractions Association as part of a grant opportunity provided through the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce.

 

VAA brochures

 

This is a great way to reach travelers throughout the state of Vermont and wonderful opportunities to partner with area businesses.

Looking forward to the year ahead!

 

Upcoming Events

Snowy X-mas tree

 

December 10th: Bonfire, Tree Lighting and Blessing of the Animals in the Chapel. Join us for a special evening of Holiday Season celebration and fun.

 

Dogs X-mas tree

 

Tasty snacks, beverages, live music and shopping in the Gallery. More details coming soon! Mark your calendars!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Grant Matching Challenge - We're More Than Halfway There!

November 4, 2016

As we told you last week, our non-profit organization Friends of Dog Mountain (FODM) received a $75,000 grant from USDA to help us move forward with planning and fundraising to sustain and support Dog Mountain. As part of that grant, FODM must come up with $26,000 in matching funds.

 

FODM Logo

 

Thanks to the amazing generosity of an anonymous supporter, the first $13,000 we raise will be matched dollar for dollar. So if you donate now, your donation will be doubled!

 

Dogs can Heal a Broken Heart

 

Heartfelt thanks to all of you who responded last week! Thanks to you, we're more than halfway there! For everyone else reading this, please help us get all the way to our goal. Please go online and make a donation today so your donation will be doubled!

Thank you! Dog Mountain Forever!

 

Vote to Bring Free Music to Dog Mountain

Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury has applied for a grant to bring ten live concert events to Dog Mountain during the summer and fall of 2017! These concerts will be dog-friendly and free of charge to all attendees!

 

CA Vote

 

To win sponsorship for the series, however, Catamount needs to win an online voting contest. The concert series will be a wonderful opportunity for Dog Mountain to make new friends and strengthen our bonds with the local community - plus, they'll be a blast!

 

Fall Dog Party

 

The grant is sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music. The Foundation uses online public voting to gauge community support, so please help us by going to register and vote. Voting ends November 21. Anyone can vote - you don't need to be a local resident.

 

CA logo

 

As Catamount's executive director, Jody Fried, says, "What a great opportunity for our community. There are a lot of great proposals on the Levitt AMP website, but ours is truly unique. When we say family-friendly, we mean the whole family, dogs included." Concerts the Dog Mountain way!

Please take a few moments and vote online! And please spread the word to family and friends. Together, let's help Dog Mountain have a great 2017!

 

Thank you for all your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

FODM Awarded USDA RD Grant!

October 28, 2016

We've got some very special news this week!

 

FODM Logo

 

We're thrilled to announce that our non-profit organization Friends of Dog Mountain has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture as part of its Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) initiative!

 

Grant Ceremony
Grant ceremony
Left to Right: David Barash (FODM Board Member), Scott Buckingham (FODM), Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, Ted Brady (VT/NH State Director USDA-RD).

 

As most of you know, Friends of Dog Mountain (FODM) is a nonprofit organization established in 2015 by friends and family of the late Stephen and Gwen Huneck to preserve, protect, and steward St. Johnsbury's Dog Mountain and the artistry of Stephen Huneck that mean so much to all of us.

 

Gallery summer

 

This funding is a major shot in the arm for FODM, which has been busy developing a long term vision and plan that'll keep Dog Mountain - and Stephen's art -- alive and thriving for decades to come.

"FODM has been working hard over the past year and these funds will let us move from concept to action" said Jon Ide, Gwen Huneck's brother and president of FODM. "Now we can really get going on transitioning Dog Mountain from an uncertain future to one that's stable and secure, operated and supported by FODM," Jon says.

 

Join the Cause - Donation Matching Challenge!

But we need your help! The RBEG grant is a great start. But we still will need significant financial support going forward to get to where we need to be to call this a done deal.

 

Lend a Helping Hand

 

For starters, a condition of the RBEG grant is that FODM must come up with $26,000 in matching funds, and we're counting on our community of wonderful fans and supporters to pitch in with contributions. One very special anonymous supporter has pledged to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $13,000, which will get us to the needed $26,000. So if you donate now, your donation will effectively be doubled!

So please consider joining the cause by donating today and having your contribution matched! CLICK HERE to make an online donation and find out a bit more about FODM. You can also donate in the name of a pet or loved one or as a gift.

 

Dog Mountain Forever

 

Let's do this! Dog Mountain Forever!

 

Thank you for all your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

October 24, 2016

People on the hill

 

The fall colors are beginning to fade, and wind gusts are carrying the leaves to the ground here on Dog Mountain. It's a wonderful time to hike our trails with the crisp autumn air, sunshine, and expanded scenic views as the trees grow bare. It's been a spectacular foliage season, and we're looking forward to the Holidays ahead!

 

You Voted and WE WON!!

We all already know that Dog Mountain is America's most dog-friendly place to visit, but now it's official!

 

USA Today winter

 

Thanks to your votes, we won USA Today Reader's Choice award for Best Dog Friendly Tour or Activity for 2016! Thank you so much! We couldn't have done it without you!

 

Winter Hours Start November 1st

As you make your plans to visit, take note that our Gallery hours will be changing on November 1st.

 

Gallery winter

 

Winter hours are: Thursday through Monday 11am to 4pm, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Grab a jacket, pack a lunch, and we'll see you soon!

 

Thank you for all your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

October 14, 2016

Dog statue

 

Another gorgeous, colorful day here on Dog Mountain as the fall leaves still linger on the trees. Definitely a nip in the air, though!

 

Fall Dog Party Was a Smash!

We've got one word for last weekend's Fall Fest Dog Party...WOW!!

 

Gallery Party

 

Nearly 700 guests and about 300 dogs filled the property last Saturday. Heartfelt thanks to everyone for making this one of our biggest Dog Parties ever!

 

Hill Party

 

And special thanks to the Off The Beaten Trail Canine Facility for making our Fall Party the setting for their customer appreciation day, which added to the fun!

 

Pizza Oven

 

We all enjoyed the wonderful food provided by Farm to Fire Pizza, which even included healthy, organic treats for our doggie guests! The dog contests were the usual highlight of the day, and we had five talented winners.

 

Makin' Maple Booth

 

Makin' Maple was a hit with kids and grown-ups with their sugar-on-snow treats.

Check out our Dog Party photos here...you just might see yourself!

 

Little girl and Pug

 

Full Moon Bonfire This Saturday

Bonfire

 

Full Moon Bonfire @ Dog Mt, Saturday, October 15th, starting at 6:30 pm. S'mores and other snack foods available. Bring your own food/snacks to share with friends.

Gold House Pizza out of Littleton NH, will be donating Pizza for the event. This is a family-friendly event, and (of course) dogs are always welcome! Call Jay Churchill for details: 802-748-5481.

 

A Bicycle Built for Two!

Congratulations to the happy couple who added to the Dog Party Festivities last weekend by tying the knot in the beautiful Dog Chapel!

 

Bicycle built for Two

 

Kids Love Dog Mountain!

12-year-old Mercy Brooks created this work of dog art at the Dog Festival's Little Artists Station! Nice work Mercy!

 

Mercy Drawing

 

Thank you for all your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

October 6, 2016

Dog statue

 

It's been a busy week here at Dog Mountain! The fall colors are peaking, and we've loved seeing so many "leaf peepers" come by to enjoy the spectacular views, the dog park, and the the Gallery. Meanwhile, we're all scurrying around to get ready for the Fall Dog Party this Saturday! It's not to be missed!

 

Amanda on the news

 

Alaina Pinto and the tv news crew from Local 22 & Local 44 stopped by to tape some live segments with Dog Mountain's own Amanda McDermott. Check out the footage here.

 

Fall Dog Party THIS SATURDAY!

Our biggest Dog Party of the year is coming this Saturday, October 8th, from noon to 4. It's our Fall Fest Dog Party, right in the heart of Fall Foliage season, and it's one you really won't want to miss!

 

Dog Contest Trick

 

There will be a ton of activities for the whole family and, as always, a host of deliriously happy canines and their equally happy humans!

 

Pizza

 

We'll have wood-fired pizza made onsite by Farm to Fire Pizza, live music with Vermont's Colin McCaffrey, Sugar on Snow by Vermont Maple Sugar Guru Chris Parker, a bounce house for the kids,

 

Bounce House

 

art activities, lawn games, door prizes, and, of course, Dog Mountain's famous dog contests!

If you've never been to one of our Dog Parties, you owe to yourself to come. It's like nothing else you've ever experienced. Hope to see you all there!

 

Hillside play

 

If you'd like to volunteer an hour or two of your time to help out at the party, please fill out a volunteer form here. You'll get to part of something very special, and we'll really appreciate your help!

 

FODM

 

Our Dog Parties are sponsored by our non-profit, Friends of Dog Mountain. Your donations to FODM help make it all possible. To donate, click here. Dog Mountain Forever!

 

Dog Mountain Wants Your Vote!

Regular readers will know that USA Today has been running a contest for "Best Dog Friendly Tour or Activity" and thanks to all of you, Dog Mountain's in first place!

 

Vote for Dog Mountain

 

Voting ends in four days, so let's make sure to keep Dog Mountain at Number One where we belong! Click here to vote, and you can cast a new vote every 24 hours. Let's do this!

 

Upcoming Events!

Bonfire

 

FULL MOON BONFIRE @ Dog Mt, Saturday, October 15th, starting at 6:30 pm. S'mores and other snack foods available. Bring your own food/snacks to share with friends. This is a family-friendly event, and (of course) dogs are always welcome! Call Jay Churchill for details: 802-748-5481.

 

Thank you for all your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

September 30, 2016

She Sings Autumn

 

There's nothing like the blush of fall colors against blue skies! The view is amazing here on the Mountain right now, and temperatures are perfect for hiking. Still warm enough for an afternoon dip in the dog swimming pond, too! Vermont's famous for it's Fall Foliage, and we heartily invite you to visit during this short but stunning time of year!

 

Autumn Fence

 

This fleeting season brings to mind Robert Frost...

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Robert Frost, 1874 - 1963

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

 

Furry Visitor of the Week!

So glad to meet Daisy the bulldog! She wore her rainbow bridge dress in honor of her visit to the Dog Chapel. Come back soon Daisy!

 

Daisy the Bulldog

 

New Community Collaborations!

Catamount Arts

 

We're very pleased to announce that collaboration between St. Johnsbury's Catamount Arts and Dog Mountain has resulted in placement of artworks by Stephen Huneck in NEKCA Head Start Offices in Albany and Barton, Vermont, as well as the WIC office in St. Johnsbury.

 

Crab Giclee Make Waves Giclee

 

This is funded by the Fay Slover Fund at the Boston Foundation, which supports placement of original art in public areas of human service agencies. We're excited to be a part of this community outreach and look forward to many future collaborations!

 

Thank you for all your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

We're Number One!

September 23, 2016

Leaderboard

 

Last week we told you about USA Today's "Best Dog Friendly Tour or Activity" contest. Thanks to you all, Dog Mountain is now #1 on the list!

Voting runs until October 10th, and you can continue to vote once every 24 hours. Let's keep Dog Mountain at #1 where it belongs!

 

Community and Legacy

Last week, Saint Johnsbury Academy's woodworking program instructor Matt Stark stopped by for a visit. A few years back, he purchased a quantity of wood and woodworking tools from Stephen Huneck's private collection at auction. Since then, he and his students have been creating works with the wood and paying homage to Stephen Huneck's gifts as a sculptor and furniture maker. We are so very honored to have two of those pieces now on display in the gallery!

 

Student Woodworking

 

These two gorgeous curly maple night stands were made by the woodworking students at the Academy right here in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The Drawer pulls are Stephen Huneck signature dog heads which were also purchased at auction. Stephen Huneck had a wish to work with young woodworkers, pass on his knowledge of handcrafting, and help young artists in their careers. It's wonderful to see his work having an impact on aspiring woodworkers, and it's especially meaningful to see his very tools and wood taken up by young hands in producing these pieces. Stephen's legacy lives on!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

September 16, 2016

Fall Pond

 

We see colors! Warm days and cool nights make for a brilliant foliage season, and that's what's happening here at Dog Mountain! There's nothing like Fall Foliage Season in the Northeast Kingdom, and the mums on the patio and around the Gallery just add to the color.

 

I Like Sticks Giclee She Sings Giclee

 

Inside the Gallery we've got a wonderful selection of vibrant Stephen Huneck Fall Prints!

 

Dog Mountain Wants Your Vote!

Vote for Dog MOuntain

In this election season, there's one campaign we can all get behind! Dog Mountain's in the running for "Best Dog Friendly Tour or Activity" at USA Today. We're currently at number 11 on their list. But we all know we should be number one, right? With your votes, we can get there.

Please go here and vote! You can cast a vote once every 24 hours. Voting runs until October 10th, so you can vote again and again. It'll be fun to watch Dog Mountain climb the charts!

 

Volunteer Spotlight

A huge Dog Mountain shout of gratitude for one of our "permanent" grounds volunteers, Susan Ohlidal, for all of the clean-up and brush removal she's recently been doing. Her passion for Dog Mountain is a gift. Thank you, Susan!

 

Volunteer Badge

 

If you'd like to become a volunteer at Dog Mountain, please fill out our online volunteer form. We humbly thank you in advance for your time. We especially could use your help at our upcoming Fall Fest Dog Party on October 8th. It's your chance to be a part of the Dog Mountain magic!

 

Visitor Spotlight

Biker Dog!

 

Biker Dog

 

Midge Hiked the entire Appalachian Trial to Raise money to bring home military dogs in Afghanistan.

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

September 9, 2016

Sunny Day Giclee

 

We're enjoying sunny days and cool nights on Dog Mountain. Good sleeping weather, as we say here in the North East Kingdom! The apples are falling from the trees, and there are still lots of berries to be picked, so be sure to bring containers when you visit. The gallery doors are wide open to let the cool breezes blow through. Such a delightful time of year!

 

House Woof Logo

 

A special thank you to Rolf and Ken of House Woof Dog Biscuits for stopping by and donating six folding chairs and a group of hosta plants to be placed on the grounds in memory of their beloved dogs, Sasha, Dakota, and Kayak.

 

House Woof Snack

 

They'll be unveiling their new organic dog biscuit made exclusively for Dog Mountain at the upcoming Fall Dog Party on October 8th!

 

Lend Us Your Paws!

Dog Party above

 

As many of you know, Dog Parties are a wonderful part of the Dog Mountain tradition, and our small staff can always use a helping hand. If you'd like to volunteer for an hour or two at our upcoming Fall Dog Party please fill out our volunteer form.

 

Smiling lab

 

You'll have a blast and we'll be grateful!

 

Fall Dog Party!!!

We are SO excited about our Fall Dog Party set for Saturday October 8th, noon to 4pm!

Here is some of what you can expect...

 

Farm to Fire logo

 

Food: Farm to Fire Pizza! Farm to Fire is bringing their wood-fired pizza oven to Dog Mountain for the day.

 

Farm to Fire pizza

 

Cooked right in front of you, this pizza feeds your soul.

Fun: Bounce house, Art activities & Lawn Games!

 

Bounce House

 

Entertainment: Live music with Vermont's own Colin McCaffrey.

 

Colin McCaffrey

 

Singer, songwriter and lover of strings, Colin plays roots music, swing, blues, and country. His solo albums are original bluegrass, folk, jazz, and old standards from the American songbook.

 

Sugar on Snow

 

Vermont Maple Sugar Guru Chris Parker will be joining us again for Sugar on Snow!

Dog Contests: And, of course, what Dog Party would be complete without our famous Dog Contests MC'd by Tiger and Sheila!

 

Dog Contest

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

September 1, 2016

Dogs and kids on DM

 

Harvest time! Apples are dropping from the trees and it's been an amazing year for berries. Come pick your own along our trails and perhaps make your own Dog Mountain preserves!

 

Sally in field

 

The leaves are at their deepest green, but there's just a hint of fall color at their edges as we enter the always-gorgeous month of September.

 

Dog Mountain

 

Labor Day weekend is a wonderful time for an outing at Dog Mountain, and the gallery will be open normal hours for the holiday weekend. We hope you'll come spend your days off with us!

 

FODM Mug

 

And don't forget our new Dog Mountain Forever Mugs available both online and in the gallery!

 

Find Us on AmazonSmile

Amazon Smile Logo

 

You can now support Friends of Dog Mountain (FODM), our registered non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Dog Mountain, via AmazonSmile. The best part: it costs you nothing!

The way it works is this. When you shop at Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. Everything there is the same as the regular Amazon site, but when you make a purchase at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates a portion of the purchase price to the charity you select. Search for "Friends of Dog Mountain Inc" and select us, and from then on, every time you make a purchase at smile.amazon.com, FODM will get a small donation from Amazon. You only have to search and select once.

 

Amazon Smile Search

 

And, as we said, it costs you nothing. We hope all of you will sign up!

 

A Special Note

Part of the wonder and magic of Dog Mountain and the Dog Chapel is that we meet visitors from all over the world. We received an especially touching note this week and with the author's permission we'd like to share it here with you all.

 

Note Pic

 

Dear Dog Mountain Staff,

Several weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Dog Mountain. A couple of years ago my most treasured and adored Airedale Terrier passed away at an age too early. His name was Bentley. Bentley Jensen. He was my soul mate. He was bred in Australia (as was I), and I brought him with me when I came to reside in the USA. When I read about the wonderful Dog Mountain, I made my 'pilgrimage' with photos in hand and pinned them to the Chapel walls. It was a 'forever moment', a time when you somehow immortalize the memory of the dog you have lost in a very special, spiritual way. There, with the memories of thousands of others. His photo, his memory, will live on not only in my own heart and mind, but in the presence of all who make their way to quietly pin their beloved photos on the walls of the Chapel. Together, we will honor all of them for as long as the Chapel stands.

Long live Dog Mountain. Dog Mountain Forever! And may all those who contribute to Dog Mountain be blessed!

Kind regards,
Rhonda Jensen

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

August 25, 2016

Dogs on Dog Mountain

 

The summer weather continues and the grounds have been filled with traveling and local visitors. We so enjoy meeting people and pets from all over the country! Sally makes new friends every day and greets everyone at the door with a friendly bark and tail wag.

 

Autumn

 

Autumn is just around the corner, and we're anticipating the fall colors that will soon paint the Mountain. We invite you to visit us during the beautiful season ahead!

 

Dog Party Photos

Dog Party contest

 

We are so happy to share some of the beautiful photos from our recent Summer Dog Party! It was a blast!

 

Dog Party swim

 

To see all the 2016 Summer Dog Party photos check them out on our Facebook Page.

 

Dog Party smile

 

Featured Visitors

House Woof Logo

 

The owners of House Woof All Natural Dog Biscuits stopped in last week with their gorgeous huskies.

 

Huskies

 

We were so honored (and a bit overwhelmed) by the beautiful photos and words they posted on their Facebook page after the visit. We are so happy to share their post with you.

 

House Woof Chapel

 

Thank you House Woof!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

August 18, 2016

Dogs on Dog Mountain

 

It's been another wonderful week of two and four-legged visitors! And the Dog Chapel hosted a lovely wedding on Saturday. We're so happy and honored to have people choose the Chapel for such an important life event!

 

Walk up Dog Mountain

 

Summer still has a firm hold, but we're seeing the first hints of color on the mountain leaves, and apples are beginning to weigh down our apple trees. It's a great time of year for a hike!

 

Gallery Dogs

Dog in the gallery

 

The lovely Greer visited us this week! He's a seven-year-old St. Bernard-Newfoundland cross.

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

August 12, 2016

Sally in the gallery

 

We've been enjoying amazing summer weather, and the heat is still on! We made the most of it last Sunday as the sun stayed with us for our Summer Dog Party.

 

Party at the pond

 

More than 300 people and 200-plus dogs attended! Excellent food was provided by Back Road BBQ, fantastic music by White Steer and friends, and some very impressive dogs took home prizes in the hugely entertaining Dog Contests!

 

Bounce house

 

t was such great fun to see so many kids enjoying the bounce house and Little Artist station, blowing bubbles, and playing bean toss. Huge thanks to all who attended, and we hope to see you again soon!

 

Dogs on the hill

 

Special thanks to the DM staff and volunteers for putting together such a wonderful day!

 

Dog swimming

 

Little Visitors to Dog Mountain

little visitor little visitor

 

We can't help getting the camera out when little cuties stop by!

 

Board books

 

A bunch of our Sally board books went home with soon-to-be readers last week, along with many of our kid and toddler sized t-shirts.

 

Kids shirts

 

Our smaller t-shirt designs are limited, so do get yours while they last!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

July 27, 2016

Kids with statue

 

We've had some wonderful visitors this month, and the weather has been stellar! Hard to believe July is coming to a close -- and what a great way to end the month as we welcome the 3rd Annual Bernese Mountain Dog Gathering and BBQ this Saturday!

 

Gallery from above

 

The Gallery's full of beautiful Giclee, Woodcut, and Transparent Prints, and lots of other unique and fun Gifts and Housewares. And, for those of you who visit, Black-Eyed Susans and Queen's Mantle are in bloom on Dog Mountain, and a variety of wildflowers, too. It's a great time of year for photos!

 

Summer Dog Party 2016

Sunday, August 7th 2016
Time: 12pm-4pm

We're making some changes to this year's Summer Dog Party, and we think it'll be our best dog party yet!

 

Back Road BBQ

 

BBQ: We're very excited to the have the Back Road BBQ truck providing amazing food this year!

Menu items consist of Southern Style BBQ and sides such as cheddar biscuits, cornbread, stewed collards, smoked mac and cheese, coleslaw, fried pickles and maple baked beans. See the full menu here.

 

WhiteSteer

 

Music: WhiteSteer will be on the patio providing some VERY danceable live tunes!

 

Sugaring

 

Sugar on Snow: A Vermont tradition and a cool summertime favorite! Chris parker, a local sugarer will provide his maple syrup for kids, pets, and all to enjoy!

 

Sheila

 

Dog Contests: MC'd by Tiger & Sheila from 3:00 to 3:30

Prizes awarded for "Best Kisser," "Best Trick," "Best Dancer," "Biggest Paws," "Best Swimmer," "Smallest Dog," "Biggest Beggar," "Best Jumper," "Dog & Human Look-A-Like."

 

Bounce house

 

Bounce House: It's back! Kids of all ages can have a bouncing good time!

Raffle by FODM: Take a chance! A beautiful Stephen Huneck Woodcut print could be yours.

Ticket proceeds support FODM's non-profit group efforts to save and support Dog Mountain. With your help, Dog Mountain will remain a vital part of the community for many years to come!

 

Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

Meteor Shower

 

Skywatching Event! August 13

Join us on Dog Mountain for an evening of lights in the sky! Bonfire, BBQ, BYOB. We will provide some food for the grill but feel free to bring your food to grill or a dish to share. Don't forget your lawn chair or a blanket and if you play an instrument bring it along! Let's hope for a balmy, clear night of viewing!

 

Visitors of the Human Persuasion!

We were very pleased to meet Seth Stivala this week. Seth is a young man from Maryland who's backpacking all 50 States!

 

DM guest

 

He stepped into the Gallery on Sunday with a bright smile and announced that Dog Mountain was his number one destination in Vermont! His original plan had been to make the hike with his dog, but his companion sadly passed away before it could happen. Seth wears his dog's red bandana around his head all along the journey in his dog's honor and paid homage to him in the Dog Chapel while he was here. Thanks for coming by Seth!

 

Inspired by Art & Nature: Kids Love Dog Mountain!

Young artist Art

 

We were honored again last week with the work of ten year old artist Haley Wenzel who presented staff with her drawing of Sally!

Thank you Haley!

 

Furry Friends!

DM guest DM guest

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

July 22, 2016

Dog Mountain view

 

After some much needed rainfall the sun has returned and it looks to be blue skies this weekend! The summer heat is no problem at Dog Mountain with its many shaded areas, dog swimming ponds, and of course our dog washing station, complete with puppy pool!

 

Summer cooling pool

 

Here's Buster the dog claiming the pool for a cooling soak!

 

Dog Mountain in the Community

Sometimes it's okay to boast, right? We're so fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented staff, and our Creative Director, Amanda, is the embodiment of that. She's constantly making sure that Dog Mountain stays present in the local community.

 

Store window

 

This week, she created a beautiful new window display in downtown St. Johnsbury that features a Stephen Huneck dog walker sculpture walking Sally! The beautiful window is on Eastern Avenue opposite our local cinema, bringing color, life and fun to the neighborhood.

 

Upcoming Events!

On July 30th, Dog Mountain's excited to welcome the 3rd Annual Bernese Mountain Dog BBQ! Festivities will run from 10 am to 3 pm, complete with a BBQ lunch at noon.

 

Bernese Mt Dog Event

 

This annual event has become a highlight of our summers, and we can't wait! See our website for more details. Everyone's welcome!

On Sunday, August 7th, we're hosting our Summer Dog Party for 2016! Our dog parties are deliriously joyful events, and if you haven't been to one, you owe it to yourself to come.

 

Sally at Dog Party

 

There'll be food, music, dog contests, and of course lots of happy canines and humans! Festivities start at noon and run until 4 pm. Hope to see you there!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

July 8, 2016

Summer swim

 

Dog Days! It's been hot here on the mountain. Summer is definitely in full swing! We were fortunate to enjoy sunny days over the holiday weekend and it was great to see so many new and returning visitors enjoying the grounds, visiting the Chapel, and perusing the gallery.

Spending a summer day on Dog Mountain is a day well spent. So, pack a lunch and come spend the day with us!

 

Event Update:

Unfortunately, the Beantown Disc Dogs event scheduled for July 16th and 17th on Dog Mountain has been cancelled.

All other Dog Mountain Events this summer will go on as scheduled.

 

Bernese Mt Dog Event

 

We hope you'll join us for the 3rd Annual Bernese Mountain Dog BBQ on July 30th. Mark your calendars!

 

Your Support Matters!

Chapel Extrerior

 

Dog Mountain is home to 150 acres of meadows, trails, swimming ponds, the famed Dog Chapel and the Stephen Huneck Gallery. The Dog Park and Chapel are free and always open to the public.

 

Gallery setup

 

Your purchases from the gallery and our website make that possible. We thank you for your support and invite you to participate in the continuance of this one of a kind place either by volunteering or making a donation to our non-profit, Friends of Dog Mountain.

Another great way to help out is to spread the word about Dog Mountain!

 

Facebook

 

Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! And, when you do visit us, be sure to "check-in" on Facebook! Of course, good old fashioned word of mouth has also brought many new visitors across our threshold.

Thank you!

 

Send Us Your Photos and Letters!

It is always wonderful to receive photos from our visitors and we encourage you to send them our way.

 

Chapel couple

 

We also love to hear about your Dog Mountain experiences and would love to receive any written thoughts or poems to share in the newsletter!

 

Weekly Featured Furry Visitors

pooches

 

Summer Dog Party!

Summer dog party

 

Join us on Sunday August 7th for our annual Summer Dog Party from noon to 4pm!

Get ready...details coming soon!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

July 1, 2016

Mountain in summer

 

Some much-needed rain fell this week, followed by some lovely cooler air and white, billowy clouds. The holiday weekend ahead promises plenty of sunshine -- and what better way is there to celebrate than with a family outing at Dog Mountain?

 

Flower bouquet

 

The gallery vases have been filled with lupine, peonies, and daisies that reflect the bright colors of our many prints.

 

Gallery

 

When you visit, do take advantage of our holiday sales in the gallery!

 

Gallery

 

We also have many sculptures and unique furniture for sale in the gallery, along with a lot of other fun merchandise featuring the art of Stephen Huneck.

 

4th of July

 

Dog Mountain, The Gallery, and The Dog Chapel will all be OPEN on July 4th! We hope you and your family will come out to celebrate the holiday with us!

 

Hiking and Picnicking

Hiking Dog Mountain

 

The trails are beckoning! Escape the heat on our lush, shaded woodland trails. We hope you'll take photos and share them with us on Facebook and Twitter, as we'd like to see what inspires you along the path.

 

Picnic table

 

Remember to bring along lunch for a picnic on our beautiful new patio space or at a table under the apple trees. And as always, please remember to use bug repellent, sunblock, and stay hydrated!

 

Art and Nature Inspired: Kids love Dog Mountain!

So many families visited the gallery last week and this lovely girl shared her dog-inspired art with us!

 

Young artist

 

This week's Favorite Furry Visitors!

Pug Pet pal

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

June 24, 2016

Chapel through the trees

 

Happy (official) summer! The Full Strawberry Moon shone brightly this weekend and temperatures have been perfect for dog swimming, family picnics, trail hikes and rolling in the meadows. So many dogs and their people have been visiting from near and far.

 

Gallery interior party

 

The Gallery is full of unique gift items and of course the amazing works of artist Stephen Huneck. Still plenty of time to make plans for you and your family to join us at our Summer Dog Party Sunday, August 7th. Details coming soon!

 

Sally Goes Robotic!

Last Saturday, Sally was a shining star in the annual St. Johnsbury Pet Parade! This year's theme was Robotic.

 

Sally robot 1

 

Costumed pets of all persuasions decked out in robotics gear took part, including chickens, rabbits, goats and even an iguana!

 

Chicken on a leash

 

The sidewalks were filled with waving people of all ages, as pets and their people marched down Main Street.

 

Robot dog 1

Robot dog 2

 

Our talented Creative Director, Amanda McDermott, worked hard on helping to organize the event. After the parade, she also helped out doing face painting and making kids smile. Tara Holt of the St. Johnsbury Chamber handed out free ice cream in the town park.

 

Sally robot 2

 

Amanda also designed Sally's parade couture, and although Sally (due to her conflict of interest) couldn't take home any prizes, she won the hearts of many! Dog Mountain handed out prizes including Gold Angel Dog Ornaments and My Dog's Brain Books for Best in Show, Most Robotic, and Most Creative.

 

Pet parade

 

The Therapy Dogs of Vermont marched proudly in the parade and set up an information booth where people could learn how their dog can become involved in pet therapy. And Kingdom Animal Shelter did their annual 'Bark in the Park' fundraiser for shelter animal food and supplies.

 

Pet parade tent

 

This community event happens because friends and neighbors contribute their time, talents, and ideas. If you'd like to get involved in organizing the 2017 Pet Parade, contact the St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce at 802-748-8575 or email: director@discoverstjohnsbury.com. For the full calendar of chamber events, visit discoverstjohnsbury.com.

 

Art and Nature Inspired: Kids love Dog Mountain!

Last week, eleven year old Ellen Brooks of Gardner, Massachusetts visited the Stephen Huneck Gallery with a gift in hand. After walking the Dog Mountain trails and enjoying the vistas, she was moved to make a drawing of the overlook and present it to the staff.

 

Ellen's drawing Ava's Drawing

By: Ava Carbonneau By: Ellen Brooks

 

There must be something in the air because we also received a photo of a drawing made by eight year old Ava Carbonneau of Lyndonville, VT. Her drawing was inspired by Stephen Huneck's "Life Is A Ball" print and features her dog Rune Solay.

Beautiful work! Thank you Ellen and Ava!

We are so uplifted and grateful to receive such lovely tributes. We see many families and children visiting Dog Mountain, and it's wonderful to know that the beauty of the land and the artwork of Stephen Huneck are inspiring a new generation of creative young people.

 

Up Next...Beantown Disc Dogs Games!

On Saturday, July 16th & Sunday, July 17th from 9:30 am - 4 pm, get ready for some Disc Dogging fun at Dog Mountain!

 

Beantown Disc Dogs

 

Dog Mountain is excited to welcome the Beantown Disc Dogs Social Club: where the discs keep flying and the dogs keep smiling! The Beantown Disc Dogs Social Club will be hosting a two day competitive disc (Frisbee) games event, a Sunday BBQ, and the crowd-pleasing FreeStyle Disc Demo show! Come join in on the fun at Dog Mountain!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

June 16, 2016

Our Labor of Love Party on June 4 was a resounding success! Twenty-five dedicated volunteer crew members and staff pitched in, working together to refresh the grounds at Dog Mountain.

 

Patio before LOL

 

This year's goals included landscaping, cleaning, painting, and - most significantly - the creation of a whole new patio space.

 

Gardening at the LOL

 

Three crews were formed, and we'd especially like to express huge thanks to team leaders Scott Buckingham (Landscaping), Micah Carbonneau (Painting and Patio),

 

Painting at the LOL

 

and Bryan Mitchell (Grounds clean-up and all-around runner)! Dog Mountain's amazing Tina Mitchell and her daughter Nicole kept everyone fed. And a very special thanks to our greeter and check-in organizer Susan Ohlidal and Jay Churchill for clean-up and prep work the day before the event. The sun and temperatures were with us, and work began at 9am with some crew members working as late as 9pm.

 

Cleaning at the LOL

 

More special thanks to Don Cherry for late-night perseverance, or rather "doggedness"! We are feelin' the love here and invite all to come and enjoy the trails, meadows, ponds, and the new patio space.

 

Finished patio at the LOL

 

THANK YOU! To see more photos of Dog Mountain's Labor of Love Party check out our facebook page.

 

Overdue Praise and Appreciation...

The care and maintenance of Dog Mountain is no small task! It is in great part reliant on the dedication, passion, and truly altruistic efforts of people who give of themselves to help keep Dog Mountain what it is. We are more than fortunate to have two such people from the local community who do just that: Jay Churchill and Susan Ohlidal, keepers of the trails!

 

Dog Mountain fields

 

Dog Mountain has 1.6 miles of hiking trails on the property, and a great percentage of the upkeep on the paths is done by Jay and Susan. Jay painstakingly cleared a beautiful trail a while back that we officially call the Churchill Trail.

 

Dog Mountain paw signs

 

New paw-print signs were recently made and Susan placed them along the paths to make sure that the way is clearly marked.

 

Dog Mountain trail signs

 

Jay crafted a beautiful new sign for the wild flower trail that has also newly been put into place. There is still much to be rebuilt and cleared in order to sustain and renew the hiking trails. We welcome any and all who may have a specific interest in participating in the ongoing trail work. It takes a community to keep the vision of Dog Mountain's founders in place for all of us to enjoy. Jay and Susan's stellar contributions are a shining example of what can be accomplished by just a few. We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to them both, Dog Mountain's as-of-now official trail ambassadors.

 

Fun at Founders Day!

We had a wonderful celebration and dog party last Saturday! The rain fell but did not dampen the fun or spirit of the occasion.

 

Founders Day Contest
This contestant for biggest beggar had some unexpected entrants

 

Many furry friends showed their talents in the dog contests and well earned prizes were awarded. Great music and food were enjoyed by all and we welcomed many people who traveled from afar to join us at Dog Mountain.

 

Founders Day at pond

 

Stephen and Gwen Huneck's legacy continues on, something that we celebrate every day here at Dog Mountain both in remembrance and by continuing to make new memories. Thanks to all who attended and we hope to see you at our next dog party on August 7th.

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack

 


 

Greetings from Dog Mountain!

June 9, 2016

Beautiful weather on the mountain

 

Stunning weather was with us last weekend for the Labor of Love Event. The staff and volunteer crew were amazing and, along with clean-up and landscaping, a new patio area was created! Much focus, dedication and skill was brought to the effort and we could not be happier to offer this lovely new space for all to enjoy. We'll have a longer recap of the LOL event in next week's newsletter. Until then, many, many thanks to all who made this happen!

 

Dog Party This Saturday!

Founders Day Celebration and Dog Party: June 11th from Noon to 4pm

 

Dog Party Pond

 

This Saturday!!! Food, music, and fun!

Families and pets are in for a great day as we remember Dog Mountain's Founders: Stephen and Gwen Huneck.

 

Gwen and Stephen

 

There is a lot to celebrate and we invite you to join us in making the party happen!

 

Dog contest

 

Activities will include dog contests with prizes, music by Burlington's musical duo Abby Jenne and Bart Feller, caricatures made by artist Kaio Scott, a story time walk with Sally, and more!

Our dog parties are free to the public and held rain or shine. We can't wait to see you all there!

 

Thank you for your support! You make Dog Mountain possible!

With love and gratitude,

The Dog Mountain Pack