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Mountainside Encounters: Dog Mountain

Names: Too many to mention.

Breeds: Too many to mention.

Encountered: At Dog Mountain, in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Backstory: Despite the death this year of its founder, Dog Mountain held its annual Dog Fest over the weekend — this time making it a celebration of not just dogs, but also of the life and art of Stephen Huneck.

Hundreds showed up for the event.

“We know he would have wanted everyone to have a great time,” said Gwen Huneck, widow of the artist who commited suicide earlier this year. “That is, after all, why the artist created Dog Mountain and the Dog Chapel. Stephen wanted families with their dogs to have fun and enjoy nature in a place where they can bond with their furry family members as well as other dog lovers.”

We brought you the story of artist Stephen Huneck and Dog Mountain in a post earlier today. But these photos from Sunday’s festival may best explain what it’s all about. In a word, dogs.

“Stephen believed having dogs in our lives encourages us to love,  laugh and play more often, all qualities that are good for the soul,” she added.

“He also believed being around dogs makes it easier for people to interact with each other and make new friends.” 


Roadside Encounters is a regular feature of “Travels With Ace” — the continuing account of one man and one dog spending six months criss-crossing the country.

To see all our roadside encounters click here.


Comment from Sue
Time October 13, 2010 at 8:19 am

Absolutely fabulous photographs!! And love that last one with Ace in the lineup 😀

Comment from wendy
Time October 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Had a great time, we could not have been more pleased. Sorry I am back in Florida!

Comment from buster’s mom
Time October 13, 2010 at 7:04 pm

what a beautiful day it was. i enjoyed it but the dogs really, really enjoyed it which is what stephen would have wanted. thanks to all for this event.

Comment from Leann
Time October 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I’ll never get the mud out of my shirt but my 2 goldens and I had the best time ever at the party
Leann in RI