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The Dog Chapel
Neatorama ^ | May 2007 | Alex

Posted on 08/24/2011 8:50:19 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Scroll down on the Divinely Designed Church entry for this bonus entry:

Stephen Huneck’s Dog Chapel, complete with statue of a man walking his dog

After his dogs (and loving wife!) helped him recover from a serious illness that doctors thought would kill him, artist Stephen Huneck decided to build a chapel in honor man’s best friend.

Huneck built the dog chapel on his mountain-top farm in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Inside, there are four pews with dog sculptures, a fantastic dog stained-glass window and other interesting dog-themed arts.

(Excerpt) Read more at neatorama.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: architecture; churches; doggielist; doggieping

Stephen Huneck’s Dog Chapel, complete with statue of a man walking his dog

Who was the commentator (Will Rogers, perhaps) who said, "If there are no dogs in Heaven, I don't want to go there" ?

1 posted on 08/24/2011 8:50:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Correction: Will Rogers said, ‘If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.’


2 posted on 08/24/2011 8:52:25 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Who was the commentator (Will Rogers, perhaps) who said, "If there are no dogs in Heaven, I don't want to go there" ?

LOL, my Dad once said that in his adult Sunday school class-caused quite a stir! : ) But I have to agree with it.

3 posted on 08/24/2011 8:52:51 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Obama's Fault!!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Another doggie ping


4 posted on 08/24/2011 8:53:19 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

oyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.


5 posted on 08/24/2011 8:57:16 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I should have looked this up before, Stephan Huneck died last year by his own hand, and his widow has been accepting donations to keep the property taxes paid on his "Dog Mountain" home. He was a wonderful folk artist whose works have been made into several products that most of us are familiar with.

They held a retrospective of his work just this month. May he R.I.P.

6 posted on 08/24/2011 9:00:32 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
From the Dog Chapel website:

With its dog-themed stained glass windows and hand-carved dog pews and sculptures, the Dog Chapel is more than just a place to remember and celebrate the companionship of canines. It is a majestic and one-of-a-kind work of art. Why did Vermont artist Stephen Huneck build the Dog Chapel?

The "wild idea" came to him shortly after he returned home with his wife and three dogs following a serious accident that left him suffering with Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome and in a coma for two months. At the Dog Chapel Web site, you can read the compelling story of how Huneck's illness and a near-death experience profoundly inspired him to show appreciation for basic things we often take for granted.

"I look at this chapel as the largest artwork of my life, and my most personal," stated Huneck.

Dogs were already a subject of interest to the artist, known for his whimsical wood sculptures, furniture and woodcut prints, and they came to dominate his works, which are exhibited and sold in a gallery on the Dog Chapel property.

In this close-up photo of one of the stained glass windows in Stephen Huneck's Dog Chapel, you'll see how dogs are celebrated in every detail of this captivating chapel.

While no regular services are held, visitors and their dogs are invited to pause inside the chapel. It's the perfect place to give thanks for all of those sloppy kisses, waiting-at-the-door greetings, barked alerts and shared walks in the woods and to forgive all of those muddy footprints on the kitchen floor and accidents on the carpet.

7 posted on 08/24/2011 9:12:07 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I REALLY like the pews. :-)


8 posted on 08/24/2011 9:21:54 AM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

www.nytimes.com/2010/02/01/arts/design/01huneck.html

Obituary


9 posted on 08/24/2011 9:31:44 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: left that other site
I, too, like the pews. This may be a better link to the obituary which is certainly worth reading. Very sad:

Stephan Huneck, artist of Dogs, is Dead at 61

10 posted on 08/24/2011 9:36:51 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: left that other site

Shucks! That one didn’t work. Use the first link I provided. It takes you to several obituaries. Click on the first one. There is a lot of information there about the chapel and the gallery — his life’s work. Very interesting.


11 posted on 08/24/2011 9:40:00 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: left that other site

Stephen Huneck and his wife, Gwen, in 2001, next to one of his works.

12 posted on 08/24/2011 9:42:25 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

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13 posted on 08/24/2011 9:48:57 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Doggie Disneyland -- Stephan Huneck in happier times

This is a nice article. Worth reading.

14 posted on 08/24/2011 9:54:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I understand his love of dogs, but I have a problem with making it look like one should worship dogs. I worship God.


15 posted on 08/24/2011 10:03:07 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: Bigg Red

I too. The guy’s stuff is cute, but the chapel as it appears to be from pix, is bordering on sacrilege.


16 posted on 08/24/2011 10:16:46 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Bigg Red
If you read about him, I don't think it says anywhere that he advocated worshiping dogs. He just loved dogs and considered them one of God's great gifts to humankind.
17 posted on 08/24/2011 10:25:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Bigg Red

Doesn’t look that way to me. Looks like a place to worship God with one’s dogs, not to worship dogs.


18 posted on 08/24/2011 10:29:59 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Why?


19 posted on 08/24/2011 10:30:37 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: the OlLine Rebel; BiggRedd

See #17. I think his chapel celebrates the bond between human and dog and throws a welcome mat out for furry friends. My church holds a blessing ceremony for all pets each Fall in conjunction with St. Francis’ Feast Day. I don’t think that it is sacriligious at all.

I remember one time, many years ago before air conditioning, the church doors were open during a service and a dog wandered in. The priest welcomed him and guided him to an usher who ushered him out. Nobody mminded.


20 posted on 08/24/2011 10:32:04 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
He just loved dogs and considered them one of God's great gifts to humankind.

I beleive the same thing. They are probably the greatest animal.

21 posted on 08/24/2011 11:05:10 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: left that other site

I like all of this chapel!


22 posted on 08/24/2011 11:25:16 AM PDT by tob2 (Chihuahua mama)
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To: Bigg Red
A very interesting article on Stephan Huneck's obsession with dogs and religion

He was a remarkable and troubled man. This may shed some insight into his life.

23 posted on 08/24/2011 12:00:01 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: the OlLine Rebel

See #23


24 posted on 08/24/2011 12:01:16 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: the OlLine Rebel; BiggRedd

Oh for crying out loud..Give it a break!

we all know you are holy....


25 posted on 08/24/2011 2:28:09 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (where is the Great Santini when we need him??)
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To: stuartcr

Because besides stereotypical architecture, I see no actual reference to God or Christ. All I see is dogs.


26 posted on 08/24/2011 5:53:50 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2768391/posts?page=26#26

I’m sorry but from the pix here, that’s all I see. Even if he didn’t mean it that way, perhaps like the United 93 memorial’s foot-in-mouth Moslem-esque design, that’s the impression it leaves. Worshipping dogs.

Having St. Francis blessings (which we have in our area) or a priest allowing a dog in church is not at all the same situation.


27 posted on 08/24/2011 5:58:28 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for these!

Dogs are special!


28 posted on 08/24/2011 6:54:26 PM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Yeah, so how does that not make it a house of God? The chapel here on the JEB base in Va Bch has stained glass windows with USN rating badges and sailors. That doesn’t mean people go there to worship the navy.


29 posted on 08/25/2011 6:54:04 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: stuartcr

Excuse me? What chapel based on God does NOT have an altar area/sanctuary with a cross at least, never mind representation of Christ?

I have no idea how your chapel actually looks. If it has no symbolism or pictures of holy figures, then it isn’t much of a chapel.


30 posted on 08/25/2011 12:52:32 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

It’s the multi-denominational chapel on the navy base. The only views we have of this chapel are the outside, a window, and one wall on the inside. Works for me and apparently others, sorry it doesn’t work for you.


31 posted on 08/25/2011 1:42:57 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: stuartcr

I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Any pictures?

What “only views”? What do you mean? You can’t see anything but those things? Not allowed to photograph?

I can’t tell what it’s like without “views”. I don’t even know the proper name of this base in VA Beach to research it myself. So I can’t tell you if I approve of it as truly God-based, or not.


32 posted on 08/25/2011 1:50:55 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: stuartcr

I get it now. You meant to have paragraphs separated, “this chapel” suddenly being the dog chapel.

Clearly the “wall” photo is the front “altar” area, unless this is a unique set-up. It’s viewed from the main aisle and shows a front row of pews facing away.

It’s strange there is no symbolism I can see for Christ in that central part.


33 posted on 08/25/2011 1:59:30 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I’m sure the USN/USMC Chaplain corps will be glad you approve of their chapel. Every military chapel I’ve been to, is multi-denominational.

I’m figuring that this is a unique chapel set-up.


34 posted on 08/25/2011 2:06:08 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

It used to be Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, now it’s Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.


35 posted on 08/25/2011 2:07:50 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: stuartcr

“I’m sure the USN/USMC Chaplain corps will be glad you approve of their chapel.”

I’m very important, you know. :D

“Every military chapel I’ve been to, is multi-denominational.”

Interesting - although that can be scary. In K(C)olumbia, MD, that means “interfaith center” aka, no faith. Any pictures of the Navy chapel? Thanks for the proper name of the base (I have never heard of those so had no idea where to look, although I believe this is where my cousin’s husband was last stationed before retirement - never heard a name).

“I’m figuring that this is a unique chapel set-up.”

Could be. Could be a set-aside area instead of the altar, per se.


36 posted on 08/25/2011 2:15:18 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Sorry, no pictures. Most people know it as Little Creek NAB, lots of SEALs and UDT school here and amphib ships.


37 posted on 08/25/2011 2:24:19 PM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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