Dog Mountain to Stay Open After Death of Gwen Huneck

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — A Vermont tourist attraction devoted to dogs has reopened after the death of its owner.

Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, which includes an art gallery and dog chapel, is open again following the June 2 suicide of Gwen Huneck.

Huneck had taken over the business after her husband, folk artist Stephen Huneck, took his own life in 2010. At the time, Gwen Huneck said he had been despondent after being forced to lay off employees.

Dog Mountain, the Hunecks’ legacy, plans to remain open. “We’re just going to try as hard as we can,” Dog Mountain’s creative director, Amanda McDermott, told the Caledonian Record. “We can only succeed if people purchase artwork.”

The decision is good news for the Northeast Kingdom, according to Darcie McCann, executive director of the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce. It’s one of the region’s largest attractions and draws people from around the country and world, she said. “We must all stand together to support and preserve these local treasures. When they are lost, there is little chance of ever getting them back,” she said.