Stephen Huneck was a wood carving artist, furniture maker, painter, and author. Most of his artwork is composed of carvings of dogs. He has also illustrated several children’s books featuring his beloved black Labrador Retriever, Sally. In 1997, after a near death experience, Huneck started work building a chapel to dedicated to dogs. The Dog Chapel, which took three years to complete, is situated next to his studio in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Pieces of his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Dog Museum of America, and the American Kennel Club.