Pawsing to remember the lost Lab artist

You may not know his name, but if you are an animal lover - and get a lot of catalogues - you surely know his work.

Folk artist Stephen Huneck turned his love of Labrador Retrievers into a whimsicle art form that was, as Boston Magazine called it, "like laughter, uplifting to life and enriching to the soul."

But his own life was cut short Friday at 60 from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. (See a brief obit here.)

After surviving a near fatal illness 15 years ago, Huneck built a chapel on his farm, Dog Mountain, in St. Johnsbury, Vt. in the style of a Colonial New England church. Its purpose was to celebrate the human/dog bond.

As Huneck wrote on his Website: The white steeple points up to the heavens, and on the top is a Lab with wings that turns in the wind and proclaims this place has a special affinity with dogs.