I've done all the 4000 footers, and most of the 3000 footers in Vt. For those who are going to do Mansfield there is another easy day hike, with good views up Mt Hunger. It's only a half hour from Mansfield and is suitable for dogs, kids, but has a surprising big mountain feel at the top.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe