This statue is by the side of the road as you drive through the village of Wadeford between Chard and Combe St Nicholas. His name is Patrick - it says so on the base - and on the lamppost it says "Good fortune to you. Share a little of it." I don't know the name of his canine pug friend. Patrick looks to be a little weary, as he is hanging on to the lamppost for support. Well he has been standing there for at least 6 years and possibly many more than that. Maybe he is waiting for a bus - they are a rare sight now in rural Somerset, which might explain why he has been waiting so long!
Patrick belongs to Chardleigh House, which is a residential home for young people with social difficulties. It is run by a company called 3 Dimensions Care Ltd.