There is an interesting little story that goes with this corbel which can be found between a pair of flying buttresses on the northern wall of Exeter Cathedral.
Over the near thousand years that this edifice has been standing, many of the original corbels and gargoyles have eroded to such a degree that many are unrecognisable from the original, have fallen off or been removed for safety purposes.
This one is known as the 'Dog and Pipe' and was carved by former cathedral stonemason Peter Dare some twenty years ago. Dare, who came from Exmouth, was the patron of an Exmouth public house and was familiar with 'Butch' a dog that would, daily, share a drink and a pipe of tobacco with his owner! When commissioned to produce a number of new corbels for the cathedral, Dare thought that the hound would make for a unique and amusing addition to the building's collection of grotesques.