We have stone animals scattered around our house, too, although none quite as nobly imposing as this fellow. Mainly dragons - sleeping dragons, alert dragons, friendly dragons. They guard the entrances to the house, and try to keep bad things - or people - out. Now that the house has been sold, we'll have to find new places for them to guard - a new windowsill for the sleeping one to curl up by, and another doorstep for the quiet one to hide under. It won't be their first move, and I'm sure it won't be our last.