There has been a flurry of dog-related news recently in the Calder Valley, notably the visit of illusionist Derren Brown to Todmorden. He arrived at Central Vale Park with a camera crew this week to investigate the strange case of the lucky dog statue, which locals say has brought them good luck after patting it.
People claim that they have obtained employment, won raffle prizes and been successful in bonus ball competitions after visiting the canine creation, which is shortly also to feature in a Channel 4 show hosted byÂ Dawn Porter. It is reported that a local landlady was lucky enough to receive the offer of a free gig in her pub by comedianÂ Jason Manford after touching the dog, and in turn, Jason then bumped intoÂ Dolly Parton, in a ‘pay-it-forward’ manner of luck transmission.
Now it seems that people are travelling from as far away as Warwickshire to touch the dog. One explanation for the dog’s apparent success may lie with the possibility that people who believe in its powers may feel more positive and go on to succeed in job interviews etc. However, others believe that a totem statue such as the Todmorden dog may have real influence. No doubt public opinion will be divided on the issue.
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