You might think that cosseted house pets are a modern phenomenon. It takes a certain level of affluence and leisure time to devote as much attention to them as we do, dropping human-sized sums of money on doggie day care and visits to the animal hospital. But a post on the history blog Wonders & Marvels reveals that even in grimier times, people were still preoccupied with their canine companions.
The post excerpts some of the nearly 500 advertisements for lost dogs that appeared in central London newspapers between 1700 and 1800. Here’s a short one from the Public Advertiser, 1768: