In our morning’s drive poor little Wowski (Mr Wynn’s little dog, bought at Wansford Bridge) was run over by the phaeton, and his leg much hurt.
That was in 1788, but it still is news. John Byng notes the incident in passing in the journal he kept of his tour around Sussex* We have never met Wowski before and we never discover if this little dog – a terrier surely – recovers to yap and leap and bother passing carriages again.
Dogs are so often our unacknowledged companions, a call on our heart, but rarely considered important enough to figure in published histories – until little Wowski leaps into view. He may have been dead for well over 200 years, but I winced when I read about his accident and still find myself hoping that he did eventually recover.
*Published in John Byng’s Rides Around Britain