STOLEN or STRAYED,“New-Boston” was also called West Boston or the West End. It was developed after other parts of the peninsula.
From the 59th Regiment Barrack in New-Boston, the 11th inst. January; a small brown and white Spanish DOG, answers to the name of Bravo, had on a brass Collar, marked Den. M. Woodward 59th Regt.—
Who ever has found the said DOG, and will bring him to the Barrack aforesaid, or to the Printers hereof, shall receive one DOLLAR reward.
Here is a George Stubbs painting of a “Spanish Dog” from 1775.
Bravo the dog’s owner was Ens. Dennett-Milton Woodward of the 59th. He was probably with one of the two companies from that regiment (including the grenadiers) sent to Boston in 1768 alongside the 14th and 29th and some Royal Artillery. (The 64th and 65th also came, straight from Ireland.)
Woodward received his first commission in 1760, which suggests he was in his twenties when he lost his dog. The 59th companies returned to Halifax in May 1769. Alas, I don’t know if Bravo went with them.
Woodward returned to Boston as a lieutenant with a wife and children in 1774; the family then came to the attention of Boston 1775 because one child contracted smallpox. Eventually Woodward rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the 34th Regiment. He died in 1798.
(Shown above, courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg, is an eighteenth-century engraved metal dog collar, perhaps of the sort Ens. Woodward had made for his dog.)