Everyone who knows me half-decent knows that I have a reverence for bears (and cats). The previous sentence does not make the next paragraph any more or less illuminating though.
A popular form of entertainment in 16th-century England. A bear was tied to a stake, and trained dogs were set upon it. Other variations included a bull tied to a stake and a pony with an ape tied to his back.”
Thought this embarassing practice became antiquated long ago? Guess again!
p.25, The Know-It-All, Jacobs