Hotels.com Is Looking for a Discerning Dog to Review the World’s Best Pet-Friendly Hotels

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Your pet may not work a 9 to 5 job or have bills to pay, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve a vacation. As House Beautiful reports, Hotels.com is giving one lucky dog the chance to take a 10-day tour of some of the most luxurious pet-friendly hotels around the world—and if your dog wins the contest, you get to tag along, too.

The hotel-booking service recently posted a listing in search of its "first ever hotel Canine Critic." In an effort to compile a list of the best hotels for pets, Hotels.com is sending one dog and its owner to the hotels of their choice for 10 nights. Winners can choose to spend their whole vacation at one perfect spot or take the opportunity to test out lodgings in different locations across the globe. The prize consists of 10 vouchers from Hotels.com valued at $200 each, and the winners get to decide how to use them.

The pampered pooch who's selected will be tasked with seeing if the pet-friendly amenities and accommodations at various hotels meet their standards. Some examples of features at the most popular pet-friendly hotels in America include special dog food menus, "pawlates" classes, and canine massages. Meanwhile, their owner will be free to enjoy any luxuries designed for humans the hotels have to offer.

To enter your pet in the running for the gig of a lifetime, upload the cutest photo or video of them you have and tag @Hotelsdotcom and #CanineCritic in the caption. Follow @Hotelsdotcom on Instagram to make sure your submission is considered. The deadline to enter the contest is August 25, and the winner will be contacted via a direct message on Instagram no later than September 18.

[h/t House Beautiful]

Keep Your Cat Busy With a Board Game That Doubles as a Scratch Pad

Cheerble
Cheerble

No matter how much you love playing with your cat, waving a feather toy in front of its face can get monotonous after a while (for the both of you). To shake up playtime, the Cheerble three-in-one board game looks to provide your feline housemate with hours of hands-free entertainment.

Cheerble's board game, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, is designed to keep even the most restless cats stimulated. The first component of the game is the electronic Cheerble ball, which rolls on its own when your cat touches it with their paw or nose—no remote control required. And on days when your cat is especially energetic, you can adjust the ball's settings to roll and bounce in a way that matches their stamina.

Cheerable cat toy on Kickstarter.
Cheerble

The Cheerble balls are meant to pair with the Cheerble game board, which consists of a box that has plenty of room for balls to roll around. The board is also covered on one side with a platform that has holes big enough for your cat to fit their paws through, so they can hunt the balls like a game of Whack-a-Mole. And if your cat ever loses interest in chasing the ball, the board also includes a built-in scratch pad and fluffy wand toy to slap around. A simplified version of the board game includes the scratch pad without the wand or hole maze, so you can tailor your purchase for your cat's interests.

Cheerble cat board game.
Cheerble

Since launching its campaign on Kickstarter on April 23, Cheerble has raised over $128,000, already blowing past its initial goal of $6416. You can back the Kickstarter today to claim a Cheerble product, with $32 getting you a ball and $58 getting you the board game. You can make your pledge here, with shipping estimated for July 2020.

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A Prehistoric Great White Shark Nursery Has Been Discovered in Chile

Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
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Great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) may be one of the most formidable and frightening apex predators on the planet today, but life for them isn’t as easy as horror movies would suggest. Due to a slow growth rate and the fact that they produce few offspring, the species is listed as vulnerable to extinction.

There is a way these sharks ensure survival, and that is by creating nurseries—a designated place where great white shark babies (called pups) are protected from other predators. Now, researchers at the University of Vienna and colleagues have discovered these nurseries occurred in prehistoric times.

In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, Jamie A. Villafaña from the university’s Institute of Palaeontology describes a fossilized nursery found in Coquimbo, Chile. Researchers were examining a collection of fossilized great white shark teeth between 5 and 2 million years old along the Pacific coast of Chile and Peru when they noticed a disproportionate number of young shark teeth in Coquimbo. There was also a total lack of sexually mature animals' teeth, which suggests the site was used primarily by pups and juveniles as a nursery.

Though modern great whites are known to guard their young in designated areas, the researchers say this is the first example of a paleo-nursery. Because the climate was much warmer when the paleo-nursery was in use, the researchers think these protective environments can deepen our understanding of how great white sharks can survive global warming trends.