Business ideas site Springwise has located this really interesting-looking service that helps you find someone nearby to look after your pet while you’re away.

It looks like the idea is to actually find fellow dog-owners who will look after your canine friend while you’re on holiday. You then return the favour when they go away. It’s a simple idea — so simple that I’m surprised nobody’s thought of it before!

The emphasis seems to be on building up a relationship with the person looking after your dog — so that you know your pet’s in good hands. It sounds a lot cheaper — and potentially more pleasant for the dog — than dog kennels. Of course the other alternative, taking your dog away with you, is also worth looking at, especially for UK holidays, as long as you can find a good dog-friendly cottage to stay in!