A dog’s family lookalikesDOGBUDDY

Leaving the family dog behind is often the worst part of going on holiday. Now there is an answer: just turn yourself into a doll.

DogBuddy, an online pet-sitting service, is testing a service called Woof You Were Here, in which pet owners become lookalike toys for their dogs. Two weeks after submitting photographs to a toy manufacturer, they get themselves back through the post in miniature.

It comes after a survey of UK dog owners revealed that 93% worry their pooches will miss them when they go on holiday. The research suggested that three in five holidays are ruined as owners fret about their dogs.

Simon Goble, DogBuddy’s chief marketing officer, said: “We’re trying to bring peace of mind to dog owners, and we…