Everyone's heard of online dating services and personal shoppers. Now two suburban Philadelphia women have found a new niche that combines the two: matchmaking for hopeful pet owners. The two dog trainers who run Main Line Mutt Match will trundle to animal shelters in search of the perfect pooch for your family. My Inquirer colleague Kathy Boccella has their story.

One commentor suggests if you can't afford the service, check www.petfinder.com for adoptable foster pets. Experienced foster moms and dads will be able to give you a accurate profile of your dog-to-be.