Guide Dogs Help Owners Find True Love

PetMD Editorial
Updated: September 17, 2013
Published: July 09, 2013
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We’ve heard of people going to the dog park to help them find a date, but we’ve never heard of two dogs dating and then the doggy parents following suit.

That’s exactly what happened in Stoke-On-Trent in the U.K. when two guide dogs fell for each other and then their pet parents followed their lead.

Mark Gaffey and Claire Johnson, who are both blind, went to a two week guide dog training course last March. That’s when their yellow Labrador Retrievers, Rodd and Venice, seemingly fell head over heels for each other.

“They were always playing together and nuzzling up together,” Gaffey told the British paper The Telegraph. “The trainers said that they were the love and romance of the course, and they brought us together.”

The couple, who are both in their early 50s, lived only a mile and half from each other, but had never met. Gaffey says he doesn’t believe in fate, but felt it was meant to be. He says they could have easily missed meeting each other by a week, but they just happened to be put in the same residential training course.  

At the end of the training course, Johnson invited Gaffey for coffee so their dogs could continue their friendship.

That wasn’t the only thing that bloomed.

Johnson, who went blind at 24 from diabetes, says Gaffey, who has been blind since birth, texted her and said, "If you'd let me I could make your world a lot happier."

Johnson says she was proposed to on Valentine’s Day four times because Gaffey kept going down on one knee asking her over and over if she would marry him.

She accepted and the couple expects to be married next March.

Of course, the two dogs that brought them together will be a part of the ceremony. Rodd and Venice will be the ring bearers in the wedding.

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