Couple marry after guide dogs ‘fell in love’

A couple who got together after their guide dogs “fell in love” in 2012 have married.

Claire Johnson, 50, and Mark Gaffey, 21, met after their Labradors Venice and Rodd took a shine to each other during a two-week guide dog training course.

Ms Johnson said the pair had been the “class love story”, constantly playing and nuzzling throughout the course. “Everyone used to joke about how Mark’s dog Rodd and my dog Venice were meant to be together,” she said.

After Claire and Mark were paired with their dogs, the couple continued to meet to avoid keeping the dogs apart, and eventually Mr Gaffey proposed on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

Venice and Rodd attended the couples ceremony in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 22nd March, and even acted as ring-bearers.

Ms Johnson said she has no doubt that they were brought together by the dogs, and that all four are “best friends and soul mates”.


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