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article imageBlind couple marry after their guide dogs become inseparable

By Mike White     Mar 25, 2014 in World
After their guide dogs became an item, a blind couple did too and married Saturday. The British couple, Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey, did not know each other before registering in 2012 to get seeing eye companions.
According to the Dodo, Labrador retrievers, Venice and Rodd, became inseparable during the two weeks they were in the guide dog training program. Mark and Claire did too.
“As the weeks were going on, everyone was saying how much our two dogs seemed to be getting more friendly with one another than any of the other dogs,” Mark recalled.
“In fact, the trainers said that it was the romance of the course, the two dogs,” Claire remembered. “They’d always pull towards one another, ignore all the other dogs.”
After the friendship between the dogs developed, the couple realized they only lived a mile-and-a-half apart. They started to create play dates for the dogs. Over a period of time, a romance formed between Claire and Mark too, and the play dates became real dates for all involved.
Last year, with Rodd there, Mark proposed. When the two got married Saturday, their dogs were the ring bearers in the ceremony.
"I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love," Claire, who lost her sight at 24 because of diabetes, said, according to the Daily Mail.
"Our dogs were the class love story," she added. "Everyone used to joke about how Mark's dog Rodd and my dog Venice were meant to be together."
Mark remembered the two dogs "were always playing together and nuzzling up together."
"'We could have easily missed one another by a week because it was a residential course and we just happened to be put on the same one," Mark recalled. "Each time we met the lunches were getting longer and the waitresses were tapping their fingers waiting for us to leave. There was a connection from the word go. We chatted about anything and everything."
According to the New York Daily News, Mark is 52, and Claire is 50.
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