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Puppy Love Leads To Guide Dog Owner’s Wedding

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Guide dog owners Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey wed after their dogs fell in love at training two years ago. Guide dogs, Venice and Rodd were with the happy couple throughout the service and acted as ring-bearers. Guide dog owners Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey wed after their dogs fell in love at training two years ago. Guide dogs, Venice and Rodd were with the happy couple throughout the service and acted as ring-bearers.

Claire Johnson didn't expect to meet the man of her dreams, but that all changed during a training two years ago.

Johnson met her husband Mark Gaffrey when their guide dogs, Venice and Rodd, interacted with each during a 2-week training course in 2012.

Some would call it love at first site, but it turned out to be a match made in dog heaven for the pooches. Rodd and Venice had fallen head-over-paws in love, playing and nuzzling together throughout the program.

"Our dogs were the class love story. Everyone used to joke about how Mark's dog Rodd and my dog Venice were meant to be together," Claire explained.

When training came to an end Mark and Claire's life had changed forever. Now partnered with guide dogs they began their new life of independence.

As the couple couldn't bring themselves to split the two Labrador-Retrievers, they agreed to meet for play dates.

Claire, 50, and Mark, 51, only lived 1.5 miles away from each other. The two soon met up for regular coffee dates that turned into lunch dates and eventually the foursome became a family.

After enjoying a whirlwind romance, Mark popped the question, and asked Claire to marry him on Valentine's Day 2013 – she said yes.

The wedding, which took place in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, went without a hitch as guide dogs, Venice and Rodd, took the happy couple through the service and even acted as ring-bearers.

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