Blind Couple Finds Love Thanks to Their Guide Dogs

Mia Fitzharris
Blind Couple Finds Love Thanks to Their Guide Dogs

Along with an engagement ring always comes the question, 'So, how did you two meet?' Well, one couple from Stoke-on-Trent in England have a pretty awesome answer: Their pets set them up. Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey, who are both blind, ended up going to the same two-week training session for their Labrador guide dogs, Venice and Rodd. The dogs became very close during the training and brought their owners, who lived only a mile and a half from each other, together.

After the course, Mark and Claire would meet up for coffee and lunch dates, some of which lasted for three and a half hours. Mark told the Sentinel, "Each time we met the lunches were getting longer, and the waitresses were tapping their fingers waiting for us to leave." It wasn't too long before Mark got down on one knee and popped the question, all thanks to puppy love. Claire told the U.K. newspaper the Telegraph, "Rodd and Venice ... are as much a couple as me and Mark."

The couple's unique love story was featured on the July 3 episode of 'Me and My Guide Dog' on the U.K. channel ITV. Claire and Mark will tie the knot next March, with two adorable matchmakers as their ring bearers.

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