Service Dogs Lead Their Owners to Love
Published on November 21, 2013
Guide dogs help their blind owners with countless numbers of things. But finding a spouse? That’s a new one.
Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey, who live just minutes away from each other in Stoke-on-Trent, England, hadn’t met before they both traveled to Shrewsbury for guide dog training classes.
There, their 3-year-old Labradors, Venice and Rodd, hit it off, quickly becoming an item.
So, it naturally followed that Johnson and Gaffey would get to know each other, too. And they did, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
“They were always playing together and nuzzling up together,” Gaffey said of the dogs. “The trainers said that they were the love and romance of the course, and they brought us together.”
The owners started having lunch together during their two weeks in training, and fell in love themselves.
Now, they’re engaged to be married in March — and their pups will have a new job, as ring bearers.
Their story was featured on the U.K.’s ITV show, Me and My Guide Dog, last week.
Their engagement “wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for our dogs,” said Johnson.“Rodd and Venice sleep in the same bed and are as much a couple as me and Mark.”