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Blind couple to marry after their dogs fall in love

By Mason White 3:43 AM August 5, 2013
The blind couple and their dogs 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) They are both blind, they also have guide dogs, and soon they will be husband and wife.

A blind couple has revealed how they found love after their guide dogs became an item.

Claire Johnson, 50, fell first to Mark Gaffey, 52, when her guide dog Venice befriended guide dog Rodd during guide dog training classes.

The two dogs, both three-years-old, became inseparable, and soon their owners, who are both legally blind, followed suit.
After an 11-month romance, the couple of Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, decided to get engaged, and are due to marry next year. The two dogs will be at their side.

Gaffey, who has been blind since birth, first met Claire when she took her dog Venice on a two-week course in Shrewsbury.

“During training, our two dogs, Rodd and Venice, seemed to know something that we did not. They were always playing together and stroking together. The coaches said they were in love. We could have easily missed each other because it was a residential course and you just happen to be put in it. It’s ironic that we met there because we realized we only live a mile and a half away from each other, but we had never met. We were simply in the right place at the right time. I’ve never believed in fate, but it does seem like it was meant to be,” Gaffey said.

Johnson, who lost her sight due to diabetes when she was 24, said she took the first step when she invited Gaffey to the cafe at the end of the two-week residential course.

“Rodd and Venice sleep in the same bed and are both a couple like me and Mark. They’re going to be walking down the aisle and be ring bearers. This wedding is for them as well,” Johnson said.