Love At First Bark: British Couple United By Their Guide Dogs

blind couple with dogs

Conclusive proof that dogs are superior judges of character, in life and in love.

It was love at first sight for a pair of guide dogs, and their owners soon followed suit. Claire Johnson, 50 and Mark Gaffey, 51, met two years ago in a guide dog training class in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Both adults are blind, and need their dogs Venice and Rodd to give them assistance. The pooches took to each other right away, and Claire describes them as the "class love story", going on to say, "Everyone used to joke about how Mark's dog Rodd and my dog Venice were meant to be together."

It was pure luck that Clair and Mark were put in the same class, but we'll bet that they are incredibly thankful for that. Mark said of the fortuitous class assignment, "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." Once their dogs paired off, Mark and Claire soon became an item as well. Mark stated of his bond with Claire, "There was a connection from the word go. We chatted about anything and everything."

Mark proposed on Valentine's Day of 2013, and the pair finally tied the knot yesterday, March 22. Much luck and love to the happy couple!

Claire and Mark on their wedding day, along with the dogs who united them