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Guide dogs' love ends in marriage

Tuesday March 25th 2014

A pair of guide dogs that fell for each other during their training have led their owners down the aisle and into wedded bliss after guiding them to "true love".

Labrador-retrievers Venice and Rodd, who met two years ago on a guide dog training course, even acted as ring-bearers for their happy owners -- Claire Johnson, 50, and 51-year-old Mark Gaffey, who are both registered blind.

The couple embarked on a whirlwind romance after arranging play dates for their dogs, having been unable to see them split up after watching them playing and nuzzling together during the two-week training course.

Following their wedding in Baralston, Stoke-on-Trent, the bride said: "Our dogs were the class love story. Everyone used to joke how Mark's dog Rodd and my dog Venice were meant to be together."

She said she had no doubt it was Venice and Rodd who had brought them together and "helped me find my true love", adding: "Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates."

Copyright Press Association 2014

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