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When love really is blind: couple marry after guide dogs become an item
The Telegraph ^ | 7-4-13

Posted on 07/04/2013 5:54:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

A blind couple have told how they found love and got engaged - after their guide dogs became an item. Claire Johnson, 50, first fell for Mark Gaffey, 52, when her dog Venice became friendly with fellow guide dog Rodd at Guide Dog Training classes.

The two dogs - both aged three - became inseparable and soon their owners, who are both registered blind, followed suit.

After an 11-month whirlwind romance, the couple, from Stoke-on-Trent, got engaged and are due to get married next March - with their dogs acting as ring-bearers.

Gaffey, who has been blind since birth, first met Claire when she took her dog Venice to a two-week Guide Dog Training course in Shrewsbury last March.

He said: "During the training our two dogs, Rodd and Venice, seemed to know something we didn't.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: blind; dogs; love

1 posted on 07/04/2013 5:54:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Joe 6-pack

Seeing Eye Doggie Ping


2 posted on 07/04/2013 5:55:32 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Looks like “Venice” is preggers.


3 posted on 07/04/2013 6:01:27 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Man, I really needed a nice story like this after the deluge of bad stuff that’s come down the pike lately,


4 posted on 07/04/2013 6:16:45 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Gaffer

“Looks like “Venice” is preggers.”
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That can happen to a bitch who hangs around with Rodd the dog.


5 posted on 07/04/2013 6:19:27 AM PDT by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: Gaffer
Looks like “Venice” is preggers.

???


6 posted on 07/04/2013 6:24:35 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The lady’s dog, Venice....


7 posted on 07/04/2013 6:25:03 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: afraidfortherepublic

AWWWWWWWWWw...such a sweet story...thanks for posting it!


8 posted on 07/04/2013 6:34:01 AM PDT by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: Gaffer

How can you tell that the dog is “preggers”?


9 posted on 07/04/2013 6:44:24 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Well, I’ve seen some dogs in my time...and I’ve seen some that are pregnant. In looking at the picture, the fat/loose skin on her lower belly coupled with what looks like dog fur separating from around one or more of her teats leads me to think so.

I could be wrong, but it just looks like it to me she’s early in pregnancy.


10 posted on 07/04/2013 6:50:48 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Besides, how are them two owners gonna know just what them two dogs did?


11 posted on 07/04/2013 6:52:10 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

Well, if you’re right, I want one of the pups!


12 posted on 07/04/2013 7:15:06 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Also at the site:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/10134983/Worlds-largest-pet-rodent.html#?frame=2596868


13 posted on 07/04/2013 7:15:50 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Gaffer

My big question is what kind of training were those dogs receiving? I thought that seeing eye dogs had to be all business and weren’t allowed to play with classmates, or they’d get kicked out of the program.


14 posted on 07/04/2013 7:16:53 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Joe 6-pack

ping


15 posted on 07/04/2013 7:22:44 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Gaffer

In the US, service dogs are typically neutered/spayed but it may be different in the UK. It’s done to take the sex drive distraction down to a minimum.


16 posted on 07/04/2013 7:25:05 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Flick Lives

Yes, this is really neat!


17 posted on 07/04/2013 7:26:07 AM PDT by Shady (Creed of the PC Police: You're guilty when we say you are...)
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To: T-Bird45

All I know is what I perceive in the photograph...could be wrong, could be right...dunno.


18 posted on 07/04/2013 7:27:35 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Honestly, I don’t know. The female dog looked like she was early pregnant, that’s all...I’m probably wrong.


19 posted on 07/04/2013 7:28:44 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

They are beautiful dogs and will make beaautiful pups, if they are not already “fixed”. I’m sure that they are smart too, since they are graduates of the Seeing Eye program.

Personally, I prefer Golden Retrievers, but I appreciate Labs too.


20 posted on 07/04/2013 7:42:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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21 posted on 07/04/2013 7:43:38 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Good looking pair of dogs there for sure.


22 posted on 07/04/2013 7:47:40 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Dog training welcome to sex education.


23 posted on 07/04/2013 7:49:10 AM PDT by monocle
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