Couple Find Forever Love Thanks to Seeing-Eye Dogs

Claire Johnson and Mark Gaffey, with Rodd and Venice

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updated 08/09/2013 AT 2:40 PM ET

originally published 08/11/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET

This ain’t no puppy love – though it literally started out as such.

It seems Claire Johnson, 50, and Mark Gaffey, 52, were destined to be together. The two, both visually impaired, were brought together when their seeing-eye dogs, Rodd and Venice, fell in love during a 2012 training course in Shrewsbury, England.

No matter how hard people tried to keep them apart, the pups would manage to “snuggle together under a table and give each other dog kisses,” reports.

Soon, their infectious puppy love spread to their owners, who decided to give romance a shot once training was over. And much to Rodd and Venice’s glee, Johnson and Gaffey will be tying the knot next spring.

“It’s going to be as much [the dogs’] day as it is ours,” Gaffey tells “They’re central to the whole thing because, at the end of the day, they brought us together.”

She’s serious: Rodd and Venice will walk down the aisle wearing harnesses covered in flowers, and Johnson and Gaffey’s wedding cake will be decked out with bones and paw prints.

Here’s wishing all four of them a happy life that’s never too ruff!