Puppy Love: These Matchmaker Dogs Set Their Humans Up To Fall In Love
They say that love is blind, but sometimes it still needs a little help. We all know that guide dogs assist the visually impaired with their daily lives, but who knew they could help their owners find love, too? This was the case with Rodd and Venice and their owners, Mark and Claire.
Rodd and Venice first met during a guide dog training class in 2012 and fell in love immediately. Even though Mark and Claire cannot see, they could feel the bond between their two dogs. After the end of the two week training class, they couldn’t stand the idea of separating the happy couple. According to The Mirror, Claire and Mark only lived 1.5 miles apart from each other, so they agreed to meet for doggy play dates.
These play dates soon turned into dates for the owners as well. With the newfound freedom and mobility that the guide dogs provided them, the two began to meet more and more frequently. They soon realized that there was an attraction not just between the dogs, but between themselves as well.
Mark proposed to Claire on Valentine’s Day in 2013, and the pair would eventually get married in May 2014. Rodd and Venice of course guided them through the wedding ceremony and served as ring bearers, too. The couple thanks the dogs for bringing them together to create this happy ending.
“I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love,” Claire said. “Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates.”
Not only do guide dogs assist the blind, but they can help those in hospice care as well. Donations through this Gift That Gives More help fund Home for Life’s Sit*Stay*Heal program. The program provides pet therapy visits for hospice patients and the terminally ill, pairing dogs with patients to offer comfort and companionship when it’s most needed.