Eventually, as the pair spent more time with one another at the behest of their dogs, the two came to realize that they lived just a mile and a half apart from each other back home. So, once the course ended, the pair agreed to use that newfound sense of mobility provided by their dogs to meet for playdates for the affectionate animals. In time, romance began to blossom between Claire and Mark too, and those playdates became real dates for the happy foursome.
Last year, with his dog Rodd in tow, Mark proposed. Claire, and presumably Venice, were thrilled with the idea.
On Saturday, the blind couple tied the knot -- their matchmaking dogs serving as ring bearers to make official the relationship they helped to build.
"I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love," says Claire. "Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates."