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Love at First Sight

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Susan Vernicek
Written by Susan Vernicek

I never thought you could really experience love at first sight until I met Missy, our new American Bulldog. We recently put our old English bulldog, Rambo to sleep and he was such a handful that we thought we’d wait until after our wedding to rescue another dog.

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Have you ever experienced love at first sight? Susan shares her love at first sight experience and a tip for your chance as well.



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Love at first sight is possible with an open heart and eyes.
– Susan Vernicek

I can honestly say I’ve never experienced love at first sight until a few days ago. I didn’t have love at first sight with my fiancé, it was more of that “OMG, he is so cute and I can’t wait to see him again”. Of course now, it’s love at every sight of him.

I never thought you could really experience love at first sight until I met Missy, our new American Bulldog. We recently put our old English Bulldog, Rambo to sleep and he was such a handful that we thought we’d wait until after our wedding to rescue another dog.

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My fiancé couldn’t wait to get a new dog to play with and he has been constantly researching a potential dog for us to rescue. So I knew eventually he would approach me to go check out a dog with him.

Just a few days ago we drove over two hours to meet Missy, an American Bulldog. As we entered the family’s home, she surely wasn’t shy and peed all over as we greeted her. Even with that slip up, it was love at first sight.

She looked so beautiful, sweet and playful. I had an instant feeling of yes, this is going to be our new dog. After a few hours of playing with her outside and discussing all her habits with the owner, we packed her up and took her to her new home with us.

I never thought that I’d miss a dog when I was out and about. I can’t wait to get home to see her and play with her, I mean she plays SOCCER with us! I didn’t think love at first sight was possible, especially with a dog, but I’m extremely lucky to discover that it is indeed possible to have love at first sight.

I share this story because I hope you open your heart for the possibilities of love. Anything is possible and we all deserve the chance to know feel that love whether it is with a pet or a human.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?

It took a long time to accept my body both mentally first and then physically.  I started to heal when I created Identity Magazine and started to focus on taking care of me and what I wanted in life. It is always a challenge, but now with Missy, my American Bulldog, she makes it a bit easier as I have a workout buddy to keep me on my fitness track.

What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?

I appreciate how a dog, especially my Missy has unconditional love.

What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?

One of my most rewarding achievements is finding love. Love can be challenging, but I’m grateful for finding love in Missy and my husband 🙂

What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your identity?

I have many, but one that I share often is my OCD. I’m so uptight with cleaning that I find myself cleaning the house every single chance I get.  Especially with a Missy and her short hair. It’s all over the house and it drives me nuts!  It’s part of who I am and it’s great exercise to keep moving and cleaning, right?

How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my American Bulldog and the challenges she gives me!

 

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About the author

Susan Vernicek

Susan Vernicek

Facts about Susan Vernicek:
• She’s happily married and a mother of twins.

• She’s tried almost every fad diet back in her quick-fix days, admits at age 34 it’s a struggle to work hard on overall balance and is focused on not giving into the unhealthy fads we see daily.

• She’s all natural with natural blonde hair, uneven breasts, a bigger nose, and full of curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.

• She had a career where part of her job was staring at herself 40 hours a week manipulating her very own face as well as others.

• She’s the youngest of 7, ranging from 30-50+, an Aunt, Great Aunt and even younger than some of her nieces and nephews!

• She’s traveled and seen over 8 countries and spent a summer in London finding her passion and embracing life.

• She created S&J Identity, Inc. AKA Identity Magazine, having no business background and at the age of 25.

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