Adopted Dog’s Unconditional Love Means Everything to Pet Dads

Adopting Daisy made her pet daddies feel loved for who they are.

Anupam + Daisy

For Daisy, meeting her pet dads was love at first sight. For Anupam and his partner, Daisy’s unconditional love brought happiness and acceptance.

"When Daisy looks at us, she does not see our sexuality, she does not see our brown skin, she does not see how much money we have, she does not see what we look like. She just loves us for who we are. For the first time in our lives, we feel wanted, validated, loved, and celebrated exactly as we are."

For the last four years, my life has been a struggle. Coping with a major depressive disorder from forced gay conversion therapy and subsequent mental trauma, I was on the verge of a breakdown. My partner was also going through the struggle of acceptance with his parents. After four years in our relationship and four long years of constant agony with our parents and society, life just seemed so bleak. That is when Daisy came into our lives.

It was love at first sight; it was kismet. At the adoption event, this fuzzy little 2-month-old puppy just ran into my arms. I used to be scared of dogs, but I just melted away and knew right then and there that we had been chosen by this cute little goofball.

We look at her and we see just pure, unconditional love. When Daisy looks at us, she does not see our sexuality, she does not see our brown skin, she does not see how much money we have, she does not see what we look like. She just loves us for who we are. For the first time in our lives, we feel wanted, validated, loved, and celebrated exactly as we are. When Daisy is playing with a dog and she gets extremely happy, she comes running to me like she has found a pot of joy and she wants me to have it all. When COVID-19 struck and my partner’s business tumbled, Daisy was there to provide us emotional support. When she is scared at the vet, when she is hungry, or after recovering from her spay surgery, she just wants us to kiss her, pat her, and just be with her. She makes us feel like superheroes who will always protect her. But she does not know that she is the superhero that we always needed. She might not wear a cape, but she sure saves lives.

Daisy is a flower that wakes up and goes to sleep with the sun: the eye of the day. That is why we named her Daisy: the eye of our day. In these past seven months she has given us what we were looking for all our lives: acceptance. Our life is whole with Daisy. We are proud to be her daddies and blessed to have our own little family.

Each year, Petco Love Holiday Wishes campaign invites adopters to share stories of how their pets have changed their lives to give the organizations that they’ve adopted from the chance to receive grant awards. This story by Anupam won Hearts & Bones Animal Rescue in Dallas, Texas a 2020 Holiday Wishes award.