I'm no longer reluctant to bond with pets. I cherish my dogs Annie and Gracie (who was born on September 11, 2001... by the grace of God puppies were being born on that awful day). These precious pets have literally saved my life, loyally licking my tears when I'm sad; they bring me joy.
You can read an article about pets and PTSD at the Heal My PTSD blog, and follow a link to an audio on the subject.
Here is a poem written by Daisy, which tells about her cat, and how it helps her heal, and explains I feel about my dogs.