Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.

I think I am becoming one of those ‘I prefer animals to humans’ people


I am aware it is not uncommon for people who have suffered and been betrayed considerably in life, to become people who love the company of animals, rather than people.

I have only this year, had a dog in my life. She’s such lovely company. She’s still a puppy, and she’s playful and a little mischievous and simply adorable.


Animals offer that kind of love and affection, you don’t need to question. They are loyal. Traits that few people have that I have known in my life, have had.

The older I get, the less I want to spend time with people. My fortnightly ladies group, is enough people interaction for me. And I actually don’t want to get to know any of the ladies, more than needed for these group chats. I don’t want to find out things that make me anxious, or have to worry about.

I love being with my children, my dog and limited time with other people.

I do know I am introvert, who was always trying to be an extrovert, because extroverts are lorded as being how we should all be. Which is rubbish. Now, I don’t feel the need to try to be an extrovert. 

I’m also aware I have always been alone, even when surrounded by people. And that continues.

But, I love the company of my dog and I’m already thinking of getting a rescue dog too. I feel so much empathy for animals who have been abandoned and/or treated badly. I guess that’s because I have endured this myself.

If anyone loves being with animals – more than people….. I get it.

~ Lilly Hope Lucario

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Author: Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

I am a survivor of complex and multiple trauma and abuse, who at the age of 40, began my healing journey. I am using my journey to recovery and healing, to help others, to help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged and to enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life changing. Complex trauma produces complex adults. The journey to recovery is a painful, often lonely, emotional daily challenge and it is my aim to encourage others in their daily battle. ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

5 thoughts on “I think I am becoming one of those ‘I prefer animals to humans’ people

  1. I have a little girl who looks much like yours and I rescued her 2 years ago. I know now, that we rescued each other. From the first night I brought her home and we had an immediate bond, Shania took me out of a “rant” because I had been triggered badly. It was as though she had been trained specifically for me.
    I would rather spend my time with animals than with most humans any day. They give us unconditional love and acceptance, no expectations other than food, water and a warm bed and some love. They give us far more love than we give them, it is an inate characteristic in animals, especially dogs and cats. Shania is my emotional support dog, she is my live teddy bear and my rescuer. I love her dearly.

  2. Lilly, I enjoy your blog. Your writing hits home with me. I like what you said about being an introvert. People make me feel strange because I prefer to be alone with my animals. But after years of abuse and betrayal, I can’t take being with people. I used to feel guilty because I’m not one of those lively, fun party crashers. I have finally accepted me. God bless!

    • I completely understand and when we have the double issue of being an introvert and also having endured much abuse and betrayal, it is very understandable why we would choose to spend time with animals.

      I don’t find any peace of mind around people. And that has been my reality since childhood.

      We need to be okay with our needs and have self compassion. And support each other, as we are doing.

      Lilly ❤