Last night on Sixty Minutes (current affair programme) there was a story about how dogs, dolphins and horses seemed to be helping children with autism. One child began speaking and interacting normally when riding with his father on a horse. Twin boys with autism behaved normally when accompanied by their specially trained dog. No one can explain/prove why this is happening. I think that through Threadism (remember I said animals may be joined more strongly by species - these, like us, are mammals) the centeredness and the living in the now of these animals somehow transfers to the children.
Wow, Rev, all those years without a sick day! Well done.