Glad Jacob is such an animal lover. My kids like animals especially dogs, but we have never tried the pet therapy. I've met a couple of people with therapy dogs though. They've helped their kids immensely. The riding sounds interesting too. I think sometimes sports are a nice bridge. I took Luke to Little Gym for Mommy and me gymnastics. Luke followed directions better than the NT kids, and he was happy to copy the teachers. In fact other kids were copying him. I can't wait to go back.
Bless your heart.