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Heartwarming Friendship Of A 5-Year-Old Girl With Autism And Her Therapy Cat
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Heartwarming Friendship Of A 5-Year-Old Girl With Autism And Her Therapy Cat

Remember when we wrote about Iris Grace, the incredibly talented 5-year-old girl with autism who paints beautiful pictures? It turns out that she has a behind-the-scenes helper who’s also worthy of praise – that’s Thula, her therapy cat.

Thula, who is almost 1 year old, is a Maine Coon. This breed is known as the intelligent and gentle giant of the cat world and though she’s still small and young, Thula does not disappoint. Her gentle and compassionate character is especially important for Iris, a young girl growing up with autism; “Thula has lowered [Iris’] daily anxieties in life and keeps Iris calm,” Iris’ mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, told Bored Panda, “but equally has the effect of encouraging her to be more social. She will talk more to Thula, saying little phrases like ‘sit cat.’

Carter-Johnson had almost given up on the search for an animal therapy companion for her daughter. When Iris happened to connect with a Siberian cat that her family was cat-sitting for Christmas, however, she realized that she “just hadn’t found the right animal yet.” For more info about Thula and Iris, read more of Carter-Johnson’s interview with Bored Panda!

More info: irisgracepainting | Facebook | WordPress | The Little Explorers Activity Club (h/t: modernmet)

What ever activity we are doing Thula is there and wants to help and be involved,” Arabella Carter-Johnson told Bored Panda. “Waterplay, playdoh, painting, bike rides, iPad, puzzles, marble run, drawing… she offers Iris her companionship, friendship and supports me in encouraging Iris to interact.

Thula has lowered [Iris’] daily anxieties in life and keeps Iris calm, but equally has the effect of encouraging her to be more social. She will talk more to Thula, saying little phrases like ‘sit cat.’

Iris has been through a stage over the last year of hating baths and having her hair washed. Thula has been getting in the bathtub with Iris and even letting me shampoo her as well to help Iris.

Iris is more active first thing in the morning now. Before Thula, it was always hard to get the day going. She is easier to get engaged in activities and there have been changes out on our bike rides.

It wasn’t advised to get an autism therapy animal, but when you research autism, there are stories that come up from time to time about the wonderful effects that animals can have on autistic kids.

We took Iris to Equine therapy but she didn’t seem very interested in horses at that time. Then I began to think about a therapy dog.

Iris and the dog didn’t get along – Iris hated being licked and the tail wagging, the hyperactivity of the dog would upset her. So, for a while, I gave up on the idea.

Then I thought about a therapy cat after reading more stories about how they have helped children with Autism… but again, no interest from Iris and the cat didn’t seem to like her either.

By this point I was getting sick of the idea. I couldn’t carry on with trialing out different animals, it wasn’t fair on anyone and not helping Iris at all.

Then my brother’s girlfriend needed a place for their cat over the Christmas holidays and we offered to look after her while they were abroad. She was a beautiful Siberian and Iris connected immediately with her.

It was then I realized that I just hadn’t found the right animal yet. So, it took us a long time and a lot of trial and error trying out different options but we got there in the end.

Thula isn’t a trained service/therapy cat but I have done certain things – I got her used to wearing a harness when she was a kitten and riding in the car and on the bike. The rest she does on her own.

The harness has a very important purpose. Thula comes out on the bikes with us and there is an internal lead in the basket and I hook that onto her harness. She doesn’t normally want to jump out but it’s a safety measure just in case something frightens her, like traffic. She will also walk on a lead and the harness is more comfortable for her than a collar for that, and safer.

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YoushoudBDansin
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7 years ago

On the last photo, you can see the cat's face on the painting over the piano.

KelliDoubek
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7 years ago

OMG, I didn't notice that. You totally can. How unbelievable!

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AleMikan
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7 years ago

OMG AWHHH!! How can anybody think that the cats are not the most amazing creatures in the world???

ClearGlass
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7 years ago

I think the horses are too.

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WandaQueen
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7 years ago

Look at that cat's face, she knows what her job is and she's proud to do it. Such a wonderful story.

AlvesiaJasmineWindvogel
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7 years ago

I am actually in tears at my desk, Wish I had such an amazing pet. Beyond Beautiful ....

LianeFleury
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7 years ago

I've had cats all of my life but Thula is one of a kind.The bond she herself formed with Iris is great. She looks like she's protecting her.

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MattiasBackström
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7 years ago

Adorable <3

YvonneFurichichi
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7 years ago

beautiful

AnitaKremsberger
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7 years ago

Damn onions....

LucyMcLaurin
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7 years ago

Can't believe that Thula gets in the bath! It's absolutely amazing.

SarahofBorg
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7 years ago

Maine coons like water!

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DeannaCashman
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7 years ago

Amazing story

JuditShaban
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7 years ago

wonderul <3 God bless them.

DellSells
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7 years ago

No Freakin' Way! o_O I love your art work :) I love your cat :) You got a Partner In Crime, & a friend ;)

RomuloLauretaParungao
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7 years ago

Excellent !

DenyseGuillen
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7 years ago

Is there any way we can purchase her creative paintings? Or donate for her art supplies? I love this !

EmilyS
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7 years ago

They have a facebook page here with a shop: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Iris-Grace-Painting/609967369017975

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GiaPerez
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7 years ago

Not to sound crazy but look at the last picture let your eyes blur a lil don't you see an outline of alil girl& cat #amicrazy?? Lol

SherylMinns
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7 years ago

I'm sure that Thula knows that it is her job to be a helper to her human. Well done on choosing a Maine Coon, as they are highly intelligent

MGLyon
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7 years ago

What an incredible story, I think this girls work is amazing, my deepest admiration to her mother for bringing out these gifts, Wow!

JenniferGorman
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7 years ago

Our cat Lightning has been so healing to our son with Asperger's. They are so very close. My son is now 17 and Lightning is 10.

HKChan
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7 years ago

Never liked cat but now I do.

AndyShick
Community Member
7 years ago

a cat who's willing to take a bath with you? That IS love

MarleneLeach
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7 years ago

Awww! You can tell that cat loves her gentle little unique human and her human loves her right back. Beautiful story and friendship! :D

WendyBirdseyePavlus
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7 years ago

My son trains k-9's and thinks cats are useless. I will be sending him this.........I love cats.

WendyBirdseyePavlus
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7 years ago

My son who trains K-9's thinks cats are useless. I will be sending this to him.............I am a cat lover from way back........

EliseSenkerik
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7 years ago

I see the cat's face too. Thanks for sharing this. Make a little book for Iris about her, the cat & paint Kids love books about themselves

NatKimD
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7 years ago

THERAPY CAT? I'm so n LUV! My son has a therapy dog, best move ever. You're pics have me in tears, I'm so happy for this little girl AMAZING

TomiSmith
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7 years ago

Dear Iris-You & Thula are beautiful. I am so happy she is your best friend. Your paintings are wonderful and hope to see many adventures.

AmandaGoodman
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7 years ago

The most touching story I've read in a long time. Iris is a seriously talented painter! Pls keep Thula secure in harness if she goes out..!

AmandaGoodman
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7 years ago

One of the most beautiful stories I've read in a long time.. Iris is a seriously talented artist. Please keep Thula secure in that harness!

fountaini
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7 years ago

They are both so beautiful! They seem to complete each other.

BrutalSun
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7 years ago

This made my heart explode! What a spectacular cat.

俊榮陳
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7 years ago

看了她們倆的互動,我感覺幸福感由衷而生~~

LindaEschenfelder
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7 years ago

Awesome! Big cat lover myself! Cats are deep thinking and I think Thula really connects and understands, more so than any human.

LeslieMullen
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7 years ago

This is one of the most touching things I have ever seen.

TamylaTeele
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7 years ago

I totally love this and I totally love cats!!! Thank you for sharing this story with the world.

MurielDesVignes
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7 years ago

Absolutely amazing/ Fantastic story. I hope Thula lives as long as my old cat, who is over 14 years old now.

Kate Karp
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7 years ago

Longer even!

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StephanieBarr
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7 years ago

I love it. I have two autistic children My daughter has connected with our own Maine Coon mix. My son likes them as well.

Catherine Hess
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh dear lord, those furry, tufty ears! What a couple of adorable litte ones!

Nancy Bernard
Community Member
5 years ago

This cat is wonderful! It is apparent, all the way through, that these two are meant for each other! She is very talented, a beautiful artist, and at 5 years old. My grandson has Aspergers, he writes the most amazing, spiritual poems, he won first place in the entire area for 8th graders with his poem "Who Am I." Autistic children are highly intelligent and insightful. The painting in the last photo is very, very beautiful, such gorgeous colors and the cat's face is extraordinary.

Nancy Bernard
Community Member
5 years ago

WOW! My grandson has Aspergers, and he was very attached to a Guinea Pig, Sweetheart. She died last Aug, and he was devastated. He had her with him every where when he was at home, and she would sit quietly on his computer table while he worked. He loved her very much, but we all knew Guinea Pigs don't live that long, and she passed away in the night when she was 3 1/2 years old. His birthday was at the end of Oct. and he wanted another Guinea Pig. His parents and I researched bunnies, and I bought a little Holland Lop Eared Bunny from a breeder for his birthday. PROFESSOR DAVID FLOPS, has fit into the home and with Beagle Evie, and is very well loved. As a matter of fact, today is his first birthday, I am going to their home to help celebrate Flops first year. We opted for a bunny because they can live up to 15 years. He is also neutered, and loves sitting on the couch and hopping around the floor. Animals are wonderful, be it dog, cat, bird reptile or rodents!

Fragranceum Lee
Community Member
5 years ago

Hsppy faces on the small girl and the cat. Love one another alot too. Very good

Nicole Fanguy
Community Member
5 years ago

Is the painting for sale I would love to support them. I have a sweet angel with autism too.

Charlotte
Community Member
6 years ago

Love this!!!! Congratulations on the book it looks awesome! We would love to reprint this story and promote your book in our magazine here in Kuwait! Please let us know how we can collaborate with you and your amazing family. Charlotte S. The Correspondent magazine Kuwait editor@rosette.cc

MelanieWonneberger
Community Member
6 years ago

I used to have a Main Coon as well they just awesome cats! Now I have a service dog and I can do understand that that the Main Coon is helping your daughter. They are very gentle and love to be with you and certainly one of the few cats enjoying water. This is awesome for your daughter and your family. Congrats on finding the right one!

MichaelW
Community Member
6 years ago

Wow, it's amazing to see how they always be there to each other. I bought kitten for my son at 5 months and now she is 3 years old. She pours only with my son. I gives her food, play with her but she always likes around my son.

JayaBachert
Community Member
6 years ago

This is touching but also heartbreaking because of what she will have to go through when her cat passes. Losing my cat of 18 years was by far the hardest thing I ever had to endure...

CristianNiculae
Community Member
6 years ago

Cat dies first...

KarenKern
Community Member
6 years ago

I saw it too this is a amazing story , cats are a lot more loving than people think , I have one that lays on my pillow above my head and puts her paw against my head when I suffer a migraine .

JamiJacobson
Community Member
7 years ago

I love Iris' paintings! She is an amazing artist. The painting over the piano would look fabulous in my living room. Thula is a blessing!

PeterLedoux
Community Member
7 years ago

are loud. But I'm disabled and would be home or have it with me 99% of the time.

PeterLedoux
Community Member
7 years ago

Parrots are my favorite, I would love to get one classified as a therapy animal so my landlord couldn't make me get rid of it. I know,

PeterLedoux
Community Member
7 years ago

I saw a white dove in one of the earlier pictures. What a great story, made my day.

PeterLedoux
Community Member
7 years ago

Your right, I thought I saw a white dove in an earlier one. This is such a great story. Made my day.

LunaCampbell
Community Member
7 years ago

The painting at the end in the photo has the cats face. Its an imprint taking up most of the painting, overlapping it. Such beautiful love.

MaryGoodson
Community Member
7 years ago

Based on the ear and toe tufts, the markings, & general fuzziness, I'd say Thula is a Maine Coon. Her PURRsonality certainly matches! =)

EunheeKim
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful......♡♡

HeatherRushing
Community Member
7 years ago

I love everything about this!

MorganJacobson
Community Member
7 years ago

Amazing story! Just like my autistic four year old daughter with her therapy cat Titi. I think were on to something here :)

ErinLandry
Community Member
7 years ago

Very beautiful and I would design a room around the painting. Then, I found the cat face, now I would like to design a house for it.

RobinSears
Community Member
7 years ago

These photos are so incredibly sweet. You can tell what a bond the two of them have together.

Vinca Price
Community Member
7 years ago

Cats of other kinds can be just as sweet, but I hope people wanting a Maine Coon will use petfinder or a breed specific rescue, not breeders

VincaPrice
Community Member
7 years ago

Petfinder and breed-specific rescues have Maine Coons. I hope people know better than to support breeders while shelter cats die.

KasiaMacRae
Community Member
7 years ago

beautiful

Kirsten Lundberg
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderfull

PiaHansen
Community Member
7 years ago

<3 Animals are best friends at all times, I love my 3 dogs- 5 cats- and the 2 horses I have, and will never be without them, ever <3

GeorgeAnnGash
Community Member
7 years ago

Great story, and photographs

James Duvall
Community Member
7 years ago

As the father of an autistic son, whom is now an adult, these small bonds between humans and animals mean everything. Miracles abide.

Dorothy Forbes
Community Member
7 years ago

Look at the picture as if daydreaming, eyes slightly crossed for 3D picture, you will see cats all over little Iris's painting. Very Special

DorothyForbes
Community Member
7 years ago

Stare at the picture as if you are day-dreaming, with your eyes slightly crossed like studying a 3D pic U see cats all over. Very Special.

JoyfulSunrise
Community Member
7 years ago

Heart warming story ~ perfect responsive kittty ~ how lovely their lives are with each other ~

Queenluxa
Community Member
7 years ago

That's sooo sweet! What a pretty kitty, too!

WandaJanes
Community Member
7 years ago

animals are pretty amazing beings!! and your daughter is beautiful and will do amazing things!

BillJorgensen
Community Member
7 years ago

What a beautiful relationship and beautiful child......the picture with the cap on is gorgeous.

JaclynRiding
Community Member
7 years ago

Awww what a lovely story

SueBrigham
Community Member
7 years ago

Kelly Brigham - this makes me want to cry

RandyHoward
Community Member
7 years ago

This is one awesome story and one awesome cat. Stories like this are the things that make life worth living. Thanks for sharing... RRH/KLH

MichaelMatthews
Community Member
7 years ago

A beautiful story.

PamPerryErickson
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful. So incredible that God would purpose a cat to be so helpful and calming for one of his children.

KariLynn
Community Member
7 years ago

I think I have NOT seen a more beautiful story. And I would love a painting of Iris'...she is a gifted artist.

Grace Harris
Community Member
7 years ago

I love this story and the photos are outstanding! What a fabulous friendship these two share. I love Iris' paintings - what talent!

DianneDassinger
Community Member
7 years ago

OMG. This story brought me to tears. The wonderful therapeutic effect of animals never ceases to amaze me.

Aini Ahmad
Community Member
7 years ago

Just beautiful...!

AiniAhmad
Community Member
7 years ago

Just beautiful.....!

JudyWatson
Community Member
7 years ago

What a awesome story , so much connection between them, animals are just so smart=^..^=

MaryMills
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7 years ago

Beautiful child, beautiful cat and beautiful story.

JasmineFullLotus
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7 years ago

Such a beautiful story :-D the cat is her whole world.

Ken Baldwin
Community Member
7 years ago

A beautiful article. To see the love and bond between Thula and Iris is heart melting.

JudeIsaacson
Community Member
7 years ago

thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!!!!

BonnieFRench
Community Member
7 years ago

Bless that beautiful kitty for knowing she has a very important job to do.

LottiePrimault
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7 years ago

Show this to the next person who says cats are ungrateful and selfish!

MilenaSchönherr
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7 years ago

The story in itself is fascinating and wonderfull. The photography is beautiful. But those paintings … they are amazing! I am blown away.

Joisilog
Community Member
7 years ago

I almost cried with this story. Though dogs make me feel happier, more alive. I do have a cat as well and she's also the sweetest. ♥

Kira Danielle Taylor
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a great story! Thanks for the share. Incredible little girl and extraordinary service cat going above and beyond as her soul mate!

CassandraSeymore
Community Member
7 years ago

I love this little girl paintings!!!!!!

YelenaMatusevich
Community Member
7 years ago

My kitty is like that. Cats are angels.

DellSells
Community Member
7 years ago

I love your work :) I love your cat :)

Helen Walker
Community Member
7 years ago

Deeply touching. Thank you so much Mom for sharing Iris... The cat picture is flabbergasting.. Is that a word? Astonishing. Thanks Iris. x

HelenWalker
Community Member
7 years ago

These are really intimate and touching images. Yes, I just saw the cat in the artwork... Amazing. Thank you for sharing this. x

AudiKennedy
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful story, and gorgeous photos... Regarding last photo, I saw the cat face before I had scrolled down revealing Thula on the piano.

CarolineLanigan
Community Member
7 years ago

she is a talented girl and she is only five years of age and her cat is loving and adorable,everywhere she goes it follows her.

DawnNRayGriffin
Community Member
7 years ago

This is so Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. They bring the Best out in each other. I too have owned a Main Coon.

Melody Mackey
Community Member
7 years ago

Spectacular photography, spiritual connection, amazingly beautiful~

MelodyMackey
Community Member
7 years ago

Spectacular photography, such a spiritual connection, aMaZiNg!

Lauren Kowalczewski
Community Member
7 years ago

A very sweet story of a talented, beautiful little girl and her 'guardian angel' kitty. Some connections are definitely made in Heaven.

NoraNalu
Community Member
7 years ago

Wow, amazing story, and I can see the cat face in the picture, this kid is an amazing artiest.

MarioFranciscoSpanghero
Community Member
7 years ago

Both Iris and Thula melt melt my heart and reassure my that life DOES have a meaning!

IbtisamMohamad
Community Member
7 years ago

The photos are gorgeous...as gorgeous as the child n the cat...so beautiful to behold...Congrats mum n family...

Dawa Lhadron
Community Member
7 years ago

Wonderful, awe inspiring and uplifting. What a fortunate girl and cat.

DawaLhadron
Community Member
7 years ago

Absolutely wonderful and so inspirational. What a fortunate young girl and cat!

EthelGrimes
Community Member
7 years ago

I saw that too...amazing!!!

DonAlan
Community Member
7 years ago

I LOVE IT !! TY SO MUCH FOR POSTING.. as ALWAYS Love Don

RuthAllen
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7 years ago

I was so touched by this post by Janie, my sister. I had a kitty as a child and it brightened up my day to see a stripped kitty again. .

Diana Covell
Community Member
7 years ago

Does Iris sell her paintings?

DianaCovell
Community Member
7 years ago

IRIS AND THULA ARE A FANTASTIC PAIR!!! I believe that everyone should have a cat. Especially people with mental health issues as well!!

LynetteArden
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7 years ago

I saw the cat's face in the painting at once.

Jan Erik Lund
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7 years ago

wow:P the first documented kind cat:P

GeneTowne
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7 years ago

Cats have a way to your heart. And more.

GaryClark
Community Member
7 years ago

Incredible love!!!

Andrea Bodkin
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7 years ago

Wonderful true life story. Beautiful girl and a wonderful cat that brought the little girl to life.

AndreaBodkin
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7 years ago

That is the most fantastic true life story that I have ever heard. Beautiful girl and the wonderful cat who has brought the young girl to li

Martiza Es
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7 years ago

Adorable!

MartizaEs
Community Member
7 years ago

adorable

PamLame
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this is just wonderful. Just about the time I start to lose faith in the human race something like this comes along and makes it ok

ДаренаЙорданова
Community Member
7 years ago

Невероятно !

Ioanna Papadopoulou
Community Member
7 years ago

They both amazing!!such amazing parents that did everything with patience and love...be blessed all...

CécileTrémédet
Community Member
7 years ago

Magnificient and so touching exemple for human and cats friendship !

MarykedeVilliers
Community Member
7 years ago

So special!!! Pets are definitely therapy to all of us. God made them for a reason. We are so blessed!

GlennAiken
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7 years ago

Absolutely magnificant, wonderful!!!!!!

KristyGriffiths
Community Member
7 years ago

What a beautiful relationship they have and wonderful pictures. Iris is an amazing Artist!

WallyRabuya
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7 years ago

love their bonding

naderalfaro
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7 years ago

They love each other..so talented

ArdenClise
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7 years ago

This is beautiful!

CaroleLightfoot
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7 years ago

This is such a great story, they love each other so much! Her paintings are beautiful and a reflection of her spirit.

Colleen Mooney
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7 years ago

It makes me weep. Such a friendship, a friendship that will be beautiful to behold!

JaneParsons
Community Member
7 years ago

Beautiful My son has Autism and our beautiful dog Buster helps me greatly

Sherrie Dishon
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7 years ago

I would love to know if she sells her paintings? Beautiful

SherrieDishon
Community Member
7 years ago

That is so cool, my granddaughter is 2 1/2 and she has a cat that loves her like that, a very special bond

CoralKakavas
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7 years ago

Pets can be so special.

DanaiLanda
Community Member
7 years ago

que bello !!! cuanto cariño entre su gato y la niña

FilomenaCosta
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7 years ago

Beautiful !

Stephanie Johanesen
Community Member
7 years ago

OMG, this is so brilliant. And the child's paintings are unbelievable.

MargoChalstrom
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7 years ago

This is darling and looks like our precious Emma... miss her.. xoxoxo

Lisa Peterson
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7 years ago

What a beautiful relationship! The photos are amazing. We had a Maine Coon for 14 years, and she was such a blessing!

MelissaRoach
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7 years ago

Absolutely amazing!! Even at bathtime the cat is there!! INCREDIBLE!! Both are blessed by the other!

Linda McClellan
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7 years ago

The cat definitely, at least for me, is the most beautiful of everything in the picture. And seeing those cat's eyes is amazing.

KathrynKeethlerSmithson
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7 years ago

Thats so awesome! and I LOVE that painting! Amazing she can create such a beautiful piece with the cat face "hidden" in it!

LyndaBruce
Community Member
7 years ago

A wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. I volunteer in Animal Rescue and am amazed at the great benefits animals bring to our lives.

Noah Evans
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7 years ago

As someone with an Autistic brother, looking through this almost brought me to tears while at work. Thank you for sharing.

EllenVawterOhlde
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7 years ago

My daughter is autistic and she has a therapy cat as well. From the moment we brought him home he has never left her side.

SherryMaldonado
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7 years ago

I think this story and this little girls talent is amazing! I

AileenAdriano
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7 years ago

Thula looks just like my deceased Maine Coon Sidney. What a beautiful story!

VirginiaArbuthnott
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7 years ago

Pretty darned amazing!

ElaineStravella
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7 years ago

So sweet & beautiful story. I have had cats that are very intuitive like Thula. Iris has a guardian Angel who happens to have claws!

jannislade
Community Member
7 years ago

this put tears to my eyes, one of my cats is a maine coon and we all love here

ChianneBenckhuysen
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7 years ago

Such a heat warming story thank you for sharing. The photos are an amazing touch. I can tell they were meant to be.

SannaNyström
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7 years ago

This is so touching. But I hope, despite that I do believe the cat likes keeping her company, that it dosen't get forced to spend...

SabrinaDaigle
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7 years ago

Soooo sweet <3

Robyn Denton
Community Member
7 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this truly special relationship. The photos show a unique bond, and confirm my belief that animals have souls.

Dawn Ferrett
Community Member
7 years ago

Such a special relationship! Magical! And I do love Iris's artwork! It's beautiful! xxx

DanielIragorriCarter
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7 years ago

Congrats on finding soulmates

DonnaHayes
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7 years ago

OH My gosh so heart warming. Your daughter and her cat Thula are so beautiful .

Yana Aliyeva
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7 years ago

amazing

LucyBuxton
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7 years ago

Amazing pics and a mystical bond. Wow.

MariahKelly
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7 years ago

absolutely beautiful!!

ButterFly
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7 years ago

I saw the image of the kitten oin the painting immediatly! Amazingly Beautiful!

Megan-SueKelly-VanZyl
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7 years ago

This is so awesome and amazing!

VibekeDorvil
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7 years ago

SO wonderful! :-) Unbelieveable, the love and dedication from an animal to at human in need :-)

KarenLinot
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7 years ago

This is just wonderful. We have had several Maine Coons and just love the breed. They are so gentle and loving.

DawnHumphries
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7 years ago

what an absolutely gorgeous cat.. and very smart to have connected with Ms Iris.. the way she has.. how wonderful. and i too saw the cat

RosalbaStranich
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7 years ago

Beautiful!!!!!

Ethel Sucilla
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7 years ago

Iris is communicating through her painting, how she sees the world is revealed in her work.

EthelSucilla
Community Member
7 years ago

it's so amazing how the mind works, the painting that Iris does reveals how she sees the world

BlakelyWolf
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7 years ago

Incredibly cute and awesomely fabulous!

Nicole Kardienaal Willems
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7 years ago

Beautiful story and amazing pics. Good luck Iris and Thula

NicoleKardienaalWillems
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7 years ago

Beautifull story and amazing pics! Good luck Iris and Thula

FayeSaba
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7 years ago

Fantastic, they are so good together. WAY TO GO MOM AND DAD you are doing great for your child and I realize it could not and is not easy.

MichelleBuczacz
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7 years ago

So glad you all have Thula. Remarkable cat.

LisaBetts
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7 years ago

So precious!

LisaMarie Simmons
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7 years ago

Lucky cat!

LisaMarieSimmons
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7 years ago

Lucky cat!

RebeccaShrock
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7 years ago

One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. I am so touched

MichelleSciria
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7 years ago

I had a wonderful cat like that, for 16 years. She was too smart to be a cat. She was more like a guardian angel. This cat is like her.

VicHearnden
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7 years ago

A very beautiful story, deeply moved. Great picture at the end

StarShines
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7 years ago

AwEsOmE

BevLeroux
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7 years ago

Beautiful! Heartwarming. Lucky Thula and blessed Iris. ♡

jessicastone
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7 years ago

more pictures!

TracyTolson
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7 years ago

I just noticed on the last photo. All very heartwarming xx

FloydHaxton
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7 years ago

I think it's a great match.

DeloresAlia
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7 years ago

I love this story and the pics. I'm sure it will only help the little angel.

RobinSchemel
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7 years ago

What a beautiful story. I saw the cat features in the picture but was not sure till now.

DorothyHoughton
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7 years ago

Two beautiful creatures! This little girl is amazing and the cat is (like all cats) a perfect companion. The picture is genius!!!!

CindyO'Brien
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7 years ago

She is an amazing little girl and she found a soul mate

JanKrisle
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7 years ago

This is the sweetest story!

AmandaCarey
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7 years ago

I'm sure that I'm a bit biased because I have a Siberian cat, but seriously: best. breed. ever! :) hehe.

Lisa Kazlo
Community Member
7 years ago

How wonderful!

LisaKazlo
Community Member
7 years ago

How wonderful!

TinaRaizman
Community Member
7 years ago

She has an unbelievable talent. Children like her often do. I praise her parents for finding ways to help her find her potential. God bless