Iris Grace Halmshaw is a 4-year-old girl from the U.K.  In December 2011, Iris was diagnosed with autism. She struggled with communication, expressing affection, and social interaction.  After her diagnosis, Iris’ parents looked for activities through which she could effectively express herself.  They also introduced a new friend into Iris’ life. In February 2014, they brought Thula the Maine Coone home, and it was the “beginning of a beautiful new friendship.”  Thula is more than just a therapy cat, she’s Iris’ faithful best friend.