Two Extraordinary Friends: Iris and Thula

Today I discovered the artwork of Iris Grace, a five-year-old girl with autism. Iris is slowly learning to speak and develop social skills, but her painting abilities are extraordinary. Her understanding of form, movement, and color is amazing for someone so young. Her mother says she she can concentrate on a painting for two hours, and her paintings are being sold to help pay for her therapy.

In many of the pictures of Iris painting, she is accompanied by a fluffy cat named Thula. Iris’ parents had heard of the value of a therapy animal for children with autism, but none seemed to help Iris until they found Thula. Thula does everything with Iris now—from helping her paint, to going on walks, and even taking baths. Iris recently went through a phase where she disliked bathing and having her hair washed, so Thula now jumps in the bath with her and lets them shampoo her first!

While the cat is not a trained service cat (Iris did not seem to care for those), there’s not doubt that she has a special touch with the little girl. Her parents say Iris is more active in the morning now, and will talk more to Thula than to others (short phrases such as “sit cat”). I’m so inspired by both Iris and Thula! It seems like they are both very good friends, each with their own special talents. To see and buy Iris’ amazing artwork, visit her official website.


Gizmo and the Hazelnut

Happy Caturday, everyone! This week I’m sharing one of my favorite viral cat videos. It’s a bit old, so you’ve probably seen it, but it makes me laugh every time. The cat in this video was given very specific instructions… but some cats just want to watch the world burn.

Oh Gizmo, what a rebel you are. Livin’ life on the edge.

Page the Bookstore Cat

It’s been awhile, but Caturday posts are back! Today I’d like to introduce you to a special bookstore employee–Page the cat!

Page was rescued by the owners of Book Buyers, a bookstore in North Carolina, when she was abandoned by a dumpster as a kitten. Now Page spends her days welcoming customers and sleeping on bookshelves.

She probably also has some great book recommendations, such as I Could Pee on This or Crafting with Cat Hair.

I’d love to visit this bookstore and play with Page!


A Warm, Furry Welcome

It’s often said that dogs are a man’s best friend, but that’s a serious over-generalization. While cats are generally associated with women (such as “crazy cat ladies”), why can’t men also have a special bond with felines? The cat in this video isn’t putting up with such limiting stereotypes. Because the soldier about to walk through the door is clearly his best friend, and I’m pretty sure the feeling is mutual. Here’s your fluffy, feel-good video of the week:

Cat Playing Jenga

You may have already seen this video making its way around the internet, but I had to share it. It’s pretty much my favorite video of all time now. It’s a cat playing Jenga, and he’s actually really good at it. But he does have a bit of a temper.

I wonder what other games this kitty can play. Settlers of Catan, perhaps? A little Monopawly?

Anyway, have a great Caturday!