Can there be any doubt about the benefits of owning a pet ? I doubt it but the story of a Iris a little girl with autism and her cat Thula really illustrates how the world can open up for those with disability. Having a pet provides companionship and love and helps them to live fuller more active lives realising greater life potential. Thula is a maine coon that has bonded so lovingly with Iris. It's truly a heart warming friendship that has changed the life of this little girl.