Iris’ parents are now amplifying the educational element in their home by converting their garage into a space where they can teach workshops for a project called “Kids Must Move,” which already has a waiting list. The project will focus on learning outside using movements and the child’s interests. And of course, Thula will be there.
Thula already interacts with other children—she’s there for them to stroke, pet, and talk to. She even gives some kids the confidence to read. “They feel like they can read a book to her without being judged,” Arabella says.
As Iris has become more independent with Thula’s help, Thula has been finding other family members who may need her. “She’s got this real ability to see where she’s needed and what to do, and you don’t have to tell her either,” says Arabella.
There are also times when Thula and Iris remain inseparable, always looking out for each other and continuing their adventures together.
Arabella recalls a walk with Thula and Iris, during which a pack of big dogs approached. Iris comforted Thula, telling her that it was OK.
“Thula cat, come here. It’s OK. It’s OK.”
Now, because of Thula, Iris has found her confidence.