I came across this lovely article about a cat called Ben, a boy called George and his mum, Julia.
“George, 10, has autism. Before Ben arrived, he didn't understand people and would kick and bite if other children touched him. He never showed affection, yet would stroke Ben and bury his face in the cat's fur. He didn't make eye contact – but looked straight at Ben, and when Ben looked back he didn't flinch. George didn't smile either and only spoke in a monotone. But he began to develop a high-pitched "cat-talk" voice, in which he spoke to Ben and replied on Ben's behalf”
(Rix, J, Stay here cat we need you, The Guardian, 13 November 2010, Family suppl., p.3).
Then one day Ben disappears, George reverts to his uncommunicative state and mum, desperate, turns pet detective to track Ben down. Of course there is a happy ending! And of course mum wrote a book about all this:
Charlie says: While you read the article, I finished the crossword.
Have a tantalizing Thursday everyone!