There are thousands of dogs out there who are homeless and in desperate need of something to help them get noticed and ultimately find loving homes. Just getting noticed can make such a big difference for a dog who needs to find a family to love them. That is never more clear to a boy named Darius Brown. Darius is twelve years old and loves clothing and fashion. He knows that fashion can help make a great positive first impression with people—and he knows how important first impressions can be. That is why Darius had a great idea recently that could use the power of fashion to help dogs.
Darius combined his love of dogs with his sewing skills for a genius idea: he starting making bowties for shelter pets to wear. Darius says he was inspired by the idea of first impressions and knew people would see the dogs dressed in bowties looking dapper and cute and could not resist taking a new furry family member home. Darius took this project seriously: he designed the bowties himself and then bought fabric from a craft store and made each bowtie himself. His sister actually taught him to sew and he took extra classes to hone his craft. Darius had such great reception from his initial run of bowties that he decided to make it official. Darius now runs a company called Beaux & Paws and he is now getting requests from all over the world for his dog bowties.
For Darius, it all started when he realized how many dogs were being rescued from Puerto Rico and Texas Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. When they arrived at the ASPCA in New York to find new homes he made bowties for each of them so they could look fashionable and ready for new homes. Darius is a dog lover, but he makes bowties for cats too—and he has a dream of being an attorney and a fashion designer.