An inspirational 12-year-old from New Jersey, USA, has braved his delays in coordination by combining his love of design and animals to help find unwanted pooches a new home.
By, 12 Jul 2019
Darius was only 2-years-old when doctors diagnosed him with comprehension delay, speech delay and fine motor skills delay.
Darius doesn't let anything stop him
Doctors encouraged Darius to take up some creative pursuits as these can help develop coordination skills. His mother said:
“With his fine motor skills, he wasn’t able to really use his hands well — tying a shoe was challenging."
However, when he was 8, Darius started showing an interest in fabrics.
"I came up with the idea that if he helped us with things like prepping the ribbon or cutting it, and sewing fabric together, it would help him. And it did — it worked," said Darius's mum.
Darius then began making stylish bowties, which soon caught the attention of the general public. Strangers would often stop him in the middle of the street to ask about his funky bowtie.
And that's when Darius had an idea. If the bowties helped him stand out, then surely they could help others too?
So Darius decided to donate hundreds of bow ties to local animal shelters and the stylish accessories have helped dozens of dogs find a new home. Darius said:
“It helps the dog look noticeable, very attractive. It helps them find a forever, loving home."
And he's definitely onto something! After all, what's cuter than a dog in a bow tie?
Darius even has his own company, Beaux and Paws. For every purchase, Beaux and Paws make a donation to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The rest of the money goes toward buying more fabric for more bowties.
Some very high praise indeed
The young entrepreneur recently received a letter from former US president Barack Obama, in which he praised Darius' hard work.
Well, we're definitely impressed, and we're sure all those pups appreciated this inspiring young man's dedication to finding them a loving home!