This teen makes adorable bow ties to help get shelter dogs and cats adopted

(CNN)A 13-year-old from New Jersey has embarked on the cutest mission ever. He sews tiny bow ties for cats and dogs to help them get adopted.

Sir Darius Brown came up with the idea in 2017. He wanted to help draw attention to dogs that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, according to his website.
“I didn’t have a lot of money to help so I used my creative skills,” he wrote on Instagram in January. He has been making bow ties as a hobby since 2010.

He started by making bow ties for animals at an ASPCA in New York, according to his mom, Joy Brown. But once he got there, he realized dogs all over the world needed homes, and he wanted to help them stand out.Since then, he has made over 500 bow ties and started a company, Beaux and Paws, said his mom. She estimates that he has helped get dozens of cats and dogs adopted at more than 20 shelters.
He’s currently raising money on his GoFundMe page to personally deliver bow ties to shelters in all 50 states.
“He now has this thing where he spins the wheel and he selects a state and animal shelter,” his sister, Dazhai Shearz, told CNN affiliate WCBS.

In 2018, President Barack Obama gave him a Presidential Commendation. In January, he was featured as one of GoFundMe’s kid heroes. And he was he was just named the 2020 New Jersey State Honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

“I know that I’m doing something right, raising an amazing kid who is inspiring people all over the world,” his mom said. “I tell him all the time, ”I wanna be like you when I grow up.'”

Company Offers Puppy ‘Pawternity’ Leave For Employees Who Get A New Dog

We’ve heard of maternity leave and paternity leave, but one brewery has made “paw-ternity” leave a thing. The brewery, which is nearly 1,000 employees strong, revolutionized work back in 2017 when it made the announcement that it would provide a week of paid leave to any member of staff who adopts a new dog.

BrewDog posted the announcement to their blog, saying, “[W]e know only too well that having a new arrival – whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog – can be stressful for human and hound both. So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff a working week’s leave on us to help settle a new furry family member into their home.”

The brewery is based in Scotland but opened up a new location close to Columbus, Ohio in the United States on February 20, 2017. It was the first company in the US, as well as the first brewery in the UK, to offer a “paw-ternity” benefit to its employees.

As the post wrote, “This brand new pooch-based perk will be available to all BrewDog crewmembers across the globe, including those joining our ship Stateside as part of BrewDog Columbus. We’re not aware of any other American company giving a week’s leave to their staff to help build the bond between them and their dog – but then few other companies have four-legged friends at their center as we do.”

Now if only more companies would follow in their footsteps and provide their employees with “paw-ternity” leave.



In 8-5 vote, Denver City Council fails to override mayor’s veto of measure that would have ended pit bull ban

DENVER (KDVR) — Denver’s longstanding pit bull ban will remain.

Monday night, eight City Council members voted in favor of overriding Mayor Michael Hancock’s veto of a measure that would have ended the city’s pit bull ownership ban and replaced it with a new licensing system. Five voted against.

Nine votes were required to override the veto.

Council members Kendra Black, Jolon Clark, Chris Herndon, Chris Hinds, Robin Kniech, Amanda Sandoval, Candi CdeBaca and Jamie Torres voted in favor of overriding the veto. Council members Kevin Flynn, Paul Kashmann, Debbie Ortega, Stacie Gilmore and Amanda Sawyer were opposed.

Earlier this month, City Council passed the measure in a 7-4 vote. Hancock then vetoed it. It was Hancock’s first veto since he started serving as mayor in July 2011.

Under a law enacted in August 1989, pit bulls are banned in the city and county of Denver.

The change was proposed by Herndon, who represents a portion of northeast Denver that includes the Park Hill and Stapleton neighborhoods.

The new measure would have required pit bull owners to obtain a “breed-restricted license.” Applicants would provide the city with their address, two emergency contacts, a description of the pit bull, an annual fee, and proof the dog was microchipped and has its rabies vaccination.

Each owner could have had a maximum of two pit bulls per household. Spaying or neutering the dogs was required under the proposal.

Additionally, the owner would have had to notify Denver Animal Protection (DAP) within eight hours if the dog escaped or bites. The owner would have also had to contact DAP if the dog died or if the owner moved.

If a registered pit bull had no violations within 36 months, the breed-restricted license could have been replaced with a regular dog license that all other dog owners in the city are required to have.

Under the measure, DAP would have been the only agency to provide valid pit bull breed assessments.

DAP could have held, transported and adopted any pit bull. Pit bulls adopted from DAP would have gotten a breed-restricted license.

While any humane society registered with the city could have also held, transported and adopted pit bulls, new owners would have had to get a breed-restricted license from the city following adoption.

According to the proposal, DAP would have been able to inspect an owner’s premises for “safety and health reasons.”

Finally, after a two-year period, DAP would have reviewed the data and reported its findings and recommendations to City Council.

If an owner did not apply for the special license, they would have been subject to criminal and/or administrative penalties.

Other metro-area municipalities with pit bull bans include Aurora, Commerce City and Lone Tree.


Volunteer of the Quarter 

Mutt Militia, meet Connie Katoski Rocke, our Volunteer of the Quarter! Connie started following Marley’s Mutts when she moved to the Tehachapi area in 2012. She was impressed with all we did for rescue dogs and other animals. Connie was retired and had some extra time so she decided to start volunteering at the Rescue Ranch nearly three years ago.

Connie enjoys meeting all the different people at the Ranch and says the staff, fosters and volunteers she has worked with are all fabulous! “Everyone is so warm and welcoming. It’s like a wonderful family.” Some of Connie’s favorite things about volunteering at the Ranch are the community pack walks, holiday decorating and volunteer days. The rescue dogs are special to Connie and it gives her great joy to walk them and give them clean warm blankets. “They are all beautiful, bright and funny in their own way.”

Her advice to anyone thinking about volunteering at the Ranch is to find work that you enjoy. “There is so much to do here at the Marley’s Mutts Ranch. It’s great for retired people like me. There’s plenty to do that doesn’t require heavy strenuous work. Walking dogs is easy. If I can’t lug 50 pounds of dog food around, I’ll just ask for anyone I find to help me as they are happy to lend a hand. That’s important to me”

Connie has 2 dogs of her own, a Doberman named Jake, age 5 and Doberman mix, Jasper, age 8. Jasper even won first place at an agility competition when she was two years old! While Connie was holding the award, Jasper jumped up, grabbed the award and started shredding it! “That is her fun sneaky self.”

Thank you Connie for all you have done and continue to do!


Twinkie is a four year old black and white tabby. She was rescued from a hoarding situation by our foster coordinator along with two other cats. Currently, she is very timid and shy, and needs attention to help her overcome her previous living situation.


Pearl is a six year old grey and white tabby. She came to MM along with Salem as their owner was going into hospice and the extended family did not want them. She is very sensitive and lovable.

Meow Meow

Meow Meow is a five year old striped tabby. She came to us as an owner surrender. She is shy, but very affectionate. She gets along well with people and other cats, but would be better as an only cat as she likes to be the center of attention.


Lily is a very distinctive looking two year old black and white tabby. She was thrown over the wall of someone’s backyard while pregnant with only days left before giving birth. MM acquired her after giving birth to her litter and kept them all until her kittens were weened and adopted out. In addition to her own litter, she also nursed several kittens without a mother. Lilly is a free spirit, very docile and easy going. Lily remains at MM awaiting her forever home.


Sabrina is a six year old long haired calico. She was surrendered when her owner passed away and her family could not keep her. Sabrina loves to be handled and seems to know how beautiful she is. She gets along with people and cats alike and is tolerant of dogs.

Bhutan PM urges all citizens to adopt stray dogs & plant a tree as King’s birthday gift

To tackle the menace of stray dogs, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering on Friday has asked people to adopt a stray dog as a gift for the King’s birthday. The King will turn 40 years old this year. For it, he has urged people to give him a gift by either planting a tree, adopting a stray dog or committing to managing waste in your neighborhood.

“At an individual level, Prime Minister said one can choose to plant a tree and care for it, adopt a stray dog or commit to managing waste in your neighborhood. Personal commitment such as this, he said, would be the best gift for His Majesty. He also announced several programs in the areas of economy, education, health, and technology. The programs will be launched over the period of one year,” Bhutan’s PMO stated in the press release.

Stray dogs in Bhutan

The Bhutan government has been taking a number of measures to reduce birth of free-roaming dogs and encourage adoption of stray dogs. In July last year, it launched a project called Bhutan’s National Dog Population Management Strategy.   tTshering had earlier said that the growing dog population has created serious problems in the country. A number of steps has been taken to tackle it through community-based initiatives, the PM had said. Bhutan also has two mobile applications – mass dog vaccination and dog population management – that helps officials working in the field to monitor the team and have access to information like the number of neutered dogs.

Sachin Tendulkar plays football with kids in adorable Bhutan throwback

Informing about the recent development, a Bhutan based journalist Namgay Zam said that she has already adopted 3 stray dogs and urged others to do so. The small Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan is focussed towards happiness of the citizens, and  9th article of its constitution cites it as a goal.  In the last census carried out in 2015  by the Ministry of happiness, 35% of the population answered ’extremely happy’, 47.9% said they felt ’moderately happy’, and only 8.8% of respondents said they were ’unhappy’.