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Behold! Dogs in Sweaters

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(Music by Noel Selders)

Many artists require the sort of inspiration that only a muse can provide. In the case of Anne Burton, that muse is Bean, her adorable, photogenic and blissfully patient Boston Terrier. Their artistic collaboration began during a frigid Midwestern winter; Anne crocheted sweaters for Bean so that he could enjoy playing outside, despite the cold. Soon friends and family were asking for colorful sweaters, hats and bow ties for their own stylish pets. The result is Beantown Handmade.

Anthony Ladesich is a two-time Emmy award winning filmmaker from Kansas City, MO. He has worked professionally in the Midwest for over 10 years as a director, cinematographer, editor, and writer. 

  • RossLab

    RossLab says:

    I have to say he looks good, warm, and very proud of his outfits!

    2 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Adorable doggy wear and adorable dog!

    2 years ago

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime says:

    Cute pups.

    2 years ago

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn says:

    What a great blog entry. He's so cute!!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • bombastitch

    bombastitch says:

    So adorable!!!!! :)

    2 years ago

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery says:

    That is too cute! Makes me want to dress up my little frenchie, if she would let me!

    2 years ago

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign says:

    This video is the sweetest thing I've seen in about a million years! Love, love, love!

    2 years ago

  • Vintage50sEyewear

    Vintage50sEyewear says:

    That is the cutest little dog. Love this !!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    All soo cute! My dog still likes to wear his Dracula cape left over from Halloween.

    2 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    OMG...he is amazing! I wish I could get my dog to wear a sweater. She gets so cold during the winter she curls up on the heating vent to stay warm...but she would tear a sweater to shreds.

    2 years ago

  • fantasygarden

    fantasygarden says:

    That dog is really cooperate . I like those hats:)

    2 years ago

  • SomeWheninTime

    SomeWheninTime says:

    Cutest video I've seen in a while. Amazing dog.

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Adorable!!!

    2 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    Bean is obviously an amazing studio assistant and fashion model for such a creative human! I'd like to see a sequel to this film called "Behold! Cats in Hats"...

    2 years ago

  • missmiscmetals

    missmiscmetals says:

    Beantown Handmade was the first shop to get me hooked on Etsy ...and now I have a shop of my own! Thanks for the inspiration! I wish my Boston was as good a model as Bean :)

    2 years ago

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle says:

    Love it! My puppy definetely wants one :)

    2 years ago

  • Deborahmurdoch

    Deborahmurdoch says:

    This is sooooooooooooooooooo cute I have a cat though, think she would get her claws out if I even attempted it! x

    2 years ago

  • TailedBluePhotos

    TailedBluePhotos says:

    love the video and want the pup!!

    2 years ago

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy says:

    So sweet. I love you bean. xoxo

    2 years ago

  • ykurtsman

    ykurtsman says:

    Oh my goodness. This video rocks! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • misswoof

    misswoof says:

    Just love Bean.....isn't he simply a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!!!

    2 years ago

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka says:

    So cute video! Love it!

    2 years ago

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart says:

    Ah, nothing like a dog in a sweater to make you smile :)

    2 years ago

  • ButterworthandBee

    ButterworthandBee says:

    love the photo shoot and your dog!

    2 years ago

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo says:

    ahaahah I love when animals dress up! ;)

    2 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    And that french bulldog posing is perfect. It looks like she/he knows it's modeling time. Fabulous!

    2 years ago

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts says:

    the model seems to like the holly jolly neck warmer best, and the plaid not at all. Great piece!

    2 years ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Crazy Cool Sweaters.

    2 years ago

  • funktionslust

    funktionslust says:

    zomg i have loved this store ever since i found it! i love the stickers of bean too! i love boston terriers, I can't get a dog because i live alone, but when that changes the first thing i'm doing is getting a little boston for a friend!

    2 years ago

  • pipapiep

    pipapiep says:

    Sooo cute! you dog is adorable! Love what you make!

    2 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    pretty darn cute ~ and a bit noble

    2 years ago

  • jdfootloose

    jdfootloose says:

    Adorable!

    2 years ago

  • pattihaskins

    pattihaskins says:

    woof! cute dog. my terrier mutts will not tolerate clothing or hats and my cats roll their eyes. someday I'll find a co-operative critter.

    2 years ago

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy says:

    Congrats Anne this is wonderful! I love it!

    2 years ago

  • Huismus

    Huismus says:

    Such a sweet familiar face, so great to listen to your story :-) Thank you, and go Bean! You rock..

    2 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    heheh. bean is so photogenic. love this.

    2 years ago

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo says:

    So cute Bean was made to model his lovely sweaters!!!

    2 years ago

  • Haagensen

    Haagensen says:

    Cute cute cute

    2 years ago

  • salvageshop

    salvageshop says:

    soooo adorable!!

    2 years ago

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox says:

    Congratulations - Anne ! Bean is ridiculously cute. Lovely film Anthony.

    2 years ago

  • melaniemross

    melaniemross says:

    I LOVE this video! Bean is just like my Boston Terrier, Basil also my first dog because I grew up with an "allergic" father. Awww, so glad he is so inspiring and the sweaters are great!

    2 years ago

  • phunkyphashions

    phunkyphashions says:

    My heart is melting!!! <3 <3 <3

    2 years ago

  • Sirwood

    Sirwood says:

    I love the video and the outfits!!

    2 years ago

  • kumosgreetings

    kumosgreetings says:

    I would love some of those sweaters! I'm sure I'll look really good in them. :)

    2 years ago

  • bburgott

    bburgott says:

    Gotta love Bostons! Very cute.

    2 years ago

  • ballandchain

    ballandchain says:

    Awww, my favorite esty model! so cute. Don't tell my BT Snorkle, he will be jealous... unless i get him a sweater maybe.

    2 years ago

  • ShopLittleKitten

    ShopLittleKitten says:

    Awe, that's so adorable and sweet! Your dog is awesome!

    2 years ago

  • vinskord

    vinskord says:

    Too cute! I love it!!

    2 years ago

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign says:

    Cool!! .)

    2 years ago

  • oneplusonedesign

    oneplusonedesign says:

    Bean is adorable and so are all of your doggy accessories. We don't have a pup ourselves (I wish!) but I'll definitely be passing your shop along to friends. It's to cute not to share. PS I love Bean as Godzilla. :)

    2 years ago

  • sewgracious

    sewgracious says:

    I used to have Bostons! Love them! Now a malt-i-tzu has my heart. Love your goodies for pups!

    2 years ago

  • BeesHook

    BeesHook says:

    I grew up with Bostons. Everytime see Bean he makes me smile.

    2 years ago

  • wolfartglass

    wolfartglass says:

    Love it! You guys are so real, and talented and you are lucky to have such a great friend in Bean. Congrats on your feature!!

    2 years ago

  • emwi

    emwi says:

    Great video! My aunt always has Boston terriers, so I hold a soft spot in my heart for them. Now if only there was a sweater large enough for my 100 pound German shepherd.

    2 years ago

  • sevenply

    sevenply says:

    I LOVE BEAN!!! I have two boston's and a pug. Moo Shu (Boston) Judah (Pug) and Cash Money (Boston) I have always loved your shop and am so happy to meet Bean..he is so sweet!

    2 years ago

  • polarity

    polarity says:

    I. love. Bean. - so happy to see this profile of one of my fave shops!

    2 years ago

  • ModDogShop

    ModDogShop says:

    yay beantown! so glad to see one of my favorite shops featured, dogs in sweaters, what could be sweeter?

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Aww so cute! It must be great getting emails from buyers and their photos, that'd make my day!

    2 years ago

  • chickfamilyink

    chickfamilyink says:

    SOME OF THOSE DOGS LOOK PISSED! Love the idea though, sometimes being a crazy cat lady has a downside.

    2 years ago

  • pennypinchvintage

    pennypinchvintage says:

    this is so great!

    2 years ago

  • BallisticInkwell

    BallisticInkwell says:

    That is so cute. The Godzilla hat made me smile, but to have Bean destroying a little city - that cracks me up! Bean is obviously a well-trained, patient dog, but I'm willing to bet he shares that sense of humor too. :P

    2 years ago

  • GypsyCloth

    GypsyCloth says:

    wow! this is the cutest thing i have ever seen! wish my dog would be that calm haha!

    2 years ago

  • DelilahsAttic

    DelilahsAttic says:

    that is so cute! awesome film! I love the little Godzilla thing - very cute.

    2 years ago

  • pinglemonster

    pinglemonster says:

    He is so cute! I love this idea that keep your dearest friend, child in warm wrap. I have two cats, though they are cute, doubt they would just run away if I want to try these on. lol Happy to put the shop into my favourite.:)

    2 years ago

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree says:

    Bean is gorgeous! I don't have a dog but Bean makes me want to buy some of your adorable puppy dog garments. Thanks for the big smiles ~ lovely video. All the very best to you and Bean...

    2 years ago

  • littlebobbins

    littlebobbins says:

    What a lovely film - too cute for words!

    2 years ago

  • SaraAmrhein

    SaraAmrhein says:

    OMG!!!!!!! OMG!!! I love it!!! That is so friggin' adorable!! There is nothing that I love more than a doggy in a sweater! I would love to have a dog myself and put sweaters on him. someday. I will have my little puggy. But at the moment I am head over heels for my fat kitty named Michelangelo. Maybe I should try a sweater on him?!

    2 years ago

  • dianestaudt

    dianestaudt says:

    I just love Bean! I wish he lived closer so I could visit him. He just cracks me up. And the handmade creations are wonderful! I have collar flowers for my lab, Emma. She loves them!

    2 years ago

  • RetroRenovation

    RetroRenovation says:

    Hey, I just wrote about 21 dogs in dog sweaters on etsy! http://wp.me/pUrF5-h8z

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    WoW! He's super cute!

    2 years ago

  • MDsparks

    MDsparks says:

    Sooooo cute! I want one :)

    2 years ago

  • deborahradley

    deborahradley says:

    very cute; we love our bts

    2 years ago

  • JanePhillips

    JanePhillips says:

    The way you knit is very impressed me:) Lucky dog ~~~

    2 years ago

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver says:

    We have a very large dog - a Norwegian Elkhound - and she will not wear clothes (nor does she need them to stay warm), but I would like to sit her down to watch this video so that she can see what it is to be well-mannered and cooperative (read: not surly) pooch. Well done! I admire your work and your shop and am smitten with Bean.

    2 years ago

  • lkmccray

    lkmccray says:

    I love this video and its ever-patient star, Bean! I'm always a little skeptical of dogs in clothes, but I think Bean and his talented dresser have changed my mind. Great use of all those stills...especially Bean biting the building.

    2 years ago

  • BeanTownHandmade

    BeanTownHandmade says:

    Thanks so much for all your warm comments, Bean is feeling the love! A big thanks to Etsy for the opportunity and to Tony and Mile Deep Films for creating such a beautiful piece that reflects our love of Bean and Lily and what we do. The embroidery at the beginning of the piece is by the lovely Jo, her shop is StudioLegohead, and the cutout at the end was a gift from one of our customers Nichole of GreenGrassyField.

    2 years ago

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver says:

    Our dog is a Norwegian Elkhound and frowns upon clothing (unfortunately) as she is rather burly & surly. However, I would like to sit her down to view the well-mannered Bean and show her an example of what a fine and patient pooch he is and tell her that she could learn a thing or two from him. I admire your work and your shop and am smitten with Bean. :)

    2 years ago

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto says:

    Loved the video and the SUPER MODEL!! Cute!!

    2 years ago

  • majoys

    majoys says:

    You do such beautiful work....and your dog is just so.....cute :)

    2 years ago

  • JANNYSGIRL

    JANNYSGIRL says:

    Fabulous video! How could you not fall in love with that adorable face! Keep up the good work Bean!

    2 years ago

  • riverluna

    riverluna says:

    I LOVE the vid! Bean is adorable! I have my own Boston Terrier here snoring away. Definitely going to need a sweater and hat for this little girl.

    2 years ago

  • DesignsbySamba

    DesignsbySamba says:

    Wow, absolutely adorable items! Creating things like this for my mini schnauzer is my dream... if my husband would stop his incessant eye-rolling.

    2 years ago

  • catiques

    catiques says:

    so sweet the doggie wear and the sweet doggie. My Doxie thinks I am crazy when I put a bow tie on him.but they are our babies and need it.:) Great article and items.

    2 years ago

  • InnerWild

    InnerWild says:

    we were so busy "oooo"-ing! and "aaaahhh-ing!" and "aaaahhh!-ing and oooooo"-ing! and squealing throughout at beautiful Bean we didn't heard a word Anne said! Will have to watch this piece of wonderfulness again! Thank you for making the world more happy!

    2 years ago

  • ShaggyChic

    ShaggyChic says:

    Anne - Congrats on the great feature and Bean - you are the next Al Pacino! Anne is one of my hero's on Etsy, we have chatted before about how great her photos are! I have told her, my "models" are more suited for YouTube than still pictures =:o !! With my Shaggy crew, a film would come out looking more like a cross between an episode of "Animal Hoarders" and a Benny Hill movie (picture it now, sped up film, 7 dogs running in and out doors, me chasing them with sweaters in hand.....!) Again, great film, great shop, Love to Anne, Bean, and Bean Daddy!! and Bean sibling??

    2 years ago

  • claudiahensel

    claudiahensel says:

    OMG - I am a cat person, but I enjoyed this so much! (Also sent it on to the dog people in my life; they'll go nuts!)

    2 years ago

  • Craftyforyou

    Craftyforyou says:

    Oh my I was laughing so hard I woke Jake up from his nap. Bean is so sweet very regal he looks like he should wear a top hat and tails for dinner and eat out of a crystal bowl, I love your shop the hats are precious. I have made Jake hats I know we must look hilarious Jake in a sweater and hat walking with a big German Shepherd we live in horse country!!! If I did a film it would be like ShaggyChic's as my daughters 4 dogs would be a part of it. Watching the video made my day. Love your shop too ShaggyChic. Now I am in such a good mood off to take pictures.

    2 years ago

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts says:

    This is REALLY great. Such wonderful characters, beautiful handmade goods, and great filming. I'm sharing this video with other dog loving friends. Congratulations on the whole project. For the record, our black lab mutt loves to dress up, too. He went as a duck decoy for Halloween. Check out photos at www.Facebook.com/TaylorArts.com

    2 years ago

  • karencaseysmith

    karencaseysmith says:

    Completely adorable, and the creator is charming! I just shared this with my sister. Her dog only has one sweater so far. :)

    2 years ago

  • ahashim Admin

    ahashim says:

    This is my most favorite thing ever

    2 years ago

  • mrsofttop

    mrsofttop says:

    Great video - I can really relate to how she feels about Bean. Daisy my little Brussels Griffon is just the same. She is such a great little model and it really encourages you to make more cute and different items. I love the beantown photos they are so cute.

    2 years ago

  • LindaJanesCreations

    LindaJanesCreations says:

    Bean, is adoprable. I have 3 chi's that wear sweaters, now I must work on them wearing hats.

    2 years ago

  • AmyHuber

    AmyHuber says:

    This post made me crack up! Bean is a great inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • ottoknits

    ottoknits says:

    supeeeerrrrrr...

    2 years ago

  • QuiteMary

    QuiteMary says:

    You just made my day! I immediately fell in love with Bean and all of your outfits. I don't think my wonderful 50-pound mutt would tolerate any outerwear otherwise I would be placing a big order for her! Your products are just darling. I'm going to share this video with all of my dog-loving friends (and I have a bunch) so maybe they'll be purchasing from you. Best of luck!

    2 years ago

  • JuneOnMay

    JuneOnMay says:

    Sooooo cute!!!! I love this, and have to say that Bean is a very VERY special puppy :-)

    2 years ago

  • latenightdrawing

    latenightdrawing says:

    Adorable!

    2 years ago

  • almaloaiza

    almaloaiza says:

    I love your dog!!! Since the very first moment I saw your link in one of the emails Etsy sends everyday. I have always wanted to have a Boston. But for now I am already happy with my westie (see picture). I am going to show your video to my family :) Greetings from Mexico.

    2 years ago

  • almaloaiza

    almaloaiza says:

    (btw I was laughing watching the video when you took the pic to Bean, at the same time you guys laughed, so funny).

    2 years ago

  • KSDluxe

    KSDluxe says:

    I love the video and your story. You have great pieces and Bean is wonderful. Keep up the great work...and give Bean a hug for me...

    2 years ago

  • 1stlove

    1stlove says:

    Congrats Anne. Great story. I am getting my 1st dog this spring (a frenchie) and can't wait!!! I am sure he will be needing a sweater too. I'll be doing some shopping at BeanTown!

    2 years ago

  • gusgusgems

    gusgusgems says:

    What a wonderful video and story of Bean! Absolutely warms my heart. What a fabulous, patient dog. Our dog will not wear anything!!!

    2 years ago

  • melongings

    melongings says:

    this design story makes me oh so giddy. smiles to you all! thank you for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • handmadeinisrael

    handmadeinisrael says:

    Fabulous! What a dog!!!

    2 years ago

  • needorwant

    needorwant says:

    Bean rocks and so do your sweaters. Congrats on your feature.

    2 years ago

  • WoodenNickelsJewelry

    WoodenNickelsJewelry says:

    Ahhh, that sigh Bean gave at the front of the video...tooooo much! My pooch does the same - and always at the most accurate and appropriate times. Thanks for the smile! Congrats to all of you!

    2 years ago

  • Goodthings88

    Goodthings88 says:

    how cuuuuuute is that ?!?!!!! i wonna dog so much, but never was allowed to have one too :(

    2 years ago

  • MyMondaysChild

    MyMondaysChild says:

    So cute! Bean and I have been in two treasuries together and I have fallen madly in love with him! Thank you for sharing this video!

    2 years ago

  • FullCircleRetro

    FullCircleRetro says:

    My dog is always hot..! So no sweaters for him.. :[ Bean is cuteness! It was a pleasure to watch the video =)

    2 years ago

  • crankbunny

    crankbunny says:

    i LOVE that you did a portrait about Bean & Beantown. Bean is such an awesome BT!

    2 years ago

  • LAccentNou

    LAccentNou says:

    So adorable!

    2 years ago

  • mmerrittdesigns

    mmerrittdesigns says:

    Bean IS a supermodel! I can't believe he sat so still with those adorable hats on. Loved the video!

    2 years ago

  • j9wings

    j9wings says:

    Every dog loves to have a job. Bean looks like a pro modeling your adorable creations. It's also nice to know there is another "Bean" in the world. I named my dog Bean too!

    2 years ago

  • allibell

    allibell says:

    My dog is named Bean also- after Jim Henson's Bean Bunny muppet (from Tale of the Bunny Picnic). It's funny that there are a few of us with dogs named Bean... curious as to why others liked that name! Also sending a link to this video to my BF who dresses her little chihuahua up in the winter. Your Bean is so stinkin' cute!

    2 years ago

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid says:

    OM F G! What a cute dog... so profesional! :)

    2 years ago

  • courtneyobanion

    courtneyobanion says:

    Bean is adorable! And, he is rockin' those sweaters and hats. I wish my pup Charlie would be cooperative and wear clothing like this :)

    2 years ago

  • nanouke

    nanouke says:

    I have to say, I hate seeing dogs with clothing. I do. But Bean looks so natural and cool posing for you that it made me smile :)

    2 years ago

  • boneysbonez1

    boneysbonez1 says:

    very cute:)

    2 years ago

  • MASHUGANA

    MASHUGANA says:

    LOVE THIS! Great video!

    2 years ago

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  • n3m3c1s1979

    Maria Loz from MagusLeather says:

    Awesome~!!!!!!!!!!!

    27 days ago