Mitch Boyer’s Dachshund Vivian is like many Dachshunds. She is a big dog trapped inside a small dog’s body. To help her, the writer and photo illustrator decided to use his skills to turn Vivian into the dog she thinks she is. The results are these brilliant comical photos.


Mitch says, “Initially, I was inspired after finding Romain Laurent’s quirky photographic style. In one of his music videos, a giant head is laying on the boardwalk in Coney Island, while singing. That image stuck in my mind and was the seed that led to the rest of this project.


“Like many Dachshunds, my dog Vivian thinks she’s much larger than she actually is. I thought it would be fun to make a photo series where her physical size was just as large as her personality.”


The photo series has become so popular, Mitch has now turned them into a children’s book. Vivian the Dog Moves to Brooklyn is about a big dog moving to the big city. Mitch hopes the book will help children going through big changes, such as moving, by watching and learning as Vivian learns to love her new home. The pair have launched a Kickstarter campaign to get their project off the ground.

Mitch and Vivian
Mitch and Vivian at her original size

Vivian’s not the first dog to get the supersizing treatment. See Juji, the giant Goldendoodle.


  1. I absolutely love this. I can totally empathise, as a fellow dachshund owner who has seen my feisty mutt square up to dogs 10 times his size! Best dogs ever!

  2. And here I thought it was just our “Murphy” who was a big dog in a small dog’s body. He’s a fearless little White West Highland Terrier except when the “boom booms” come around during a thunder storm, and then he wants someone to pet him.

  3. Such adorable little girl! I understand the feeling too. I have 2 little ones of my own. A chihuahua mix and terrier mix. 10 lbs and the other one 6.5 lbs. Think they are grand Danes! With great feisty over protected personalities, whom I both adore so much. I would like to do something like this too!

  4. Hilarious pictures — and capture the dachshund personality beautifully. My Ziggy recently decided it was time to tell off his neighbor, a mastiff.

    Ziggy won.


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