Miffy the bunny’s first journey was one among necessity. When his proprietor Sami Chen relocated to New York from Taiwan in 2018, she couldn’t bear to go away her fluffy companion behind.
As soon as she was settled, Miffy adopted with a pet journey firm.
“He got here right here by himself and he was actually courageous,” says Sami, who works as a classical pianist and trend designer.
Miffy’s 25-year-old proprietor hadn’t deliberate on gaining a brand new journey buddy. “Bunnies are normally very tense in new environments. They get stressed simply…it’s actually laborious for them to belief people,” she says.
However after spending an prolonged time in a cage in the course of the flight and between houses, Miffy wanted to stretch his legs.
“I began taking him out to the park to train,” says Sami.
She seen Miffy was actually pleasant to people – “I really feel like he thinks he’s human or one thing!” – so she determined to take him additional afield, beginning with brief journeys near dwelling.
“Once I journey with Miffy he will get actually cuddly – I feel it is a bonding expertise,” Sami provides. “And he trusts me [because] each time after we journey, he goes again to the identical home.”
Now, the pair are inseparable.
“He’s type of hooked up to me and I am hooked up to him. So it is good that we journey in all places collectively,” says Sami.
Does Miffy the bunny take pleasure in travelling?
As Sami says, bunnies aren’t all the time suited to the travelling life. However Miffy doesn’t appear fazed.
“A couple of weeks in the past we went travelling and he was ‘binkying’ within the resort room,” recollects Sami. “He was simply so completely satisfied dancing throughout and it was tremendous cute.”
After they return from their adventures, Miffy shows his affection by licking Sami and exhibits he’s relaxed by flopping onto his facet – each indicators he’s a cheerful bunny.
“It simply signifies that he is tremendous relaxed, tremendous trusting,” says Sami.
What are Miffy the bunny’s journey preferences?
As for Miffy’s journey likes and dislikes, he prefers being a part of the jet set.
“Miffy likes the aeroplane as a result of it is actually easy…He eats, he sleeps. However he would not just like the automotive [because] it is bumpy.”
Whereas some airways require bunnies to be stowed below the seat in a rabbit journey provider, others enable emotional help animals to sit down with their house owners uncaged.
Miffy can be a Florida fan.
“Miffy likes the seashore essentially the most as a result of it is like an enormous litter field – he can dig continuous,” says Sami. “I make him slightly tent the place he can eat and drink,” she provides.
To date, aside from his preliminary journey from Taiwan, Miffy has solely travelled across the US, however Sami hopes they’ll go to Europe collectively sometime.
In addition to Florida, the pair have visited Boston, Vegas, San Francisco, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, North and South Carolina, West Virginia and extra.
How do individuals react to a travelling bunny?
“Folks assume it is actually humorous to see me strolling a bunny,” says Sami. “And they also began to ask for his Instagram.”
He didn’t have one, so Sami determined to create one. That’s the place his ascent to fame started.
Miffy and his pal Mica – who was adopted by Sami in New York in 2021 – now have virtually 120,000 Instagram followers, and greater than 570,000 followers and 7 million likes on TikTok.
“Folks love his movies, [they] make individuals completely satisfied…He’s actually made a distinction to lots of people,” says Sami.
What recommendation does Sami have for travelling with a bunny?
Rabbits are notably weak as a result of their well being can decline quickly in an emergency.
For that reason, Sami says, an important factor is to take a look at the place the closest vet or 24-hour animal hospital that sees rabbits is earlier than travelling.
She additionally advises on taking issues regularly.
“At first, do not go too far,” suggests Sami. She started by taking Miffy to the park to see how he fared. As soon as he was extra snug, she took him on an hour-long journey, and solely ventured additional as soon as she gained his belief.
Not all rabbits will likely be suited to travelling, and lots is dependent upon their persona and day-to-day dwelling scenario.
“I do know that journey is lots – particularly for bunnies [that are] dwelling all day and have by no means been out, they are going to be petrified of the setting,” says Sami.
“So it actually is dependent upon completely different rabbit conditions. Nevertheless it’s good to allow them to exit, get slightly little bit of sunshine and discover.”
Lastly, she emphasises the significance of relaxation.
“Once we journey by aeroplane or automotive, it is lots even for people…So I’d normally let the bunny relaxation for a day [before] taking them out.”
You may comply with Miffy’s adventures on Instagram and TikTok (@bunny.nyc).