Miffy the bunny’s first journey was one in all necessity. When his proprietor Sami Chen relocated to New York from Taiwan in 2018, she couldn’t bear to depart 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 often very tense in new environments. They get stressed simply…it’s actually exhausting for them to belief people,” she says.
However after spending an prolonged time in a cage through the flight and between properties, 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 trips near dwelling.
“After I journey with Miffy he will get actually cuddly – I believe 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 sort of connected to me and I am connected to him. So it is good that we travel in every single place collectively,” says Sami.
Does Miffy the bunny get pleasure from 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 hotel room,” recollects Sami. “He was simply so completely happy 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 aspect – each indicators he’s a contented 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 clean…He eats, he sleeps. However he would not just like the car [because] it is bumpy.”
Whereas some airways require bunnies to be stowed below the seat in a rabbit journey provider, others permit emotional help animals to sit down with their house owners uncaged.
Miffy can also be a Florida fan.
“Miffy likes the beach probably the most as a result of it is like a giant litter field – he can dig continuous,” says Sami. “I make him just a little tent the place he can eat and drink,” she provides.
To date, apart 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 suppose 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 happy…He’s actually made a distinction to lots of people,” says Sami.
What recommendation does Sami have for travelling with a bunny?
Rabbits are significantly susceptible as a result of their well being can decline quickly in an emergency.
Because of this, 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 steadily.
“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 can be suited to travelling, and rather a lot depends upon their character and day-to-day dwelling state of affairs.
“I do know that travel is rather a lot – particularly for bunnies [that are] dwelling all day and have by no means been out, they are going to be terrified of the atmosphere,” says Sami.
“So it actually depends upon totally different rabbit conditions. Nevertheless it’s good to allow them to exit, get just a little little bit of sunshine and discover.”
Lastly, she emphasises the significance of relaxation.
“After we journey by aeroplane or car, it is rather a lot even for people…So I might often let the bunny relaxation for a day [before] taking them out.”
You possibly can comply with Miffy’s adventures on Instagram and TikTok (@bunny.nyc).