So after recently finishing my first viewing of Avatar: The Last Airbender (SO GOOD) and falling for Appa and crying repeatedly during the episodes when he was lost, I got to thinking about which other critters from fictional series and books I'd like to call my friends - I don't know if pet is exactly the right word for any of these guys.
Besides being impossibly cute and sweet, Appa is loyal and saves the day repeatedly. Aang and company would be screwed repeatedly if they didn't have the air bison to hop upon and fly away. Appa hauls them all over the nations! He's key to battle, too, and the series would have been entirely different without him.
I happen to adore Kitty Pryde, but even if I didn't, I'd still love her companion. The cat-sized creature is part of a dragon-like extraterrestrial race. Duh. He flies, breathes fire, and can understand human speech. He's saved Kitty's life a few times and has been her companion for years. What's not to love about a miniature almost-dragon? See more great pictures of Lockheed here.
As much as I respected owls, I was mostly scared of the birds of prey until I got to know Hedwig. I'm still a little frightened by them, but Harry Potter's pet, protector, and messenger at least allowed me to relate to them differently. She is fierce, and you get the impression she always knows exactly what is being asked of her. I'd never feel like I had an important enough task to give her.
Random fact: she was actually portrayed by male birds in the films because female snowy owls aren't completely white.
Just because K-9 was built instead of born doesn't make him any less awesome. He's smart, has an incredibly handy laser weapon, and can get into small places. He might require some regular maintenance, but he doesn't require walks - yay minimal clean-up! He's pretty much the perfect animal - er, animal-like - pal.
I can't pick just one of the Starks' direwolves - they have all shown their faithfulness and ferocity. It has to be traits of the species. Grey Wind, Summer, and Ghost have saved the lives of their humans. I can't think of a better protector. If I were going to be walking alone on the King's Road in a world like Westeros, I'd want one of these animals at my side.
Which animals from fiction do you want to bring home?