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Today’s topic is: What Are Some Of Your Favorite Pets In Books?
Hey Loves! How is everyone doing today! I’m so excited to talk to you about some of my favorite pets in books because this is such a fun topic! Although this isn’t easy to pick because almost every pet I have loved in books ends up dying in the end. I tried my hardest to pick books where the animals are still alive and well.
Here are my top 10 favorite pets in books!
- Hedwig from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Hedwig was immediately one of my favorite pets. I mean, who wouldn’t want a pet owl that you could use to send messages to friends and family? She was an important companion for Harry as he first entered the wizarding world and remained a close friend until her death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- Flynnie from Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg
Flynnie was a bribe of a gift that Beckett gave Kim. Even though he wasn’t a major role in the novel, he was immediately loved all of his readers. Melissa Tagg immediately made me want a baby goat.
I borrowed this from Ronya Ervin, a fellow blogger, so I hope it was okay that I used this image for this post.
- Toto from The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
Toto is one of the most lovable dogs in book literature. He belonged to Dorothy and was her companion. Unlike many of the animals in Oz, Toto never spoke. Although later we find out that he can in fact talk, he just chooses not to.
Toto will always be one of the most memorable dogs in books.
- Garfield by Jim Davis
I’m not sure if Garfield counts since he’s actually a comic book character. I consider comic books as a type of book, so I’m counting him.
Garfield is the world’s laziest cat who is a homebuddy and loves to eat. We all love him for his humor and we can all identify with him at times. He will always be one of my favorites. We also can’t forget his favorite teddy bear, Pookie. He also is good friends with a beagle named Odie whom I forgot to include in this list.
- Total from the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
Total was rescued by Angel from the Institute at the end of The Angel Experiment. He is described to have the characteristics of a Scottish Terrier, but looks a lot like Toto from The Wizard of Oz. With that being said, he is actually a Cairn Terrier. He doesn’t have much character development until School’s Out Forever where we learn he has the ability to speak. Kind of a lot like Toto from The Wizard of Oz if you think about it. He’s one of my favorites because he is humorous and over dramatic whom eventually marries an Alaskan Malamute named Akila. He eventually even grows wings of his own and flies.
- Winn-Dixie in Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Winn-Dixie is another lovable dog. He got his name because Opal found him in the Winn-Dixie Supermarket. Comedic moment there if you ask me. The two immediately form a bond and become close friends. Through Winn- Dixie, Opal makes some new friends collecting stories about her mothe. He helps her to learn to let go and forgive as well as friendship.
- Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
I have always adored Wilbur so of course I had to include him. As a little girl, Fern loved and nurtured Wilbur as a piglet. When Wilbur is sent to live on Fern’s uncle, Homer Zukerman, none of the other barn animals want to be his friend. Well, not until he befriends a spider named Charlotte. He teaches us about the power of friendship.
- Buckbeat from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Buckbeat is a hippogriff who used to live with Hagrid during Harry’s third year at Hogwarts but wrongly put to death when he attacked Draco Malfoy after being taunted and provoked.
Harry and Hermionie Granger used a time-traveler to help Buckbeat escape execution and sent him under the care of Sirius Black. After Sirius Black died, he was then given to Harry though he allowed him to live with Hagrid. He’s loyal and affectionate to those who are kind and gentle with him. He’s even defended Harry numerous times when he was in danger.
- Liz or Lizzy from The Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole, Nancy E. Krulik, Lenore Notkin, Jackie Posner, Robbin Cuddy
If you grew up in the 90’s, then you probably remember Liz or Lizzy from The Magic School Bus. She was Mrs. Frizzle’s pet lizard who bares resemblance to a Jackson’s Chameleon. She is Mrs. Frizzle’s sidekick who knows how to power and drive the magic school bus. She adds fun to the fictional side of things in the show.
- Marley from Marley and Me by John Grogan
Now this is a novel that I haven’t actually read. I’ve seen the movie and it’s based on a book so I went ahead and included it. Marley is a lovable Gold Retriever, but he is often naughty and getting himself into trouble. He keeps the Grogan family on their toes for sure! No matter how much trouble he gets himself into, his love is pure. Marley teaches John and Jenny what really matters in life. He remained loyal and devotional even when things the world seemed like it was upside down. He teaches John and Jenny that unconditional love comes in all forms. This is the main reason I had to include him in this list of favorite pets.
How about you? Are any of these pets on your list? Which pets would you include in your favorite pets in books? Let me know in the comments below!