I’m not a huge fan of books, and particularly films, which feature animals that can speak. I tend to find them a bit cringeworthy. However, I do think that loyal animals can be a worthy addition to the plot of a book, as they can enrich the interactions between the characters. In no particular order, the following are my favourite animals featured in the books that I’ve read so far.
Ghost – A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Ghost is one of the direwolves discovered by the Stark children after their mother is killed by a stag. He is an albino, having white fur and red eyes. Although he was the smallest of the pack, Jon Snow’s direwolf grows up to be the largest.
Mr Bones – Timbuktu by Paul Auster
Mr Bones is a dog whose homeless owner is dying. He is dealing with the fact that he is about to lose his master. Despite having an internal monologue in English, he is not anthropomorphised.
Fang – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Fang is Hagrid’s giant boarhound. In spite of being very protective of his owner, he can also be a coward in some occasions. He recognises Hagrid’s friends and usually greets Harry, Hermione and Ron by licking them.
Do you have any favourite animals in books? Tell me in the comments!