15 of the best pets from fiction. Ever.

What makes a book memorable? Is it the characters? The setting? The multiple and shocking deaths? Or maybe, sometimes it’s the furry friends that we remember most fondly.


Here we list some of our fave pets from fiction.



1. ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum – Toto – How could we not include Toto on this list? Dorothy’s faithful little furball.

2. Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight – Dogs don’t get more loyal, or more useful than Lassie.

3. ‘The Game of Thrones’ by George R. R. Martin – Ghost et al. – Who doesn’t want a direwolf?!


4. ‘Harry Potter’ by J. K. Rowling – Fang – Drooly, lovable Fang. Him and Ron could create a comedy act together.


5. The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé – Snowy – Oh Snowy. He is to Tintin what Toto is to Dorothy.



1. ‘Harry Potter’ by J. K. Rowling – Crookshanks – Hermione’s big ol’ bag of fur. A little grumpy.

2. ‘Harry Potter’ by J. K. Rowling – Mrs Norris – Is Filch married to this cat? Asking for a friend.

mrs norris

3. ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll – Cheshire cat and Dinah – Because we’re not sure you can call the Cheshire cat a ‘pet’, so we’ve clubbed him together with Alice’s pet ‘Dinah’.

4. ‘Mog’ by Judith Kerr – THE pet cat to end all pet cats. Oh Mog…


5. ‘The Black Cat’ by Edgar Allan Poe – Pluto – Uhh, have you read this story? Yeah. It doesn’t have the best of outcomes for anyone involved.

Other Pets

other pets

1. ‘Bleak House’ by Charles Dickens – Hope, Joy, Youth, Peace, Rest, Life, Dust, Ashes, Waste, Want, Ruin, Despair, Madness, Death, Cunning, Folly, Words, Wigs, Rags, Sheepskin, Plunder, Precedent, Jargon, Gammon, and Spinach – Just a few birds to keep Miss Flite busy.

2. ‘Harry Potter’ by J. K. Rowling – Trevor – We could have picked any number of other pets from this series, but we’ve given Trevor the toad the spotlight.


3. ‘His Dark Materials’ by Philip Pullman – Iorek Byrnison – Not really a pet… And we should be talking about daemons. But wouldn’t you just LOVE to have a bear like this on call?

Iorek Byrnison

4. ‘Chocolat’ by Joanne Harris – Pantoufle – This rabbit may be imaginary (and appear as a kangaroo in the film) but it’s still an important part of Anouk’s life.

5. ‘Chaos Walking’ series by Patrick Ness – Angharrad – Sure, we might have picked ‘Black Beauty’ but why gotta be obvious?

Which pets would you also put on this list? Tweet us @maximumpopbooks

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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