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03 December 2009


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Liz Palika

I would want one of Anne McCaffrey's telepathic golden dragons from Pern; one bonded only to me.

A huge powerful telepathic flying dragon! sigh....

Christie Keith

Does it surprise you my favorite fantasy animals are a hawk and a horse, and not a hound?

Gina Spadafori

A hawk, no.

A horse, yes.

Gina Spadafori

I always wanted (and still do) to live in the undeveloped Florida Keys and have a bottlenose dolphin to swim with.

I would not name him "Flipper," though.

H. Houlahan

Well of course there is Shadowfax.

And a mighty hound named Huan in the Silmarillion, in the lay of Beren and Luthien. Huan is torn by his loyalty to his master and doing the right thing. He is doomed to have the power of speech three times before he dies. He is a real dog.

A more working-class dog is Garm, in the short story "Farmer Giles of Ham." Also recognizable as a dog.

I mean, how can one discuss fantasy animals and neglect the Father of the entire genre?


Pegasus, the Winged Horse. Wondrous abilities and beautiful to boot.

Unicorns are pretty, but I never understood why they have seemed to catch the public imagination more than the Winged Horse.

Of course, then there are Winged Unicorns . . . . . . . . . .

Nathan Winograd

Dino from the Flinstones. But does that count?


As a young child, I so wanted a dog like Nana in Peter Pan...loving guardian, playmate, nursemaid, grandmotherly, disciplinarian with a nurturing heart. I finally found her (Sparky, aka Nana-dog)when I was in my 30's. She's no Newfie or St. Bernard, just an ESy mix.


Have to put in a plug for the Companions from Mercedes Lackey's V