I first tried the whole hashtag thing when I posted my #BestBadGuys, where I mentioned some of my favorite villains from film, video games, and comics. I soon realized that the topic wasn't all that relatable, since not everybody is as fond of villains as I am. Instead, as I was writing my last article while petting my cat (named Smaug by the way), I started wondering what fictional pet I would want. Thus, I came up with the idea for #PerfectPet!
I encourage you all to write about your #PerfectPet, but here are some ground rules:
- Your pet must be able to live where you live. If you live in an apartment maybe Toothless from How To Train Your Dragon wouldn't be your best bet. If you live in the countryside, feel free to choose something like Epona, from The Legend of Zelda.
- Your pet must already be pet-ready. You can't say that you'll train Smaug from The Hobbit and use him as a pet. I'm fairly sure that he would eat you. Choose an already pet-worthy creature.
- This feels obvious, but I'm going to share it anyways. You can't use people as your animal. Slavery is wrong. Don't go "I want Batman as my #PerfectPet". That's just incorrect.
- Mythical beasts are fair game. If you want a Thestral, get a Thestral. If you want a Kraken, well I hope you live on the beach.
To get the ball rolling, here is my #PerfectPet!
I'm not much of a bird person, but that would change if I had Fawkes. Fawkes, from the Harry Potter franchise, is a pheonix. He is essentially a brightly-colored bird that can't die, which is already an advantage. It's always sad when a pet dies, but when a pheonix dies, it bursts into flames and then is reduced to a pile of ash. A baby pheonix is born from the ashes, so you get to raise it all over again!
Fawkes also has tears that are capable of hearing serious injuries. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry is poisoned by a basilisk fang, and a couple tears from Fawkes cures it instantly. Just think if you burned yourself while cooking, or accidentally gave yourself a nasty cut. No more expensive trips to the hospital or the emergency room. I could just have Fawkes heal it right up, good as new!
Fawkes is also great for self-defense. Also in the Chamber of Secrets, Fawkes defended Harry by pecking out the basilisk's eyes, rendering its lethal gaze useless. Fawkes' protective tendencies aren't limited only to giant evil snakes. He could stop a break-in or a mugging just by scaring off any attackers.
Fawkes is also relatively quiet, which instantly makes him better than all other domestic birds. When Fawkes does sing however, the sound is as majestic as he is himself.