If you had a pet animal that you could communicate with (just like daemons in the trilogy “His Dark Materials” by Phillip Pullman) which animal would you choose?
Can I cheat and make an animal that doesn’t exist? Because if so, I’d pick a dragon. Because then I’d have a cool animal to talk to AND I’d be the only person around with a DRAGON.
If it has to be an animal that’s real–a kind of spirit dragon–I would pick some kind of intelligent bird. A parrot or a raven. Something that can fly, do things I cannot, and look totally awesome sitting on my shoulder and glaring at people.